Better off Ted

8:00pm – Friday, July 29 on FOUR

Prepare yourself for some crazy new inventions when FOUR’s hit comedy Better off Ted enters its second season on Friday, July 29 th at 8pm on FOUR. “This season has definitely been more about the relationships,” Jonathan Slavin, who plays scientist Phil Myman explains about the series’ second season. “We still definitely do get hurt and find ourselves in injurious situations through our inventions, but it’s definitely been more about the interpersonal stuff.”

Of course, the relationship at the forefront of most fans’ minds is the will-they-or-won’t-they flirtation between research department chief Ted Crisp (Jay Harrington) and Linda Zwordling (Andrea Anders) from the testing department.

So will these two finally manage to get together? “In the season premiere Veridian Dynamics matches up its single employees based on genetics,” Harrington explains. “But we don’t get put together, which kind of bums us out.”

But Ted and Linda aren’t the only ones experimenting with a possible romance. This season will also see Ted’s boss, Veronica Palmer (Portia de Rossi), seeing her beloved magician Mordor again, and nerdy researcher Lem (Malcolm Barrett) finding love.

“You get to see him dating a little bit more, you get to see a little more of the personal side of him and kind of understand a little bit more about why he is as idiosyncratic as he is,” Barrett says. Make sure not to miss all this, and so much more, when Better of Ted premieres its second season on Friday, July 29 th at 8pm on FOUR.

10:30pm – Sunday, May 29 on FOUR

Remember scripted TV? That funny, smart stuff that used to make you laugh on a regular basis? Well, it still exists and one of the better examples of what smart writers can do with a good joke, a good-looking cast and a unique point of view screens on Sunday, May 29th at 10:30pm on FOUR.

Better Off Ted revolves around the often disturbing and absurd offices of Veridian Dynamics – a massive conglomerate that’s leading the charge in creating the seemingly impossible, be that a weaponised pumpkin or cow-less meat.

At the heart of it all is the title character, Ted (Jay Harrington). As Head of Research and Development, Ted gets the job done, but sometimes struggles with his company’s lack of humanity and his own morality.

His boss, Vice President Veronica (Portia de Rossi), on the other hand, has no qualms about their efforts.

“Veronica is my favourite character I’ve ever played, bar none,” Portia de Rossi explains. “I’m really attracted to strong women – let me rephrase that! – strong female characters. And I just love her sensibility. I love how cold and uncaring she appears to be and how focused she is.”

Some audiences may immediately recognise a similarity to de Rossi’s character Nelle from Ally McBeal. The actress doesn’t shy away from the parallel, but does make one big distinction.

“It has a similarity in that she’s very strong, very determined, but Veronica is funnier than Nelle,” de Rossi explains.

“The dialogue is crisper, wittier and funnier. I’m Australian, and I grew up watching the BBC and admiring comedians like John Cleese: I get a sense of that kind of absurdist, hyper-real humour in my character.”

But don’t just take her word for it, tune into Better off Ted, screening on Sunday, May 29th at 10:30pm on FOUR, and make up your own mind about de Rossi’s Veronica.

8:00pm Sunday, November 29 on C4

A satirical office comedy featuring a successful but morally conscious man, Ted, who runs a research and development department at a morally questionable corporation, Veridian Dynamics.

Tonight: ‘Heores’. Ted’s top scientists have a falling out while trying to grow cow-less meat in the lab.

8:00pm Sunday, November 22 on C4

A satirical office comedy featuring a successful but morally conscious man, Ted, who runs a research and development department at a morally questionable corporation, Veridian Dynamics.

Tonight: Ted must coax a scientist to become a human guinea pig in a cryogenic experiment.

Coming soon to ABC is Better Off Ted. It’s a satirical office comedy featuring a successful but morally conscious man, Ted, who runs a research and development department at a morally questionable corporation, Veridian Technologies.

No achievement is too far fetched and no invention too unorthodox for Veridian. Need a suicidal turkey? Done. Need a metal that is hard as steel but bounces and is edible? Done and done.

Ted loves his seemingly perfect job; he loves his superhuman boss, Veronica, and colleagues Lem, Phil and Linda, but he’s starting to take a closer look at the company’s extremely questionable practices… especially when they try to cryogenically freeze one of Ted’s scientists for testing purposes.

Starring Jay Harrington as Ted, Andrea Anders as Linda, Portia de Rossi as Veronica, Jonathan Slavin as Phil and Malcolm Barrett as Lem.