I’ve previously mentioned a few shows I have enjoyed over the past few years, such as Bosch, Schitt’s Creek, Broadchurch, Safe, The Undoing, West Wing, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Ozark.
But over the past couple of weeks, my wife and I have semi-binge watched the show, Ted Lasso.
And I think this may be my favorite of all of them. Here is a description of the show from Wikipedia:
Ted Lasso is an American comedy streaming television series developed by Bill Lawrence, Jason Sudeikis, Joe Kelly and Brendan Hunt, based on a character of the same name that Sudeikis first portrayed in a series of promos for NBC Sports’ coverage of the Premier League. The series premiered with the first three episodes on Apple TV+ on August 14, 2020, and was renewed for a second season consisting of twelve episodes five days after its premiere. In October 2020, the series was renewed for a third season.
The premise of the show is that Lasso (played by Sudeikis) is an American football coach who led the Wichita State Shockers to a Division II National Collegiate Athletic Association Championship. He is hired to coach AFC Richmond, an association football team. A folksy American, he is seen as unsophisticated and knowing nothing about football/soccer, but is smarter than he looks. He loves to coach and cares more about people than wins.
Sudeikis originally debuted the titular character in 2013 as part of a series of commercials for NBC Sports promoting their coverage of the Premier League, in which Lasso is depicted as the new head coach of Tottenham Hotspur F.C. Television producer and Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence was brought in to work on a television series based around the character in 2017. The series was commissioned in October 2019 by Apple TV+. The first season had 10 episodes.
Lawrence has indicated that Ted Lasso will be likely a “three-season show” due to the limited availability of Sudeikis beyond the third season. Lawrence went on to say that the story has a planned resolution within those three seasons.
It’s funny. It’s touching. It has great characters. It has sports running in the background. It’s set in England. It has pubs.
How can you not like a show that has all of that going on?
I’m already looking forward to season two. And there’s a good chance I’ll re-watch season one as a refresher, something I rarely do.