The BEST Episodes of Better Off Ted

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 15, 2020

Network: ABC (US)

As the head of research and development at Veridian Dynamics, Ted Crisp must deal with nutty scientists, crazy coworkers and hazy ethical boundaries.

Jabberwocky

#1 - Jabberwocky

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Aug 11, 2009

Ted creates a phony project for Linda after she hears that Veridian is going green, which becomes problematic when other staffers want to join the cause.

star 8.04
1,341 votes
Directors: Michael Fresco
Writers: Michael Ross
Lust in Translation

#2 - Lust in Translation

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 19, 2010

Ted romances a beautiful German executive who can't speak a word of English. It doesn't matter Veridian is developing a translation device for her company, enabling the two to communicate. The problem is, the voice of the device is Phil's, which ruins the mood for Ted.

star 8.03
1,013 votes
Writers: Michael Shipley
Racial Sensitivity

#3 - Racial Sensitivity

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 8, 2009

Ted discovers that Veridian has a problem when their new motion detection system proves unable to recognize black people.

star 7.98
1,594 votes
Directors: Paul Lazarus
Writers: Michael Glouberman
Swag the Dog

#4 - Swag the Dog

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Aug 24, 2010

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.

star 7.96
1,192 votes
Writers: Michael A. Ross
Mess of a Salesman

#5 - Mess of a Salesman

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 26, 2010

Ted helps his fast talking brother, Billy, get a job selling lab equipment for one of Veridian's biggest suppliers, but no good deed goes unpunished, as Billy proceeds to sell Veridian more equipment than they could ever use and corrupts Phil and Lem in the process. Meanwhile, a charity for girls that Veridian supports gives Veronica an award, but when she and Linda learn that the company actually gives very little of the money it raises to the charity, they set out to make things right.

star 7.93
1,139 votes
Directors: Marc Buckland
Writers: Tim Doyle
It's My Party and I'll Lie If I Want To

#6 - It's My Party and I'll Lie If I Want To

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Aug 17, 2010

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.

star 7.86
1,162 votes
Directors: Michael Spiller
Writers: Mike Teverbaugh
The Impertence of Communicationizing

#7 - The Impertence of Communicationizing

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Jan 12, 2010

When a typo in a memo about inappropriate behavior at Veridian Dynamics orders employees to now engage in offensive language, Ted tries to convince the company to correct the error, but not before the insults start flying. Meanwhile, Veronica is afraid, and guilty. If the company can make such a stupid mistake, can it be that her own promotion is the result of a typo on a memo meant for W. Palmer and not V. Palmer?

star 7.84
1,123 votes
Directors: Michael Fresco
Writers: Mike Teverbaugh
The Lawyer, The Lemur and the Little Listener

#8 - The Lawyer, The Lemur and the Little Listener

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Dec 15, 2009

When a wave of layoff hits Veridian and little Rose seems to have inside info because of a friend in her Hive playgroup, Veronica tries to pump her for information, much to Ted's disapproval. Meanwhile, Linda is elated to sell her first children's book -- until someone points out that her lead character, a lemur, is the spitting image of Phil -- and Lem starts a passionate affair with one of the company lawyers, only to find out that his paycheck is being docked for the "billable hours" he's spending with his new girlfriend.

star 7.82
1,278 votes
Directors: Chris Koch
Writers: Tim Doyle
The Great Repression

#9 - The Great Repression

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Jan 1, 2010

When a misunderstanding leads oddball Sheila to falsely accuse both Ted and Linda of sexual harassment, Veronica comes up with a solution to avoid having them punished. She convinces Veridian to classify sexual harassment as a disease so anyone accused of it can't be held responsible. But when the employees get wind of the new rule, things start to get a little crazy in the office.

star 7.78
1,178 votes
Directors: Reggie Hudlin
Writers: Audra Sielaff, Becky Mann
Bioshuffle

#10 - Bioshuffle

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Jun 30, 2009

When Veronica, Linda, and Ted end up having to share offices, tensions grow between them.

star 7.75
1,215 votes
Directors: Michael Fresco
Writers: Elijah Aron, Jordon Young
Love Blurts

#11 - Love Blurts

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Dec 8, 2009

Veridian Dynamics tries matchmaking employees based on their genetic compatibility in hopes of saving on health insurance bills from imperfectly bred children. Ted and Linda balk at this until they meet their supposed matches -- Greg for Linda and Danielle for Ted -- and are instantly attracted despite themselves. Meanwhile, after Veronica finds out Lem is her perfect genetic match, she hounds him to make a donation to a sperm bank

star 7.75
1,422 votes
Directors: Michael Fresco
Writers: John Hoberg, Kat Likkel
The Long and Winding High Road

