Netflix Review: Friday Night Lights

For this months pick on Netlfix I will be reviewing “Friday Night Lights” the TV show. It is a series that lasted from 2006 to 2011, running 5 seasons on NBC. The TV show has been catching some viewer attention lately since netflix threatened to take the show off of the website as recent as December, but the company decided to keep the show on. It was a smart decision because of how many people adored the show.

The show is placed in a city called Dillon, Texas. It is a small town that is only focused on one thing, high school football. It is treated as if it is a religion there and this show tells realistic situations and circumstances that players, coaches, and even the families of them face while playing football for these schools.

This show is highly realistic and is produced by the same man who produced the “Friday Night Lights” movie, Peter Berg. He has real accounts from players from a town called Odessa, Texas where the Odessa High School Permian Panthers play. From having these first hand interviews to make the original movie, he believed there was a deeper story to be told about these high school athletes and coaches who are being treated as if they are professionals from these small towns. The high stress situations the players and coaches are put in throughout the show are mostly real and from first hand accounts from Peter Berg.

The main character in the show is Coach Eric Taylor(Kyle Chandler), he is chosen as the new football coach to take this football team to the Texas class 5-A state championship. He encounters stressful situations throughout the show that also affect his family that is with him. His wife Tami Taylor(Connie Britton) and their daughter Julie Taylor(Aimee Teegarden).

Football players such as Tim Riggins(Taylor Kitsch) and Matt Saracen(Zach Gilford) have semi lead roles in the show and are placed in the show throughout all 5 of the seasons.

If you’re looking for a sports show that just focuses on the sports aspect of the game and nothing else, you are in the wrong spot and I would not suggest it to you, but if you are looking for a realistic sports drama that will keep you on your toes while you watch it you’re in for a treat.

The actual show itself is usually 44 minutes long and there are a range of 22 episodes in one season to 13 in a season. This show can make you laugh, cry, feel stressed, and even mad, and I believe that if a show can make you feel all of those things they are doing something right. I highly suggest this show to anyone who has the time and would like to view a quality TV show in their free time. I rate this show 5/5 stars.