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10 Shows like 'Ted Lasso' to Watch Next

Discover more shows like 'Ted Lasso' to add to your watchlist.
by Hedy Phillips, Taylor Freitas — 
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From left to right: Brendan Hunt, Jason Sudeikis, and Nick Mohammed in 'Ted Lasso.'

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Award-winning Apple TV+ show Ted Lasso, starring Jason SudeikisHannah WaddinghamJuno TempleBrett Goldstein, and more quickly warmed the hearts of fans when the first season premiered in 2020. Now with its first two seasons available to stream, the show about a happy-go-lucky coach in England is only growing more popular. 

Sudeikis stars as Coach Ted Lasso, an American called to England to coach a Premier League 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. 

Although Ted is in the title of the show and the center of the story, those around him create a stellar ensemble full of rich character relationships and unique dynamics both on and off the field. 

Whether you like the show for its peek into the world of professional sports, its witty dialogue and unique sense of humor, or the complex relationships it follows — or some combination of all of those things  you'd be hard-pressed to find the exact formula anywhere else. That's why the show is so special and has won the hearts of critics (with a Metascore of 79) and awards voters, picking up multiple Emmys, Golden Globes, SAG Awards, and Critics Choice Awards already (to name a few).

While you wait for the third (and rumored final) season of Ted Lasso, you might want to check out these 10 other shows that share similarities to the streaming comedy that spawned from a real-life Premier League ad.


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Hank Azaria in 'Brockmire'

IFC

Brockmire

Metascore: 83
Best for: Fans of an underdog story
Where to watch: 

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Seasons: 4

Baseball announcer Jim Brockmire (Hank Azaria) has 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 PeetBrockmire 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


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Ellie Kemper (right) in 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt'

Netflix

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Metascore: 80
Best for: Fans of feel-good sitcoms
Where to watch: Netflix
Seasons: 4 and an interactive movie followup

After spending years stuck in a doomsday cult in Indiana, Kimmy Schmidt (Ellie Kemper) escapes and begins a new life in New York. Despite her traumatic past and lack of street smarts, Kimmy's upbeat attitude (admittedly from arrested development) helps her survive the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple — along with the help of her new friends, Lillian Kaushtupper (Carol Kane) and Titus Andromedon (Tituss Burgess). The series, which was created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, earned 20 Primetime Emmy Award nominations during its four-season run. In 2020, Netflix released an interactive film sequel called Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy Vs. The Reverend.

"The result, like 30 Rock, is another sharply written, often offbeat, endearing and funny comedy." — Diane Gordon, The Wrap


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Kyle Chandler (front) in 'Friday Night Lights'

NBC

Friday Night Lights

Metascore: 83
Best for: Fans of small towns where high school football is everything
Where to watch: 

, Google Play, , iTunes, Netflix,
Seasons: 5

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. Off 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." — Diane Werts, Newsday


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'GLOW'

Netflix

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 self-discovery and bonding along the way is worth watching to find out.

"It's smartly plotted, with characters that deepen in the course of the show. ... 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." — Emily Nussbaum, The New Yorker


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Kristen Bell in 'The Good Place'

NBC

The Good Place

Metascore: 82
Best for: Fans of oddball comedies set in an alternate universe
Where to watch: 

, Google Play, iTunes, Netflix
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 friends — eventually. 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 show is not about sports (although Jason has a memorable runner about his love for the Jacksonville Jaguars and, more specifically, Blake Bortles), but it shares some of Ted Lasso's positive sensibility in that it reflects on life, love, relationships, and philosophy.

"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


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Lauren Graham (back, center) in 'The Mighty Ducks'

Disney+

The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers

Metascore: 72
Best for: Fans of the Mighty Ducks film franchise and family-friendly viewing
Where to watch: 


Seasons: 1 (so far)

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. 

"The little team that could is a timeless tale and ... Game Changers is a smooth skate for those already invested in its world of misfits on ice." — Lorraine Ali, Los Angeles Times


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Danny McBride in 'Eastbound & Down'

HBO

Eastbound & Down

Metascore: 70
Best for: Fans of bold comedies and Will Ferrell and Adam McKay
Where to watch: 

, Google Play, iTunes,
Seasons: 4

Kenny Powers (Danny McBride) used to have it all. The professional baseball player was on the top of the word — 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. 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 show hails from executive produces Ferrell and McKay and reflects the sense of humor you know from their movies.

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


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From left to right: Melanie Field, Abbi Jacobson, D'Arcy Carden in 'A League of Their Own'

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A League of Their Own

Metascore: 70
Best for: Fans of period sports dramas and female-driven narratives
Where to watch:


Seasons: 1 (so far)

Adapted from Penny Marshall's 1992 film of the same name, A League of Their Own tells the story of the Rockford Peaches, a women's baseball team in the 1940s. It features Abbi Jacobson (who created the show with Will Graham) as Carson Shaw, a catcher who travels to Chicago in the hopes of making the team. The series also follows Max Chapman (Chanté Adams), a talented local pitcher who isn't allowed to try out because she's Black. Eager to compete, Max must figure out another way to pursue her dream of playing baseball professionally.

"This A League of Their Own does what any successful remake must: it finds its own voice, standing apart from its predecessor while also honoring its legacy." — Robert Levin, Newsday


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Kylie Bunbury in 'Pitch'

Fox

Pitch

Metascore: 69
Best for: Fans of baseball and veteran-newbie relationships
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Seasons: 1

In 2016, Dan Fogelman premiered two television dramas that featured twists about deceased fathers; this was the one that unfortunately didn't make it past one season. Kylie Bunbury stars as Ginny Baker, a young woman who trained with her father (Michael Beach) to become a professional baseball player. And she succeeds, even going so far as to get called up to the Major League. Her journey isn't without some sexism, of course, with the only season following Ginny as she adjusts to living her dream as it comes with unwanted scrutiny and flashes back to her childhood of dreaming big but already sacrificing a lot. What helps is her relationship with veteran player Mike Lawson (Mark-Paul Gosselaar), who, like Goldstein's Roy Kent in Ted Lasso, has to contend with changes to his own player status. 

"An engaging drama about a woman negotiating a man's world with the added glitz of big-time sports." — Rob Lowman, Los Angeles Daily News


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Amy Poehler and Adam Scott in 'Parks and Recreation'

NBC

Parks and Recreation

Metascore: 67
Best for: Fans of lighthearted workplace comedies
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Seasons: 7

Like Ted Lasso, Parks and Recreation revolves around an ever-optimistic protagonist who's determined to create positive change wherever she goes. In this case, that person is Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler), a bubbly government employee in her beloved hometown of Pawnee, Ind. At work, Leslie is joined by a colorful cast of characters that includes her stoic boss, Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman), slacker subordinate Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari), and sarcastic intern-turned-assistant, April Ludgate (Aubrey Plaza). Although all of the team members have vastly different personalities and outlooks on life, they develop a close-knit bond that connects them inside and outside of work.

"It has a kind of sunny charm, a premise fit for a novel, and is built upon a pair of strong female leads, a rare enough thing in sitcoms." — Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times