Wednesday, July 17, 2013

TV Series of the Month – Friday Night Lights

This month’s TV Series: Friday Night Lights (2006-2011).

The series follows the ups and downs of a high school football team in the small town of Dillon, Texas – where every week is built around Friday night’s game. The show focuses on the coach, Eric Taylor, his family, a few of the key players (Tim Riggins, Landry Clarke, Matt Saracen, Jason Street, Brian ‘Smash’ Williams, Vince Howard, and Luke Cafferty), and their friends.

In 2004 director Peter Berg made a film about high school football in Texas called Friday Night Lights, which was a surprise commercial and critical success. The series of the same name was then developed by Berg and Jason Katims to expand on the idea.

What makes Friday Night Lights special is the writing and how much the writing staff seems to care about their characters (both in developing them and not being afraid to put realistic and dramatic obstacles in their paths). The show also does something extraordinary at the end of season three – it completely changes things up, which allows the series to tell the story from a new perspective. It is one of the most brilliant network dramas in recent memory. It is a must-see for fans of sports dramas (and really anyone who loves great TV).

Trailer: Here

Available on: DVD and Streaming

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