Political Football?

(Above: Jason Sudeikis in ‘Ted Lasso.’ Source: YouTube video)

Today, August 14, Apple TV+ debuts a comedy about a decidedly unqualified football coach, Ted Lasso, and a revealing documentary, Boys State, featuring a thousand high school seniors trying to build their own Texas state government. 

Ted Lasso

Saturday Night Live alum Jason Sudeikis is Ted Lasso, a college football coach from Kansas hired to coach another kind of football (soccer) far from the corn fields of America’s Midwest – in the UK, to be precise.

The 10-episode series also stars Stephen Manas, Colin Blyth, Phil Dunster, Brett Goldstein, Bradley WJ Miller, Jade Mitchell, Brendan Hunt and Juno Temple.

Sudeikis is executive producer, alongside Bill Lawrence, creator of such sitcoms as Scrubs, Spin City and Cougar Town.

Boys State

A winner of the Grand Jury Prize for documentary at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Boys State follows 1,100 high school seniors as they participate in a grand civics lesson: a week-long mock exercise in democracy building. Their task: create their own Texas state government.

The real-life dramatis personae include Ben, a “Reagan-loving arch-conservative,” and progressive Steven, a son of Mexican immigrants “who stands by his convictions amidst the sea of red.”

The documentary pays attention to a gubernatorial race that reveals “a complex portrait of contemporary American masculinity, as well as a microcosm of our often-dispiriting national political divisions that nevertheless manages to plant seeds of hope.”

Amanda McBaine and Jesse Moss directed and produced the film through their company, Mile End Films.

Apple TV+ costs $4.99 per month with a seven-day free trial. It can be streamed on tv.apple.com, or via the Apple TV app for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod Touch/Mac, and other non-Apple platforms.

About Larry Greenberg

A former local beat reporter and film critic, co-founder Lawrence Greenberg has more than 25 years’ experience as a writer and public relations executive.

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