Since the inception of Friday Night Lights, I managed to avoid watching it until my husband, James, said to me “I watch your shows.” I replied, yes, you do watch my shows and I am very grateful for that, so out of gratitude I began watching Season 1 on DVD. I am not a fan of sports be it football, baseball, basketball or even the Olympics, but although this show is set around high school football, it has so much more to offer viewers.
The main character is Coach Taylor, portrayed by the stunningly handsome Kyle Chandler. Connie Britton portrays Tami Taylor, the wife of Coach Taylor (lucky lady) and mother of Julie Taylor, played by Aimee Teagarden, their only child. The remaining cast members include Scott Porter as Jason Street, Gaius Charles as Brian “Smash” Williams, Zach Gilford as Matt Saracen, Adrianne Palicki as Tyra Collette, Taylor Kitsch as Tim Riggins, Minka Kelly as Lyla Garrity, and Jesse Plemons as Landry Clarke.
Season one shows the highs and lows of playing football in high school along with a glimpse into the lives of the football players, their girlfriends, family, and friends. I find this drama to be more interesting than a daytime soap opera. Daytime soaps are centered on wealthy people yet Friday Night Lights is centered on people within the community regardless of personal wealth. There are privileged and under privileged teens. Teens with family issues and absent parents, but all in all it’s a reflection of all families and the struggle to move forward in life.
As I watch this show it gives me an impression of what a day is like for my teenager. Times have changed much since I was a teen and I can see the attitude of my teenager in the characters portrayed in this series. Think of it as a snapshot into the life of your own teenager and it may help you understand them.
In the first season you will meet the characters and this will allow you to build a rapport with them and from this you will want to continue to watch. The drama in this show is truly amazing as each actor brings their role to life. You will cheer for the football team; you will be angered by the actions of the teens and some of the community members. Your heart will tear as events unfold in the first season of game play.
Many viewers will have characters they do not like and form judgments that will be reformed in season two. After watching the first season, I was compelled to watch the second season. I just wanted to know what was happening in the lives of all my “friends”. I found myself rooting for those I did not care for in the beginning and defending others who I had grown to love watching. Once season two came to an end for me I was on eggshells waiting the two weeks until season three was released on DVD. Thankfully I have purchased season three and can get my fix until the end…or maybe season four?..
Some characters graduate yet they are still a part of the Friday Night Lights family and the show will continue to keep them in the storyline, which for me is a good thing because we all want to know how they fare after high school and whether or not they found success after college. For those who have not graduated how will they turn out? I cannot say for sure and we will never know if we do not find a way to save this excellent drama. I want more Friday Night Lights. This show has a good potential to carry on for a long time since it is high school based and characters will graduate and new characters will begin their lives. It has a potential to bring family and friends together to share in life, one hour a week each season.
Take my advice and watch Friday Night Lights, watch it so I can see a season four. Do not let this totally awesome television drama slip away before you have a chance to make an educated decision. I have lost many excellent television dramas in the past year and I do not want to add Friday Night Lights to the list.