S01E01 - Pilot

No: 1  |  Season: 1   Episode: 1  |  Air Date: 14-Aug-20  |  Runtime: 30 mins


American football coach Ted Lasso is hired by a wealthy divorcee to coach the English soccer team, AFC Richmond.

Director and Writers

Director: Tom Marshall
Writers: Story by: Jason Sudeikis & Bill Lawrence & Brendan Hunt & Joe Kelly Teleplay by: Jason Sudeikis & Bill Lawrence


Rebecca: Rupert and I bought this on our fifth anniversary.
Higgins: Well, you have exquisite taste.
Rebecca: Do you want it?
Higgins: But it's a Hockney. It must be worth a million pounds.
Rebecca: Good point. You should've said yes.

George: Hey. I love what you've done to the place. Did you do it yourself or get some poof to help you?
Rebecca: I could ask the same of your hair.

George: Fired? What the fu$k for?
Rebecca: I suppose I could go for any number of reasons, really. Your casual misogyny, for one.
George: What?
Rebecca: I know, it's a big word. Ask one of your daughters what it means. Or perhaps it's your performance, having led this team through yet another remarkably average season. Or maybe it's because you insist on wearing those tiny shorts that force me to see one of your testicles.... and there's the other one. Liam and Noel. Though, perhaps not an oasis.

Sportscaster: Right on, Ted. Do your thing, man. And good luck with the most beautiful game. Do us proud. Go, 'Murica.

Tommy: You coaching football. Mate, you are a legend for doing something so stupid. I mean, it's mental. They're gonna fuc$ing murder you.
Ted: Well, you know, I've heard that tune before. But here I am, still dancing.

Ted: Come on. Hit me with a fun fact.
Coach Beard: They don't say "out of bounds." They say "into touch."
Ted: Okay, you owe me five bucks if I sneak that into a sentence later.

Ted: Hey, hey, hey! If we see each other in our dreams, let's goof around a little bit, pretend like we don't know each other.
Coach Beard: You got it, stranger.

Ollie: Okay. That's Tower Bridge.
Ted: Right. Not the London Bridge, 'cause this one's still up.

Coach Beard: You know how they came up with soccer? So, these Victorian-era headmasters, all they wanted to do was get the boys to stop masturbating. So they invented a sport where the boys wouldn't use their hands at all, and they thought that might do the trick. I'm not sure if it worked, but...

Ted: Nathan! I love that name. Hey, love your hot dogs.
Nathan: Yeah. No, I know.
Ted: Good, good. Y'all got Nathan's hot dogs here?
Nathan: No.

Ted: If that's a joke, I love it. If not, I cannot wait to unpack that with you.

Rebecca: How do you take your tea?
Ted: Well, usually I take it right back to the counter 'cause someone's made a horrible mistake.

Ted: You know, I always figured that tea was just gonna taste like hot brown water. And you know what? I was right.

Rebecca: Would you like a tour?
Ted: I'd love to see Abbey Road.
Rebecca: ...of the club.
Ted: Yeah, let's start there.

Rebecca: Some of the locals claim they still see fallen soldiers wandering around the pitch.
Ted: That's spooky.
Rebecca: Do you believe in ghosts, Ted?
Ted: I do. But more importantly, I think they need to believe in themselves.

Rebecca: This is a wall of our previous owners.
Ted: Okay. And now look at this fella up here. How 'bout the girls and the champagne and everything? He looks like a good time.
Rebecca: That's my ex-husband.

Roy: Oi! If I don't hear silence, I'm gonna start punching dicks.

Ted: Heck, you could fill two Internets with what I don't know about football. But I'll tell you what I do know. I know that AFC Richmond, like any team I've ever coached, is gonna go out there and give you everything they got for all four quarters.
Reporter: Halves.
Ted: What was that?
Reporter: Two halves.
Ted: Right. Sorry. Halves, yeah. They're gonna give you everything they got for two halves, win or lose.
Reporter: Or tie.
Ted: Right. Y'all do ties here. Sorry. That's going to take some getting used to for me. 'Cause back where I'm from, you try to end a game in a tie, well, that might as well be the first sign of the apocalypse.

Reporter: Can you even name any footballers?
Ted: Well, yeah, you got Ronaldo and the fellow that bends it like himself.

Reporter: What's a goalie?
Ted: The fella with the big Mickey Mouse hands and the... by the net.

Ted: You know, I'd love to say hi to the team, if I can.
Rebecca: Can't keep a gaffer from his pitch.
Ted: You can say that again. Okay. (Aside to Coach Beard) I am 0 for 2 in that sentence.

Higgins: Ms. Welton, I was a bit skeptical, but after hearing you speak in there, I'm excited by your choice. Coach Lasso is just what we need.
Rebecca: He's an absolute wanker.
Higgins: I know... Pardon?
Rebecca: I hope he fails miserably. See, my ex-husband truly loved only one thing his entire life: this club. And Ted Lasso is gonna help me burn it to the ground. 'Cause I want to torture Rupert. I want him to feel like he's being fu*ked in the ass with a splintered cricket bat. Just in and out, over and over, in a constant loop. Like a GIF.

