‘Emmys 2021’: The 1 ‘Ted Lasso’ Episode That Could Clinch the Comedy Gold

Ted Lasso is an Apple TV+ series from Jason Sudeikis, Bill Lawrence, and Brendan Hunt. The comedy is based on Donnie Campbell, Sudeikis’ basketball coach from Shawnee Mission West High School in the 1990s. Fans first met Ted years ago when Sudeikis played the part to promote the Premier League soccer games for NBC Sports. Now, Ted Lasso has become one of the most beloved characters in a comedy series. This year, Ted Lasso has several Emmy Award nominations, but one episode could be the stand-out performance for Sudeikis to take home the gold.  

Ted Lasso, played by Jason Sudeikis, aboard the AFC Richmond bus
Jason Sudeikis | Apple TV+

‘Ted Lasso’ has 20 Emmy nominations  

The Apple TV+ series nabbed nominations for several categories at the 2021 Emmy Awards. Sudeikis is up for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, while Hannah Waddingham and Juno Temple are competing against each other for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Brett Goldstein, Brendan Hunt, Nick Mohammed, and Jeremy Swift are also up for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. 

Ted Lasso Season 1 is also nominated for the following categories at the 2021 Emmy Awards: 

  • Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series 
  • Original Main Title Theme Music 
  • Outstanding Comedy Series 
  • Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (Half-hour) 
  • Writing for a Comedy Series 
  • Production Design for a Narrative Program
  • Casting for a Comedy Series 
  • Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series 
  • Sound Editing for a Comedy or Drama Series (Half-hour) and Animation 

‘Make Rebecca Great Again’ could win Jason Sudeikis the Emmy 

Sudeikis’ performance in Ted Lasso’s debut season is one of the most heart-warming of the year. But Sudeikis shines brightest in “Make Rebecca Great Again,” the season 1 episode that brings the AFC Richmond team out of town for a match. 

Amidst the difficult decision to divorce his wife Michell (Andrea Anders), Ted struggles to maintain his delightfully upbeat demeanor. He snaps at Nate (Mohammed) the night before the game, proving Ted’s all-too-human nature. 

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Later, amidst the post-win celebration, Ted has a panic attack in the alley outside of a karaoke bar. Sudeikis masterfully captures the drama necessary to drive the comedy’s narrative along — something that could bring Sudeikis to victory in the Lead Actor in a Comedy Series category at the Emmys this year (via TV Insider). 

‘Ted Lasso’ could make history at the 2021 Emmys 

Ted Lasso is already off to a strong start with three wins from the Creative Arts Ceremony on Sept. 11. The series won for Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy Or Drama Series (Half-Hour) and Animation, Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series, and Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series. With 20 total nominations — more than Schitt’s Creek had at the 2020 Emmy Awards — the show’s overwhelming fan base is hopeful the show will take home wins in most, if not every, category. 

Should Ted Lasso sweep the Emmys this year, the series will tie for “most Emmys won by a comedy series in a single season” and “most Emmys won by a series in its first season” and make Emmy history.

Ted Lasso will return with season 3 hopefully sometime in 2022. The Primetime Emmys air Sept. 19 at 8 PM EST on CBS.