The Foul Mouth, Pot Smoking Talking Teddy Returns
Seth MacFarlane is returning to lend his voice as everybody’s favorite alcoholic teddy bear. Peacock’s new limited series Ted is a prequel to the hit 2012 comedy starring Mark Walberg and Seth MacFarlane. Taking place in 1993, the original series is set before the events of the first two Ted films and focuses on the early years of the sentient teddy bear as he lives with a teenage John Bennett and his family in Massachusetts.
John and Ted Are Going to Highschool
The trailer shows Ted the Bear (Seth MacFarlane) being a bad influence on his best friend, John Bennett (Max Burkholder), as usual. John, previously played by Mark Wahlberg, is now a 16-year-old unpopular kid in high school with a talking teddy bear who lives at home with him. His parents, Matty and Susan (Scott Grimes and Alanna Ubach), force Ted to go to high school because of his destructive antics while they are out of the house. Sex ed classes, bullies, and girlfriends are all on the schedule for the two as Ted tries to help his best bud get through high school in the 1990s.
The series is co-executive produced and written by MacFarlane alongside Paul Corrigan and Brad Walsh. Also serving as executive producers are Erica Huggins, Alana Kleiman, Jason Clark, and Aimee Carlson of Fuzzy Door Productions, a production company founded by Macfarlane.
The Original Ted
The original Ted movie starred Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis alongside MacFarlane as a breakout hit, generating $218 million domestically and $549 million in worldwide box office sales. Ted 2 featured Wahlberg, Macfarlane, and Amanda Seyfried. The movie performed moderately well, bringing in $81 million in the U.S. and $217 million worldwide, according to The Numbers.
Serving as Seth MacFarlane’s directorial debut, Ted was released through Universal Pictures and brought a few of the beloved voices from Family Guy to the big screen in the same comedic style MacFarlane is known for. No doubt fans of Family Guy flocked to the theaters to experience the same comedic tone the show had to offer, this time with real actors on screen. Macfarlane went on to direct his sophomore effort, the comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West, before releasing Ted 2.
The seven-episode limited series premieres January 11, 2024, only on Peacock.
Ted (2024) Peacock Official Trailer