Eden Havel | News Editor
September 17, 2021
As the 2021 Emmy Awards steadily roll in, many people have high hopes for the brand new Apple+ TV series, Ted Lasso. With a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 95%, the show aired for the first time on August 14 and within a month has been nominated for no less than 20 Emmys — the largest number in history. With former Saturday Night Live cast member Jason Sudeikis starring as the show’s protagonist, Ted Lasso has received the highest number of viewers on Apple+, and the show’s upcoming seasons have been the most anticipated out of any on the platform. With the stars making over one million dollars per episode, numerous special appearances, and an incredible comedic cast, the sitcom is quickly becoming a fan favorite.
What is it that makes Ted Lasso so unique? Critics have described watching it as comparable to “a warm hug.” It is a story following the journey of an American football coach who is hired to coach a football team in England. However, when he arrives, he realizes that “football” in England is considered “soccer” in America. Ted Lasso must continue to handle his personal life, take responsibility for the lives of his soccer players, and do his best at a job he is unqualified for. During a time of disarray and confusion throughout the world, Ted Lasso has managed to put the focus on optimism and kindness, and has warmed the hearts of viewers across the world. Although some critics note the show’s lack of conflict, Ted Lasso is instead focused on a statement that anyone with a strong mindset in life can achieve their goals and find happiness.
“I have only watched the first couple episodes,” sophomore Gabby Nacelli said. “But it has instantly won me over. I’ve found myself trying to look at life the way the character Ted Lasso does! It’s just filled with optimism and hope, it inspires me to strive to look at life from the same perspective.”
As for the 2021 Emmys, viewers can expect to see nominations for shows like Saturday Night Live, The Crown, The Mandalorian, Bridgerton, Cobra Kai, Shrill, and many more. Despite the enforced social distancing and virtual performances in 2020, this year, fans are anticipating the classic Emmy performance filled with laughter and surprises that keeps them coming back each year.
“I’m looking forward to watching the Emmys,” SCHS alumni Oliver Brewer explained. “Last year the host [Jimmy Kimmel] was awesome.” The 2021 Emmys air this Sunday on CBS at 5:00 pm and will be hosted by actor and comedian Cedric the Entertainer.