Ted Lasso, comedy series about a football coach, wins fans with its optimistic vibe

Co-creator and star Jason Sudeikis plays the loveable Lasso.
Co-creator and star Jason Sudeikis plays the loveable Lasso.PHOTO: AFP

LOS ANGELES - Up for 20 Emmys this September - a record for a comedy series in its first season - Ted Lasso was also one of the unlikeliest television hits of 2020, when it debuted on Apple TV+.

In one review after another, critics expressed surprise at how good this sweetly optimistic show was - perhaps because of its modest premise, which imagines a small-time American-football coach being hired to lead an English Premier League team despite being clueless about soccer.

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