Sometimes we all need a show that just gives a huge virtual hug. And that show is Ted Lasso on AppleTV+. Jason Sudeikis plays Ted Lasso a low-level American Football coach who gets hired to manage a Premier League football (soccer) team in the UK. That is despite knowing nothing about the game or ever having coached it before.
The club is Richmond FC and it's clear from the get-go that its owner, Rebecca Welton (Hannah Waddingham) inherited the club in her recent divorce. Knowing how much her ex-husband loved the club, Rebecca decides that she is going to burn it down (metaphorically) and she starts by hiring Ted Lasso, thinking that he will do such a poor job the club will get relegated which will crush her ex. But she doesn't bank on Ted being one of the most genuine and likable people she has ever met.
With his southern drawl and easy manner, Ted goes about changing the atmosphere at the club and in the locker room. Players with anger and ego issues are soon transformed as Ted inspires and instills a sense of belief all through compassion and kindness. But Ted Lasso is more than some sugary sweet drama. It has some sharp comedy and laugh-out-loud moments as the American and British cultures clash.
And, dare I say it, some moments that will have you reaching for the tissues. In particular, Rebecca's story will resonate as a woman whose cheating husband still manages to cause enormous pain by simply being a complete prick. All the while Ted is so nice that it gets harder and harder for her to want to see him fail. Especially as she discovers that Ted's life is not perfect and that he too is battling with his own personal problems. But as the team's poor run of form continues and relegation looms will Ted be able to save the club from demotion?
Ted Lasso has one of the most perfect collections of characters ever put together on the small screen. From the sassy but loveable Keely (Juno Temple, Dirty John) to the meek and mild-mannered Nathan, to the unassuming assistant Coach Beard and everyone in between, the show is a clever dramedy that deservedly earned Sudeikis a Golden Globe win. Ted Lasso is a man of heart and soul and so is this show.