A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Strong representation of positive themes and messages, including teamwork, perseverance, and optimism. Shows the importance of honest, respectful communication. Creativity and thinking outside the box can pay off. Winning isn't just about the numbers on the scoreboard.
Positive Role Models
Ted is a strong, effective leader who demonstrates many positive character traits, including optimism, communication, perseverance, empathy, humility, and respect. Players like Roy Kent and Jamie Tartt have their share of flaws but are largely supportive and loyal, and their perspectives are positively influenced by their relationships with him. The show also offers realistic, nuanced examples of female friendship between team owner Rebecca and a girlfriend of one of the players, Keeley.
Main character Ted is a White man, but other characters offer diversity in terms of race/ethnicity, gender, and sexuality. Featured team members include Dani Rojas, who's Mexican, and Sam Obisanya, who's Nigerian. Equipment manager-turned-rival coach Nate, a complex character, is played by mixed-race actor Nick Mohammed. Team owner Rebecca and PR maven Keeley evolve over the course of the show and are portrayed as strong, take-charge leaders. Their relationship is a great example of female friendship on TV: supportive but also honest with each other. A female character has romantic relationships with both men and a woman but doesn't label her sexuality; one team member is gay and struggles with being closeted. Other minor characters are gay. The show also delves into mental health issues, empathetically portraying Ted's struggles with panic attacks and the benefits of therapy.
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Violence & Scariness
Characters frequently trade verbal jabs. An animal is killed in an off-screen accident; dream footage includes animated blood.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Many jokes are of a sexual nature, including references to masturbation and a woman's breasts. Kissing/making out. A suggestive pinup of a nearly nude female appears in one of the player's lockers. We hear about and later see a character being unfaithful.
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Language includes frequent use of "f--k," "s--t," "d--k," "ass," "piss," "twat," "wanker," "hell," and more.
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Products & Purchases
Apple products make hundreds of appearances in this Apple TV+ show.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink in social situations, sometimes to excess. A couple of episodes involve taking drugs.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Ted Lasso is an upbeat, heartwarming, but definitely mature sports comedy. It's packed with positive themes, including the importance of communication, perseverance, teamwork, and defying the odds. The titular coach, played by Jason Sudeikis, is an extremely likable, optimistic character who personifies the series' worthy messages while also displaying empathy, humility, integrity, and respect for others. While the show exudes a feel-good vibe, some of its topics -- including infidelity, divorce, mental health struggles, and sex -- are of a mature nature. The series also has sexual jokes and situations and frequent use of strong language, including "f--k" and "s--t." Characters also drink in social situations, sometimes to excess.
Is It Any Good?
This is a smart, funny, feel-good series that tugs at the heartstrings and tickles the funny bone in equal measure. Ted Lasso delivers quality television that consistently makes you laugh while also warming your heart. Big credit is due to Sudeikis, who plays Ted as the nicest guy ever, but not at the cost of undermining the character's wit. For example, this balance is brilliantly showcased when Lasso -- pressured by the press to prove his credentials -- describes soccer legend David Beckham as, "The fella that bends it like himself." It's a funny line that works not in spite of the character's wholesome charm, but because of it.
The show quickly establishes engaging character arcs backed by layered performances. Sudeikis steals the show as the obscenely likable Lasso, but his supporting cast -- from Nick Mohammed's eager-to-please towel boy to Waddingham's imposing team owner -- is equally excellent, bringing nuance and emotion to roles that could lack depth in less capable hands. A funny, feel-good sports series (that actually requires no knowledge of soccer or football), Ted Lasso is a comedy MVP.
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