List of Better Off Ted episodes

This is a list of episodes for the ABC sitcom Better Off Ted.[1] The first season ran from March 18, 2009 to August 11, 2009. The second season ran from December 8, 2009 to January 26, 2010. Two episodes from Season two remain unaired in the United States, but have aired in Australia and were made available on DVD, iTunes and Netflix on September 1, 2010, and later on Amazon Video on Demand.[2]

Series overview

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
113March 18, 2009 (2009-03-18)August 11, 2009 (2009-08-11)
213December 8, 2009 (2009-12-08)August 24, 2010 (2010-08-24)[note 1]
  1. This is the final date an episode aired on ABC. Two episodes left unaired by ABC later aired internationally.


Season 1 (2009)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
11"Pilot"Michael FrescoVictor FrescoMarch 18, 2009 (2009-03-18)1APX79
Ted struggles to find the line between right and wrong, especially after the company decides to freeze Phil in its new cryonics chamber.
22"Heroes"Michael FrescoVictor FrescoMarch 25, 2009 (2009-03-25)1APX01
Ted and Veronica fake an award for Phil so he won't sue the company after getting frozen. Phil and Lem try to grow cowless beef.
33"Through Rose-colored HAZMAT Suits"Michael FrescoJustin AdlerApril 1, 2009 (2009-04-01)1APX02
Ted brings his daughter, Rose, to work, where the little girl surprisingly bonds with Veronica. Meanwhile, Phil and Lem reexamine their working relationship and Linda's ex-boyfriend resurfaces.
44"Racial Sensitivity"Paul LazarusMichael GloubermanApril 8, 2009 (2009-04-08)1APX03
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.
55"Win Some, Dose Some"Michael FrescoElijah Aron & Jordan YoungApril 15, 2009 (2009-04-15)1APX07
Linda is accidentally dosed with an experimental drug that gives her bursts of energy and unexpected side effects. Ted and Veronica try to outdo each other while helping Rose with a school fund-raiser.
66"Goodbye, Mr. Chips"Paul LazarusBecky Mann & Audra SielaffApril 22, 2009 (2009-04-22)1APX08
Ted is inadvertently deleted from Veridian's system when he tries to fix his employee ID, and, as the lab falls into chaos, his peers try to remedy the situation.
77"Get Happy"Gail MancusoMike TeverbaughMay 5, 2009 (2009-05-05)1APX06
Veronica works on improving morale at the company and reinventing herself as someone more likeable after a survey reveals that the staff is miserable and Ted tries to win over an older demographic.
88"You Are the Boss of Me"Michael SpillerDan O'ShannonJune 23, 2009 (2009-06-23)1APX05
Lem and Phil reluctantly invite Ted to their Medieval Fight Club. Linda tries to befriend Veronica.
99"Bioshuffle"Michael FrescoMichael A. RossJune 30, 2009 (2009-06-30)1APX09
Tension occurs when Veronica, Linda, and Ted are forced to share offices. Lem asks Lucy, a beautiful scientist, out on a date.
1010"Trust and Consequence"Lee Shallat-ChemelMike TeverbaughJuly 14, 2009 (2009-07-14)1APX10
Veridian blames Linda for a perfume with unexpected side effects, and friends fall out when they are forced to testify.
1111"Father, Can You Hair Me?"Michael FrescoMichael GloubermanJuly 21, 2009 (2009-07-21)1APX11
Veronica's rivalry with her dad, the CEO for another big company, is out of control until she learns a shocking bit of news. Ted is thrilled that Phil and Lem may have discovered a cure for baldness.
1212"Jabberwocky"Michael FrescoMichael A. RossAugust 11, 2009 (2009-08-11)1APX04
Ted is forced to create a fake project for Linda rather than admit that the rumor that Veridian is going green is false, but things go awry when other employees want to sign up.
1313"Secrets and Lives"Michael SpillerDan O'Shannon and Mike TeverbaughAugust 11, 2009 (2009-08-11)1APX12
The team learns a shocking secret about Veronica when an invention goes awry. Meanwhile, Linda tries to set up Ted with another woman (played by Rachelle Lefevre).

