Binge Watch Friday: Friday Night Lights #Netflix

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  I think I have watched this series all the way to the end around five times. It was a great show when it was on Tv and I was happy for it to be added to Netflix a couple years ago. I'm actually re-watching again. Pretty funny to see something a million times and still forget what happens in some parts. Anyways. I present to you,Friday Night Lights. 76 Episodes. 76 hours. Enjoy.

Also feel free to tweet to me about the show while you watch. (@JavarisIsOnMars)



Friday Night Lights is an American drama television series based around a high school football team in the fictional town of Dillon, Texas. It was developed by Peter Berg, and executive produced by Brian Grazer, David Nevins, Sarah Aubrey, and Jason Katims, based on the book and film of the same name. The series' primary setting, Dillon, is a small, close-knit community in rural Texas. Particular focus is given to team coach Eric Taylor (Kyle Chandler) and his family, Tami and Julie. The show uses this small town backdrop to address many issues facing contemporary American culture, including family values, school funding, racism, drugs, abortion and lack of economic opportunities.

Friday Night Lights takes its inspiration from the non-fiction book Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream and the 2004 film based on it. The book, published in 1990 and written by H.G. "Buzz" Bissinger, details the 1988 season of the Permian Panthers, a high school football team in Odessa, Texas. The book itself was intended as a work of journalism and is assumed to be completely factual. The characters in the book are not renamed, and the book makes no attempt to conceal their identities. The Universal Pictures film, which stars Billy Bob Thornton and was directed by Bissinger's second cousin Peter Berg, based its characters on the real-life residents of Odessa c. 1988.

Characters To Watch
 

Tami Taylor
 Tami is the wife of Eric Taylor, mother of Julie Taylor, and a guidance counselor at Dillon High, who often acts as the voice of reason to her husband. As "Mrs. Coach" and the school guidance counselor, she was a maternal figure who was often sought out by the main characters (high school students) for advice. Tami, by her own admission, was a "bit of a wild child back in the day" and nearly dropped out of high school before meeting her future husband. Little is known about her side of the family, except that she has at least a sister.

Brian "Smash" Williams 

He is the starting running back of the Dillon High School Panthers. Considered the most talented player on the roster after quarterback Jason Street, Smash received his nickname from his father after hitting a water heater. Smash is portrayed as a stereotypical jock – flashy on the field and loud-mouthed off it. He thrives in the limelight and lives for the attention, constantly referring to himself in third person ("The Smash"), which both amuses and irritates his peers. Under his happy-go-lucky and sometimes brash exterior, Smash is a loyal and caring individual who tries hard to please everyone, particularly Coach Taylor, and his mother Corrina. He is repeatedly worried about his mother and his future, once describing himself as the family's "meal ticket", hence his dreams of playing college football and eventually going pro.

Tim Riggins 
 Tim has been described as a character "who has puppy-dog, lady-killing eyes under his scraggly bangs." He is the fullback/running back of the Dillon Panthers. Tim is depicted as a womanizer and his ex-girlfriends include Tyra Collette and Lyla Garrity, with whom he has an off and on relationship. He copes with life through casual sex and heavy drinking. Despite his laissez-faire attitude, he is extremely loyal to his teammates when the occasion demands, as shown when he physically hits an opposition player who verbally provokes his teammate Smash Williams. 

Tim lives with his older brother Billy after having been abandoned by both their parents. Billy was about to go to college on a golf scholarship when their father Walt left and Billy became the sole guardian of his younger brother. Despite their seemingly immature behavior and Tim's stoic and uncaring facade, the brothers are shown to be caring and loyal to each other in times of crisis.



 

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