Lucy and Ricky. Phil and Vivian. Monica and Chandler. Homer and Marge.
When it comes to legendary TV couples, these are the characters that come to mind. Long before shipping became the norm, these dynamic duos lit up the small screen with their marital spats, family milestones, and relatable love stories, winning the hearts of viewers around the world along the way.
It’s been a while since fresh faces were inducted into the TV Couple Hall of Fame, but I can think of one twosome that’s ready to elbow Cory and Topanga out of the way. That’s right: I’m talking about Ted Lasso’s Keeley Jones and Roy Kent, two people who give the expression “opposites attract” entirely new meaning.
As anyone who’s watched Ted Lasso can attest, Keeley (played by Juno Temple) and Roy (Brett Goldstein) are a national treasure, and their presence only adds to the comedy’s already-sensational second season. While I wish Keeley and Roy could be in every scene, the central focus of a show called Ted Lasso is always going to be Lasso himself, and rightfully so. The solution? Keeley and Roy need their own reality series, à la Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica, set beyond the existing world of the Apple TV+ comedy.
A "Koy" reality show — is their couple name trademarked yet? If not, can Keeley get Nespresso on board? — might look a little something like this: we begin in the world of Ted Lasso as Keeley and Roy plan an elaborate night in. A few grunts here, a few batted eyelashes there, and the two are making out on the couch... Apple fades to black. Now in reality TV land, we pick up X number of minutes later (I would never dare presume anything about Roy F***ing Kent’s skills in bed) as the two are debating what to watch, and the camera remains trained on them until they pack it in for the night.
This is where the Newlyweds aspect comes into play. 18 years ago, Jessica Simpson forever altered the reality television landscape when she asked her husband, Nick Lachey, if her Chicken of the Sea tuna was chicken or fish. It wasn't Jessica’s finest moment, but it perfectly represented the ethos of the MTV series, which was mainly interested in capturing the young couple at home. For three seasons, viewers watched Jessica and Nick as they griped about unwashed dishes, redecorated their new house, and sat around watching TV. Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica wasn’t exactly riveting television, but watching these two famous people interact was fascinating, and early episodes truly gave viewers that fly-on-the-wall feeling.
No disrespect, but if the cinéma vérité experience is good enough for Jessica and Nick, it’s certainly good enough for Keeley and Roy. Ted Lasso’s oddball couple has grown quite a bit since that first post-karaoke kiss last year, and viewers deserve to see what they get up to after Apple’s cameras go dark.
Selfishly, I just want to spend more time with Keeley and Roy, but given the frenzy surrounding Ted Lasso’s power couple, I’d venture to guess that a Newlyweds-style reality show would be incredibly successful. It doesn’t matter how you do it: make it an Apple TV+ digital exclusive, put it on YouTube, or even just post it to the show’s Instagram page. As a very wise footballer once said, “Fucking hell, just get on with it already!”
Ted Lasso Season 2 is currently streaming on Apple TV+, with new episodes dropping every Friday through early October.
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Claire Spellberg Lustig is the TV Editor at Primetimer and a scholar of The View. Follow her on Twitter at @c_spellberg.