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Like ‘Ted Lasso’? Try these shows, too

Here are five kinder and gentler TV comedies


If you’re a fan of somewhat kinder, gentler comedies like “Ted Lasso,” here are five other shows to try.

“Schitt’s Creek”: Most people are already familiar with this Emmy Award-gobbling show about a family plunged into financial ruin and forced to adapt to a new world and its quirky inhabitants. What holds it all together is that the family members are nearly as fond of each other as the writers were of the odd, lovable characters they created. Available on Netflix.

“We Are Lady Parts”: This oft-overlooked comedy follows four 20-something London Muslim women who form a punk band. They bicker and have all kinds of life and faith issues, but their devotion to each other adds a touching foundation to the punchlines. Available on Peacock.

“Atypical”: This tender-hearted comedy follows a 19-year-old man on the autism spectrum, as he searches for love and independence. It promotes messages about inclusion and empathy. Available on Netflix.

“Superstore”: Like “Ted Lasso,” this comedy is anchored by a known star (America Ferrera), but it’s the deep roster of secondary characters and their relationships that add comedic depth and poignance. In this case, the action takes place in a big-box store in the Midwest. Available on Hulu.

“Detroiters”: This underrated comedy about two good-hearted but overmatched Michigan buddies trying to make it in the world of advertising was executive-produced by “Ted Lasso” star Jason Sudeikis and “Saturday Night Live” creator Lorne Michaels, but dropped by Comedy Central after two seasons. Still available on Paramount+.