By Adam Markovitz
Updated March 19, 2009 at 06:51 PM EDT

Last night’s premiere of ABC’s new half-hour comedy Better off Ted was a great showcase for what the network does best: shiny, high-concept fare with spot-on casting and clever scripts. The show takes place at a comically vague company called Viridian Dynamics (a cross between GE and Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory) where a charismatic R&D wiz (Jay Harrington) and his pathologically blunt boss (Portia de Rossi) work on projects like edible steel and pumpkin weapons.

Sounds cute, right? It is — but that’s the problem, too. With its bouncy make-believe world, and pathos-free characters, Ted has more than a little of the canned whimsy that occasionally overpowered past ABC shows like Pushing Daisies and Eli Stone — and we all know what happened to them.

Click here to check out Ken Tucker’s full review of the show in this week’s issue, and then let us know what you think: Is Ted a hit in the making, or would you be better off without it?