‘Ted Lasso’ Season 3 Could Win 14 Emmys —How Many Does It Deserve? – IndieWire

“Ted Lasso” did not end well. If you disagree with that statement, then it’s unlikely you’ll agree with much that follows in this essay — and that’s your prerogative as an experienced TV viewer. But even if you liked each season of the Apple TV+ mega-hit equally, it’s impossible to dispute that the (potential) final season was polarizing. Critics who hailed the first two seasons were disappointed by the third. Fans who fell in love with the characters over two sterling years faced confusion over their behavior in the latest story. Episodes ran twice as long, certain plots were left hanging, and others seem buttoned up for good. Confusion reigns supreme, and everyone was left with questions about what happened — and what’s next, if anything.

But the Emmy nominations reflected none of this. “Ted Lasso” Season 3 earned 21 nominations in 15 categories — more than either of its previous two awards runs, and more than any other comedy this year. Technically, it has a shot at history. As I went over in a similar story pegged to “Succession,” the current record for the most Emmys won by a series in a single season is 12, which “Game of Thrones” accomplished three times (in 2015, 2016, and 2019). Those first two years, it managed 12 wins from just 24 nominations (whereas the HBO juggernaut needed 32 nominations to reach the same win total in 2019).

The closest “Ted Lasso” has come to that record is seven wins for its first season. Season 2 nabbed just four trophies, making it hard to imagine the (maybe) final season reversing the downward trend and snagging nearly twice as many as its red-hot Emmy debut. But stranger things have happened, so let’s take a look at the nominations, one by one, and see which categories “Ted Lasso” actually deserves to win — and how many wins that adds up to in the end.

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