15 Reasons Why "Ted Lasso" Is The Show That Will Get Us Through 2020

    This show is the warm hug we all need this year.

    2020 has been...a lot, to say the least. And sometimes the best way to cope with stressful times is some comfort television.

    Enter Ted Lasso, the most comforting show of the year. If you haven't checked it out yet, here are just a few reasons why you absolutely should.

    1. To start, it has a really fun premise: Ted Lasso, an American football coach, is hired to coach a Premier League soccer team in London despite having no relevant soccer experience.

    2. It's based on these hilarious commercials that NBC made when the network started airing Premier League games, starring Jason Sudeikis as Ted and Brendan Hunt as his assistant coach and bestie, Coach Beard.

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    Hunt, like Sudeikis, also reprises his role as the not-quite-as-talkative counterpart to Ted on the show. The writers changed Ted's character a bit for the show, but the mustache, accent, and lack of soccer knowledge remain intact.

    3. One of the show's creators and executive producers is Bill Lawrence, the man behind Scrubs and Cougartown.

    4. The writers of the show have some serious comedy chops.

    5. Sudeikis gives a terrific performance as Ted.

    6. The entire ensemble is perfectly cast, to be quite honest.

    7. The plot manages to be surprising, despite having a fairly predictable premise.

    8. Are you a sports lover? Great! Have you never watched sports in your life? Doesn't matter! Ted Lasso will win you over either way.

    9. Its hopeful, feel-good vibe is the perfect 30 minutes of escapism that we need right now.

    10. But despite its overwhelmingly positive tone, the show doesn't shy away from sadder moments that help keep it grounded.

    Two of the main characters go through difficult divorces, and one of the team's star players deals with the fact that his aging body can't keep up with the demands of professional soccer.

    11. In just one season, the characters undergo full arcs that still leave room for them to grow in later seasons.

    12. The show's humor has a little something for everyone, from slapstick to witty dialogue to puns to full-on dad jokes.

    13. If that's still not enough to entice you, the show has what is destined to become one of the greatest ships in television.

    14. And in a show about a men's sports team, the two female leads, Rebecca and Keeley, are complex and intelligent and have their own dynamic that's independent of whatever the men are doing.

    15. The show has already been renewed for a second season, and the Season 1 finale set up at least two more seasons.

    You can watch the whole first season of Ted Lasso on Apple TV+ right now.