Good news, ‘Ted Lasso’: Emmys love first-year comedies

There’s nothing Emmy voters love more than rewarding first-year comedies, and “Ted Lasso” fits that bill this year. The show streamed last fall on Apple TV Plus, which means it’s now eligible for the 2021 Emmys. If Gold Derby’s early predictions pan out and “Ted Lasso” wins, it’ll join a long line of freshman Best Comedy Series champs including “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” in 2018, “Modern Family” in 2010 and “30 Rock” in 2007 — see the complete list below.

“Ted Lasso” is coming off big victories at the recent Golden Globes and Critics Choice TV Awards. Jason Sudeikis won Best Comedy Actor at both kudos. The broadcast critics also honored “Ted Lasso” as the Best Comedy Series and scene stealer Hannah Waddingham won Best Comedy Supporting Actress. Next up is the SAG Awards, with both an ensemble cast bid and an individual nom for Sudeikis.

Showrunner Bill Lawrence developed the laffer with Sudeikis, Brendan Hunt and Joe Kelly. The character of Ted Lasso, an American football coach who travels to England to coach soccer, was adapted from a collection of commercials Sudeikis did for NBC Sports in 2013.

The 10-episode first season of “Ted Lasso” was such a success that Apple quickly picked it up for a 12-episode second season. A third season has also since been ordered. Do you think “Ted Lasso” can be the next “Mrs. Maisel,” “Modern Family” or “30 Rock” by winning for its first season on the air?

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Here’s the complete list of every show that won the Best Comedy Series Emmy for Season 1:

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” in 2018

“Modern Family” in 2010 (also ’11, ’12, ’13, ’14)

“30 Rock” in 2007 (also ’08, ’09)

“Arrested Development” in 2004

“Frasier” in 1994 (also ’95, ’96, ’97, ’98)

“The Wonder Years” in 1988

“The Golden Girls” in 1986 (also ’87)

“The Cosby Show” in 1985

“Cheers” in 1983 (also ’84, ’89, ’91)

“Taxi” in 1979 (also ’80, ’81)

“All in the Family” in 1971 (also ’72, ’73, ’78)

“My World and Welcome to It” in 1970

“The Monkees” in 1967

“The Phil Silvers Show” in 1956; and

“The Red Skelton Show” in 1952.

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