If you haven’t watched this TV series yet, keep reading. If you have, stop here and use the extra two minutes rewatch your favorite two minutes of this wonderful show.
Friday Night Lights is a TV series based on the movie of the same name, based on the book of the same name…but please don’t judge it by that! The book is okay, the movie is okay, but just okay. The series…oh, the series! It’s wonderful.
It’s a drama based around a high school football team in fictional Dillon, Texas (taped mostly in Austin and supposedly set in northwest Texas). The whole town IS the football team. The main characters are Coach Taylor and his wife, played by the amazing Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton. There are several main football players and other students, and it’s truly an ensemble show where at one time or another, each character was my very favorite.
It’s about football, but it’s really just about life. That sounds so cheesy, but it really isn’t. In fact, the show does a really good job of not being cheesy: sometimes really great characters do something bad, sometimes the characters you hate do something that’s really sweet, sometimes the football team doesn’t win, sometimes the story doesn’t get wrapped up in a pretty little bow! It’s very real life and just wonderful!
It aired on NBC, so there’s no language and minimal sexual content. They definitely allude to things, but for the most part I would say teens and above would be fine watching this (obviously it depends on your family and your standards!).
This was one of the first shows I truly fell in love with; I cried for almost an hour when it was over “because I missed them already”. Last summer the ATX Festival in Austin held a Friday Night Lights cast reunion party on the actual field they shot the show on, and I got to go! It was so awesome!
I’ll just end with this reminder to you – clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose. #texasforever