But this time around – 2 minutes in no less – Ted Lasso deftly spurs his reputation for kindness by committing the ultimate atrocity. No spoilers, but let’s just say a dog gets involved in a soccer game and dogs should never get involved in soccer games.
That aside, Season 2 of Ted Lasso is quickly setting the norm again, bringing in the healthy liners – “There are two buttons I never like to press, panic, and repeat” – and heartwarming messages about love, love, love, love. life and loss. These ingredients helped make Ted Lasso the Containment Champion, and in Season 2 they create more of the same magic.
Ted Lasso’s creative team, led by Jason Sudeikis, who also plays the titular American football coach who has become English football coach (two very different things) – waste no time establishing how everyone is doing at AFC Richmond.
Club owner Rebecca (Hannah Waddington) digs her toe into the dating scene, after her divorce saw her accept AFC Richmond as her new family. She relies on Keeley (Juno Temple), helpful and supportive, whose initially unlikely friendship with Rebecca is flourishing.
Recently retired Roy Kent (Brett Goldstein), who is now dating Keeley, struggles with his career after professional football. Coaching a girls under 9 team just doesn’t offer the same heights.
And how is Ted? Despite struggling to win his first game of the season, Ted continues to live and breathe positivity. While you’re distracted, the show gently introduces darker topics under its warm blanket, like Sudeikis’ real-life breakup. It echoes in Ted’s thoughts on his marriage, the subtle sadness but felt in the slight weariness in Sudeikis’ good wrinkled eyes.
This season, those eyes go wide as the Greyhounds call on a sports psychologist to help them reverse their average fortunes. This intro reflects an understanding from the show’s developers, including Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence, of how to unleash every feel-good pressure point without piling on the soap and sap.
The sports-related jokes are there – Ted admits that “football” is as bad as saying “Voldemort” in England – but the emphasis is on the human element of the drama, sports-related and the like.
We’re spending even more time with the supporting cast away from the soccer field, and something about seeing Ted and Coach Beard (Brendan Hunt) share a beer in a pub epitomizes the beautiful (and miraculous) fusion of American cultures and English.
There’s even a Christmas episode, complete with animated hallucinations, a perfect new gig for Jamie Tartt (Phil Dunster), and a rousing relationship talk from Roy that shines a spotlight on Ted Lasso’s new world territory.
Does Ted Lasso season 2 live up to its inaugural season? Like Ted Lasso, you don’t have to. He’s happy in his own skin to continue to be his bubbly and awkward self, which is exactly why he makes you feel warm and secure.
Season 2 ofFriday July 23.