Why Ted Lasso will be the feelgood hit of the summer

The heartwarming comedy series Ted Lasso, has scored another season

Ted Lasso starring Jason Sudeikis
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"This year, kindness makes a comeback,” teases the new trailer for the Apple TV+ series Ted Lasso and we're already feeling a little better.

Ted Lasso, starring Jason Sudeikis, is the unexpected hit show that celebrates kindness and positivity. The series follows Ted, a small-time college football coach from Kansas who receives the opportunity of a lifetime: a job coaching a professional soccer team in England. The kicker? He has zero soccer coaching experience. Thankfully, his charm and goofy personality help see him through and draw us into his story.

The show has already gained major recognition, including a Critics Choice Award for best comedy series and a Peabody Award for entertainment, after just one season. So, it comes as no surprise that Saturday Night Live alum, Jason and his comedy crew are heading back to the field for season two.

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Ted Lasso has a quirky take on the world

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The happy-go-lucky character Ted Lasso has been praised as a refreshing television character, especially for men. His character moves away from a traditionally male role model, one that is afraid of showing emotions or sensitivity. Ted, instead, focuses on team-building, optimism and being genuinely kind to others—something that hasn't gone unrecognized by viewers.

"It's been profound," Jason told Entertainment Weekly. "Not a day goes by when I don't receive a message from someone talking about how the show affected them."

In true heartwarming moments, Ted has used unusual means to help his teammates bond. He encouraged the underappreciated kit man, Nate, to create a suggestion box, in order to boost his confidence and make sure the team understood that their issues were being heard. 

Ted’s small acts of kindness prevail throughout, especially as he tries to develop a positive relationship with his boss Rebecca. He literally goes out of his way to make her biscuits from scratch while she deliberately continues to try and ruin his life. Altogether, his character approaches life with an unshakeable positivity that touches the lives of those around him. While most of the characters are put off by this in the beginning, Ted’s optimism gradually melts their hearts.

What can we expect from Ted Lasso season 2?

Season one concluded with Ted remaining coach for AFC Richmond after Rebecca refused to accept his letter of resignation. Though the Premier League team was demoted, this helped set the stage for season two where Jason's character will be tasked with delivering an unlikely comeback.

Who will be in Ted Lasso season 2?

Along with Jason, we can expect to see more familiar faces in the second season including Hannah Waddington who plays Rebecca, Juno Temple as Keeley Jones, Brendan Hunt as Coach Beard, Nick Mohammed playing Nathan Shelley, and Jeremy Swift as Higgins.

In an intriguing twist, a new and not necessarily welcome character will join the cast.

Sarah Niles is set to join the show as a series regular. The actress will play Sharon, a sports psychologist who may cause some trouble for coach Lasso. Whatever happens, we’re still rooting for Ted and victory against the odds.

Season two will be available on Apple TV+ to stream on July 23, so make sure you’re match ready by watching the trailer below.

Rylee Johnston

Rylee is a U.S. news writer who previously worked for woman&home and My Imperfect Life covering lifestyle, celebrity, and fashion news. Before joining woman&home and My Imperfect Life, Rylee studied journalism at Hofstra University where she explored her interests in world politics and magazine writing. From there, she dabbled in freelance writing covering fashion and beauty e-commerce for outlets such as the TODAY show, American Spa Magazine, First for Women, and Woman’s World.