Parents' Guide to

Ted Lasso

By Matt Cabral, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Funny, feel-good sports series has strong language.

TV Apple TV+ Comedy 2020
Ted Lasso Poster: A collage of the main characters, with Ted in the center

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 21 parent reviews

age 10+

Not for puritan sensibilities

People seem to be having issues with the language and the fact that the adults in the show seem to be having healthy and normal sex lives. Ted Lasso has amazing messaging and role models for children in particular. "Oh no adults have sex lives" is a weird stance to take in light of things like The Mandalorian rating much younger despite crazy amounts of violence, torture and death happening in each episode.
age 17+

Mature Viewers-Season 3 Ramps it up

Ok, I really enjoy the show. But, you ask "should kids watch it"? Wellllllll first, agree with one of the kid reviewers: Common Sense Media--RELOOK YOUR RATING, as Seasons 2&3 diff than 1!yeah lots of swearing... "f-word" and "wanker", but also..,solid long-term monogamous relationships almost non-existent, and marriage portrayed almost completely as train wrecks in progress or past tense. . There is one regular cast member exception, Leslie, and he has a solid relationship with his wife. Strong family, not really shown romantic. One temp cast member soccer/football player who was exception, was portrayed (outside of his athletic expertise) as quite the oddball otherwise. People virtually 100% have sex on first date, casual sex is the norm. There is a FANTASTIC episode (Christmas one?) about a girl dealing with being mocked/bullied due to her bad breath. Well done! Most recent show ....... spoiler alert.......... Involved key character's nude video (not shown nudity, but discussed how it involved masturbation) and implied (haha?) that every player swapped nude videos with past romantic interests/casual sexual partners. They made it very humorous in the extreme, and had a message about how they should be deleted when relationship over ... but.., as time has progressed, my realization regarding the overall messaging about a "normal/average" relationship has really changed what age I would recommend vs at beginning of first season. Also, hallucinogens recommended by key character. And big alcohol culture. Gives the impression almost everybody drinks, celebrates with alcohol. Lots of good messages about how to treat people. I figured specifics could help you assess, reach your own conclusion. My labels below are re: kids under 16 at least Re: sex, swearing, drinking. (Hey, I get the world is not 1950's sitcom, but not really a balanced view.)

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (21 ):
Kids say (32 ):

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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