Everyone has a favorite show that didn’t seem to last long enough, be it Freaks and Geeks, Arrested Development, or any number of other cult favorites. This past summer, along with a relatively small legion of devoted fans, I was horrified that Friday Night Lights was going to join that list of under-appreciated shows that just couldn’t seem to find an audience.
Thankfully, the critical praise won out over Nielsen ratings this time and the show has been given new life with a second season that is set to begin on Friday, October 5. That leaves you, dear reader, with plenty of time to go pick up this DVD set of the first season so that you can be caught up once life in Dillon, Texas resumes.
Friday Night Lights was not a hard sell for me, as I was already a huge fan of Buzz Bissinger’s book and Peter Berg’s movie. However, people who aren’t already familiar with the book or the movie might assume that Friday Night Lights is nothing more than a show about high school football. The truth is that football is nothing more than the backdrop for the stories that are told on this extremely well written and acted show. Ultimately, Friday Night Lights is a show that deftly tackles everyday life in small town America. There are struggles in relationships between husband and wife, mother and daughter, and boyfriend and girlfriend that will ring true with anyone who watches. As a show about football, Friday Night Lights would make for fine viewing on its own. As a show about the intricacies of everyday existence, it makes for one of the finest hours of drama on television. In my opinion, the lack of Emmy nominations for both Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton, as Coach Eric Taylor and his wife Tami, in the Best Actor and Actress categories was almost as big of an injustice as the series itself not getting a Best Dramatic Series nod.