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Ted Lasso season 2 release date, new trailer, plot, cast and more

Ted Lasso season 2
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You'd better BELIEVE that Ted Lasso season 2 is back.  The award-winning Apple TV Plus comedy is kicking its way onto the screen in just a few weeks. And a new trailer reveals some of the plot of Ted Lasso season 2 — including Ted turning into a bad guy. No, not really, but he kinda tries, to make a point to the team. He even flips over a table! 

Ted Lasso season 2 continues the journey of titular character (Jason Sudeikis), an American college football coach who crosses the pond to become the manager of a down-on-their-luck English soccer team, AFC Richmond. His "can do" optimism initially annoys the team's owner, Rebecca Welton (Hannah Waddingham), the players and the fans. But Ted Lasso's good cheer is so infectious, he starts to win and win over his detractors.

Ted Lasso season 2 follows up on the critically-acclaimed award-winning first season, which brought the show and its lead actor many accolades from the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild and Writers Guild. More recognition is expected from the upcoming Emmy nominations. The series has certainly been the breakout hit for the still-fledgling Apple TV Plus service — so much that it has already ordered Ted Lasso season 3 in advance.

Here's everything we know so far about Ted Lasso season 2.

Ted Lasso season 2 release date

Apple TV Plus is releasing Ted Lasso season 2 on Friday, July 23.

The second season will consist of 12 episodes. It's possible that Apple releases more than one episode for the premiere, even up to three. However many drop on July 23, the rest will debut weekly on Fridays.

Apple TV Plus first renewed Ted Lasso season 2 on August 19, 2020, midway through the first season. At first, 10 episodes were ordered, but the number was upped to 12. In October 2020, the streamer also announced it was making Ted Lasso season 3.

On the podcast Fake Doctors, Real Friends With Zach + Donald, creator Bill Lawrence said that Ted Lasso is likely a "three-season show" and he's planned storylines to wrap up by the end of season 3.

Ted Lasso season 2 trailer

In the full-length trailer for Ted Lasso season 2, coach is "Under Pressure" (the song plays in the background). AFC Richmond has been relegated, star player Danny Rojas is struggling and the team is on a streak of draws. To the latter, Ted has a joke, as he does for everything. But he's clearly somewhat worried, since he decides to introduce mean Ted Lasso to try to turn things around.

The first teaser trailer for Ted Lasso season 2 dropped during Apple's April 20 event. The video starts with a series of familiar flashes from the show, like Ted's famously delicious shortbread cookies and the "BELIEVE" sign in the locker room. "Kindness makes a comeback," the text proclaims. From there, the teaser previews Ted's second year as coach of AFC Richmond. Later, Ted makes a hilarious reference to the hapless New York Jets. 

Ted Lasso season 2 cast

The cast of Ted Lasso season 2 is led by Jason Sudeikis as Ted Lasso, the current coach of AFC Richmond. He was formerly an American football coach with the Wichita State Shockers.

He's joined by:

  • Hannah Waddingham as Rebecca Welton, the owner of AFC Richmond
  • Brendan Hunt as Coach Beard, Ted's long-time assistant and friend
  • Nick Mohammed as Nathan Shelley, a new assistant coach
  • Brett Goldstein as Roy Kent, an aging, often angry box-to-box midfielder
  • Juno Temple as Keeley Jones, a model and Roy's girlfriend
  • Jeremy Swift as Leslie Higgins, the director of football operations
  • Phil Dunster as Jamie Tartt, a young striker previously with Richmond and now with Manchester City. Also Keeley's ex-boyfriend.
  • Cristo Fernández as Dani Rojas, a young player from Mexico
  • Toheeb Jimoh as Sam Obisanya, a young right back from Nigeria
  • Kola Bokinni as Isaac, the vice-captain of AFC Richmond
  • James Lance as Trent Crimm, a reporter for The Independent
  • Anthony Head as Rupert Mannion, Rebecca's ex-husband and former owner of AFC Richmond.
  • Annette Badland as Mae, the local pub owner
  • Andrea Anders as Michelle Lasso, Ted's separated wife
  • Ellie Taylor as Flo "Sassy" Collins, Rebecca's best friend

Ted Lasso season 2 will bring on some new faces, including Sarah Niles as Sharon, a sports psychologist working with AFC Richmond. In the teaser, she turns down Ted's cookies because she doesn't eat sugar. The horror!

Ted Lasso season 2 plot

After getting relegated out of the Premier League, it looks like AFC Richmond is down on their luck for most of Ted Lasso season 2.

Cast member Hannah Waddingham told Collider, "Jason has described Season 2 as The Empire Strikes Back, and I’m inclined to agree with him"

At least behind the scenes, everybody is truly on the same team, made evident by the genuine joy that greets Ted when he encounters Rebecca, Leslie and Keeley. With all of them working together, they make a formidable group. 

Speaking of Keeley, she and Roy seem to be going strong, as demonstrated by a passionate kiss in the trailer.

And if season 2 is like Empire Strikes Back, then that means Ted Lasso season 3 will be Return of the Jedi — the final chapter of that portion of the Star Wars saga. 

As Sudeikis told EW.com, "The story that's being told - that three-season arc — is one that I see, know, and understood. I'm glad that they are willing to pay for those three seasons. As far as what happens after that, who knows? I don't know."

Co-creator Lawrence added, "The initial story Jason had in his head is a three-season arc, [but] I'm hopeful there's more Ted Lasso stories to tell after three seasons. Hey, in my head, I'm like, Ted Lasso moves home and he should coach the professional team that's a block away from Jason's home in real life."

Kelly Woo

Kelly is a senior writer covering streaming media for Tom’s Guide, so basically, she watches TV for a living. Previously, she was a freelance entertainment writer for Yahoo, Vulture, TV Guide and other outlets. When she’s not watching TV and movies for work, she’s watching them for fun, seeing live music, writing songs, knitting and gardening.