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Better Off Ted: Unaired Episodes of Cancelled TV Show Finally Released

Better Off TedWhen ABC pulled Better Off Ted from the schedule last January, the network hadn’t officially cancelled the TV series but the writing was certainly on the wall. Though popular with a devout group of critics and viewers, the offbeat sitcom had never performed very well in the ratings.

Most expected that the final two episodes would be burned off during the summer months. That almost happened when ABC was airing the NBA Finals. The two episodes were scheduled for June 17th and would have run if the winner of the Finals was decided early and a seventh game wasn’t needed. That didn’t happen. The seventh game was played and ABC never bothered to reschedule the unaired Better Off Ted installments.

Well, now fans of Better Off Ted can finally see “Swag the Dog” and “It’s My Party and I’ll Lie If I Want To” — albeit for a price. ABC has made the episodes available for purchase via iTunes (here and here) and Amazon (here and here). If you already subscribe to Netflix, you can watch them for free via their streaming service. There’s been no word about a DVD release for season two but you can purchase it via iTunes and Amazon.

Though it may be nice to see the staff of Veridian Dynamics one last time, don’t expect any closure. Neither of these unaired episodes are really the last episode. The last one produced, episode 26 titled “Mess of a Salesman,” was the last to air on ABC on January 26th.

What do you think? Are you glad that you can finally watch the unaired episodes? Worth buying?


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Mike snow March 27, 2013 at 7:33 am

I just cannot believe how stupid ABC is?! It got a stellar rating from critics and fans are absolutely devoted. It was barely advertised and times were inconsistent. Surely, as such a large company they would realise the importance of simple marketing! It is a winning product. They should seriously consider bringing it back.
I’m just so devastated it was axed. A bloody ridiculous call ABC execs. Y’all should reassess what it is you actually do. Same thing with GCB. Another great show that was cancelled due to a complete lack of effort in promotion…


Kellie July 8, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Absolutely loved this series!! Only got to watch it via download in Australia via a friend otherwise would never have known it existed! What a winning show!


Mart March 1, 2012 at 8:24 pm

Just watched Seasons 1&2, never even heard about the show, two thumbs way up. did some research for season 3 come to find out it was cancelled, no surprise there because of a poor job of advertisement, guys like me never got the “memo” lol
Also, I agree with everyone who thinks ABC really lacks vision.
Who knows maybe the big corporations felt insulted and told ABC to pull the plug before their employees would compared them to “VD” lol, that reminds me I have to cash in my tickets I got from my employer.


Luke July 18, 2011 at 3:49 am

This show was brilliant, ABC really lacks vision


Kelly Maskell June 26, 2011 at 8:29 am

I’m so annoyed this show was cancelled. It’s brilliant, funny and made a change to the average shows that you normally get on TV. What’s even more annoying is you can only buy it digitally in the US! I live in the UK and would be willing and grateful to pay for Season 2, but I can’t because of where I live. It’s so frustrating and I really don’t see the logic in making it unavailable to those who enjoyed it. Don’t these stupid companies WANT to make money?! No wonder their shows do so badly when they screw with the scheduling and don’t give these shows a chance and then prevent the people who did enjoy them from continuing to enjoy them after they’re cancelled. Disgraceful.


Eric March 7, 2011 at 4:50 pm

Take a great show, never advertise it so no one knows it exists. Move it around so the few people who have found out about it don’t know when it’s on. Then cancel it because no one is watching it. Nice move ABC exec’s! No wonder ABC sucks.


SW Ko February 14, 2011 at 10:27 pm

I was waiting for the 3rd season before I realized it was canceled. ABC did an incredibly poor job with the scheduling for this show – the air dates and times kept changing so that I would lose track of it. I’ve been watching the episodes on netflix – they are even better the second time around!! Dumb move ABC b/c it would have been excellent competition for Raising Hope as it attracts the same kind of audience.


K Farrow February 6, 2011 at 4:44 pm

I’d pay.


Peggy January 24, 2011 at 6:56 am

I agree that ABC didn’t promote this well enough. The promoting they did do didn’t properly showcase the humor and wit of this show. What a shame. Makes me want to boycott ABC!!!


Barlow January 17, 2011 at 9:06 pm

I was so crushed to see that this clever show did not produce a mass audiance. Makes me embarrased to be an American.


Brock December 27, 2010 at 11:24 pm

Too bad this was cancelled. My wife and I loved this show. We keep watching the episodes on netflix because some are just that hilarious. I loved Phil and Lem, being an engineering student and studying science it was funny to get their humor. I was sad to hear the show is no more. Just like other shows (Sara Connor Chronicles) it was cancelled even though many people liked it. Some shows just need time to get an audience worthy of ABC or other large networks approval.


Dan November 14, 2010 at 12:39 am

I like this show, its a shame ABC axed it. Funny, witty, a good laugh for smart people. Are you?


Jon L November 11, 2010 at 10:11 pm

This show was killer! the evil products and silly back and fourths were great! to bad ABC didnt promote or give i a better time slot! Silly Silly Silly ABC!


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