Wondering if Ted Lasso is ok for kids? After all the Emmy wins, you may be considering it for a family show. However is Ted Lasso kid friendly? Not really. Ted Lasso is rated TV-MA for severe language and sexual content. You’re not going to see Bridgerton nudity, but there are a ton of sexual jokes and bare bottoms. Here’s what parents need to know in this Ted Lasso Parents Guide.
Ted Lasso Parents Guide
In Season 1, Jason Sudeikis plays Ted Lasso, a small-time college football coach from Kansas hired to coach a professional soccer team in England, despite having no experience coaching soccer. When he arrives, almost everyone hates him. The woman who hired him, Rebecca (Hannah Waddingham), secretly wants to sabotage the team with Ted’s hiring to get back at her ex-husband. Rebecca now owns the team, and it’s the only thing her ex cared about, so she’ll do anything to sink it.
Ted impresses everyone with his cheerful and optimistic attitude despite going through some major things in his life, too. His wife wants a divorce, he lives far away from his son, and the team isn’t exactly coming together like he hoped. However, nothing can cure the blues like a Ted Lasso quote, and there are plenty of nuggets.
In Season 2, expect more charming Ted Lasso; you just can’t help but smile. However, you’ll get to know a lot about the players on the team and get into more drama.
What is Ted Lasso rated?
Ted Lasso is rated TV-MA for language and some nudity. As far as language and mature content go, nothing has changed much from the first to second season, and this show is still solidly rated TV-MA. If you dislike the f-bomb, then perhaps Roy Kent (Brett Goldstein) won’t be your favorite character.
Every 4-letter word you can think of is in this show. The f-word is as common as “um” for some people. So yes, the language is very colorful and some characters drop the f-word at least 10 times in one sentence. Also expect words like a**, sh*t, damn, g-ddamn, bullsh*t, dick, twat, pu**y, and all forms of Deity.
There is a lot of sexual content, but not really explicit nudity. There are naked behinds in a locker room. However, there are a lot of sexual jokes about masturbation, uses of vibrators, etc, in both seasons.
There is another naked behind and complete backside in Season 2 after two adults have sex which is used more for comedic purposes.
Many characters drink alcohol. There is infidelity, one-night stands, etc. Some jokes will go over a lot of kids’ heads, but some are way too much.
Is Ted Lasso Appropriate for Kids Over 16?
Ted Lasso really is a fantastic, funny show, but it is aimed for a more mature audience. If you don’t mind a lot of language and some sexual things, then there are many valuable character and sports lessons. Ted is the nicest guy and the world could use a lot more Ted Lassos.
Does the show needs all of the excess junk they add in like the sexual jokes? No. Ted and company would still win the hearts of many. But a lot of the characters are soccer players, and they don’t usually have the cleanest mouths. The acting is top-notch all-around, even making you love the characters you’re supposed to hate. They’re humans and make mistakes, which makes them relatable.
That’s probably the best thing about Ted Lasso – the imperfect characters. But you love them anyway. Some of them do really crappy things, but they also know how to apologize and make amends. And in the locker room, the usual stereotypical behavior isn’t allowed. Ted sets expectations, and the rest help each other to keep others in check.
It just shows that people can change, and through it all Ted is there to keep the family together.
If they toned down some things, Ted Lasso would be a fabulous family show, but as it stands now, I’d say 16 and up if you don’t mind some of the content. You can’t help but root for Ted Lasso.
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