I totally missed the boat on this one. Maybe I was too busy running, but “Friday Night Lights” was the best show on TV that I had never seen!
The show first aired on NBC in 2006 and ran for five seasons. It got huge ratings and was critically acclaimed.
Honestly, I wrote the show off years ago based on the few commercials I saw. I’m not sure why, but it just didn’t look that interesting to me. Plus I’m not a big fan of TV series that are based off movies.
However, between all the recent press surrounding the series finale and the recommendation from a friend, I decided to give it a chance. “OK, I’ll watch one episode and see if I like it”, I said. Two days later I had finished watching three seasons, and was pumped for Season Four!
While the show does revolve around the central theme of football, I can honestly say it’s probably 10% sports and 90% life.
That’s great, but what does a football show have to do with a running blog? First, it’s a beautifully shot, well written, and entertaining series. I’d love to recommend it based solely on that. Second, a lot of the lessons taught on the show apply to running… and life. Certain episodes would be a great viewing the night before a big race.
All five seasons are currently available on DVD. Unfortunely, they don’t have a “complete series” box set (yet), so you’d have to buy/rent each season individually. If you have a streaming video service (NetFlix, Blockbuster, etc…) that would probably be the best route to go. Either way, I highly recommend catching up on this awesome (possibly overlooked) series.