New Ways of Seeing: Ted Lasso

Cinematic storytelling, like art, comes in all forms—movies, serialized stories, TikTok, and even transporting podcasts. All to say, inspiration and innovation come sometimes from unlikely sources these days while we watch and wait at home. For example, I’m not a particularly avid European football fan, nor am I prone to fish-out-of-water stories. Before this moment, I wouldn’t say that I’d actively seek out Jason Sudeikis vehicles. And while I had many friends and smart colleagues suggest I check it out, I put off “Ted Lasso,” thinking it would be the mental equivalent of TV bubble gum. A series that combines the unlikely ingredients of Midwestern verbal flair, dry British wit, and unabashed, in-your-face (gulp) kindness in the face of all manner of hardship and indignities…damned it isn’t my favorite show of the year. Through it all, Ted believes that things can get better. People can be better. He can be better. My favorite scene of the season has him quoting Walt Whitman and serving it up to a man who seems to have it all figured out. “Be curious, not judgmental” he cautions in the now-famous Dart Scene (Ep.8). So let’s take Ted’s advice and not discount this hilarious, quietly moving story of a person struggling to make sense of it all because of what it might look like on the surface. Let’s not dismiss it because it’s “just” a series. “Ted Lasso” will bring you biscuits every day and teach you a thing or two about leadership, love, and life—and dare I say it, art—if you let it.

Amy Dotson, NWFC Director and PAM Curator, Film & New Media

Ted Lasso by created by Brendan Hunt, Joe Kelly, Bill Lawrence, and Jason Sudeikis.

Ted Lasso is streaming on Apple TV+

Image courtesy Apple TV+