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Award-winning Apple TV+ show Ted Lasso, starring Jason Sudeikis, Hannah Waddingham, Juno Temple, and Brett Goldstein, quickly warmed the hearts of fans when the first season premiered in 2020. Now with two seasons available to stream, the show about a happy-go-lucky soccer coach in England is only growing more popular. Sudeikis stars as Coach Ted Lasso, an American called to England to coach a soccer team. The unflinchingly positive man is willing to do everything within his power to boost his team, no matter how poorly they play, and show their community that the players are worth rooting for. ADDITION TO TEST CHANGES SHOWING UP LIVE

While at its core Ted Lasso is a sports show, it's also a comedy that mixes both American and British humor, and it's extremely heartwarming to boot. It's a well-rounded show that's easy to love. If you've already streamed both seasons of Ted Lasso multiple times and need more sports shows to watch, there are plenty to choose from. But if you're looking for humorous sports shows specifically, try one of these seven shows that were chosen based on their Metascore ranking. 

Brockmire 

Metascore: 83

Best for: Fans of an underdog story

Where to watch: Hulu, fuboTV, Sling, Vudu

Seasons:

Baseball announcer Jim Brockmire (Hank Azaria) had a bit of a fall from grace when he can't control an outburst while on air. His wife is cheating on him, though, so can you blame him? He steps away from work for a decade to let the drama die down and to figure out what to do with his life and his career. He eventually takes a tentative step back to announcing baseball but for a rundown minor league team. It's the fresh start he needs as a seasoned professional, and all that's left is to rejuvenate his love life too. Also starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire is the expansion of the viral Funny or Die comedy from years ago, giving it the full story viewers wanted.

"Each episode provides everything you would want from a comedy: originality, elegantly crude humor, genuine warmth and heartbreak." -Melanie McFarland, Salon

Friday Night Lights 

Metascore: 83

Best for: Fans of small towns where high school football is everything

Where to watch: Hulu, Netflix, Peacock, tubi, Vudu

Seasons:

Set deep in the heart of Texas, Friday Night Lights centers on Dillon High School and its football program. Led by Coach Eric Taylor (Kyle Chandler), the team goes through plenty of growing pains through the seasons, trying to maintain its status as one of the best — if not the best — in Texas. Outside of the field, viewers watch as the students of this West Texas town grow and go through the things all teenagers go through: dating, heartbreak, high school, and moving on from it all. But no matter how these football players grow, change, and move on, they never forget Coach Taylor's motto for the team: Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose.

"This show captures a distinct culture, and the people jockeying for places in it, trying to prove, mostly to themselves, that their lives have value. And so Friday Night Lights has more than almost any network show today." -Diane Werts, Newsday

GLOW 

Metascore: 82

Best for: Fans of the glitz and glam of the 1980s.

Where to watch: Netflix

Seasons: 3

Down-on-her-luck actress Ruth Wilder (Alison Brie) is looking for a way to boost her career back up. Despite all her searching, she's coming up empty in roles… until she gets a shot at women's wrestling. Ruth dons sparkly spandex in a multitude of colors while dabbling in prancing around the ring and body-slamming her opponents. She finds herself in the middle of a group of like-minded women — in similarly glamorous spandex — who all needed a way to revive their Hollywood careers. Whether being a Gorgeous Lady of Wrestling is the answer to that is up in the air, but the hilarity that ensues along the way is worth watching to find out.

"It's smartly plotted, with characters that deepen in the course of the show. But, refreshingly, in our era of homework TV, it's also a joyride, all roller skates and mousse-claw bangs, synthesizer jams and leopard-print leotards, home pregnancy tests and cocaine-serving robots. By the final episodes, I was whooping at my computer screen, fists in the air, like a superfan." -Emily Nussbaum, The New Yorker

The Good Place 

Metascore: 82

Best for: Fans of oddball comedies in an alternate universe

Where to watch: Netflix, Vudu

Seasons: 4

Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell) has arrived in the afterlife. Certain she'd end up in the Bad Place, she's pleasantly surprised to find she's made it to the Good Place. Or has she? There she meets Chidi (William Jackson Harper), Jason (Manny Jacinto), and Tahani (Jameela Jamil), who become a sort of pseudo friends. But all the while, Eleanor can't shake the feeling that she's not actually in the Good Place or if she is, she's not actually supposed to be there. She tries to fly under the radar around the architect of it all, Michael (Ted Danson) and his all-knowing robotic assistant Janet (D'Arcy Carden), but in the afterlife, those in charge know and see everything. 

"The Good Place takes off in absurd, insane and delightful directions, with episodes so rich in asides and throwaway bits that they might need to be watched more than once." -Gail Pennington, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers 

Metascore: 72

Best for: Fans of the old-school Mighty Ducks franchise

Where to watch: Disney+

Seasons: 1

In the newest iteration of the Mighty Ducks franchise, Evan (Brady Noon) fails to make the cut for the Mighty Ducks hockey team. His ever-positive mom, Alex (Lauren Graham), decides they'll start their own hockey team of underdogs because hockey should be fun and everyone should get to play. The ragtag team grows together and gets better throughout the season, even getting help from Gordon Bombay (Emilio Estevez) himself when the team decides to call his hole-in-the-wall ice rink their home base. 

"Each of the opening three episodes conclude with their own little grace notes, neat bows on a new development that, again, in a multitude of other contexts would come across as treacly. By fully embracing the strengths of the show and its franchise predecessors, Mighty Ducks: Game Changers has already earned those moments with breakaway speed." -Steve Green, IndieWire

Tour de Pharmacy 

Metascore: 71

Best for: Andy Samberg fans

Where to watch: HBO Max, Vudu

Runtime: 41 minutes

Andy Samberg leads this mockumentary about the cycling world that's technically a movie, but is as short as most TV show episodes. We head back to 1982 to the Tour de France, where only a handful of cyclists not accused of paying off the government and doping are allowed to compete in the race: JuJu Peppi (Orlando Bloom), Marty Hass (Samberg), Adrian Baton (Freddie Highmore), Slim Robinson (Daveed Diggs), and Gustav Ditters (John Cena). As they set off for the race, they first decide to take turns leading the pack so they all have a chance to rest, but soon enough, they're all leisurely pedaling along rather than racing. One by one, the cyclists leave or move on to better things (yes, all within one race), like running into the woods or accidentally killing a man. It's a race for the ages, and even with all the chaos, someone will still win.

"You don't have to know or care much about the sport to enjoy the broad sight gags, amusing tangents, and cartoonist accents. ... Breezy fun time." -Ray Rahman, Entertainment Weekly

Eastbound & Down 

Metascore: 70

Best for: Fans of bold comedies and Will Ferrell and Adam McKay

Where to watch: HBO Max, DIRECTV, Vudu

Seasons: 4

Kenny Powers (Danny McBride) used to have it all. The professional baseball player was on the top of the world… and then he wasn't. A string of bad behavior mixed with some nasty substance abuse sent him on a downward spiral, right out of the big leagues. He finds himself back in his hometown trying to do something to pass the time, which is how he ends up as a gym teacher at the local middle school — the one he attended once upon a time. It's not anywhere near the life he wants for himself, but it is what it is until he gets a second chance at the big leagues. Well, the Mexican big leagues. He's offered a spot on a team in Mexico and he can't turn it down. Things can only go up from here, right?

"The jokes take off on all sorts of unexpected trajectories--foul balls that score." -Tom Gliatto, People