Ted Lasso, the football-themed sitcom with Jason Sudeikis, is returning to Apple TV+ for its third series this March.
The hit comedy, which also stars Hannah Waddingham and Brett Goldstein, will see AFC Richmond compete in the Premier League once again – and try to win the whole thing.
They'll have to face challenges from rival London club West Ham United, made all the more personal by the fact it's now owned and managed by people the AFC Richmond team have crossed paths with more than once.
Here’s everything you need to know about the hotly-anticipated third series of Ted Lasso.
What’s it about?
Ted Lasso follows an American football coach – no prizes for guessing his name – who moves to England to coach a Premier League football team. His understanding of the game itself is limited at best, but his approach and outlook has a transformative effect on the team nonetheless.
Season 3 will pick up where season 2 concluded, with AFC Richmond back in the Premier League and competing for their first title win in years – but also faced with the impact of former assistant coach Nate’s betrayal of Ted and departure to West Ham.
The official Apple TV+ synopsis for Ted Lasso S3 explains that “the newly-promoted AFC Richmond faces ridicule as media predictions widely peg them as last in the Premier League and Nate, now hailed as the ‘wonder kid,’ has gone to work for Rupert at West Ham United. In the wake of Nate’s contentious departure from Richmond, Roy Kent steps up as assistant coach. Meanwhile, while Ted deals with pressures at work, he continues to wrestle with his own personal issues back home, Rebecca is focused on defeating Rupert and Keeley navigates being the boss of her own PR agency. Things seem to be falling apart both on and off the pitch, but Team Lasso is set to give it their best shot anyway.”
Who stars in Ted Lasso Season 3?
Jason Sudeikis plays Ted Lasso, an American football coach now working at AFC Richmond. Sudeikis is a former SNL cast member, appearing on the show regularly between 2005 and 2013, and going on to star in films like We’re the Millers, Horrible Bosses, and Sleeping with Other People.
Hannah Waddingham plays Rebecca Welton, the owner of AFC Richmond. Outside of Ted Lasso, Waddingham is perhaps best known for roles in Game of Thrones, Sex Education, and Benidorm. She’s also a prolific stage actor, appearing in Spamalot on Broadway and The Wizard of Oz in the West End.
Jodi Balfour plays a new character called Jack, a venture capitalist joining the show in Season 3. Balfour is probably best known for her other Apple TV+ series For All Mankind, where she plays astronaut turned politician Ellen Wilson, but you might also recognise her from True Detective, Rellik, and The Crown.
They’re joined by various returning characters, including Brett Goldstein (Thor: Love and Thunder) as Roy Kent, Juno Temple (The Offer) as Keeley Jones, Brendan Hunt (Community) as Coach Beard, Nick Mohammed (Intelligence) as Nathan Shelley, and Sarah Niles (Riches) as Dr. Sharon Fieldstone amongst others.
Is there a trailer?
Yes, there is! You can have a look right here...
When and how can I watch Ted Lasso Series 3?
Ted Lasso will arrive on Apple TV+ on Wednesday 15 March, with new episodes airing weekly. It’s the first Apple TV+ show to debut on a Wednesday (meaning if anyone had sat looking at the Apple TV+ release slate, picking out Fridays without new shows debuting, it was not the canny detective work I - or, uh, whoever - thought it was).
As ever, you can sign up for Apple TV+ right here if you haven’t yet already.
How many episodes will there be?
Ted Lasso Series 3 will be made up of 12 episodes, ranging from half an hour to forty five minutes (although judging by how Series 2 ballooned in runtime, presumably at least one episode of Ted Lasso S3 will be 90 minutes long).
This series was conceived of and developed as 12 episodes from the beginning, unlike Series 2 (where two additional episodes were ordered relatively late in the day).
Is this the last series?
Possibly. When the show began, its creators and stars described Ted Lasso as a show with a three-season arc – since it’s gone on to become Apple TV+’s most popular show, they’ve been a little less straightforward, essentially saying that they’re approaching Series 3 as a possible ending but not a permanent one.
Many of the stars and writers are signed to an overall deal with Apple TV+, which included an option to continue with Ted Lasso for a fourth season.
What do reviews say?
In our review of Ted Lasso Series 3, we praised the show for its generally charming outlook, though noted that in its evolution from a half hour comedy to a 50 minute drama it’s become a little less focused and a lot more sprawling in its structure, and lost a little of its sense of humour too. You can read the full review right here.
Why should I watch it?
It’s worth checking out just because it’s so popular – see what all the fuss is about! On its own terms, though, it’s a generally pretty funny fish-out-of-water comedy – the first series is stronger than the second, but even it has its charms too.