Initially this column was going to be about what baseball movies are good ones to stream, but I’ve decided to switch it up – actually Netflix and Amazon forced me to switch it up when I realized they didn’t have good number of quality baseball movies.
For the last month, up until some time last week, I had been binge-watching “Friday Night Lights” the tv series. I watched five seasons or 76 episodes in a matter of weeks. It’s that good.
The series is a spin-off of the original movie of the same name, which is an adaptation of the H.G. Bissinger’s novel “Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream.” The show is critically acclaimed, but managed to make it five seasons despite a lack of viewers.
Since it’s now on Netflix (see what I did there?) and available to stream, I figured I’d give you a few reasons to watch it, not that you won’t just take my word for it when I say it’s a really good show.
If you watched “Friday Night Lights” the movie then you should be familiar with a couple of the actors from the movie that made unto the show. The amazing and beautiful Connie Britton returns as Tami Taylor, wife of Keith Chandler’s Eric Taylor. The Taylors are pretty much the cornerstone of the show. Over five seasons the players/students come and go, but the Taylors are eternal (I stole that from some movie, but I can’t put my finger on which one). Britton and chandler’s witty rapport is excellent writing and fun to watch.
Then there’s Taylor Kitsch, who managed to turn his role as Tim Riggins into a number of terrible movies such as “John Carter,” “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” and “Battleship.” As Riggins, Kitsch is remarkable and will easily be one of your favorite characters on the show.
The Taylor’s daughter Julie (Aimee Teegarden) will start out as a sweet innocent girl, but will increasingly get on your nerves until the show ends, but because all of the other characters are lovable you won’t stop watching just because of her.
There are plenty of other characters that will warm your heart from this show, but I’ll let you watch and see.
Dillon is essentially what you imagine Lowndes County to be. Small town where everybody knows each other and words gets around quick. Also, football is king to everybody, especially the boosters.
A lot of things happen to the characters in this show. In such a small town, there’s plenty of drama to go around for everybody. You’ve got the town slut – you could argue there’s more than one and I wouldn’t fight it – the star quarterback, the not-so-popular backup quarterback, the promisingly popular-but-arrogant running back, the outcast – probably more than one of those too – the maybe-a-little-shady booster (with a good heart) who cares too much about football and the coach and his wife, who are both along for the ride. It’s a fun ride.