On the lighter side, the funny Apple TV+ comedy series Ted Lasso features Jason Sudeikis as a US college football coach, hired by the owner of a lower division English football team to coach a demoralized and dysfunctional team desperately trying to avoid being relegated to an even lower division. The owner Rebecca had acquired the team from her husband Rupert after a bitter divorce. Why she hired an American who has no knowledge of soccer and why he accepted the offer so that he is hated by the team’s loyal fans are plot points that are not really that much of spoilers but I will not reveal them here.
The story does not show much soccer. It is mostly about how the folksy, genial, and unflappable Lasso believes that sport should be fun and is about building character and that his role is to bring out the best in his players as people, that when people are happy and appreciated and working well together, success is a byproduct. Sudeikis won a Golden Globe award for his role.
Here is the trailer.
Here is one of the best scenes from the series, a darts game between Lasso and Rupert who seeks to control the team again.
It was announced that the second season will begin on July 23, 2021.
Interestingly, the Lasso character was initially created for a series of promos for NBC TV’s coverage of the Premier League, with Lasso being hired by Tottenham Hotspur
s. Here are the promos that eventually led to the show. Some of the gags in the promos made it into the show’s episodes.