Anybody else watching \
the re-broadcast from Season 1 on ABC Family?\
I had friends that told me this series is good, and I am enjoying it. \
Good acting, good stories.\
The final Season 5 starts on Oct 27th...
I''m watching. I never saw an episode until this rebroadcast.\
I missed it when it first started so I never felt like I good jump in after it had been on a couple of seasons.\
It''s very good. Minka Kelly is gorgeous as Lyla. My only quibble is that they should have hired some male eye candy. The kid who''s paralysed has a receding hairline is is nothing special. The troubled teen has the dirtiest hair that is way too long. I wish the casting director had gone for some male eye candy who could also act.
The coach is enough eye candy for the whole series.
I really like the fact that they show people who aren''t real bright and do it with dignity.
Yes you''d think there would be more male eye-candy, locker room shots etc.\
Lyla is a beauty, and I love the lesbian mayor!
They really did a good job casting this show. There''s not a weak link so far that I can tell.\
Even the smaller roles are pitch perfect- Smash''s mom, Lyla''s father, etc...\
The character of Matt just breaks my heart. He''s 16 and having to go to school, work, practice, all the while trying to keep his Alzheimer''s grandmother safe. He''s doing all of this with no outside help.
I love the coach playing football with his daughter.\
Last night''s episode was so painful with the racial theme.
Taylor Kitch is more than enough eye candy on this show. Keep watching, he takes his shirt off in almost every episode in the following seasons.
Coach Taylor, naked, on his back, ankles on my shoulders, and me inside of him QUITE DEEPLY.
If he looked like he does in that picture I''d say he looked good. So far on the show his hair is a stringy oil slick and he just looks grimy.\
It doesn''t help that he only shows one emotion: sullen.
Taylor kitsch evolves into a very good actor. Saracen steals the show in later seasons. Thanks for the tip, didn''t know abc fam was airing it.
Not watching it on ABC Family, but I've watched all four seasons on NBC. The producers are not stupid, and they figured out very quickly that they needed more beefcake stuff to attract female viewers, so starting in season two you'll be seeing a lot more shirtless Riggins (and a lot of sleeveless shirts on him), as well as a number of sex scenes. There are a few beefcake shots in season one too, though. Saracen has a pretty good bod as well, which gets some airplay, and total hottie Matt Lauria (who played Lindsay Price's gay assistant on "Lipstick Jungle") joins in season four -- and not to give too much away, but the producers managed to figure out a way to keep Taylor Kitsch around for four full seasons, even after everyone else except the Taylors' daughter & Landry graduates and leaves town. No, the producers did not do a "Facts of Life"-style cop out and keep beloved characters in town; this is supposed to depict reality, and the reality is that every kid on the show wants to get the fuck out of Dillon.
In any event, it is an AWESOME show all around, with the only exception of several highly implausible plot twists early in season two. It is criminal that Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton did not receive Emmy nods until this year; they play one of the best, and most realistic, married couples on television.
R8, I am very sorry to report that Kyle Chandler has not had a single shirtless scene in all four seasons. I'd love him deeply in me, too.
R9, Taylor starts combing back his hair more in later seasons, but it remains long the whole time. And yes, he develops much more depth as the viewer comes to understand the reasons behind all his "issues," and also lightens up a bit after coming to terms with them.
How many seasons is Minka Kelly on ? She is gorgeous.
R12, Lyla starts out as a sophomore and is one of the brightest girls in her class. I think you can do the math. (She returns for several episodes in season four, though, to resolve her relationship with ... another major character.)\
FYI, season 5 starts on 10/27, but only on DirecTV; it won''t air on NBC until spring, probably starting in May. The whole season has already been filmed, and while not giving away any major spoilers, apparently all the major characters return for the final few episodes.
Rumors are Season 5 will go out with a bang. A gang-bang, that is, with Coach reuniting with Jason Street, Matt Saracen, Smash Williams, and the Riggins brothers to film a porno. Supposed to be a hot, hot, hot episode. Grandma Saracen and heavy-set Mrs. Williams will direct the proceedings.
Living in dreamland
I know everybody loves this show, but the dialogue seems so false. %0D\
For instance, nobody can talk about the Lyla character without calling her by both her first and last names. And "Here''s to good friends living large in Texas"? People don''t talk like that! %0D\
The actor who played the paralyzed QB was on The Good Wife last night. Looks like he''ll be a regular.
R15, I don''t think the majority of the dialogue sounds false, particularly in later episodes. My only problem with it is that ALL of them should have as strong of a Texas twang as Buddy Garrity, living in the very rural Permian basin area of West Texas. Kyle Chandler and Taylor Kitsch are the only non-Texans in the cast even making a half-assed effort at it.
Wednesday nights show was really well written, between the coach''s daughter trying to decide if she was going to have sex (and her parents reactions) and Tim Riggins skeezy father.
You have a show that every high school football fan will love, so you put it on Friday night when said high school football fans are out watching football. Then you wonder why it isn''t getting the ratings it should.\
I swear my cat could run a television network as well as these clowns can.
