Ya'll! I just finished watching Friday Night Lights (Season 1), all 22 episodes. Oh. My. GOD! Why didn't I listen to Tiffany years ago when she told me to watch this show? Why didn't I watch it when she gave me the first season on DVD for my birthday last year? WHY?
Sorry, I've been up since 4:45am (stupid time change) & have had WAY too much coffee. There's probably going to be a lot of caps lock & exclamation points in this post.
Okay, where was I? Oh yeah, my UNABASHED LOVE for Friday Night Lights, aka FNL. Anyone that knows me can attest to my complete apathy & ignorance for football, so take that to mean that this show is not about football. Obviously, football is part of the show, but the show is about the relationships between the people in the town.
In the first season, Coach Taylor & his family moves to Dillon, Texas to coach the town's high school football team, the Dillon Panthers. This small Texas town lives & breathes Panthers football. What happens in the first episode will 100% draw you in & make it impossible to not keep watching. And it just gets better. You think you know what it's going to be about, but you so don't. It goes so much farther than you think a network drama about football can go. I don't want to say anything else because it'll ruin it & YOU ALL need to watch this show!
I'm not a crier, but this show got to me, especially in the last 2 episodes (OMG!). I can't tell you how many times this week John has walked into the living room & laughed at me for being so visibly & physically enthralled with this show.
Also worth noting, Brian Grazer is one of the creators & executive producers. It's been my experience that Brian Grazer doesn't do anything bad. If he's involved, I'm typically going to enjoy it (see also: Arrested Development, Parenthood, A Beautiful Mind, etc.).
In August, it was announced that the current season, Season 5, would be the last season. The show has won all kinds of critical acclaim & awards, but it's had trouble with ratings. The current season airs on NBC. You can watch all the previous seasons on ABC Family. They're also available on Netflix Instant Streaming.
I cannot recommend this show enough. It's hands-down one of the best TV shows out there. RIP, FNL. RIP...