Why do some many people love Eric and Tami Taylor, the central characters on Friday Night Lights? Fans and critics love Kyle Chandler (Eric Taylor) and Connie Britton (Tami Taylor) because they show us the best part of marriage, the way marriage SHOULD be.
The writers of Friday Night Lights were able to turn the mundane moments in marriage and elevated ordinary life a little. Chandler and Britton were perfect casting for their roles and if you haven’t seen FNL, you need to go back to season one to watch the whole series!
Friday Night Lights wrapped up its fifth and final season on DirecTV on Wednesday night. The fifth season will begin airing on NBC in April. FNL fans are mourning the loss today of Eric and Tami Taylor, who we’ve come to love and relate to over the past five seasons. Here are some of my favorite moments from the DirectTV finale of Friday Night Lights season 5, and the end of the series. SPOILER ALERT! Don’t read any more if you don’t want to know!
A few of the many reasons we love Tami and Eric Taylor.
1. Because Tami Taylor is a strong woman. Tami Taylor lays out the reasons they need to follow HER job, that it’s time to follow her opportunity. Connie Britton gives a powerful argument: “It’s my turn, babe. I have loved you and you have loved me, and we have compromised, both of us. For your job. And now it’s time for us to think about doing that for my job. Because otherwise what am I going to tell my daughter?”
2. Because Eric Taylor is a good man but he’s tough. Kyle Chandler’s Eric Taylor gives Matt, his daughter Julie’s boyfriend a clear answer when he asks for Julie’s hand in marriage. Coach Taylor tells Matt:
“The answer to your question is no. The answer to your question is going to be no today. It’s going to be no tomorrow. And it’ll probably be no until the sun burns out.”
3. Because Eric and Tami Taylor make real marriage and real life interesting!
Here’s a clip from FNL, when Tami tells Eric she’s pregnant.
The clip below is “The Best Of” Coach Eric Taylor. I have a total crush on Kyle Chandler, who plays Coach Eric Taylor in Friday Night Lights. But even if you’re not crushing on Kyle Chandler, you’ll fall in love with FNL.
Photo: NBC/Friday Night Lights