In his new Apple TV + series, which debuted in mid-August, Jason Sudeikis plays Ted Lasso, a small college football coach from Kansas who was hired to coach a professional football team in England, despite having no experience with coaching football. It sounds like a premise that may be a little too simple, but this “comedy is more nuanced and charming than it looks”. Variety write.
Do not rate this series based on the ESPN campaigns it was (very loosely) based on. Even Ted Lasso himself is not the same person in the series – and there is a lot for the better.
Caroline Framke for Veriety:
When I first hit “Ted Lasso”, I was looking for a show to wear in the background while I was cooking and realized that it could be harmless enough to fit the bill … Cut to: ten episodes later, when I cried properly tears over what turned out to be a smart and remarkably sweet show about teamwork, friendship and redefined masculinity. Above all odds, “Ted Lasso” beat away my skepticism until there was no one left – just as the character himself does to everyone he meets.
Television has long taught audiences to expect an excessive amount of drama where there may not be much in reality, even if it was just milking each story for what it’s worth. But on “Ted Lasso”, potential landmines such as sewing jealousy, secret lust and Rebecca’s planning only party so long before the characters tackle it all as … well, adults … conditions are not entirely surprising given Lawrence’s commitment (see also: Cougar Town), but it is still sensational. There’s almost something subversive in how okay it is. Contrary to expectations about how TV stories should build and climax, “Ted Lasso” finds a refreshing new tool in just writing interactions so that the real people with a healthy self-awareness can come to work in real life.
At a time when just about everything feels catastrophic, it is undeniably satisfying to spend some time with good people who are just trying to be the best they can be, on and off the field.
MacDailyNews Take: Right now, Ted Lasso is our favorite TV show, not just Apple TV +. If you have not tried it, you can start the first episode on the Apple TV app or tv.apple.com as soon as you want to be entertained. Season One’s ten episode features definitely made us want more and anticipate season two! No wonder Apple quickly renewed this series.