There, I said it. I started watching this weird, funny little comedy on Apple TV+ over the weekend because Ruth Bador Ginsburg died and it was pretty obvious that nothing good was gonna come of that, and I’d just spent a week researching my QAnon essay over at the Sideboob, and God help me I just needed something nice in my life.
I saw a couple of people tweeting about this show, all of them saying it was 'delightful'. There is nothing delightful in the world these days, so I figured what the hell, I'll give it a look.
Oh my God, I love it so.
And I really shouldn't. It's all about an American football coach who moves to the UK to manage a terrible soccer club. I think it was first developed as a TV commercial. Nothing about this suggests must-see-TV.
And yet… And yet… I cannot stop watching.
It really is delightful. A quick synopsis; Jason Sudeikis plays Ted Lasso an impossibly good-natured, kindhearted, college football coach from Kansas City. For a bunch of reasons I won't go into because SPOILERS, he ends up coaching the worst club in the English Premier League.
It could be a one note joke. It could be cruel. It could be really boring because, you know, soccer. But it is genuinely one of the most heartwarming pieces of television I've watched in ages. I had a lot of feelings about Cobra Kai over the last couple of weeks. It's great. I can't wait for season three. But there is a real darkness and even an element of tragedy to the reboot of the Karate Kid franchise. It doesn't always leave you feeling better about the world.
The characters in Lasso are so well drawn, however, with such care taken for their all too human flaws and frailty, that even when it looks like everything is about to go absolutely tits up, it's possible to keep watching, confident it will all work out in the end.
It really is a TV show for this the worst of timelines. Because in the world of real things, nothing is going to work out in the end.
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