Created bySeth MacFarlane
Directed bySeth MacFarlane
Theme music composerWalter Murphy
Opening theme"Everybody Needs a Best Friend" by Norah Jones
ComposerWalter Murphy
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes7
Executive producers
  • Aimee Carlson
  • Alana Kleiman
  • Erica Huggins
  • Jason Clark
  • Seth MacFarlane
  • Paul Corrigan
  • Brad Walsh
ProducerJohn Jacobs
CinematographyJeffrey C. Mygatt
  • Tom Costantino
  • Tony Orcena
  • Bart Rachmil
  • Justin Ulrich
  • Hillary Wills
Running time33–51 minutes
Production companies
Original release
ReleaseJanuary 11, 2024 (2024-01-11) –
present (present)
Ted 2

Ted (stylized in all lowercase) is an American fantasy comedy series created by Seth MacFarlane for Peacock. The third installment in the Ted franchise, it serves as a prequel to the feature films. It stars MacFarlane reprising his role as the voice of the titular character, alongside Max Burkholder, Alanna Ubach, Scott Grimes, and Giorgia Whigham. It premiered on January 11, 2024, and received positive reviews from critics. In May 2024, the series was renewed for a second season.


Set between 1993-1994, in between the opening sequence and main plot of Ted (2012), the series depicts the early life of a sentient teddy bear toy named Ted, as he lives with 16-year-old boy named John Bennett and his family in Framingham, Massachusetts.[1] In addition to John and Ted, the Bennett household includes John's father Matty, his mother Susan, and his cousin, Blaire, who is living with them while attending a college nearby. In the pilot episode, Ted is forced to attend school with John from then on, due to the trouble he causes while the rest of the family are at school or work.






Series overview
SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
17January 11, 2024 (2024-01-11)

Season 1 (2024)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
11"Just Say Yes"Seth MacFarlaneSeth MacFarlaneJanuary 11, 2024 (2024-01-11)
After causing one too many mishaps while home alone, Ted is mandated to start attending high school with John. After multiple attempts to get himself expelled, he discovers that Blaire sells marijuana to pay the rent that Matty charges her, and she reluctantly supplies him with some. After Ted gets both himself and John hooked on the substance, Matty evicts Blaire from his house after finding out about her drug business. She explains to John and Ted that she insists on living with them instead of her dysfunctional birth family because she sees potential in her cousin and wants to look out for him. Ted bribes Matty with the real mouthguard from Rocky in exchange for letting Blaire stay, and he complies. John and Ted promise Blaire to not do drugs again, but secretly agree to still smoke pot.
22"My Two Dads"Seth MacFarlanePaul Corrigan & Brad WalshJanuary 11, 2024 (2024-01-11)
After being attacked in the bathroom, John and Ted get back at Clive, the school bully, with a prank call in which they pretend to be his absentee father and humiliate him in public. Despite succeeding, the two feel guilty over hurting his feelings and continue pretending to be Clive's dad in hopes of bettering his life, something they quickly grow to enjoy doing. However, things come to a head when Clive becomes more interested in meeting his father in person at his birthday party. John and Ted hire a mall cop and aspiring actor to pose as Clive's dad, but the ruse is discovered due to him only knowing about Pippin. Although angry, Clive comes to realize that his rival's actions truly did help him out, and they all enjoy Clive’s birthday together. Meanwhile, Matty is hesitant to receive a colonoscopy due to a painful secret from his Vietnam days. However, he quickly realizes that having Blaire around makes him more comfortable.
33"Ejectile Dysfunction"Seth MacFarlaneDana GouldJanuary 11, 2024 (2024-01-11)
John wishes to watch his first porno, but is too young to rent one. Ted is also barred from this since he's only been alive for eight years. Using fake IDs, the two rent several pornos to watch at home while Susan and Matty are out on a date, but one of the VHS tapes gets stuck in the player. John and Ted sneak into the school building to swap out the AV room's VCR with their own, knowing it's an identical model, but are too late to stop Susan from discovering the porn tape. Already upset at Matty for his dismissive attitude throughout their date, she assumes the porn is his and believes that he no longer finds her exciting. Blaire reassures her that this is not true and lies about the VHS being hers, much to the relief of John and Ted, who have run away from home in shame.
44"Subways, Bicycles and Automobiles"Seth MacFarlaneJon PollackJanuary 11, 2024 (2024-01-11)
As payback for taking the fall for John and Ted in the previous episode, Blaire forces Ted to be her designated driver on Halloween night, which gets in the way of his and John's plans to throw eggs at trick-or-treaters. Ted ends up getting drunk at the party and crashes Blaire's car, with their quest home only being prolonged as they suffer multiple, progressively weirder, setbacks. Meanwhile, John is bored at home waiting for Ted, who promised to be home by 9:00. Susan attempts to remedy this by calling over her friend's eccentric, thirty-eight-year-old son to keep him company. John is unamused by this, but does learn a valuable lesson in seizing every moment of his life. At the end of the episode, John is shocked when Susan's friend's real son arrives.
55"Desperately Seeking Susan"Seth MacFarlaneSeth MacFarlaneJanuary 11, 2024 (2024-01-11)
Blaire believes that Matty and Susan's marriage is unhealthy, given the latter's propensity to let everyone walk all over her, and insists that they undergo marriage counseling. After Matty walks out on a professional counselor, Ted is asked to help instead. While the couple opens up, Susan reveals that she almost became a teacher before settling down with Matty, something Blaire implores her to give another shot. After John and Ted's teacher, Mr. George, is fired for yelling at his genitals in the faculty lounge, Susan is hired to fill in for him. Despite a mostly successful first day, she ultimately decides to remain a housewife, as she is plenty satisfied with what she already has.
66"Loud Night"Seth MacFarlaneJulius SharpeJanuary 11, 2024 (2024-01-11)
As Christmas approaches, Blaire's friend, Sarah, decides to stay with the Bennetts due to a canceled flight. Matty draws the family's ire after choosing to watch the football game over Susan's choir solo at church, as well as insulting John's masculinity and making insensitive remarks about Sarah. Feeling blown off, he makes a wish on a shooting star much like John did in the past, granting sentience to his childhood toy truck, Dennis, who is even more conservative than he is. Both of their beliefs are challenged when Blaire comes out as sexually fluid and reveals that she and Sarah are a couple. The two almost leave before Matty decides to put his family's happiness first and admits that his beliefs were brought on by his upbringing. Dennis admits that he's gay as well and was projecting this whole time. After everyone reconciles, he drives away to pursue his new life.
77"He's Gotta Have It"Seth MacFarlanePaul Corrigan & Brad WalshJanuary 11, 2024 (2024-01-11)
Following the introduction of Sex Ed in his class, John realizes that he may be the only remaining virgin in the student body. He and Ted try to prepare him for sex above all else, and soon enough, John forms a connection with his classmate, Bethany. However, Ted insists that she won't want to sleep with him if she thinks he's inexperienced, so the two lie about him being a ladies' man with a high body count. Right before John and Bethany can attend the Junior Prom, Bethany decides to break up, not wanting to just be a notch on his belt. After getting arrested and then blowing up at Ted, John goes to the prom separately from him and reveals his secret to the student body, winning Bethany back. The two prepare to have sex at her place, but are interrupted by the news of O. J. Simpson fleeing the cops, much like how Susan and Matty were interrupted by the news of Richard Nixon's resignation in 1974. The episode ends with John and Ted coming up with the "Thunder Buddies" song from the first Ted film.


