With the second season of Apple TV+ hit Ted Lasso now finally upon us, it's important to reflect on all the reasons people love the show: Heart.
Never cynical or mean, the tale of an American football coach who goes to England to coach soccer (where it's ironically known as "football") reminds us that the classic "fish out of water" story can also be incredibly uplifting. The characters are all flawed. But they're trying. And in the end, they support each other and make each other better.
With such compelling characters, we're rooting for all of them. But now it's time to vote up the ones who most warm your soul.
Oh, and one more thing, gang: Believe.
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Actor: Brendan Hunt
Why We Love Him: A man of few words, Coach Beard usually makes them count. His obvious loyalty to Ted Lasso, combined with a tough exterior that obscures his love for the team, makes him one of the most enigmatic and interesting characters on the show.51Worthy of a morning biscuit?
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Actress: Hannah Waddingham
Why We Love Her: Ted Lasso began with Rebecca Welton trying to sabotage her own team by hiring someone with no soccer experience to coach. But she soon became Ted's biggest fan, and we discover that her initial obsession was rooted in her ex-husband Rupert's mistreatment of her. These days, we just want her to win.74Worthy of a morning biscuit?
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Actor: Jeremy Swift
Why We Love Him: Perhaps the most consistently dissed and marginalized character on the show, Higgins seems to linger in the background hoping his PR work will somehow get noticed. But his understated style masks a competence and loyalty that is only now starting to emerge.50Worthy of a morning biscuit?
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Actor: Phil Dunster
Why We Love Him: This gorgeous and talented footballer seems to rub everyone the wrong way, including his ex Keely and her new love Roy. But we sense a high-pressure upbringing and some other buried family strife that could bring out more endearing qualities in Jamie Tartt as the series wears on.00Worthy of a morning biscuit?