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'Tis the season for Christmas specials, whether you prefer holiday episodes of your favorite TV series, specials inspired by beloved children's films, or quirky animated hours produced just for the purpose of keeping you and your loved ones entertained during the holiday season. These specials add an extra little bit of magic to this time of year, and while it already put out an excellent full-length Christmas episode earlier this year during its second season, Apple TV+ megahit Ted Lasso decided this was the moment to get in on the fun.
Yesterday, the Emmy-winning series — starring Jason Sudeikis in the title role of an American football coach who moves to London to coach a soccer team — surprise dropped a four-minute holiday short entitled "The Missing Christmas Mustache," and as you might have guessed from the title, the premise is very straightforward. Ted discovers his signature mustache is gone missing on the day he's supposed to FaceTime with his son back home, and he has no idea what became of it.
So, it's up to Rebecca (Hannah Waddingham), Higgins (Jeremy Swift), Keeley (Juno Temple), Coach Beard (Brendan Hunt), Roy (Brett Goldstein), Jamie (Phil Dunster), and Nate (Nick Mohammed) to come up with a solution before Ted's son can't even recognize him during a Christmas call. Of course, some solutions are better than others.
Check it out below:
We don't cover Ted Lasso all that much around here, if only because despite how delightful it is and how successful it's been for Apple over the past two years, it's not exactly packed with genre elements. It's usually just a charming comedy about nice people doing their best, but there's something decidedly magical at work in this Christmas special, and we're not just talking about Roy being able to grow his eyebrows back at will like some kind of mutant.
From Ted's mustache returning because he remembered the true meaning of Christmas to snow indoors, it feels like a classic holiday special, and we could easily watch another hour of it. Plus, it's either a noncanonical story, or it takes place before the events of Season 2, when Nate was still on everybody's good side.
Ted Lasso has already been renewed for a third season on Apple TV+.