Ted Lasso was the breakout star at this year’s Television Critic’s Association’s 2021 Awards. The Apple TV+ comedy based on Jason Sudeikis‘ NBC commercials was lauded for its first season, including Outstanding New Program, Outstanding Achievement In Comedy, and Program of the Year.
The sports show first debuted last summer, and the series has continued into a successful sophomore season on Apple’s new streaming service. Last October, Apple TV+ renewed the hit series for a third season, and this weekend, Ted Lasso will compete to win Emmy’s in the 20 categories for which it was nominated, including Outstanding Comedy Series and more.
Along with Ted Lasso, other TCA winners include The Crown for Outstanding Achievement In Drama, Mare of Easttown for Outstanding Achievement In Movies, Miniseries, or Specials, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver for Outstanding Achievement In Sketch/Variety Shows, and Framing Britney Spears for Outstanding Achievement In News and Information. Jean Smart was also awarded with the Career Achievement Honoree, as well as the Individual Achievement in Comedy award for Hacks.
“Television came through in a big way this year, serving up some much-needed entertainment that was a welcome distraction from the real-life dramas of the real world,” said Melanie McFarland, TCA President and TV Critic for Salon. “The fact that comedic shows reigned supreme at the 2021 TCA Awards is a testament to this. From the folksy humor of ‘Ted Lasso’ and the sharp takes of ‘Hacks’, to the timeless laughs of ‘The Golden Girls’, this season’s offerings gave us plenty of reasons to smile in uncertain times. We are excited to honor these outstanding programs as we celebrate 37 years of the TCA Awards, and we look forward to being together again in person in 2022.”
See the full list of 2021 TCA Award recipients:
- Individual Achievement In Drama: Michaela Coel (I May Destroy You, HBO)
- Individual Achievement In Comedy: Jean Smart (Hacks, HBO Max)
- Outstanding Achievement In News and Information: Framing Britney Spears (FX/FX On Hulu)
- Outstanding Achievement In Reality Programming: TIE: Couples Therapy (Showtime), Deaf U (Netflix)
- Outstanding Achievement In Youth Programming: The Baby-Sitters Club (Netflix)
- Outstanding Achievement In Variety, Talk Or Sketch: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO, 2018 & 2019 Winner In Category)
- Outstanding New Program: Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
- Outstanding Achievement In Movies, Miniseries, Or Specials: Mare of Easttown (HBO)
- Outstanding Achievement In Drama: The Crown (Netflix)
- Outstanding Achievement In Comedy: Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
- Program of the Year: Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
- Career Achievement Honoree: Jean Smart
- Heritage Award: The Golden Girls (NBC)