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Friday Night Lights - The Complete Series
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When they struggled, we held our breath. When they lost, we felt their pain. And when they won, we cheered them on again and again.
Coach Eric Taylor is the newest hire at a small town high school in Dillon, Texas. After a series of events leading to his release, Taylor is forced to build a football team from the ground up at the rival high school. His wife Tami, high school principal, faces scrutiny of her own as she takes constant blame from angry parents. But even through the hardships at work, challenges at home with teen daughter Julie, and endless drama, only one thing matters: Friday night.
Through five extraordinary seasons, the residents of Dillon, Texas, kept viewers captivated with the small-town struggles, victories, and heartbreaks that resonated across America with breathtaking realness, and made Friday Night Lights, a Primetime Emmy® award-winning drama. Relive the spirit of this small town with a big heart: from the pride and pitfalls of high school football to the intimate relationships between lovers, parents and friends.
CLEAR EYES, FULL HEARTS, CAN T LOSE.
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For those who grew up in Texas, or Indiana, or nearly any of the small midwest towns back in the day, this series will bring back memories long forgotten but intense, nonetheless. I went through high school 40 years ago, but was able to put a face and a name from MY past with each of the characters in FNL. The excitement and anticipation of the "BIG GAME" on Friday night, seeing the team captain and the head cheerleader walking down the hallways holding hands as the rest of us watched enviously. Our coach was just as intense and dynamic, though he looked more like a huge bear than the trim athlete that is Coach Taylor. We had our bad girls and bad boys like Tyra and Riggins, and the earnest, stalwart types like Landry. I can even sympathize with Julie having to deal with her mom and dad both as teachers and principal because my dad was a teacher in my high school.
Watching the show, when you have all those kinds of memories flooding back into your head, involves you much more than you realize and it is very easy to find yourself feeling the same emotions as the characters on screen. I was afraid the writer's strike would ruin the show, if it even managed to survive that event, but it was a needless worry as the writing is as superb as ever. It is marvelous, wonderful, superb television, and one of the very few shows that I really look forward to seeing every week. If you miss this one, you've really missed a lot!
Landry isn't the only great character on the show, if fact every character on the show is well crafted, from the cast members right down to the guest stars (well Tyra's mother aside). You end up getting deeply involved with each and every one of them and the camera work and the locations makes you feel like you are actual resident of the town of Dillon, Texas. You are heartbroken when Tyra gets assaulted. You feel the pain when Jason finds out his girlfriend cheated with his girlfriend. Emotions wash over you when Mrs. Taylor confronts her daughter when she finds out she is planning to have sex. And even as clichéd as most of the games were (how many games did they come from behind from to win on the final play?), you still get the tingles when the games start and are on the edge of your seat when the games inevitably goes down to the wire.
Now I am not one to talk about acting because there are actually very few great actors in Hollywood. And most acting awards are given not to the best actor but to the best written characters as great writing can make moderate actors seem like great actors (see Sarah Michelle Gellar in Buffy the Vampire Slayer). With that said, all the award shows that haven't recognize Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton, have instantly lost all credibility, But whenever Chandler and Britton were on screen together I started to smile because I knew something great was coming up. And nobody does the passive aggressive annoyance better than Kyle Chandler, just see any scene he is in with Buddy Garrity.