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Popular Apple TV+ original comedy series "Ted Lasso," starring Jason Sudeikis, has been crowned the Best New Series and Best Comedy Series at the 2021 Writers Guild of America Awards ceremony.

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Apple shared the news of its latest accolade in a press release, touting other recent nominations and awards its streaming service has won. Since its launch in November 2019, Apple has received a total of 329 award nominations and 86 awards.

"Ted Lasso" has garnered several awards and nominations since its arrival on Apple TV+ in August of last year. Earlier this month, the show won a Critics Choice Award for Best Comedy Series, and in February the show was nominated for Best Television Series for a Musical or Comedy at the Golden Globe Awards.

"Ted Lasso" is available to stream as part of Apple TV+, along with several other Apple originals including "For All Mankind," "The Morning Show," and "Servant." Apple TV+ is available for $4.99 per month or $49.99 per year, and comes as part of the Apple One services bundle, which starts at $14.99 per month.

Article Link: 'Ted Lasso' Crowned Best Comedy Series At Writers Guild of America Awards
 

darkslide29

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This is worth signing up for Apple TV+! I was expecting a cheesy comedy, but it's much more than that. One of my favorite shows this past year. If you're a fan of the show Scrubs, you will like this! Bill Lawrence is behind both of those shows, where it's a comedy, with the formula of great character development and their personal dramas coming through here as well. Can't wait for season two!
 

steve09090

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This is worth signing up for Apple TV+! I was expecting a cheesy comedy, but it's much more than that. One of my favorite shows this past year. If you're a fan of the show Scrubs, you will like this! Bill Lawrence is behind both of those shows, where it's a comedy, with the formula of great character development and their personal dramas coming through here as well. Can't wait for season two!
Totally agree. It’s worth getting the free month just for this. Then decide whether to stay or go. $8 a month is pretty cheap, but this show is worth that on its own
 

Baumi

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This is worth signing up for Apple TV+! I was expecting a cheesy comedy, but it's much more than that. One of my favorite shows this past year. If you're a fan of the show Scrubs, you will like this! Bill Lawrence is behind both of those shows, where it's a comedy, with the formula of great character development and their personal dramas coming through here as well. Can't wait for season two!

Same. I was initially hesitant to even watch it, as I expected some kind of awkward, fish-out-of-water cringe comedy. Was very pleasantly surprised at how much heart and depth it had.
 

ForkHandles

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Any other Brits watched it? The trailer makes it look like it's a string of tired US clichés about the UK with a laugh track, but would be interested to know if it avoids that.
I'm not too sure what you mean by tired US clichés. It came over as a great British comedy drama with high production values than most. We don't do laughter tracks in the UK, so I don't recognise that.
 

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I noticed my LG TV pointing me to TV+ app as I “often use it at this time” (9 o’clock)…

I basically watched all of the new TV+ stuff, including Ted Lasso which I initially resisted because I don’t like football, and enjoyed a lot.

Better on average than anything on Netflix. I hope Apple keeps pushing in the field.
 

Baumi

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Any other Brits watched it? The trailer makes it look like it's a string of tired US clichés about the UK with a laugh track, but would be interested to know if it avoids that.

Not a Brit (I'm German), but clichés about UK vs. US or about football vs American Football are mostly just window dressing. The pilot has a few of them, as it is about Ted arriving at his new job, but they don't show up all that much afterwards. And, anyway, by the end of the first episode it's very much clear that this is a show about characters and their conflicts, not about cultural differences. And, luckily, the characters are all very well-developed and very fun to watch.
 

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Any other Brits watched it? The trailer makes it look like it's a string of tired US clichés about the UK with a laugh track, but would be interested to know if it avoids that.
Am Brit. Loved the show, heartwarming and funny and really came along at the right time when we could all do with a bit of feelgood. There is a few cliches about the difference between English and American football but not a lot. There were English writers on the writing team (the guy who plays Roy was originally just on the writing team) so it’s definitely a blend of American and English humour in there.
 

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Any other Brits watched it? The trailer makes it look like it's a string of tired US clichés about the UK with a laugh track, but would be interested to know if it avoids that.

it doesn't have a laugh track, and there are a few jokes about UK vs US cultural differences that do lean into cliché, but imo they get away with it and those bits are actually quite funny. The bits where it falls down for me are the actual depictions of Premier League football and locker room dynamics etc, which are just completely ridiculous. I don't suppose that stuff really matters, but if you have any interest at all there are going to be several moments in every episode where you just go "what?" and it takes you out of the drama a bit.

I haven't finished the show yet because I wasn't really loving it, but it's decent enough. Others have clearly liked it much more than me so you should give it a go.

I also don't really like Brett Goldstein in general, and found him completely unconvincing as the captain of a Premier League football team. Like its one thing for the US writers to not fully get Premier League, but surely Brett is aware of footballers and how they behave and could have incorporated some of that into his performance.
 
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mazz0

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Huh. I just thought it was OK. Standard forgettable but watchable American comedy.

For the record, I also thought it would be awful from the trailers and it's not. I also could *not* care less about sport, so it's certainly better than I expected, if that helps anyone decide whether to watch it!
 

matrix07

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Ted Lasso is one of the series that getting better after re-watching. And contrary to classic comedy series like Friends, The Office or Sex and the City for example it's perfect from the start. I can re-watch the first 25 minutes again and again and again without complaints.
 

Baumi

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it doesn't have a laugh track, and there are a few jokes about UK vs US cultural differences that do lean into cliché, but imo they get away with it and those bits are actually quite funny. The bits where it falls down for me are the actual depictions of Premier League football and locker room dynamics etc, which are just completely ridiculous. I don't suppose that stuff really matters, but if you have any interest at all there are going to be several moments in every episode where you just go "what?" and it takes you out of the drama a bit.

Yeah, I like the show a lot, but I think anyone going in expecting a realistic sports show would be disappointed. For better or worse, while football provides the backdrop, it's not really central to the show. The stories could easily work in pretty much any other workplace setting, and thus the depiction of it is probably just about as far from reality as that of any other workplace sitcom.
 

SirAnthonyHopkins

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Yeah, I like the show a lot, but I think anyone going in expecting a realistic sports show would be disappointed. For better or worse, while football provides the backdrop, it's not really central to the show. The stories could easily work in pretty much any other workplace setting, and thus the depiction of it is probably just about as far from reality as that of any other workplace sitcom.

Yeah of course, I mean the central concept itself is completely ridiculous. I don't mind that stuff to be honest cos it's so obviously silly. I wasn't expecting a realistic sports show at all, but it's the little details that don't even need to be there where it's just like, if they'd put in a bit of research or a tiny bit more effort, it could have been better as a show.

But you're right it doesn't really matter. The core of the stuff is still there, it's still pretty funny and I like Sudeikis' performance especially.
 
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