‘Ted Lasso’ Gets Animated in New Short “The Missing Christmas Mustache”

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Christmas came early today for fans of Apple TV+’s hit series Ted Lasso in the form of an animated holiday short — “The Missing Christmas Mustache.”

This heartwarming comedy series follows the story of a man named Ted Lasso (Jason Sudeikis), a small-time college football coach from Kansas. When Ted receives a job offer to coach a struggling English football team in the UK, AFC Richmond, he hops on a plane to his next destination … despite the fact that he knows next to nothing about soccer. However, what Ted lacks in knowledge, he makes up for with his positive attitude and infectious enthusiasm.

The show’s second season recently finished airing, and it included a wonderfully festive special episode entitled, “Carol of the Bells.” However, it appears that wasn’t all the Christmas cheer the Ted Lasso team had up their sleeves, because our favorite characters are back for the holidays like we’ve never seen them before … animated!

If the animations here look familiar, it’s because this intro was originally seen in “Carol of the Bells.” Fans were left wondering if there would be more to that tease, since the normally solo Ted was flanked by Rebecca, Beard, Roy, Keeley, Jamie, Higgins, and Nate, and our wishes have absolutely been granted. Eagle-eyed viewers will notice that this short is meant to take place during the aforementioned Christmas episode, as everyone is wearing the same clothes.

Channeling the show’s signature brand of humor with an extra dash of chaos and holiday magic, “The Missing Christmas Mustache” is exactly the cheeky reminder we all need to “believe” during the holidays.

Ted Lasso has been storming the awards circuit this year, most recently earning four Golden Globe nominations and four Critics Choice nominations this past month.

Seasons 1 and 2 of Ted Lasso are now streaming exclusively on Apple TV+, and a third season is on the way. In the meantime, catch up on all of our coverage, including episodic recaps, our season 2 review, the best season 1 Ted-isms, and a handy guide to convincing your friends, family, enemies, and even your barista to watch what’s arguably one of the best shows on television right now!

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Lindsey joined the Nerds and Beyond team in 2018. If she's not writing or out and about with her camera, she's probably watching anime, nerding out over Star Wars, reading manga, and definitely forgetting to water her plants. And waiting for the Genshin loading screen to pop up. Contact: lindsey@nerdsandbeyond.com
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