Nothing to see here. Just two regular forty-five-year-old men who bought a Welsh football club with the hope of returning it to its glory days. Now here is where the big deal lies. We have seen these men multiple times on our screens. We know them, and we love them. They are Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) and Rob McElhenney (Always Sunny in Philadelphia), and they have zero experience in running a football club. So how is this going to end? That is the question FX’s new sports docuseries, Welcome to Wrexham, is here to answer.
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Welcome to Wrexham Release Date
Following the announcement of the docuseries on Ryan Reynolds’ YouTube Channel in May 2021, the official trailer for Welcome to Wrexham was released to the public on July 20, 2022. The first two episodes of Welcome to Wrexham then premiered on August 24, 2022. Season 1 will have 18 episodes, each thirty minutes long. As of now, eleven episodes have been released. Here are the release dates for the seven episodes left:
- Episodes 12-15: October 5, 2022
- Episodes 16, 17, and 18: October 12, 2022.
Welcome to Wrexham Storyline
In September 2020, Rob McElhenney decided to partner up with Ryan Reynolds and purchase Wrexham AFC, the oldest football club in Wales (since 1864), and the third-oldest professional football team in the world. The two actors founded a company called RR McReynolds to be able to complete the deal. By February 2021, Ryan and Rob are the owners of Wrexham after a £2 million buy-out. The first episode of Welcome to Wrexham takes us back to this process, showing us the passion behind the acquisition, and the reaction of the local community of Wrexham to the news.
We find out how much the football club means to the local people who have stood behind the club while it suffered from the same economic depression that affected businesses and people all over Wrexham. Wrexham AFC, which had been one of the best clubs in its earlier years, was reduced to a non-league club playing at the lowest of the five tiers of the English Football league system in 2008. Locals are counting on Rob and Ryan to bring back their glory days.
Ryan and Rob also explained how watching sports is the backbone of some important bonding memories from their childhoods. They understood the weight of this bet they were taking and were ready to give the people of Wrexham something to be proud of again. The players of Wrexham AFC (also known as The Dragons) as well as many locals are given screen time in this docuseries, allowing us to really feel that this is not just another story of two famous people running a club just because they can. It’s about passion, compassion, effort, and unity. There’s also a tour of Wales, and other satisfying moments involving the owners’ personal lives in the season.
Every new episode of Welcome to Wrexham is unique. We never know what’s going to happen to the team, how a match is going to end, and what the people’s reaction will be. The stands at Racecourse Ground during each game, echo the vulnerability of The Dragons to the same losses, wins, and surprises other teams face as well. In Welcome to Wrexham, there are struggles, comebacks, stresses, and celebrations that will keep you entertained. You don’t have to be a soccer fan to enjoy this show, but there are explanations of soccer, and the English Football League system in episode 1 for newbies.
Welcome to Wrexham Cast
The executive producers of Welcome to Wrexham include Ryan Reynolds, Rob McElhenney, John Henion, Andrew Fried, Nicholas Frenkel, Andrew Fried, Jordan Wynn, and Sarina Roma. The show began filming in December 2020 in the UK and the US under Reynolds’ production company, Maximum Effort, in conjunction with Boardwalk Pictures, DN2 Productions, FXP, RCG Productions, and 3 Arts Entertainment.
Welcome to Wrexham Ratings
‘Welcome to Wrexham’ is an odd one. Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney took a great risk when they purchased a football club they knew nothing about running, but that risk paid off. Long-term fans and nonfans of the actors are loving their performance in the sports documentary. The show has ratings ranging from good to excellent. With a 75/100 on Metacritic, 90% on Rotten Tomatoes, and 8.3/10 on IMDb, ‘Welcome to Wrexham’ is a must-watch.
Will there be a Welcome to Wrexham Season 2?
Yes, there will be season 2 of Welcome to Wrexham. Two seasons have already been commissioned by FX.
Where to Watch Welcome to Wexham
Previous episodes of ‘Welcome to Wrexham’ are available on FX on Hulu in the US, and on Disney+ in the UK. After dropping on FX on Hulu and Disney+, new episodes of Welcome to Wrexham’ are also available on Hulu Plus the next day.