SideReel's Drama Club: Why FNL is a Catch-up Must!

SideReel's new Summer TV Catch-up Club is starting off with Friday Night Lights and reveling in all of Season 1 over the next few weeks, so why should you watch too?

If you've never caught FNL, check out why you should definitely jump in and join in our FNL Drama Club reviews and discussions.

Let's get some answers provided by an FNL blogger over at

Why haven't you been watching?

*I have no interest in football or football shows.

That's a good thing, because one of the complaints I often hear leveled against this show by real high school football fans is that there isn't enough football. I promise you, you will not learn anything about football by watching this series. There's just enough to convince us that the characters are involved with the team, and we see coaches in their offices about as often as we see the boys in practice or on the field.

*But the cast is mostly football players and no thanks on the jock drama.

First, let me come to the defense of jocks everywhere by admitting I'm shallow enough to enjoy watching handsome young men in excellent physical condition. ("Eye candy.")

Yes, there are jocks among the cast, but not too many, and while at first glance they seem to fill stock roles, it works out to be so much more than that.

*Plus, there's more for the guys...

Don't worry, there's eye candy for everyone. The girls are even prettier than the boys, and given how pretty Taylor Kitsch is, that's saying something. You'll notice immediately that these girls all look like Texans: they've all got long hair, wear little makeup, and have healthy tans.

*Aren't there enough typical high school dramas around? Why is this one different?

I won't lie to you: yes, a significant percentage of the main characters are high school kids. But the two central characters around which the majority of the action takes place are adults: Coach Eric Taylor (Kyle Chandler) and his wife Tami (Connie Britton). Chandler and Britton play the most realistic, believable married couple ever on television.

*High school drama aside, it's all still all about the small town drama with everyone in everyone else's business, right?

First season episodes dealt with issues like racism, abandonment, steroid use, and fidelity among both the teens and the adults. Later events such as Hurricane Katrina and the Iraq War were referenced appropriately. I could go on and list more "deep" topics that were covered, but instead I'll highlight a few of my favorite scenes, because this series illuminates what human relationships can and should be, like very few others I've ever seen...

So... interested? I know I am so let's dig in! If you want more of these great explanations about why you shouldn't hesitate to watch FNL, check out the full post:

The House Next Door: Top Ten Reasons You're Not Watching Friday Night Lights

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Jul 15, 2008 6:49PM EDT

These are all some very valid points!!One thing I'd like to add for anyone that's unsure whether this show is for them is that you should give the show more than the first episode before deciding.The first episode is definitely a little rougher than the others, focuses more on football, is harder to follow, etc.However, I guarantee you that by the 3rd episode or so you will be in love!

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Jul 16, 2008 9:59AM EDT

This was great! I especially agree about how believable Connie Britton and Kyle Chandler are as a married couple. That's one of the things that I love about FNL - it's actually quite realistic in comparison to so many other shows out there.
In any case, I was a latecomer to FNL - I didn't start watching until after Season 2 ended, but I was hooked pretty quickly. It takes a few eps to get into it, but it's totally awesome and worth a try. I'd also like to mention that I really don't like football (or understand it), but that didn't make a difference to me - it's a great show.

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