Kyle's Career Filmstrip: TV Series and Movies

Mar 16, 2010

Starpulse Top 10 TV Shows

... After watching three nearly perfect seasons, and one admittedly weird black sheep of a season, I've come to see "Friday Night Lights" as being likely the most resonant, emotionally honest show on television. It's far more than just a show about football. In fact, it's as much about football as "Mad Men" is about the advertising industry.

The sport serves more as a cultural backdrop and touchstone than as a dramatic centerpiece. The characters' wistful search for purpose in a town obsessed with the fleeting, short lived glory of high school football should seem jarringly familiar to anyone that grew up knowing those titular Friday night lights. These characters could have walked the halls of anyone's high school, and it's this adherence to reality that puts "Friday Night Lights" up there amongst the best shows of the decade.

Even in its fourth season, which already aired on DirectTV and will air on NBC in April, the show deals with topics like abortion and the death of a parent without resorting to the cloying phoniness that plagues most network dramas that tackle similarly weighty issues.
Kris King
by Kris King
Starpulse contributing writer

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