by Al Hoff
I don’t care for football, and I especially don’t like the hoopla that surrounds it. I’d never ever ever watch a TV show about a Texas high school football team. But I was wrong. I just power-watched all five seasons of NBC’s Friday Night Lights (loosely inspired by the eponymous Buzz Bissinger book), and I’m in tears because it’s over.
It’s too bad folks assume this is a sports show, because it’s really a smart, funny, bittersweet look at life in a kinda lame town — and how folks deal with that. Yeah, there’s occasional made-for-TV moments (and the less said about Season 2, the better), but winning performances, just the right amount of heart and a focus on everyday people’s everyday problems make this show great.
There’s football in it, but it’s not about football.
Available on DVD