Look, you’re not going to find a human being on this planet who doesn’t want to close the book on 2020. But in that sea of darkness and abject misery, there are silver linings to be found. Silver linings like…well, the television was pretty damn good.
Join us, the /Film staff, as we run down the best TV we watched in 2020.
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Throw a virtual rock, and you’ll find someone acknowledging that 2020 has been a particularly awful year. From the extreme intensity of the neverending American presidential election to the devastating COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 has been a roller-coaster whose riders are people who never agreed to ride a roller-coaster to begin with. For anyone with enough streaming options over the last year, it’s been easier than ever to binge plenty of dark dramas, epic films, and more. But because 2020 has been so miserable, you may have wanted a pop-culture option that would serve as a balm against the horrors. You may wish for an escape from the world.
May I introduce you to Ted Lasso?
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We’re going to be spending the next couple of weeks thinking and writing and podcasting about our favorite movies and movie moments of 2020, but I wanted to give a special shout-out to a handful of pieces of non-movie entertainment that kept me going through the hell-year that was 2020. For me, these podcasts and TV shows were like faint lights in a dense fog, guiding me forward and serving as brief oases before I lurched back into the swirling chaos of 2020. If you’re looking for a way to end this hellacious year on a high note, I encourage you to seek out any (or all) of these recommendations.
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Back in August, Apple handed out a greenlight for a second season of Ted Lasso, the heartwarming and hilarious sports comedy starring Jason Sudeikis. There were some rumblings and rumors about a potential third season being in the works as well, and now that has been confirmed: Ted Lasso season 3 is officially coming to AppleTV+.
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(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)
The Show: Ted Lasso
Where You Can Stream It: AppleTV+
The Pitch: An American football coach is hired to coach an English soccer (AKA “football”) team, despite having no experience in the sport. Will the season be a complete disaster, or will this charming underdog surprise the world?
Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been hearing a slow trickle of buzz about Ted Lasso, this new Apple show starring Jason Sudeikis. Practically all of the reactions shared the same sentiment: after a reluctance to initially get on board with the show came a near-immediate love for it once people pressed play. Allow me to add my name to the chorus of new fans of Ted Lasso: this show is somehow better than you’ve heard. Read More »
David, Devindra, and Jeff check in on the state of theaters and direct-to-streaming movies. For the feature review, the cast binges the whole season of Ted Lasso, the Apple TV + series. Tune in to hear how David magically set up a Slashfilmcast Patreon in under 30 seconds.
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Shownotes (All timestamps are approximate only)
What we’ve been watching (~24:00)
Jeff – First 2 eps of Emily in Paris, Long Way Up, My Neighbor Totoro (per devindra’s advice), Scare Me
Devindra – The Haunting of Bly Manor, Larry Wilmore on Peacock, Selena + Chef
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Jason Sudeikis (and his mustache) will be back for another season of Ted Lasso.
AppleTV+ has given the greenlight to a second season of the fish-out-of-water comedy series, which has evidently performed well enough since the season one premiere last week to have earned a nod for a batch of 10 additional episodes. Read More »
Some things can get lost in translation across the pond. The biggest being the word “football,” which refers to very different sports in America and the the rest of the world. And it’s that confusion that may be the basis of Ted Lasso, the new Apple TV+ comedy series starring Jason Sudeikis as a small-town American football coach who takes a job as coach for a British football team — AKA soccer. Watch the Ted Lasso trailer below.
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Holy crud! Lock the doors, hide the kids, turn off all the lights, because here comes Ted Lasso! The new Apple TV+ comedy series stars Jason Sudeikis as a college football coach from Kansas who is hired to coach a professional soccer team in England. Comedy ensues! Have I mentioned this cool cat’s name is Ted Lasso?! Far out! Apple revealed a Ted Lasso first look today, and you can see it below.
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Since leaving Saturday Night Live in 2013, Jason Sudeikis has kept pretty busy on the big screen. But now he’s headed back to television with a series regular role in a new comedy set up at Apple TV+.
Ted Lasso will star Jason Sudeikis as the title character, an idealistic all-American football coach hired to manage an English football club even though he has no previous experience with the sport at all. However, this isn’t the first time Sudeikis has played the character. But the only way you’d probably know that is if you watched NBC Sports programs from time to time. So let’s introduce you to the coach before the Ted Lasso series gets underway. Read More »