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Jason Sudeikis’ hit series scores again – .



First at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ted Lasso became the wellness sports comedy we never knew we needed. Jason Sudeikis, Bill Laurence, Brendan Hunt and Joe Kelly’s series has slowly found its way into our hearts, winning multiple accolades and a Peabody Award along the way.

The bulk of the program follows American football coach Ted Lasso (Sudeikis) as he travels from America to the UK to coach a struggling football team. Season 1 put underdogs AFC Richmond on a competitive field, even though they suffered a loss and were relegated. Now Lasso and his crew Rebecca (Hannah Waddingham), Coach Beard (Hunt), Keeley Jones (Juno Temple), Higgins (Jeremy Swift), Nathan (Nick Mohammed) – must maintain the relevance of the team to the world of professional sport while facing personal challenges along the way.

With new episodes launching on AppleTV + on Friday, July 23 and a third season in development, is the show still hitting the mark? Here’s what the critics are saying Ted Lasso season 2:


HOW IT COMPARES WITH SEASON 1?

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The premiere starts off with a chaotic start with an awkward plot point that doesn’t match the character of a normally grounded series, but that leads to the introduction of Season 2’s big addition: sports psychologist Dr. Sharon Fieldstone, played by Sarah Niles (I can destroy you). She’s called in to help put the players back in order, and she quickly lets Ted know that she isn’t a fan of juvenile heckling… or cookies. Players love her, but she’s seemingly immune to Ted’s charms – and her arrival triggers a new wave of anxiety in the former ball coach.
– Dave Nemetz, TVLine

Fortunately, after an unsuccessful start to the season, Ted Lasso Quickly regains a foothold, and the writers reveal that they haven’t completely forgotten how to make great television.
– Kaitlin Thomas, Paste Magazine

In the opening minutes of the new season’s first episode (“Goodbye Earl”), Ted eloquently explains how life and death can make us better, reminiscent of Lawrence’s drama Scrubs. The episode also reminds us to avoid general assumptions because “all people are different people” as well as the idea that “intimacy leaves you open to attack”. Pearls of wisdom unfolded in easily digestible sitcom stings.
– Brandon Katz, observateur


WHAT ARE THE MAJOR THEMES THIS SEASON?

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If season 1 was a fish-out-of-water story about a man who succeeds through kindness and positivity and baking some really great cookies, then season 2 is all about the health and success of the team. and extends the narrative beyond Ted’s immediate influence on those around him.
– Kaitlin Thomas, Paste Magazine

Hopefully the addition of a severe sports psychologist, Dr Sharon Fieldstone (Sarah Niles) will help correct that balance. His very presence is sufficient proof that – contrary to what this show often positions him – Lasso does not have the answers to all of life’s questions. In the season premiere, Sharon is deliberately written as aloof and enigmatic, which doesn’t give Niles huge leeway, but the character’s potential is already clear.
– David Craig, Radio Times

Ted Lasso embrace the fact that life is sometimes very hard; it’s just also attached to the idea that we can always make it easier for each other.
– Liz Shannon Miller, collider


IS THE FEEL-BOOD BRAND STILL REACHED?

The emotional intelligence of Ted Lasso remains remarkably high. It’s what continues to elevate the series above common wellness stories, which are often given by audiences to exist as intermediate creations that opt ​​for simplicity over nuance. But Ted Lasso is a more ambitious entry into this specific path of storytelling.
– Brandon Katz, observateur

Much of its appeal lies in its essential bonhomie – this belief that good people shape kindness to one another, and that selflessness and community thinking can make everyone feel, work, and live better.
– Clint Worthington, Consequence

The laughter quotient remains high for me; the more things change, the funnier things get, in large part because the characters are more defined and the actors have a better idea of ​​what makes their personalities distinctive and different from everyone else.
– Peter Martin, ScreenAnarchy

The success of the series would be meaningless without the eloquent, witty, and refreshing writing, which only grows stronger as it progresses. In some ways, the new season of Ted Lasso is changing before our eyes. Previously a baby, the story now reaches its full potential, with the characters maturing and learning new things about life.
– Zofia Wijaszka, AwardsWatch


WHAT IS THE PERFORMANCE OF JASON SUDEIKIS?

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Sudeikis slips back into Ted’s mustache and button-down / sweater jumpsuit with as much bright-eyed glee and unexpected vulnerability as last season, even as we see Season 2 begin to throw up further obstacles for him.
– Clint Worthington, Consequence

Looking for a review of this still optimistic season so far is the over-reliance on Ted’s folksy good words. There’s a conversation at the start of the season in which he uses three back-to-back comparisons and metaphors. It’s worthy of a smirk when Ted responds to a cocktail party invitation by saying “the same thing I would say to Diane Sawyer if she asked me on a date: yes please.” The series was never devoted to traditional punching jokes and that personality twitch replaced that humor in Season 1. But after the umpteenth use of Season 2, it starts to get a bit disgusting. Yet this is far from a fatal flaw.
– Brandon Katz, observateur

Not only does Sudeikis take his performance to new levels in Season 2, he’s venturing into new territory with the character, and the show built around him is better for that.
– Rick Marshall, Digital Trends


AND THE REST OF THE CAST?

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In particular, Sam Obisanya (Toheeb Jimoh) and Danny Rojas play a more central role in the narrative. Jimoh is a revelation, charming with every smile or grimace. Fernández propels Danny beyond the punchline to a joke of his original appearance (“football is life!”) And shows superb acting skills.
– Kelly Lawler, USA Today

Like his main character, executive producer Sudeikis doesn’t rule with his ego, and the best material in the new episodes goes to his fellow writer-performer Goldstein. Roy Kent is an incredibly funny bastard with a fierce heart, and Goldstein delves into his character’s emotional core every week – including, if you can believe it, as a key actor in a romantic comedy tribute episode.
– Kristen Baldwin, GE

Hannah Waddingham and Juno Temple continue their strong on-screen chemistry as club owner Rebecca and model-turned-publicist Keeley, who became unlikely besties in the first season.
– David Craig, Radio Times

The series doubled down on what works – Ted’s ability to lead, Rebecca’s (Hannah Waddingham) strength, Keeley’s PR acumen (Juno Temple), and Nate’s (Nick Mohammed) insight on the team – all by finding fun new ways to explore characters like Roy (Brett Goldstein) and Jamie (Phil Dunster).
– Kaitlin Thomas, Paste Magazine


FINAL THOUGHTS?

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“Ted Lasso” did not succumb to any easy temptation; He still embodies his trainer by being softer than he should be able to get away with and smarter than you would expect, given his modest nature. “Ted Lasso” didn’t change his success, other than a few guilt-free indulgences.
– Ben Travers, Indiewire

This time, Lasso comes out of the locker room ready to play at the first whistle. The jokes land well from the start, the characters seem as rich or richer than the last time we saw them. Fortunately, Ted Lasso seems ready to dodge any sort of sophomore crisis.
– Tim Stevens, The Reel

Season 2 of Ted Lasso doesn’t lose any of the show’s momentum until its next story arc, and builds on the successes of its first season in all good ways. It continues to be one of the smartest, most entertaining, and rewarding shows around, thanks to a talented cast who remain as committed to the show and its messages as their characters are from the upbeat perspective of the show. coach of the series.
– Rick Marshall, Digital Trends

Ted Lasso Season 2 is presented at a very different time, comparatively, but that doesn’t make it any less important, valuable, or necessary. It’s hard to imagine a world where we wouldn’t need a show like this.
– Liz Shannon Miller, collider

Ted Lasso Season 2 will air Friday July 23 on AppleTV +.

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