Ted: Holy smokes! Did you see that? That fella looked like a kitty cat when it gets spooked by a cucumber.

Ted: How many countries are in this country?
Coach Beard and Nathan: Four.
Ted: It's kinda like America these days.

Ted: I do love a locker room. Smells like potential... and am I getting notes of Axe body spray?

Ted: (Referring to Roy) Last time I saw eyes that cold, they were going head-to-head with Roy Scheider.
Coach Beard: Jaws?
Ted: No, All That Jazz.

Ted: It was real fun watching you out there today. You know, the boys really respond to you. It doesn't surprise me though. You've had a heck of a career.
Roy: Thank you. Never thought it would end being coached by Ronald fu*king McDonald.
(Roy Leaves)
Ted: You gonna let him call you that?
Coach Beard: I don't think he was referring to me.
Ted: He thinks he's mad now, wait till we win him over.
Coach Beard: He'll... be... furious.

Keeley: You're trending hard on Twitter right now.
Ted: How 'bout that.
Keeley: Do you even tweet?
Ted: Nah. But I do beatbox all right. (beat boxes a line)
Keeley: I never know how to react when a grown man beatboxes in front of me.

Keeley: If you get curious and you start searching around on Twitter, I would avoid #Richmond, or wanker. Or dick.
Ted: Well, I'll take your word for it.


"God Save the Queen" by Sex Pistols (Opening music.)

"Ted Lasso Theme" by Marcus Mumford, Tom Howe (Theme song.)

"Veteran Leadership" by Marcus Mumford, Tom Howe (The locker room.)

"Opus 26" by Dustin O'Halloren (Ted talking on the phone to his wife in his flat.)

"Make the Music With Your Mouth, Biz" by Biz Markie (End credits.)

Notes and Trivia

For Season one of Ted Lasso, Bill Lawrence, Jason Sudeikis, Jeff Ingold, Bill Wrubel, Liza Katzer, Jane Becker, Jamie Lee, Kip Kroeger, Brendan Hunt, Tina Pawlik and Joe Kelly won a 2021 Primetime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Comedy Series."

Jason Sudeikis won a Primetime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series" for the episode "Pilot." In 2021, he also won a Golden Globe Award for "Best Actor - Television Series Musical or Comedy," a Screen Actors Guild award for "Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series."

In a fortelling of their individual characters, on the plane to England Ted Lasso is reading The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac, and Coach Beard is reading Inverting The Pyramid: The History of Soccer Tactics by Jonathan Wilson. On his lap, Coach Beard also has a copy of Coaching Soccer For Dummies.

For writing the "Pilot," Jason Sudeikis, Brendan Hunt and Bill Lawrence were nominated (did not win) for a 2021 Emmy for "Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series."

The celebration dance Ted Lasso does with his former football team, as seen in a video clip, is mostly the same dance that Jason Sudeikis does in the SNL sketch "What's Up With That."

Actor Hannah Waddingham (AFC Richmond owner Rebecca) is lesser known as the Game of Thrones character Septa Unella, the woman who followed a naked Cersei through the streets, shouting "shame" and ringing a bell. It may be hard to recognize her, as her character was dressed in a habit.

For the casting of Ted Lasso, Theo Park won a 2021 Emmy for "Outstanding Casting For A Comedy Series."

In the 2021 Emmy Awards, Marcus Mumford and Tom Howe were nominated for (did not win) "Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music" for the Ted Lasso opening theme.




Details about common filming locations such as The Crown and Anchor Pub, The Dog Pound Stadium and The Richmond Greyhounds practise field can be found here.

Airport scenes were filmed in Terminal 2 at Heathrow Airport, London.

The scene where Ted and Coach Beard view the Tower Bridge was filmed at St. Katherine Pier, in London. (Google Street View)


StarringJason SudeikisTed Lasso
StarringHannah WaddinghamRebecca Welton
StarringJeremy SwiftHiggins
StarringPhil DunsterJamie Tartt
StarringBrett GoldsteinRoy Kent
StarringBrendan HuntCoach Beard
StarringNick MohammedNathan Shelley
Starring (With)Juno TempleKeeley Jones
Guest StarringToheeb JimohSam Obisanya
Guest StarringJames LanceTrent Crimm
Co-StarringScott Van PeltHimself
Co-StarringBilly HarrisColin
Co-StarringKola BokinniIsaac
Co-StarringStephen ManasRichard
Co-StarringAdam ColborneBaz
Co-StarringBronson WebbJeremy
Co-StarringKevin 'KG' GarryPaul
Co-StarringBill SkinnerTommy
Co-StarringBill FellowsGeorge
Co-StarringLloyd GriffithLloyd
Co-StarringGuy PorrittReporter 2
Co-StarringJimmy AkingbolaOllie
Co-StarringAnna Martine FreemanReporter 3
Co-StarringMarcus OniludeMarcus