Ted Lasso – Season 1 (2020)
A fun, easy watch
I’d heard about Ted Lasso in a video from a famous YouTube reviewer. She made it sound like an easy watch with a lovable lead so I thought I’d give it a shot. Watching an American football coach move to England to train a soccer team sounded like fun. Her description was spot-on. Unfortunately, there’s not much else to the show beyond that.
Despite having no knowledge of or experience with soccer, American football coach Ted Lasso moves from the US to Richmond, England to manage a Premier League soccer team. The players and residents are doubtful of his abilities but Ted’s optimism has won him a championship before and might do so again.
Jason Sudeikis leads the cast and does a decent job of steering the ship. Juno Temple, as Keeley, and Hannah Waddingham (who famously played Septa ‘Shame’ Unella on Game of Thrones), as Rebecca, give the other strong performances. Sadly, the bulk of acting on the show is pretty lackluster.
Similar to the acting, the writing also doesn’t shine very brightly. It isn’t terrible, but it isn’t great either. The plot is fairly predictable and the beats feel too familiar. There are some emotional moments that really work and these are usually around family and intimate relationships. But most of the emotion surrounding the soccer team itself feels shallow and contrived. This was definitely a missed opportunity since the bulk of the show revolved around the team dynamics.
Ted Lasso is a decent enough show for casual viewing. It’s fun and the main character is pretty likable. However, I’m not sure I would recommend this to anyone, considering how much good tv exists right now. It’s hardly ‘must-see tv’. That said, I saw a lot of potential in the show and it’s been renewed by Apple TV+ for two more seasons. It’s too early to say, but I may just tune in again to see if the showrunners up their game moving forward.
Source: Ted Lasso (Apple TV+) (2020)