The announcement for Ted Lasso’s 2nd season has arrived. The season aptly has a slogan – “Kindness returns.” The sports comedy drama series hosted by Jason Sudeikis was an unexpected hit for Apple TV + when it debuted last August.
The announcement for Season 2 promises more than what we saw in the inaugural iteration. That’s obviously a good thing because the show’s first season was obviously one of the best in 2020.
Based on the character Jason Sudeikis created to promote NBC’s coverage of the English Premier League, Ted Lasso talks about American football coach Lass being recruited by an English national football team called AFC Richmond. The fact that Lasso has not the slightest experience with sports is part of the charm of the show.
Although each individual character is interesting and written with depth, it is Lasso who is the main moment here. Although his team considers him a stupid and popular ‘yankee’ they are forced to work with, Lasso is more than he seems. He is obsessed with levels of empathy and kindness that are rarely seen today.
He is not awake and up to date with the latest theories of social justice, such as many TV protagonists, but he encounters friendly and humble people, and he conquers people by being himself. The show illustrates the power of goodness.
His story, demeanor, and almost superhumanly optimistic look leave the viewer with a vague feeling as if someone was covering you with a soft, warm blanket.
The humor is mostly derived from how people react to Lass and his dumb American reaction to British English, cuisine and slogans unique to the UK.
The series has an excellent and talented, if not terribly well-known cast. Hannah Waddingham, Jeremy Swift, Phil Dunster, Brett Goldstein, Brendan Hunt, Nick Mohammed, Juno Temple, among others, play supporting roles. Everyone is coming back the second season.
The second season of Ted Lasso’s premiere on July 23 on Apple TV +.