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Ted Lasso is the American comedy about the fictional AFC Richmond that premiered in 2020 and quickly became a critical and commercial hit. Created by Bill Lawrence (from Scrubs), Jason Sudeikis, Joe Kelly, and Brendan Hunt, the show follows the story of Ted Lasso, a small-time American football coach who is hired to coach an English football team, despite having no experience with soccer. While the premise of the show may sound like a classic fish-out-of-water story, it's the character of Ted Lasso himself that has captured the hearts of audiences worldwide.
We're exploring why Ted Lasso is so heart-warming and not at all what audiences would think of if pitched a comedy series about football in the UK.
Ted Lasso is both heart-warming and hilarious series that manages to make the world of British football, which is traditionally seen as male, loud and creating hooligan behavior, one of charm instead. Ted's southern optimism turns the Premier League title race into an uplifting journey that celebrates the power of kindness, teamwork, and friendship.
One of the standout features of Ted Lasso is Jason Sudeikis' performance. Ted is a relentlessly optimistic and upbeat presence, even in the face of adversity, and his positive attitude and quirky sense of humour seem to be infectious to his team and Richmond's highly strung, very British management. Sudeikis brings a depth and sincerity to the character that makes him both lovable and relatable. Audiences who are usually against cheering on any football team due to the sport's stereotypical brash nature are also rooting for Ted's success.
The show boasts a talented ensemble cast, with standout performances from Game Of Thrones' Hannah Waddingham as the team's tough but sensitive owner, Juno Temple as the fiery team assistant carving her own path, and Brett Goldstein (writer and actor in Ted Lasso) as the gruff and guarded team captain. Each character is given a chance to shine, and their individual journeys are woven together seamlessly to create a rich and rewarding narrative; audiences are supporting Rebecca triumphing over Anthony Stewart Head's Richard as much as they are wanting Richmond to win their league.
Beyond its charming characters and witty dialogue, "Ted Lasso" also tackles important themes, such as mental health, relationships, and the importance of communication. The show explores these topics with sensitivity and nuance, never shying away from the complexity of human emotions and experiences. One of these difficult topics discussed so openly and unexpectedly is Ted's broken relationship with his wife and how much he misses his son while being abroad. He is shown to struggle with opening up and showing his emotion despite being a positive influence on everyone around him. Ted speaks to the team's therapist reluctantly after suffering with panic attacks. The Doc herself can be seen drinking away her loneliness showing that you never know what is happening in someone's life despite their outward demeanour.
Visually, the show Ted Lasso is impressive with vibrant colours and cinematography that allows us to truly believe AFC Richmond is up there with the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea. Scenes filmed in the area of Richmond Upon Thames on the London/Surrey border capture both the beauty of the area and the intensity of soccer matches and their impact on community.
If you haven't seen Ted Lasso yet, it is worth subscribing to Apple TV+ for. It really is an easy watch, will leave you feeling bright and is a triumph of storytelling and character development. It's a show that will make you laugh, cry, and feel inspired due to the positivity of Ted and will allow you to escape the negativity of real life and celebrate the power of kindness and compassion. With its irresistible charm and heartfelt tone, Ted Lasso is a must-watch for anyone in need of a little positivity and hope.
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