Set in 1993, the prequel to Seth MacFarlane’s popular film franchise sees Ted, whose fame has passed, living with and being an awful influence on best friend John; all 7 episodes premiere on January 11.
Seth MacFarlane’s hugely popular – and funny – Ted film franchise gets its own Peacock series to ring in the new year. The prequel kicks off in a special streaming debut with all seven episodes on January 11, 2024, giving “Ted Talks” a whole new meaning.
In the show, it’s 1993, and Ted the bear’s (MacFarlane) moment of fame has passed. He’s now living back home 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 Cousin Blaire (Giorgia Whigham). Ted may be a lousy influence on John, but at the end of the day, he’s a loyal pal who’s always willing to go out on a limb for friendship.
A note from Seth MacFarlane (executive producer/writer/director/co-showrunner/Ted), Paul Corrigan and Brad Walsh (executive producers/writers/co-showrunners) about the show reads:
“Each generation develops its own unique artistic style, its own way of seeing the world. In the twenties, it was the subversive musical phrasings of jazz. In the fifties, it was the bold brushwork of the abstract expressionists. Our generation’s unique art is streaming content based on previously successful intellectual property. In that proud tradition, we humbly give you Ted.
Our series is a prequel to the Ted movies. It takes place in the nineties but is based on the timeless truth that being sixteen sucks. The only thing that makes it tolerable is going through it with a friend, even if that friend is a has-been magical teddy bear with a foul mouth and a proclivity for drug use.
The three of us were teenagers in the nineties and grew up in and around Boston, where the show takes place, so many of these stories are personal for us. We were able to put the characters through some of the same indignities and milestones we experienced back then. Also, we made stuff up (it’s a lot of pages to fill, and real life is mostly boring).”
Check out the teaser:
VFX studios on the series include Framestore, Method Studios, and Tippett Studio.
Erica Huggins, Alana Kleinman, Jason Clark, and Aimee Carlson (Fuzzy Door Productions) serve as executive producers. Series regulars include MacFarlane, Burkholder, Ubach, Grimes, and Whigham.
The series is produced by UCP, a division of Universal Studio Group, Fuzzy Door, and MRC.