It was announced in June 2021 that Peacock had given a straight-to-series order for a prequel series to the 2012 film. In addition to serving as executive producer for the series, Seth MacFarlane reprises his role as the titular character Ted. Due to the prequel nature of the series, film stars Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, and Amanda Seyfried were not expected to reprise their roles.[3] In April 2022, Scott Grimes, Max Burkholder, and Giorgia Whigham joined the cast.[4] In May 2022, Alanna Ubach rounded out the cast of the series.[5]

MacFarlane stated that he was offered a chance to make a Ted television series by Universal, following the success of the films, and agreed to do it so long as the CGI on Ted was not "nickel-and-dimed." He ultimately decided on a prequel as opposed to a continuation from where Ted 2 left off, citing the greater story potential and Wahlberg's busy schedule.[6] MacFarlane also noted the appeal of doing a streaming show in which the main character is CGI, something he had not really seen before.[7] According to Burkholder, each of the main cast members had to walk around with a life-sized replica of Ted for three months to prepare for their roles before filming.[8]

Filming began in August 2022 at the Universal Studios Lot.[9][10] The show was produced with ViewScreen, a new program developed at Fuzzy Door Productions that allowed special effects to be viewed in real-time while filming instead of waiting to add them in post.[11] The series consists of seven episodes. In November 2022, Seth MacFarlane confirmed that filming had wrapped.[12]

In May 2024, the series was renewed for a second season.[13]


The show's premiere took place on January 10, 2024, at the AMC Cinema at The Grove in Los Angeles.[14]

All seven episodes of Ted were released on January 11, 2024.[15] Within the first three days after its premiere, the series became the most-watched original title on Peacock.[16] In the UK, the series was released on Sky as eight episodes, with episode one split into two parts, premiering on February 9, 2024.[17]


On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 72% of 39 reviews are positive for the series, with an average rating of 6.7/10. The website's critics consensus reads, "The silly old bear isn't quite up to new tricks with this foul-mouthed sitcom, but fans of Seth MacFarlane's caustic comedy will get plenty of kick out of Ted's latest antics."[18] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 51 out of 100 based on 18 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[19]

Nick Schager of The Daily Beast gave the season a positive review, praising its humor and handling of political themes, even stating that the series "earns quite a few more chuckles than its big-screen counterparts."[20] Chris Vognar of Rolling Stone was similarly optimistic, describing the show as "silly" and "juvenile" but full of laughs nonetheless.[21] Neal Justin of Star Tribune described Ted as "actually kind of sweet––and noble", praising its comedy and heart.[22]

Variety's Allison Herman was far more critical, describing the franchise as "not the kind of story that requires expansion" and criticizing the show's similarity to the movies and lack of identity. She also criticized the series' 40-minute runtime and low episode count, describing seven episodes as "when an actual network sitcom would just be getting started."[23] Angie Han of The Hollywood Reporter gave the show a mixed review, praising the casting and the chemistry between MacFarlane and Burkholder, but criticized the episodes' length and pacing. She stated that "for every element that clicks, there are a half dozen more that don't" and suggested that Seth MacFarlane might be getting in his own way.[24] Anita Singh of the Telegraph awarded the series one star out of five, writing “Seth MacFarlane’s sweary Paddington has one joke… and it isn't big, it isn't clever and it's certainly not funny.”[25]


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