Seeing Ted Lasso was like getting a warm hug every week for half an hour; While it may seem too smarmy to some, having a half hour of feel-good escapism these days isn’t such a bad thing. But when Ted Lasso temporada 2 ended in December, there was nothing on Apple TV, or anywhere else, to make up for that absence.
That is, until I found All Creatures, Big and Small. Like an Irish sweater, it wraps me in a cozy cocoon that will get me through the winter, at least (Ted Lasso temporada 3 expected around summer 2022). It also helps that each episode is an hour long, twice as long as Lasso.
Why do I love all creatures great and small
Like Ted Lasso, ACGaS features an outsider starting a new job with a fussy boss in an unfamiliar English town. Here, however, the outsider is from Scotland, and the job is as a veterinary assistant rather than manager of a Premier League team.
The show is based on the work of James Alfred Wight, a real-life veterinarian who used the pseudonym James Herriot when writing about his experiences treating animals (and dealing with their owners) in Yorkshire. He also wrote a series of children’s stories which is also a delight, but not without its ups and downs.
This version of ACGaS (there was an earlier series that aired in the ’70s and ’80s) originally aired in the UK before making its way to the US, where it’s shown on PBS’s Masterpiece. While seasons one and two have already ended overseas, season two has just started in the United States.
The opening scene of each episode features a wide drone shot over the Yorkshire Dales, where the series is set, a particularly bucolic area in England with lush green hills and low stone walls. Every time I start looking, I feel like my blood pressure drops 10 points.
The fictional town of Darrowby (which is filmed in real life Grassington) and the time period (late 1930s England) also lends itself to a quaintness, although there are a few rumors here and there of war going on. is coming.
Where all the creatures big and small remind me of Ted Lasso
As with Ted Lasso, the cast of characters, from James Herriot (Nicholas Ralph), his boss Sigfried Farnon (Samuel West), his irresponsible younger brother Tristan (Callum Woodhouse), as well as caretaker Mrs. Hall (Anna Madeley) and Herriot’s possible love interest, Helen Alderson (Rachel Shenton), gives solid performances.
Though most of the cast are relative unknowns (at least to this American), there are a couple of higher-powered actors, including the late Dame Diana Rigg, here far less intriguing, but just as rich as her Game of Thrones persona, and Matthew Lewis, who played Neville Longbottom in the harry potter movies.
Aside from the welfare of dogs, cats, cows, sheep, and other animals, the stakes in All Things Great and Small are relatively low. Most of the drama focuses on Herriot’s growth as a person and as a veterinarian. Still, there are plenty of really cute moments – his Christmas episode will make you feel, just like Ted Lasso’s.
As with the football scenes in Ted Lasso and soccer in Friday Night Lights (another one of my favorite TV shows), the veterinary aspect of All Things Great and Small is simply the medium through which the series explores interpersonal relationships. Of the characters. So while it’s helpful to be an animal lover, it’s not entirely necessary to enjoy the show.
Better yet: Like Ted Lasso, All Creatures Great and Small has been renewed for at least one more season. That’s different than what’s going on with Bull, as CBS canceled the show after 6 seasons.
Looking for more shows to watch? This week has new episodes of two of the biggest shows on TV, and we’ve got the details at This is us season 6 episode 3 Y Boba Fett’s book episode 4. And one of Netflix’s biggest upcoming animated series is finally coming out, and we just got The Cuphead Show trailer and release date!