It is one of the funniest and best written series I have ever watched. Don't let the hijinks-y trailer fool you into thinking it's just broad stupid comedy. It's not. It's layered with drama, strife, pain, resilience, and a lot of heart. Ted Lasso is an American football coach who is recruited to England to coach a soccer team, a sport he knows very little about. Jason Sudeikis plays Ted, the doomed coach, who is probably the most optimistic, cheerful, hopeful, and generous man who ever walked the earth. No matter what awfulness is thrown at him, he has an upbeat, strong, flexible, and thoughtful response to it. Despite his Midwestern corniness, we gradually begin to realize he's not the country bumpkin he appears to be. He's smarter than all of us. And a better human being. He epitomizes the proverb that you can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar, and his honey is 100% real. You'll end every episode thinking, "Hey, maybe I should start using that approach a little more often in my life." And no way you have to like sports to love this series. It's hysterical, soothing, philosophical, and a great escape to a place you need to visit.
Another wonderful but layered comedy is about a legendary female Vegas stand-up comic who has had her own casino show for years, lives a lavish lifestyle in gaudy Vegas-style, but is suffering the battle of age, time, and her bosses' desire to start attracting a younger audience. In other words, she's getting squeezed out. Enter a twenty-five-year-old female television writer from Los Angeles who is very talented but has shot herself in the foot more than once because she can't keep that same pesky foot out of her mouth with politically incorrect tweets and such. Suddenly unable to get [work] in Hollywood and desperate to pay her mortgage, the young writer caves to her agent's pleas and travels to Vegas to meet up with the comedy diva to see if she can possibly help modernize her jokes. (Bear in mind, the comedy diva is NOT expecting this young scribe.) The two of them are instantly like oil and water and horrified by each other. But as time goes by, they both begrudgingly admit they can benefit from each other. Jean Smart plays the Vegas comedy diva and is brilliant. Hannah Einbinder plays the frumpy, depressed, recently jilted writer who couldn't be more opposite of Smart's character in appearance, attitude, and work ethic. Mayhem and conflict ensue. But so does growth and understanding and acceptance. Maybe I love this show because I'm a writer. But I don't care who you are, these two funny women will chew you up, spit you out, and make you like it. I give it five spinning cherries.
Call My Agent
Six seasons total, on Netflix. It mainly takes place in a prominent talent agency right in the heart of Paris. It's as if you picked up William Morris Agency or CAA in Hollywood and just dumped it there. All the same agency shenanigans, all the same cutthroat rat-race movie industry insanities. The cast is superb. You'll start out thinking they are a bunch of despicable people whom you will soon detest, but, before you know it, even the most ruthless of them will steal your heart and make you cheer for them. . . . They are disgustingly loyal, excruciatingly interesting, and, dang it, downright human after all. This series is very well done and doesn't fizzle in the finale. I promise, you'll kind of wish you worked there.