Ted Prequel Struggles with Offensive Jokes but Shows Promise in Later Episodes

Los Angeles, CA – The highly anticipated prequel to “Ted” is making headlines, but not for all the right reasons. The new series, also titled “Ted,” premiered on Peacock with a 50-minute episode that left viewers scratching their heads. While the runtime may seem reasonable, it feels out of place for a sitcom-style TV show. Additionally, the episode begins with a barrage of offensive jokes that are designed to provoke and push boundaries.

However, if viewers can push past the initial shock factor, subsequent episodes show some improvement. The show occasionally finds its footing when it leans into absurdity and goofiness rather than relying on offensive humor. The creator and star of the series, Seth MacFarlane, could benefit from getting out of his own way to allow the comedy to shine through.

The “Ted” prequel stays true to the source material, with the main character Ted, a foul-mouthed teddy bear brought to life. The series is set two decades earlier in 1993 and follows Ted’s human best friend, John Bennett, as a 16-year-old. The shift in time also brings a change in subgenre, transforming the show into a modern spin on sitcoms from the ’80s and ’90s.

The streaming platform provides the freedom for “Ted” to embrace its crassness and push the boundaries of humor. While this edginess is part of its signature, the longer runtime exposes the show’s sloppiness. Trimming down the episodes to a standard 22 minutes could have allowed for tighter writing and better pacing.

Despite its flaws, “Ted” does have its moments. The chemistry between Max Burkholder, who plays John, and Seth MacFarlane, who voices Ted, is endearing. Other standout performances come from Giorgia Whigham as John’s cousin Blaire and Alanna Ubach as John’s mother Susan.

Ultimately, “Ted” suffers from its lack of restraint. The indulgence that works for a TV character becomes tiresome for a full series. While there is potential for a tighter and brighter show, the overwhelming self-indulgence detracts from its charm.

In conclusion, the “Ted” prequel on Peacock has led to mixed reviews. While it has its comedic moments, the show suffers from excessive offensive humor and a lack of restraint. Viewers may find themselves longing for a more refined and concise version of the series.