Critic Consensus: Innovative for its time, Friday Night Lights offers a realistic glimpse into small-town life and the social issues that accompany it.
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as Eric Taylor
as Jason Street
as Brian `Smash' Williams
as Tim Riggins
as Tami Taylor
as Matt Saracen
as Lyla Garrity
as Julie Taylor
as Tyra Collette
as Landry Clarke
as Ray `Voodoo' Tatom
as Buddy Garrity
as Billy Riggins
as Corrina Williams
as Lucas Mize
as Connor Hayes
as Bobby Reyes
[I] find himself at full grovel, crawling toward Nielsen households, begging that they flip on [this show]. The show is terrific -- the most engrossing new drama of the fall season -- but it's also the worst-rated, and that's just not fair.
Best of all, Berg balances gritty storytelling with uplift that's never phony or forced.
It's the best high school coaching drama since The White Shadow, and deserves a chance.
Friday Night Lights gets off to a rousing start. Everything about it is vividly drawn, with [Kyle] Chandler excelling as an up-against-it coach whose locker room rallying cry is "Clear eyes. Full hearts. Can't lose."
The documentary feel of Friday Night Lights is strengthened by the use of a hand-held camera and quick-cut editing.
More than simply being outstanding, Friday Night Lights is an important series because of the way it takes family-friendly television seriously. The issues covered here create the kind of family drama that can bring everybody to the table.
Audience Reviews for Friday Night Lights: Season 1
For five seasons, Friday Night Lights was the number one teen drama on television and I have yet to find a single person who didn't love this show. It's impossible to imagine that a show centered around a football team could be so successful, when TV shows centered around sports almost never succeed on television. Looking back, I can't find a single TV drama that was centered around a sports team that lasted longer, so why was Friday Night Lights so successful? The answer is quite simple. While the show was centered around the Dillon Panther football team, football wasn't the end all and be all of the show, it made up a quarter of the series. The other parts focused on the town of Dillon, the Taylor family, and the lives of the players. It's this mix that left something for everything. As a sports fan, I loved the football angle to the show and thought that Coach Taylor was on of the most realistic portrayals of a coach that I have ever seen. For the ladies, there is plenty of romance and teen drama involved with the show, surrounding the players, the high school, and the Taylor's young daughter. As for the adults, there is the family values aspect, as the Taylor's truly care and don't just take care of the students they are entrusted with, but they take an interest in helping the entire town that they are a part of. The story lines run deep and the character development is as good as you will ever find in any television show. In binging five seasons of this show, I felt as though I knew some of these characters as if they were members of my own family. As for the stars of the show, Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton had amazing chemistry, which they used to play off each other and the result is that neither of them have ever been better than this. The Taylor's were career defining roles for both actors and they aren't the only ones. This show also launched the careers of Taylor Kitsch, Jesse Plemmons, and Zach Gilford, all of whom have gone on to some very successful roles following Friday Night Lights. If you're thinking that this show is just some MTV teen drama or a show about football, you couldn't be more wrong. This is one of the best depictions of life in small town Texas, Southern youth culture, and the struggles associated with life in a small town that you will ever find. I highly recommend this show for it's drama, it's exciting action, but most important of all for it's amazingly accurate portrayals and lessons associated with real life in small town America.
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