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Watch the Foul-Mouthed Red Band Trailer for Peacock's Ted Prequel Series

Ted's moment of fame has passed and now he's stuck in the suburbs. Watch the R-rated trailer here.

By Caitlin Busch

Seth MacFarlane is taking us back ... to high school. In the high-flying red band trailer for Peacock's Ted prequel series, we join 16-year-old John Bennett (Max Burkholder) as he navigates the terrifying ordeal of attending high school in the '90s. Lucky for him (or unlucky, depending on the day), he's got his best buddy, Ted (voiced by series creator, co-showrunner, and executive producer Seth MacFarlane), at his side.

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In an official press statement, MacFarlane and EPs and co-showrunners Paul Corrigan and Brad Walsh said: "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.   

Matty, Susan, Blaire, Ted and John sit in the living room on Season 1 Episode 1 of Ted.

"Our series is a prequel to the Ted movies," they continued. "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)."

John and Ted sit in a classroom on Season 1 Episode 5 of TED

The series is a comedic prequel event series to the Ted films. It's 1993, and Ted the Bear’s moment of fame has passed. He’s now living back home in Framingham, Massachusetts, with his best friend, John, 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 ultimately, he’s a loyal pal who’s always willing to go out on a limb for friendship.

The seven-episodes series, as seen in the above trailer, will have viewers joining John and Ted on the scariest journey of all: adolescence in suburban America.

All seven episodes of Ted premiere on Peacock on Thursday, January 11, 2024.

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