Turn up the 'Lights'
The NFL has been in town, so sue us if we have football on the brain. We don't need an excuse to watch Friday Night Lights - seriously, we'd be happy if it was on loop on our TVs constantly - but the NFL draft gives us the perfect reason to return to Dillon, Texas, once more.
Based on the book by former Inquirer scribe Buzz Bissinger (who will be at the Free Library of Philadelphia on Friday with Caitlyn Jenner, whose memoir he just cowrote), Friday Night Lights takes a deep dive into a fictional football team led by Coach Eric Taylor (Kyle Chandler, in a career-making role).
The cliché about Friday Night Lights is that it's a show about football that's not really about football, but that is also apt. The characters are so rich that you really feel for each team player, especially humble quarterback Matt Saracen (Zach Gilford) and dreamy bad boy Tim Riggins (Taylor Kitsch). It helps that the ensemble is universally fantastic.
But the real heart of the show is Coach Taylor and his wife, Tami (Connie Britton), whose marriage feels so entirely real and lived in. It's funny, difficult, and multidimensional, much like the show itself.
- Molly Eichel
Where to stream: Netflix
Like this? Binge these: Parenthood is the follow-up from FNL showrunner Jason Katims and has the same lived-in feel (Netflix); neither Britton nor Chandler has found follow-ups worthy of their talents, but Britton is hilarious as Faye Resnick in a cameo in American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson (Netflix).