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Ted Lasso: What\'s the big deal about Emmy-winning football comedy?

Perhaps the most important thing to know about Ted Lasso is you don\'t need to like football to enjoy it. After all, the show\'s titular character barely understands the rules himself.

But that doesn\'t stop the well-intentioned American coach from attempting to turn around the fortunes of a fictional Premiership team.

His rather unusual, kill-them-with-kindness approach and unconventional coaching style is mocked at first, before he gradually starts to win over the bad-tempered and arrogant players.

The Apple TV comedy became a word-of-mouth hit in the months following its launch last August, and on Sunday it was rewarded with several of the major prizes at the Emmy Awards.

The show took home best comedy series, as well as acting prizes for Jason Sudeikis, Hannah Waddingham and Brett Goldstein.

That level of recognition is a reflection of the show\'s broad appeal and how much it connected with audiences in a year filled with worry and uncertainty amid lockdowns around the world.

Here\'s everything you need to know about the now Emmy-winning comedy series.

What\'s the premise?

Ted Lasso tells the story of a kind and well-intentioned American coach who is brought in to rescue a fictional Premiership football team AFC Richmond - despite a total lack of experience.

\"I have never coached the sport that you folks call football, at any level,\" he says during a press conference in the opening episode. \"Heck, you could fill two internets with what I don\'t know about football.\"

But something else Ted doesn\'t know is he has been hired by the club\'s owner Rebecca Welton (played by Waddingham) precisely because she wants the team to fail, in an effort to spite her former husband.

Ted\'s unconventional coaching style and relentless optimism takes some getting used to for many of the team\'s bad-tempered players, with some hilarious consequences.

It is, fundamentally, a classic culture-clash comedy. We follow Ted as he grapples with British sarcasm and cynicism, while also slowly but surely winning over those he encounters.

Ted Lasso has arguably done the same thing with TV audiences, and instead of aiming only at football fans, the show follows the Friday Night Lights model of using the sport to explore friendships, relationships and being part of a team.

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