We all have a touch of The Grouch in us, which might be why Roy Kent—the intimidating and experienced forward on Ted Lasso’s British soccer team—is so funny (and relatable). The geniuses at Sesame Street have shot a dual Roy and Oscar scene that is is anything but stinky, and it’s it’s going to get the LOLs from parents and kids, alike.

Ted Lasso, an Apple+ TV original series about a happy-go-lucky American coach who travels to England to coach a failing soccer team, debuted in the middle of the pandemic and was immediately binged. It was exactly what we all needed—a show that demonstrated kindness as an aspirational a trait. But then there’s Roy Kent, played by Brett Goldstein. He is the show’s rage monster (also relatable—remember 2020?), who is everybody’s grouchiest alter-ego.

“I finally found my way to Sesame Street (all you have to do is ask, through the medium of song) and it was more wonderful than I could have imagined. Everyone was so funny and brilliant and friendly and kind,” Goldstein wrote on his Instagram. “I managed to get to say hi to all the residents except Snuffleupagus who was sleeping (although I saw him sleeping and he snores less than you’d think.)”

In an interview with Rolling Stones‘ Emily Zemler, he reflects on how easy it is to slip into grouchiness. “When I’m at my best self … I do believe everyone is interesting if you ask the right question…That’s kind of the whole deal of Ted Lasso… But then equally I spend a lot of the day going ‘Oh f*ck everyone. It’s all awful.’ I get both sides of it.” Sounds like he’s every parent between the hours of 5-8 p.m., no? You’re speaking our language, man. We hear you.

Which brings us back to Sesame Street and The Grouch. Is there really a character that makes our kids giggle more than The Grouch? Not on this couch. The same holds true with Ted Lasso and Roy Kent. So go on and plan to watch this episode of Sesame Street together with your kids, because it’s the perspective we can all use to kill our next bad attitude.

—Shelley Massey


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