Ted Lasso: A Must-Watch Comedy TV Show


Lukas Werner

Ted Lasso has proven to be a great TV show, despite not originally being meant to be a TV show.

Eldon Nichols

Apple TV’s original “Ted Lasso” has been gaining an immense amount of popularity across the country, if not the world, winning seven Emmy Awards in September. Bombarded with emotional roller coasters, comedy, and lots of personal difficulties, “Ted Lasso” is beautifully executed by some of the greatest actors and actresses across the world. 

Surprisingly, “Ted Lasso” did not start out as a TV show, but it began as a short promotion made by the National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC). After NBC spent $250 million for the broadcast rights to the Premier League, the top soccer league in England, NBC faced a predicament: Not all U.S. viewers knew the rules of the game.

A promotion video was the golden idea for NBC.

Just under five minutes long, this promotion video was to help send the message to American soccer fans that it is okay to not be very knowledgeable about the game and you can still enjoy watching it.

Ted Lasso, the main character of the promotion and TV show, is an American football coach, who mistakenly got put into the head coach position of the Tottenham Hotspurs, one of the best English soccer teams. 

Ted Lasso knew nothing about soccer but he had to do the job.

Jason Sudeikis, who plays Ted Lasso, also came up with the idea of the character Ted Lasso. When approached by NBC to make a promotional video, he came up with this brilliant idea inspired by his former high school basketball coach, Donnie Campbell.

“[Ted Lasso is] based on a few people,” Sudeikis said in an interview with the Today show. “My high school basketball coach, Donnie Campbell, was just a fella from a small town in Kansas who spoke in those little aphorisms.” 

Sudeikis had no idea the places his idea would go.

The promotion video was successful. It turned into an Emmy Award-winning TV show.

Sudeikis, along with many other talented actors and actresses — such as Hannah Waddingham, who plays Rebecca Welton; Brett Goldstein, who plays Roy Kent; and Juno Temple, who plays Keely Jones — do a great job in portraying the challenges regular people might face. 

While facing these hardships the cast always tries to show the power of human kindness and compassion for others. Not only were they focusing on kindness and compassion, but comedy was also a major factor in why this show is so extraordinary.

For the entirety of the first season, I could not stop laughing. I don’t know how the writers are so creative with the jokes made in this show, but I give them huge props for making this show so dang funny. If you’re looking for a good laugh, Ted Lasso will be the best thing for you.

“Ted Lasso isn’t a show, it’s a vibe,” Sudeikis said.

I think “vibe” perfectly describes this show. I interpret the show’s vibe as chill and almost comforting. You won’t be biting your fingernails or covering your eyes with a pillow, you’ll just be watching a nice guy by the name of Ted Lasso try to get along with his new community.

 I assure you, once you watch one episode of this amazing show, you will get hooked.

However, “Ted Lasso” could have improved some things on the show.

In my opinion, the first season’s cast played their roles to perfection. The amount of comedy was perfect, leaving me satisfied to the very last minute of the last episode. The first season had the right balance of happiness and sadness.

The second season, however, was a different story. 

It was definitely not as balanced as the first season. The lack of comedy was immense and affected the whole season. The second season had overflowing levels of sadness. For me, it was a little too depressing, but it’s still a great show.

With season three coming out next summer, I am excited to see how this show grows.

Overall, I would recommend this show to anyone, especially people who like to laugh. I believe this is one of the best shows I have ever watched, and I think you will agree with me after you tune in as well.