Between 2012 and 2015, Seth MacFarlane —creator of Family Guy— directed two movies that went viral and became huge comedic successes of the decade: Ted and Ted 2. Under the premise of a teddy bear that is actually a sort of dirty old man, they could be considered the last politically incorrect films to achieve such success. The first installment grossed over 500 million dollars and the second over 200 million.
Now, Ted is back in a way we didn’t expect: with a television series. Instead of bringing back the teddy bear for a third movie, Peacock has decided to turn his adventures into a series, a format that suits it very well. Thus, on January 11, 2024, the Ted series will premiere on the platform —it will likely arrive on SkyShowtime here. And here’s its debut trailer:
Ted is coming back with a prequel series
Ted’s series is actually a prequel to the movies starring Mark Wahlberg and Amanda Seyfried. The fiction takes us several years before the film, back to the ’90s, a time when the bear had much more freedom than in the 2000s… and therefore could be much more unrestrained. The synopsis goes:
“We’re in 1993, and Ted’s (Seth MacFarlane) fame has faded. Now he lives in Framingham, Massachusetts, with his best friend, 16-year-old John Bennett (Max Burkholder), along with John’s parents, Matty and Susan (Scott Grimes and Alanna Ubach), and his cousin Blaire (Giorgia Whigham). In adolescence, Ted might be a terrible influence on John, but at the end of the day, he’s a loyal friend always willing to take risks for their friendship.”