The Plugged In Show, Episode 91: Ted Lasso and The Kissing Booth

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Ted Lasso, the title character in Apple TV+’s buzzy comedy, is a flyover-country American football coach hired to lead an English football (that is, soccer) team. He’s hired to fail. But because of his aw-shucks charm and relentless positivity, he begins winning people over—even if he’s not winning games. His post-game speech after a devastating loss gives us a taste of who the character is:

Lift your heads up and look around this locker room. Look at everybody else in here. And I want you to be grateful you’re going through this sad moment with all these other folks because, I promise you, there is something worse out there than being sad. And that is being alone and being sad. Ain’t no one in this room alone.

On the other hand, Ted Lasso the show isn’t quite as smile-worthy.

On today’s installment of The Plugged In Show, we dive into Ted Lasso—where the series scores and whiffs, where it wins and loses. (We’ll avoid talking about ties, because Ted would say that that’s like kissing your sister.)

And speaking of kissing, we’ll then enter into a discussion of Netflix’s The Kissing Booth 3—part of another franchise that has its ups and downs.

So follow us onto the pitch and dribble with us a bit, won’t you? It may draw out a smile and a thought or two. Take a look at the interaction questions below and click on all those little links. Because as Ted Lasso might say, every little link smells like potential.

  • Interaction questions: Where do you draw the line personally, or for your family, when it comes to what you will or won’t watch? Let us know on Facebook or Instagram.
  • What has stood out to you—maybe in a good way, maybe a not so good way—as a show or movie you feel people should know about?