This week’s surprise entry into the Netflix global top ten list is the Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis-starred satirical adult comedy Ted. The 2012 film was the directorial debut of Seth MacFarlane, who also voices the titular Ted, a teddy bear come to life.
The R-rated comedy Ted has nestled itself in the third position in the top ten list, trailing behind The Mother and Anna Nicole Smith: You Don’t Know Me. While The Mother has raked in a record (for Netflix) 94.42 million watch hours, the Smith documentary has 15.65m, and Ted has 11.21m hours viewed so far.
Ted follows the story of John Bennet (Wahlberg), a man whose childhood teddy bear Ted (MacFarlane) came to life after a wish eight-year-old John made. As adults, John’s bond with Ted causes problems with his girlfriend, Lori (Kunis). John tries to balance his friendship with Ted and his romantic life, but Ted’s wild, and often crude, behaviour leads to further friction between the two. Meanwhile, a deranged fan of Ted’s, Donny (Giovanni Ribisi), becomes obsessed with owning Ted. Hilarity ensues, along with a few defecation jokes lodged in for good measure.
A prequel series based on Ted is in the works currently. While MacFarlane will reprise his role, Wahlberg and Kunis are not expected to be involved. MacFarlane told Collider that the show will be set in 1993 and track Ted and John’s (who will be played by Max Burkholder) adolescence in a way.
He revealed, “Tonally, we’re sticking pretty close to the first movie…But we’re at the same time, exploring some new ground and kind of building up a past for John and Ted that we hadn’t really delved into in the film.”
The other films dominating the top ten list this week include A Man Called Otto, Synchronic, Missing, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, The Croods, UglyDolls, and The Healer. This is The Mother’s and Synchronic’s second week and A Man Called Otto’s third week going strong, but The Croods has been running strong for five weeks in a row at this point.