The TV series Friday Night Lights premiered on NBC in 2006 for 2 seasons, inspired by the same-name novel and film. I started binge watching it on Netflix a couple of seasons in, when it was (shake fist at the sky) cancelled!
Wait. It gets better.
DirecTV stepped in at halftime (see what I did there?) and saved the day. They co-produced the series with NBC for 3 more seasons. Touchdown!
If you are not familiar, Friday Night Lights is the story of small-town football coach Eric Taylor (played by Kyle Chandler) and his lovely wife Tami Taylor (Connie Britton) – who have the most enviable relationship – and what it is like to coach a football team in small town Texas, where football is KING. In the very first episode, the star quarterback takes a brutal hit, paralyzing his legs and effectively ending his football playing career. The entire series is shot in a way that is raw, real, and has been talked about as one of the best TV dramas in the past decade.
When TV execs and production companies huddle together with show-runners to keep a beloved show on the air, we all win. Clear eyes. Full hearts. Can’t lose.
The Dillon Panthers are all grown up and graduated from high school. Take a look to see where they are now.