Ted Lasso on AppleTV+ thankfully ends with this season three. The show outlived its potential and its cheesy dad jokes.
For whatever reason, the showrunners tried to do too much this season: Wrapping up Ted’s story, giving the football team, and players, a successful conclusion, two queer sub-plots, and more. Sadly, most of those plots felt like stuffing instead of a main platter.
With overlong episodes, unbelievable plotlines, botched character arcs (too many to name), and the lack of magic, the third and final season of TV’s favorite heartwarming series crumbled under the pressure and scored a howler of an own goal. Aside from two really good episodes, the whole season felt…. meh.
In fact, the show isn’t incapable of being insightful, even in its latest, most pretentious form. But it has stopped being as funny, which for me was its primary reason for existing. It has too much wasted potential. In the end, Ted Lasso needed a better coach.
Should you watch it?
With season three, it’s still a very likeable show, and the finale episode is especially good. But in the end, Ted Lasso is a case of diminishing returns.