Since the pilot, I've been faithfully watching Better Off Ted in hopes that something will finally click. Why isn't it clicking? Jay Harrington's Ted is likable, sexy, funny; Portia de Rossi does a perfect Veronica, deadpanned, dry, witty; the Tweedledum, Tweedledee scientists, Lem and Phil, get cuter and cuter; the stories are entertaining. And who doesn't love a show that skewers big business? So what's off?
I think there's something wrong with the way the actors are interacting. I'm not sure if they're not getting the right direction, or maybe they all hate each other, or the studio where they tape has some bad feng shui going on. I've seen better interaction in a cartoon — and there is something like a cartoon about this show, not just in the premise, but in the acting, like each actor taped his part on a different day and some guy in the editing room put all the pieces together.
It is an odd show, with an odd sense of humor (I like that). I was surprised it showed up on ABC — you'd really expect a show like this to be on cable. In a vague way, it's like The Middleman, and, now that I make that connection, has the same problems, although the actors on Ted are much better.
If this show gets a second season, I hope the producers get rid of Linda. Andrea Anders has NO chemistry with Jay Harrington, and her Linda is not likable or funny, even though all her lines scream "This character is likable and funny!"