Ted Lasso

A feel-good football comedy.

Photo: Colin Hutton

Ted Lasso is an American college football coach. So, naturally he’d be great at coaching an English football team, right? Not exactly, but gosh darn it if Ted’s optimism and folksy charm aren’t just what AFC Richmond needs, even if the team’s owner did only hire him in an attempt to get revenge on the previous owner, her ex.

Jason Sudeikis stars as Ted, a character he actually first played in a series of commercials for NBC Sports’ coverage of the Premier League. The Apple TV+ show greatly expands on those humble beginnings, however, and Ted Lasso has gone on to be one of the streaming service’s biggest hits.

  1. Episode 12 Inverting the Pyramid of Success
    Ted Lasso Season-Finale Recap: Last Match of the Season In the finale, the team comes together to achieve their ultimate goal but shows signs that they may be drifting apart moving forward.
  2. Episode 11 Midnight Train to Royston
    Ted Lasso Recap: Should I Stay or Should I Go? Is it safe to say that Nate has gone to the Dark Side?
  3. Episode 10 No Weddings and a Funeral
    Ted Lasso Recap: Never Can Say Good-bye Rebecca and Ted confront their parental baggage in a heartfelt episode that leaves a bunch of threads dangling.
  4. Episode 9 Beard After Hours
    Ted Lasso Recap: A Night on the Town A Beard-centric episode is cleverly structured and proves Ted Lasso can (and should) break formula from time to time.
  5. Episode 8 Man City
    Ted Lasso Recap: Crash The AFC Richmond members face difficult challenges that can’t be deflected with quick, feel-good zingers. They need to actually get vulnerable.
  6. Episode 7 Headspace
    Ted Lasso Recap: The Problem With Being a Wonder Kid Our guy Roy needs to give Keeley some space. And Nate, our other guy, needs to find some humility.
  7. Episode 6 The Signal
    Ted Lasso Recap: Ted Has Fled Roy is back and AFC Richmond is finally winning again, but now the conflicts continue to turn further inward.
  8. Episode 5 Rainbow
    Ted Lasso Recap: The Rom-Communist Manifesto An episode full of loving send-ups to rom-coms puts everything that is great about Ted Lasso on full display.
  9. Episode 4 Carol of the Bells
    Ted Lasso Recap: Have a Holly Lasso Christmas The Ted Lasso crew avoid all the usual pitfalls of a Christmas episode to crystallize everything that makes a feel-good comedy so great.
  10. Episode 3 Do the Right-est Thing
    Ted Lasso Recap: Bizarro Ted Sam’s first taste of stardom challenges his ethics as Jamie learns what it means to be a good teammate.
  11. Episode 2 Lavender
    Ted Lasso Recap: A Heart-to-Tartt Talk The vibes are still good for the AFC Richmond crew, but how long can they get by on tie games?
  12. Episode 1 Goodbye, Earl
    Ted Lasso Season-Premiere Recap: Dog Day Afternoon What could have been a mean bit of dark humor to open the season turns out to be a reminder of how moving this show can be.
  1. Episode 12 So Long, Farewell
    Ted Lasso Finale Recap: The Long Good-bye A string of emotional Ted talks and grand gestures, culminating in a dramatic match — could it have ended any other way?
  2. Episode 11 Mom City
    Ted Lasso Recap: Jamie’s Crying Ted set out to change how the Greyhounds approached football and life. And he’s accomplished that. So is his work now done?
  3. Episode 10 International Break
    Ted Lasso Recap: Hitting Bottom Our friends are on the messy rebound.
  4. Episode 9 La Locker Room aux Folles
    Ted Lasso Recap: Secrets and Lies Having everyone be a Nice Guy has been an asset, but it can feel phony whenever a complex situation arises.
  5. Episode 8 We’ll Never Have Paris
    Ted Lasso Recap: Oscar Wilde Is Dead? The Greyhounds are winning again, but everyone struggles to make progress off the field.
  6. Episode 7 The Strings That Bind Us
    Ted Lasso Recap: Adventures in Extreme Team Bonding Are we supposed to like Nate now?
  7. Episode 6 Sunflowers
    Ted Lasso Recap: Going Dutch Nothing like a night out in Amsterdam to help Ted & Co. through their identity crises.
  8. Episode 5 Signs
    Ted Lasso Recap: Clubhouse Problems Despite Zava’s superstar talent, Richmond keeps losing, leaving the team to wonder whether Ted is the best coach for the job.
  9. Episode 4 Big Week
    Ted Lasso Recap: Keeping It 2011 Ted finally realizes that he may indeed be a mess.
  10. Episode 3 4-5-1
    Ted Lasso Recap: Waiting for Zava The Greyhounds’ newest star turns the team around but winning can’t solve everything.
  11. Episode 2 I Don’t Want to Go to Chelsea
    Ted Lasso Recap: Hats Off to Roy Kent The Greyhounds’ resident grouch is going through a lot right now.
  12. Episode 1 Smells Like Mean Spirit
    Ted Lasso Season-Premiere Recap: New Beginnings, Dire Predictions Ted & Co. face some big existential questions as Ted Lasso heads into its final season.

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