Ted Lasso is the mood booster the world needed.
The Apple TV+ series is loved by many people around the world, and not just because it’s funny. Jason Sudeikis‘ ever-cheerful character, coach Ted Lasso, manages to inspire those around him, including the pessimistic Roy Kent (Brett Goldstein).
For Sudeikis, it was a refreshing change from his past characters, like Horrible bosses‘ Kurt Buckman, who are best described as jerks. “I personally didn’t want to play a jester, or use our time and our scripts to humanize a bastard – that had been done,” Sudeikis said. The Guardian in July 2021. “Ted, the character: he seeks the best moments in life.”
And while Sudeikis’ character isn’t unique in his positivity—Jack McBrayerby Kenneth Parcell 30 Rock also deserves some recognition – audiences and critics alike clearly resonated with Ted.
Since its premiere in August 2020, the show has won numerous awards including Outstanding Comedy and multiple acting awards at the 2021 Emmys. Its second season is enjoying similar success, receiving 20 nominations for the upcoming 2022 Emmys.