Season 2 (2009–10)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
141"Love Blurts"Michael FrescoJohn Hoberg & Kat LikkelDecember 8, 2009 (2009-12-08)2APX06
Veridian Dynamics tries to match employees based on their genetic compatibility; Linda and Ted find themselves instantly attracted to their supposed matches and the company wants Phil to get a vasectomy but won't tell him why.
152"The Lawyer, the Lemur and the Little Listener"Chris KochTim DoyleDecember 15, 2009 (2009-12-15)2APX04
When a wave of layoff hits Veridian and little Rose seems to have inside info because of a friend in her aftercare Hive playgroup, Veronica tries to pump her for information, much to Ted's disapproval. Meanwhile, Linda secretly works on a comical lemur that looks strikingly similar to Phil, but finds out it has been approved for a Japanese beer commercial for children.
163"Battle of the Bulbs"Marc BucklandMichael ShipleyDecember 22, 2009 (2009-12-22)2APX05
Lem's mother (Khandi Alexander), a brilliant scientist who has always intimidated him, visits and begins an affair with Dr. Bhamba. Plus, Ted and Linda try to work together on a sweet-scented lightbulb, but Ted opts for his own longer-lasting bulb.
174"It's Nothing Business, It's Just Personal"Marc BucklandVictor FrescoDecember 29, 2009 (2009-12-29)2APX02
When Veronica's magician boyfriend comes to town, she slacks off at work; oddly, Lem is given a red lab coat, while everyone else has a white one.
185"The Great Repression"Reginald HudlinBecky Mann & Audra SielaffJanuary 1, 2010 (2010-01-01)2APX08
A misunderstanding leads Sheila to falsely accuse Ted and Linda of sexual harassment. Veronica responds by convincing the company that sexual harassment attitudes are a disease and those doing so aren't responsible for their actions.
196"Beating a Dead Workforce"Marc BucklandIngrid EscajedaJanuary 5, 2010 (2010-01-05)2APX09
When an employee drops dead, Veronica tries to use his example to inspire the other employees to work harder.
207"Change We Can't Believe In"Lee Shallat-ChemelElijah Aron & Jordan YoungJanuary 5, 2010 (2010-01-05)2APX07
A security guard insists on being Ted's best friend, while Phil and Lem have to work on a project alone with Veronica.
218"The Impertence of Communicationizing"Michael FrescoMichael TeverbaughJanuary 12, 2010 (2010-01-12)2APX03
Due to a typo, a memo from Veridian to its employees inadvertently tells them that it is mandatory to use offensive language in the workplace.
229"The Long and Winding High Road"Michael SpillerMichael A. RossJanuary 12, 2010 (2010-01-12)2APX01
Ted takes on a rival executive and refuses to compromise his principles. Veronica has no such scruples.
2310"Lust in Translation"Lee Shallat-ChemelMichael ShipleyJanuary 19, 2010 (2010-01-19)2APX12
Ted uses a Veridian translator to strike up a romantic relationship with a German executive.
2411"Mess of a Salesman"Marc BucklandTim DoyleJanuary 26, 2010 (2010-01-26)2APX13
Ted convinces a Veridian supplier to hire his brother (Eddie McClintock) as a salesman. Meanwhile, Veronica receives an award from a charity for young girls.
2512"It's My Party and I'll Lie If I Want To"Michael SpillerMike TeverbaughAugust 17, 2010 (2010-08-17) (Network Ten)
Unaired (ABC)
Veronica is suspicious that Ted might be using his daughter to bond with the boss in an effort to advance his career. Meanwhile, Phil and Lem tentatively start a friendship with Linda.
2613"Swag the Dog"Lee Shallat-ChemelMichael A. RossAugust 24, 2010 (2010-08-24) (Network Ten)
Unaired (ABC)
Phil and Lem embark on a quest to gain respect around the office, Veronica goes on a reluctant treasure hunt inside the Veridian building, and Ted has to confront rumors of staff favoritism. Cast member Malcolm Barrett's rap recording "Revenge of the Nerds" is heard during the episode.

U.S. Television ratings

Episode Number Season Episode Rating 18–49 Rating Viewers (millions)
1 1 "Pilot" 3.6 2.2/6[3] 5.64[3]
2 1 "Heroes" 3.0 1.8/5[4] 4.69[4]
3 1 "Through Rose-colored HAZMAT Suits" 3.1 1.8/5[5] 4.71[5]
4 1 "Racial Sensitivity" 2.7 1.7/5[6] 4.21[6]
5 1 "Win Some, Dose Some" 2.9 1.9/6[7] 4.72[7]
6 1 "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" 2.7 1.7/5[8] 4.20[8]
7 1 "Get Happy" 2.1 1.2/3[9] 3.22[9]
8 1 "You Are the Boss of Me" 1.3 0.8/2[10] 1.87[10]
9 1 "Bioshuffle" 1.2 0.6/2[11] 1.78[11]
10 1 "Trust and Consequence" 1.7 1.0/3[12] 2.57[12]
11 1 "Father, Can You Hair Me?" 1.4 0.7/2[13] 1.87[13]
12 1 "Jabberwocky" 1.7 0.9/3[14] 2.75[14]
13 1 "Secrets and Lives" 1.7 0.9/3[14] 2.41[14]
14 2 "Love Blurts" 2.5 1.5/4[15] 3.82[15]
15 2 "The Lawyer, The Lemur and the Little Listener" 2.1[16] 1.3/3[16] 3.18[16]
16 2 "Battle of the Bulbs" 1.9 1.0/3[17] 2.88[17]
17 2 "It's Nothing Business, It's Just Personal" 1.7 1.0/3[18] 2.69[18]
18 2 "The Great Repression" 3.4 1.7/5[19] 5.62[19]
19 2 "Beating a Dead Workforce" 1.9 1.3/3[20] 2.99[20]
20 2 "Change We Can't Believe In" 1.7 1.1/3[20] 2.60[20]
21 2 "The Impertence of Communicationizing" 1.4 0.8/2[21] 2.23[21]
22 2 "The Long and Winding High Road" 1.8 1.0/2[21] 2.53[21]
23 2 "Lust in Translation" 2.1 1.3/3[22] 3.24[23]
24 2 "Mess of a Salesman" 1.7 1.0/2[24] 2.55[23]
25 2 "It's My Party, and I'll Lie if I Want To"
26 2 "Swag the Dog"


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