Season two of Jason Sudeikis’ series Ted Lasso was an instant hit with critics after its premiere episode on Friday.
The award-winning Apple TV+ series scored an impressive 100 percent new review from critics polled by Rotten tomatoes, and several reviewers praised the sports comedy’s heartfelt tone.
Among those enamored of the new season was NPR‘s Eric Deggins, who was won over by the shows “Kindness and Empathy.”
It’s a hit! Season two of the Apple TV+ series Ted Lasso is a smash hit with critics after its Friday premiere, with writers handpicking Jason Sudeikis’ performance and the show’s good-hearted nature
He writes that the second season episode was “just as good” as the first season, if not better.
Sudeikis stars in the series as an American college football coach brought in to head the English Premier League football team AFC Richmond, even though he is strictly an expert on the American variety of football.
While the series may not play well with fans of darker, more cynical comedy, Deggins writes that the upbeat storylines never get “too predictable, maudlin, or outrageous.”
While supporting players like Hannah Waddingham, who plays the team owner Rebecca Welton, have more developed roles the second time around, it is Sudeikis who is the heart and soul of the series.
Consistent: NPR’s Eric Deggins writes that the second season episode was “just as good” as the first season, “if not better”
Fish out of water: He praised Sudeikis for never being ‘too cute’. He stars as a college-level American football coach called up to lead an English soccer team; seen on July 15 in West Hollywood
He writes that when the show threatens to get “too cute,” “Sudeikis and his writers come with a jolt of emotionality that gets things back on track.”
ABC newsPeter Travers similarly praises Sudeikis’ work in the role, which he calls a significant departure from his snarky roles on Saturday Night Live and in Horrible Bosses.
For The Hollywood Reporter, Daniel Fienberg pits Ted Lasso against HBO Max’s dark comedy The White Lotus, calling it the “antidote” to that show’s toxic array of characters.
Despite being “stubbornly corny,” the second season is “an admirable blend of repeating and refining the elements that initially resonated so well and expanded the show’s ensemble and tonal range.”
Continue: The Hollywood Reporter said the season is “an admirable blend of repeating — and refining — the elements that initially resonated so well and expanded the show’s ensemble and tonal range”
In a positive review for Vanity Fair, Maureen Ryan points out that Sudeikis and Lasso’s utterly charming act is a cover for dark impulses.
“One of the wisest things about Ted Lasso is that it never loses sight of the fact that the title character uses his sympathy as both a fluffy, comforting duvet and a shield of vibranium capable of unhealthy and selfish deflection,” she writes.
While the critical acclaim was nearly unanimous, some admitted that the series was too upbeat to handle at times.
Despite season two being described as a “lovingly crafted, impressively written and acted series,” Washington Post TV critic Inkoo Kang said she often didn’t want what “Ted Lasso sells.”
“Given the international makeup of AFC Richmond, I would have preferred a UK football culture show that dealt more directly with the racial dynamics within the fans,” she wrote.
Missed opportunity: But Washington Post critic Inkoo Kang wasn’t always sold by the series, wishing it had “handled more directly the racial dynamics” of the football team’s fans
A recurring criticism was the lack of major conflict in Ted Lasso season two.
For rolling stone, television critic Alan Sepinwall calls “a conflict with a sponsor that should be a much bigger mess, but is instantly forgotten instead.”
However, Slant Magazine writer Niv M. Sultan suggests that the lack of conflict is sometimes intentional, as the series “is aware of a tendency to resolve conflict with light-hearted neatness.”
The first episode of season two of Ted Lasso is now streaming on Apple TV+.
Too Easy: Some outlets, like Rolling Stone, lightly criticized Ted Lasso season two for not having major conflicts or solving them too neatly