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'Better Off Ted' is back! So why aren't you watching?

December 9, 2009 |  1:45 pm

117923_451_pre Remember the hilarious ABC sitcom "Better Off Ted"? You know, the side-splittingly fresh and funny series about working in a massive, soulless corporation that stars a spot-on Jay Harrington as the zippy Ted and Portia de Rossi as his fantastically frigid boss, Veronica? Well, its second season premiered last night — only, it garnered a dismal 3.8 million total viewers and ended up in a fourth-place finish in its time slot. Now, is this any way to treat this witty and wacky gem? 

If you weren't one of the five people who actually caught the show at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, "Better Off Ted's" Season 2 premiere proved that the comedy hadn't lost any of its snappy bite during its hiatus. The whole episode revolved around Veridian Dynamics using its genetic engineering techniques to match up its employees so that they'll have children that won't cost them an arm and a leg in healthcare. Ha! It also involved a subplot in which Ted pretends he's Native American to hide the fact that he said "I love you" to a woman on their first date.

But you don't have to take my word for it. Check out this clip from the show:

Did we mention the noteworthy guest stars? Here's Taye Diggs making an appearance as a freaky hot guy who is genetically matched up with Linda (Andrea Anders):

Really, there's no reason that people shouldn't watch this smart, all-around awesome comedy. Though maybe what this series deserves is a time slot worthy of its comedic genius. Wouldn't "Better Off Ted" be a better fit with ABC's successful Wednesday night comedy bloc alongside "Modern Family" rather than in its current position on Tuesdays following the ailing "Scrubs" Version 2.0? To borrow a line from De Rossi's Veronica, let's hope that this will be one Indian story that will end happily!

— Allyssa Lee

Photo: Jay Harrington and Taye Diggs. Credit: ABC / Karen Neal