#12 - The Long and Winding High Road

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Jan 12, 2010

Ted insists on taking the high road after his nemesis at work comes up with almost the exact same project that Ted's team has been working on. But Veronica will stop at nothing to get the upper hand, enlisting Linda and even little Rose's help in sabotaging the rival project

star 7.73
1,077 votes
Directors: Michael Spiller
Writers: Michael A. Ross
Pilot

#13 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 18, 2009

Ted Crisp works at Veridian Technologies in the research and development department and loves his job. However, Ted is taken aback when he learns the company has cryogenically frozen one of the scientists in his department.

star 7.69
1,903 votes
Directors: Michael Fresco
Writers: Victor Fresco
It's Nothing Business, It's Just Personal

#14 - It's Nothing Business, It's Just Personal

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Dec 29, 2009

When Veronica's sexy magician boyfriend Mordor comes to town and she starts slacking off at work big time, Ted tries to interfere in her love life to get her back on track. Meanwhile, Lem is perplexed when he is mysteriously given a bright red lab coat while everyone else has plain white ones... Is someone at Veridian trying to tell him something?

star 7.68
1,137 votes
Directors: Marc Buckland
Writers: Victor Fresco
Trust and Consequences

#15 - Trust and Consequences

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Jul 14, 2009

Veridian blames Linda for a perfume with unexpected side effects, and friends fall out when they're forced to testify.

star 7.65
1,400 votes
Directors: Michael Fresco
Writers: Michael A. Ross
Through Rose-Colored HAZMAT Suits

#16 - Through Rose-Colored HAZMAT Suits

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 1, 2009

When Ted's nanny calls in sick, he is forced to take his daughter Rose to work where Veronica bonds with her. Meanwhile, Ted learns where he stands with Linda when her ex-boyfriend arrives in town.

star 7.59
1,569 votes
Directors: Michael Fresco
Writers: Justin Adler
Win Some, Dose Some

#17 - Win Some, Dose Some

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 15, 2009

Linda is accidentally dosed with an experimental drug that has some unusual side effects.

star 7.58
1,522 votes
Directors: Michael Fresco
Writers: Elijah Aron, Jordan Young
You Are the Boss of Me

#18 - You Are the Boss of Me

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Jun 23, 2009

Lem and Phil reluctantly invite Ted to their Medieval Fight Club. Linda tries to befriend Veronica.

star 7.57
1,423 votes
Directors: Michael Spiller
Writers: Audra Sielaff, Becky Mann
Change We Can't Believe In

#19 - Change We Can't Believe In

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Jan 5, 2010

Ted struggles with an overly talkative security guard who worships him and wants to be his best friend. Meanwhile, a terrified Phil and Lem face the prospect of working alone with Veronica for the first time.

star 7.57
1,003 votes
Writers: Elijah Aron, Jordan Young
Father, Can You Hair Me?

#20 - Father, Can You Hair Me?

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Jul 21, 2009

A shocking piece of news impacts the rivalry between Veronica and her father, who is the CEO of another big company. Elsewhere, Ted thinks Phil and Lem's potential cure for baldness will impress his hard-to-please dad.

star 7.56
1,401 votes
Writers: Mike Teverbaugh
Beating a Dead Workforce

#21 - Beating a Dead Workforce

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Jan 5, 2010

After an employee literally drops dead in the midst of Veridian's big push to finish a major project -- a machine that ironically will get people to sleep -- Veronica tries to use the incident as inspiration to make the staff work even harder.

star 7.50
1,247 votes
Directors: Marc Buckland
Writers: Ingrid Escajeda
Secrets and Lives

#22 - Secrets and Lives

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Aug 11, 2009

The team learns a shocking secret about Veronica when an invention goes awry. Meanwhile, Linda tries to set up Ted with another woman.

star 7.50
1,209 votes
Directors: Michael Spiller
Writers: Dan O'Shannon, Mike Teverbaugh
Get Happy

#23 - Get Happy

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired May 5, 2009

After a survey reveals that the staff is unhappy, Veronica tries to improve their morale.

star 7.49
1,327 votes
Directors: Gail Mancuso
Writers: Mike Teverbaugh
Heroes

#24 - Heroes

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 25, 2009

Ted tries to get Phil to sign a waiver to protect Veridian from possible future litigation over the side effects from his cryogenic freezing. Elsewhere, Phil and Lem try to create beef despite having no meat in the lab.

star 7.49
1,700 votes
Directors: Michael Fresco
Writers: Victor Fresco
Battle of the Bulbs

#25 - Battle of the Bulbs

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Dec 22, 2009

Lem flips out when his mother, a brilliant scientist who has always intimidated him, comes to visit and begins an affair with Dr. Bhamba. Meanwhile, Ted gets miffed when Linda suddenly gets all the credit after she makes a suggestion to improve on his prize project, a light bulb that burns forever.

star 7.40
1,240 votes
Directors: Marc Buckland
Writers: Michael Shipley