Ted Lasso is just what we need in 2020

By Matt Lovett | 21 Aug 2020 at 3:10pm

Ted Lasso is a new series from Apple TV+ starring Jason Sudeikis (Horrible Bosses) that was released worldwide on August 14, 2020 (thankfully we are finally starting to see same day worldwide releases more now across the TV industry).

I went in watching Ted Lasso with low expectations. I am not a fan of watching sports, especially football. In fact I would go as far as saying I hate watching football. So I went in watching this show expecting to dislike it. I couldn’t have been more wrong.

The show is based on an ad campaign from 7 years ago when NBC Sports in the USA acquired the rights to play the Premier League. Check out the original ad below from YouTube.

You can even see from this that you actually don’t need to be a fan of watching sports or football to enjoy the comedic aspect of it.

The shows concept is similar to the original ad campaign where Ted Lasso goes from coaching a small town college American football team In Kansas to taking over a professional football team. However instead of taking over the Tottenham Hotspurs (for those of you who don’t follow football like me thats a real team), he takes over a fictional professional football team in England.

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After about 20 minutes in I was already hooked and rooting for the lead character, Ted Lasso to succeed.

The show is a feel good light-hearted comedy and it is just what we need in 2020, the year of the Coronavirus. Its fantastically written and leaves you wanting to see more of what Ted Lasso will do “differently” with his team and if it will pay off (I have a feeling it will!).

Still from Ted Lasso. Credit – Apple TV+.
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Watch the official Ted Lasso trailer

See the trailer for the Ted Lasso Apple TV+ series right now below.

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Episodes are released weekly

Unfortunately one really annoying aspect of this show (no fault of the actual show) but Apple TV+ have decided on releasing this show weekly, as they are doing with most their shows (the fantastic Mythic Quest I know was an exception, possibly there has been others?).

Why Apple, why? It is 2020, people expect and want to binge-watch shows. It is also a time when people are staying at home more. Disney took the move to release some of their content early.

The show features British actor Nick Mohammed as Nathan.

Is a second season happening?

Yes! Just five days after the premiere on Apple TV+, Apple announced that the show has been renewed for a second season after a strong debut.

How can I watch Ted Lasso?

You can watch the first 4 episodes straight away on Apple TV+ with further episodes weekly.

Apple TV+ costs £5 a month, however if you purchase a new Apple device recently you might be eligible for 12 months free membership (you can check eligibility here).

Right now I am not sure if Apple TV+ is worth £5 a month, in the USA they get it for $5 (roughly £3.80) a month which seems about right for the amount of content right now. Other shows worth checking out on Apple TV+ include The Morning Show, Mythic Quest and Central Park.


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