TITLE: BETTER OFF TED - THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON
DVD Release Date: December 1, 2009 (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment)
Color / 2009
Number of Discs: 2
Number of Episodes: 13
Running Time: 299 minutes
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English, Spanish; English, Spanish, French, Portuguese Subtitles; Closed Captioned
Special Features: None
Entertainment Weekly calls Better off Ted, “funnier than any other sitcom on the air,” and now you can relive all 13 first season episodes on a two-disc DVD set from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. As head of research and development at Veridian Dynamics, good guy Ted Crisp (Jay Harrington) leads a quirky team of the world’s smartest scientists (lead by Jonathan Slavin and Malcolm Barrett) on a mission to make the impossible possible. From cow-less meat to deadly pumpkins, no project is too bizarre, or too unethical, as long as it’s profitable. Working to appease his beautiful boss (Portia de Rossi), Ted struggles occasionally with his conscience -- and his attraction to a comely co-worker (Andrea Anders) -- but it’s all in a day’s work when you’re Better off Ted!
Better off Ted stars Jay Harrington as Ted Crisp, Portia de Rossi as Veronica, Andrea Anders as Linda, Malcolm Barrett as Lem, and Jonathan Slavin as Phil. Recurring are Isabella Acres as Rose, Maz Jobrani as Dr. Bhamba, Rizwan Manji as Rick, and Terry Rhoads as Chet.
Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:
The series aired on Wednesdays on ABC this past spring as a midseason series from March 18 through May 5 then returned in the summer on Tuesdays from June 23 through August 11. The ratings in the spring were decent following episodes of Scrubs. If you didn’t know the series returned in the summer for 6 more episodes, then you’ll be watching something new for the first time on this DVD! There were some gems on those last six episodes, too. Catch up or discover these 13 episodes in time for the season premiere this coming Tuesday (Dec. 8, 2009) at 9:30/8:30 central on ABC!
The episodes are presented in airdate order on this DVD. Memorable episodes include the series premiere “Pilot,” as Ted struggles to find the line between right and wrong, especially after the company decides to freeze Phil in its new cryogenics chamber. In “Racial Sensitivity,” Ted discovers a glitch in the company's state-of-the-art sensor system, prompting Veronica and other execs to try half-witted (and racially insensitive) solutions instead of replacing the system. In “Win Some, Dose Some,” Linda is accidentally dosed with an experimental drug that gives her bursts of energy and unexpected side effects, while Ted and Veronica try to outdo each other while helping Rose with a school fund-raiser. In “Bioshuffle,” tension occurs when Veronica, Linda, and Ted are forced to share offices. Lem asks Lucy, a beautiful scientist, out on a date. In “Jabberwocky,” Ted is forced to create a fake project for Linda rather than admit the rumor that Veridian is going green is false but things go awry when other employees want to sign up. And in the season finale, “Secrets and Lies,” the team learns a shocking secret about Veronica when an invention goes awry. Meanwhile, Linda tries to set up Ted with another woman.
Guest stars include Kristoffer Polaha as Don, Patricia Belcher as HR lady Janet, Merrin Dungey as Shiela, and Rachelle Lefevre as Rebeeca.
We have a snap case and it features artwork of the main five stars with Ted in the middle with the show logo on the top and on the bottom we have a clipboard (held by Phil) with a nice quote from Entertainment Weekly. The back of the case features five episodic photos, as well as a description of the series. There is a specs box as well. Inside the case are the discs of course, but inside the packaging panels we have disc-by-disc breakdowns with episode titles and there is nice artwork on the panels of the main five’s Veridian I.D. cards. Disc one is on a holder that you can flip back and forth, while disc two is on the right panel itself. Disc 1 contains Episodes 1-6 and has the Veridian Dynamics logo. Disc 2 contains Episodes 7-13 and has the Veridian Dynamics logo as well, but in a different shade of color.
Menu Design and Navigation:
The menu is very basic but pretty simple to navigate. However on disc one before you get to the Main Menu, we have auto trailers for Family Guy, Bones, and Mental. Then the main menu comes, with the main five surrounding the Veridian Dynamics logo. The theme song is NOT playing in the background and there is no music at all. How boring. There is a "Play All" option, which plays all of the episodes and there is an "Episode Selection" section, where it takes you to a sub-menu where you see a list of the episodes to choose with the episode title and a short synopsis of the episode. We also have “Language Selection,” where we can choose either another language besides English (Espanol) and have something other than English as subtitles (Espanol, French and Poruguese).
Video and Audio Quality:
There is nothing to complain here at all. This series just aired its first season this past spring and summer on ABC, so the video and audio are both excellent. The video is in a nice widescreen format. The audio is also perfect and sounds good. We get 5 chapter stops for each episode and each episode is between 21-22 minutes in length, all unedited of course.
Runtimes of each episode with production number in parenthesis so you can see most of the episodes were aired out of order:
1. Pilot (1APX79) 21:50
2. Heroes (1APX01) 20:59
3. Through Rose Colored HAZMAT Suits (1APX02) 21:17
4. Racial Sensitivity (1APX03) 21:34
5. Jabbberwocky (1APX07) 21:39
6. You Are the Boss of Me (1APX08) 21:39
7. Get Happy (1APX06) 21:40
8. Win Some, Dose Some (1APX05) 21:39
9. Good-bye, Mr. Chips (1APX09) 21:41
10. Bioshuffle (1APX10) 21:24
11. Trust and Consequences (1APX11) 21:41
12. Father, Can You Hair Me? (1APX04) 20:53
13. Secrets and Lives (1APX12) 21:39
Believe it or no there are no special features at all on this set. That is very bizarre since this is a current series. 20th Century Fox should be ashamed. Interviews would have been nice and maybe some bloopers as well. Audio commentaries would have been also. Anything!
Veridian Dynamics. Life. Better. Life is certainly better when you watch this show. It is so out there, but it is fun to watch. This company is pretty crazy and they have pretty weird workers, but they are funny. This DVD has all 13 episodes from the first season and is well done, except 20th Century Fox didn’t give us any bonus material. Such a shame! Everything else was pretty much good ...well I always like an opening theme playing on the main menu and we didn’t get that either on this set, but that is not a big deal.
Anyway, if you missed some episodes or have not watched this show at all, you better hurry before season two starts on Tuesday on ABC. There are only 13 episodes and the episodes are about 21 minutes or so, so you can get done with the DVD in less than 5 hours. 13 more episodes are coming on Season 2 on ABC starting Dec. 8. So hurry up before Veronica finds out you haven’t watched yet! Veridian Dynamics. Great. Stuff.
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 5/5
Audio Quality: 5/5
Special Features: 0/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 4/5
-- Reviewed by pavanbadal on 12/05/09
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