Ted Lasso is finally back with its highly-anticipated second season. After plenty of award-show sweeps and countless nominations (most recently, 20 Emmy noms) for its first run, the beloved comedy is back on Apple TV . Ted Lasso Season 2 Episode 1, “Goodbye, Earl,” catches us up with our favorite characters a few months after season one’s finale, finding Richmond at the start of a new and unlucky football season.
The decision to start the season this way is more than suitable as it raises plenty of questions to spark even the casual Lasso Heads’ interest. Season 1 ended on a sour note for the team, but the finale offered enough stability in that the Richmond family was a more united front than ever before. Ted successfully brought hope back to a team that had lost all semblance of it or denied themselves the opportunity to believe in it.
“Goodbye, Earl” reunites us with the found family in a way that doesn’t sacrifice what made Season 1 so great. Ted Lasso could have gone in another, maybe even darker direction after Richmond’s loss to shake up the story and keep viewers engaged. There is still time for that to happen. But, the show knows its audience well enough to understand what makes Ted Lasso so exceptional and surprising to us. It subverts the world’s overwhelming pessimism for a refreshing optimism from doing things the Lasso way.
The Season 2 premiere is an entertaining step back into a world where everyone still values that mindset, but it may not be sufficient on its own anymore. The big, overarching arc is getting Richmond promoted, but the smaller character beats are what’s going to get them there. The team has tied every match of the season, so something needs to change. Something or someone has to push this team forward into promotion and this new season.