Monday, July 18, 2011

Friday Night Lights

One of my roommates in grad school got hooked on Friday Night Lights during its inaugural season on NBC. The show recently ended its six season run, having established a small but fiercely loyal following. I sparsely watched the first season with my roommate and caught bits and pieces as my sister caught up on the entire series over the past year. However, I am now hooked, (halfway through Season 2 at the moment) streaming episodes on Netflix.

If you are a fan of the show, you'll love this retrospective article, an oral history of the show in the words of the actors/directors/producers. Casual fans beware: the article does give away a few plot turns in the later seasons. As I am only on Season 2, the article spoiled a few things that await me in future seasons. Still, I think this oral history reveals the authenticity at the heart of one of the best shows in recent television history. For those fans-to-be, FNL is more than just a show about high school football; it explores traditional values in a small town setting, the wellspring of life that marriage can be, and our American infatuation with competition and winning. You'll like it, I promise.

- Joel

"Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Couldn't Lose: An oral history of Friday Night Lights" - Robert Mays

1 comment:

abby! said...

Heck yeah, FNL! Can't wait to read this article!