Friday Night Lights – A Tribute
So you consider yourself TV cool right? You’re a Veronica Mars fan, maybe you’ve pledged eternal love to the West Wing. Joss Whedon can do no wrong and you’ve got a soft spot for Dawson’s Creek, because any show that brings Joshua Jackson’s talents to the world has to be okay (despite James Van Der Beek). Well, as you’ve seen all week, there is a dedicated, loyal, and quite literary fan-base for a little show that could, Friday Night Lights.
This is one of those shows, that seems too good to be true and maybe the stubborn streak in you screams ‘Whatever! Footballers, hot boys, and family with a bratty girl, I’m not putting aside hours for that!’. And of course, there’s that feeling of being on a hype bandwagon. I’m someone who never jumped on The Sopranos bandwagon, it was too full, same goes for Mad Men, The Wire and various other shows because I felt the hype was too much and pressure for these shows to be awesome too great. Well, I’m here to break the news: this bandwagon is wide open and ready for more, and guess what, it’s worth it.
You’ve heard from everyone extolling the various parts of excellence that combine to make FNL pure genius and some of you have already jumped on board. Well, for those that haven’t be convinced I offer this: no show will affect you, move you or stay with you more than this. These characters, who are flawed yet flawless, who are real and complex and believable, who live with problems both great and small and face them with humour and grace and dignity and strength. This town that follows its young men into battle with vary degrees of support, both helpful and destructive. This community that showcases every personal struggle without condescension or ‘lesson of the week’ scenarios.
It would be easy to pass by this show, considering its struggles for viewers and its admittedly patchy second season, thanks to an awfully timed writers’ strike. Yet even at its patchiest, this show is peerless amongst current TV and to miss this show while you still have a chance to engage with an active fan base would be sad. Ask those people who found West Wing and Veronica Mars too late.