Thursday, May 06, 2010

If you really loved me, you would watch Friday Night Lights.

Alright, everyone. I need to ask you all a favor. It's not a big deal, it will only take one hour of your life (44 minutes if you own a DVR) and you don't even need to leave the couch. And this is your opportunity to prove how much you love me. Because it doesn't count unless you are constantly trying to prove it.

I want you to watch the season four premiere of Friday Night Lights on NBC this Friday night.

I know what you are thinking. "But I'm not a Neilsen house so it doesn't matter for the ratings. I don't like football/Texas/stories about small towns. I've never watched the show before so how can I start with the fourth season?" You want some cheese with that whine?

I hear you, and trust me, it doesn't matter. Because of it's deal with Direct TV, FNL is already renewed through a fifth season so I don't need you to watch for the ratings. I need you to watch because this is honestly and seriously one of the best television shows airing right now. I assume since you read this blog you tend to have similar taste to us posters, or at least can see where we come from in our opinions, so please trust me. This show is little-watched, but contains some of the most beautiful, honest, and realistic acting and writing out there.

In case you live under the rock, I'll tell you that the show follows the people who live in the small town of Dillon, Texas and their high school football team. The center of the show is the Taylor family, with Dad, Eric, the football coach, and wife, Tami, the principal of the high school. Their daughter, Julie, will be a senior this year and they have a baby girl whose name escapes me but is adorable. Other characters include the other students and their families, many of whom (meaning the students) are on the football team.

Before I lose you at mention of football, let me assure you that I am not a huge fan of the sport, but the show contains just enough scenes of game play to make those oh so dramatic episode endings (with great commentary so even I know what is going on the field) but not so much that you feel the show is just about football. It's about the people, k? Football is just a sport that they happen to be passionate about...or it's a metaphor for life, but that's way too complicated a thought when we are this close to the weekend.

So please just give the show a chance. It's brilliant, amazing, blah blah blah words can't express the greatness. The interactions between the characters are so real that sometimes I just can't comprehend it. For example: Tami and Julie have a fight and I just sit there with my mouth hanging open because I have had that same fight with my Mom. The exact. same. fight.

And if I need to appeal to your base instincts, I'll just say there is lots of eye candy. Lots and lots of eye candy for both boys and girls.

Friday Night Lights has its season 4 premiere on Friday, May 7, at 8pm on NBC. Please watch.


Cheryl said...

I concur! Also, for what it's worth, as a Texan, I can tell you that this show is just about pitch perfect. They make a few, very minor logistical mistakes that nobody but fellow Texans would notice or care about (they're on the Permian Basin yet they can get to Austin in a few hours?), but it pretty much feels exactly like growing up in Texas feels. I honestly don't know why everyone isn't watching. Then again, I'm in that niche demographic that never had any trouble embracing a show about Texas high school football.

Chris said...

Totally agree as well. Easily one of the best shows on television, and no question the most under appreciated!