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  • Ted Lasso (with Anthony Head as a recurring guest star)

    Has anyone seen Ted Lasso?

    The premise didn't look like something I'd watch (a sports comedy about a US coach who's only had experience in amateur American football ends up coaching a Premiere League team?!), but I heard it praised a lot and gave it a try and was surprised how much I loved it and just how good it is - both funny and full of heart and modern while unabashedly optimistic. It's basically saying F off to the idea that you need to be cynical to be clever. That's what the main character, played by Jason Sudeikis, is all about.

    It also has one of the most adorable couples I've seen on TV in a while - it took me just one scene in episode 3 to start shipping them.

    I had no idea Anthony Steward Head (now credited only as Anthony Head) was in it, so I was surprised to see him - and he plays a total a-hole, a real "love to hate" character. Funnily enough, his character's first name is Rupert, but according to the writers, that was a total coincidence.
    You keep waiting for the dust to settle and then you realize it; the dust is your life going on. If happy comes along - that weird unbearable delight that's actual happy - I think you have to grab it while you can. You take what you can get, 'cause it's here, and then...gone.

  • #2
    I've not heard of this before. I just looked it up and see IMDB gave it 8.7. From what I can see it is only available through Apple TV+ in the UK, so I don't think I can access it.

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    • #3
      Wasn't too keen on the trailer. A friend tricked...er talked me into watching this. Actually much better than anticipated.
      Kinda like old 80s/90s shows & a few Brit shows I seen with modern sensibilities.
      The premise is borrowed from Major League (female owner tries to tank team). There's a little bit of the old show Coach in there too.
      The namesake character is just so endearing that it's almost impossible not to like him.
      Actually pretty interesting cast of characters. A.S. Head's character is rather unlikable.
      The xmas episode was one of the better xmas episodes I've seen in a while. If yer bored and need something to watch, maybe give it a whirl.

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      • #4
        I wish this was on UK terrestrial tv because I'd love to see it. Everyone seems to really enjoy it and find it quite heartwarming.

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        • #5
          TimeTravellingBunny
          I had no idea Anthony Steward Head (now credited only as Anthony Head) was in it
          I think he's usually credited as Anthony Head (or Tony Head) in the UK. The "Stewart" bit in BtVS took me by surprise. Perhaps they thought it sounded "double-barreled" and more English? His brother's always been plain Murray Head.
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          • #6
            Americans do use their middle names, or double barrel their first names, a lot. I think it's because there are so many they need to distinguish themselves from every other person with their name.

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            • #7
              Just realized that Head's character on this show is also called Rupert.

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              • #8
                Some fave Ted Quotes:

                Ted on tea...


                "I always figured that tea was just gonna taste like hot brown water. And you know what? I was right. Yeah, it's horrible. No, thank you."

                "Tea is horrible. Absolute garbage water. I don't know why y'all do that."

                “If you would have told me that I’d be drinking tea at 3 o’clock every day, about a year ago… I would have punched you in the mouth.”

                "Be honest with me. It's a prank, right? The tea? Like when us tourist folks aren't around, y'all know it tastes like garbage? You don't love it. It's pigeon sweat."

                "Tea and I are still on a lifelong hiatus"

                Ted on soccer...

                "Ties, and no playoffs. Why do you even do this?"

                "If God wanted games to end in a tie, she wouldn't have invented numbers."

                "Back where I'm from, you try to end a game in a tie; well, that might as well be the first sign of the apocalypse."

                “Will you explain to me how that was offside? No! I’m asking you. Seriously! Explain offside to me. It makes no sense.”

                (Explaining the offside rule in soccer) "I'm gonna put it the same way the US Supreme Court did back in 1964 when they defined pornography.
                It ain't easy to explain, but you know it when you see it."

                “I think I literally have a better understanding of who killed Kennedy than what is offside... It was the mob.”

                "Well, yeah, you got Ronaldo, and the fellow that bends it like himself."

                And That's just the one's on tea & soccer. Such a quotable show!

                BTW - wholeheartedly concur with Ted's tea & soccer sentiments. ☕ ⚽

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              • #9
                I thought Ted was a football manger? He doesn't seem to know a lot about the game

                Tea's not horrible, it's just not as good as coffee

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                • HowiMetdaSlayer
                  HowiMetdaSlayer commented
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                  kinda the point/premise of the series

              • #10
                Originally posted by Priceless View Post
                I thought Ted was a football manger? He doesn't seem to know a lot about the game

                Tea's not horrible, it's just not as good as coffee
                Watch the show.

                The whole premise is that Ted is an American college American football coach and doesn't know anything about football (soccer)... So why is he hired to be a manager of a mediocre Premiere League club? Because the owner deliberately wants to run it into the ground.
                The premise may sound silly, but they do really good things with it.
                You keep waiting for the dust to settle and then you realize it; the dust is your life going on. If happy comes along - that weird unbearable delight that's actual happy - I think you have to grab it while you can. You take what you can get, 'cause it's here, and then...gone.

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                • Priceless
                  Priceless commented
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                  It's very popular and I really do want to see it. It sounds like fun
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