Ted Lasso on Apple TV+ is finally getting its just due, as the show is an awards magnet. Season one premiered on August 14, 2020, but with little fanfare as Apple TV+ doesn’t have the viewership other streaming giants like Netflix and Amazon do. The show has gone on to garner a number of awards nominations, with actor Jason Sudeikis winning best actor awards along the way. The first season was nominated for an incredible 20 Emmy awards, and it will likely take home a number of them. Basically, every cast member eligible for an acting award got nominated. On Friday, July 23, 2021, the show returns for its second season. Whether you haven’t watched the show in a while and need a refresher, or you’re curious about this show everyone’s now talking about, we’ve got you covered. Here’s everything you need to know about Ted Lasso ahead of season two.
The show is about an American DII college football coach named Ted Lasso (duh). Ted has recently led the Wichita State Shockers to the National Title through unconventional means. This attracts the attention of Rebecca Welton, the new owner of AFC Richmond. She wants Ted to be her new manager, not because of his talent but because she wants the team to crash and burn. A clueless Ted travels across the pond with his trusted assistant Coach Beard to take on the task. We learn that sometimes the things you need most are the things you least expect.
Early on in the series, Ted is the butt of a lot of jokes. He has almost no functional knowledge of the game and the local fans and media relish the opportunity to throw it in his face. Undeterred, Ted plods along employing his outside-the-box style of just focusing on the people and relationships. It doesn’t take long for AFC Richmond, the fans, and Rebecca herself to get onboard the Ted Train. As we progress through the show, you see players come out of their shells and reveal the talent they had all along. The team comes together to make a final push to save their season and the future of the club, as they look to avoid relegation from the English Premier League.
State of the Characters
Ted has been on an emotional journey since we’ve met him. I won’t get into spoiler territory, but he is not having the easy-go-lucky life his personality gives off. Season two should see us delve into more of his personal life, and from some promotional materials that could include a trip back to the US to see Ted’s family.
With the results of the previous footie season set, Rebecca has to deal with the fallout of her actions to harm the team just to spite her ex-husband. For the first time, we will see her acting as an owner focused solely on putting out a winning product.
Higgins was quick to fall for Ted’s charm, much to the chagrin of Rebecca early on. It leads to his falling out of favor with her, but ultimately his steadfast resolve not only helps him return to his former position but with the added respect of Rebecca to boot.
Coach Beard is pretty much a rock for all of season one. For Ted, and the team. Look for him to continue that into season two, and possibly an expansion on his personal back story.
Roy was a former EPL star whose career was going the way of the Dodo. By the end of season one, it appears that his playing days are over, but I’m looking forward to seeing how he fits in with the team. He may have one Last Dance planned al a Michael Jordan.
Keely sees some of the most growth over the course of season one. We meet her as the girlfriend of future EPL star Jamie Tartt. She goes on to become an invaluable asset to AFC Richmond, a friend to Rebecca, and she starts a relationship with Roy.
Nate the Great was another character that really broke out in a big way when the show started flowing. Initially, a very timid kit man (equipment manager), he flourishes into a bonafide leader of the club. Seeing him in full-on coach mode is going to be a treat, and I hope he has some more expletive-laden pep talks up his sleeves.
I couldn’t be more excited for season two to drop. Ted Lasso season one was extremely funny, touching, and emotional. It was hands down one of the best seasons of any TV show I’ve ever watched. If you know nothing about soccer, you will have a basic understanding of the terminology after watching. Check out the trailer for season two below. And remember, Believe.