Not to defend the networks, R19, but the first couple of seasons it wasn''t on Fridays. I think it was on Wednesdays, I don''t recall for sure, but in any event it drew lousy ratings even when on a weekday night. There''s no accounting for people''s taste.
Hey they moved the broadcast \
of this show to 11 a.m. in our area.\
I grew up in Central Texas, and I think the dialogue is very accurate. It''s an amazing show with great character portraits and real life situations.%0D\
And of course, I''d so Saracen every way but Sunday.
Hey ABC FAMILY canceled the show,just FYI.
I just started watching the show. Minka Kelly is gorgeous, though considerably thinner than she is now. I think she's a better actress than most people give her credit for, though her accent needs work. Connie Britton is amazing!
[quote]Taylor Kitch is more than enough eye candy on this show. Keep watching
Taylor Kitsch made this show. Zach Gilford was pretty hot too!
A shame that Britton didn't win an Emmy for her fantastic work. At least Chandler won for the final season.
Eric and Tami Taylor are the best TV couple of recent times.
Lyla was a fucking TERRIBLE character. They didn't know what to do with her after the Jason/Tim love triangle. The "reborn christian" storyline was a bore. It didn't help that Minka Kelly was/is a shitty actress.
I wanted a full 22-episodes season with Coach Taylor and the East Dillon Lions, before the final season. At least they did the best with what they had, even if some plots fell short and seemed half-baked (like Tami and Epyck).
Few times I have cried at a movie or TV episode like I did with the final episode of Friday Night Lights. Perfect ending.
"Eric and Tami Taylor are the best TV couple of recent times."
R26 - I don't know about best, but they are a very good couple.
If this show was in any way realistic, a) people wouldn't like it, and b) it wouldn't be on TV for very long because all of the characters (ESPECIALLY everyone involved in the school football program) would be the most unlikable, shitty human beings this side of Fox News and because life in an ACTUAL small Texas town is unbelievably boring.
So I've never understood why anyone raves about this show.
[quote] The "reborn christian" storyline was a bore.
IRL small town Texas, the entire plot of life there is a reborn Christian storyline. And yes, it is boring.
[quote]all of the characters (ESPECIALLY everyone involved in the school football program) would be the most unlikable, shitty human beings this side of Fox News
With the exception of the Coach and his wife (and even they had their moments), every character involved with the school football program WAS an asshole, Buddy Garrity being the prime example.
It was a weird mix of fascinating with off-putting watching those old, fat bastards who ran the football program think everybody should do as they say because they won a state trophy 30 years ago, sitting around and basically running the school. I only sort of warmed up to Buddy near the end, when even he was fucked over by his so-called "friends" on the board.
"Buddy Garrity being the prime example.: - True R31
I'm still midway through the first season, but some of the characters (like Matt, the young QB) seem like decent people.
Yeah, most of the time the kids are nice, never as evil as TPTB that ran the school and basically the town. Landry, Tyra, Tim, Billy, Tyra's sister (can't remember her name), all great characters. I even felt for that loudmouth Brian "Smash" Williams and his mom.
Matt was so nice, he couldn't even hurt a fly.
R33 - Yes, the adults in the town (except for the Coach and Tammy) were nasty. Matt's grandma probably was before she went senile.
Kitsch improved a lot during the course of the show. The same cannot be said about Minka Kelly. I never found him to be hot, though. The actor who played his brother Billy, Derek Philips, was the hot one. I loved how he became a much prominent character the last couple of seasons.
[quote]Tyra's sister (can't remember her name)
There's no way Buddy and his wife would have a daughter that looked like Minka Kelly.
Agree R37, but the kid they cast to play Buddy's son in the final season looked just like him!
Aimee Teegarden looks so different now.
I am bookmarking this because I am bingewatching it right now and am halfway through season 2 so I want to read this thread when I am finished because I don't want spoilers.
I love this show. What started me watching was the comments about the actor who played Landry from the Breaking Bad boards (he was Todd on BB). I find Tim Riggins very sexy.
I've only watched the first season, but FNL seems to have the Parenthood problem of not being realistic in the resolution of conflict.
I've watched a couple episodes...I cannot relate to these people as a 30something, liberal, sports-hating atheist. Is it worth suffering through the football scenes? I did enjoy Jesse Plemons on Breaking Bad, and the coach is kind of hot.
I loved this show. I loved it so much that I don't wan them to do a reunion. I thought the finale was perfect, and I'm afraid they could ruin it with a reunion.
Coach was hot. Mrs. Coach was awesome. The Riggins boys were sexy. Tyra Collette was too. Matt Saracen was cute too. Hell, by the end, I even loved Buddy Garrity.
I find Tim Riggins adorable, the bad boy with a good heart. The girl who plays Lyla is absolutely gorgeous. Love the coach's wife. Coach's daughter reminds me of my niece. The actor who plays Landon ("Lance") is so weird looking, small eyes and acne but I guess he is a realistic teen. Now on the 3rd season trying to watch as much as I can to finish the series out.
Surprised they gave so much screen time to Matt's annoying grandma. Loved Matt in the first season but he is starting to grate.
If you made it through he second season, that was the series low-point.
Zach Gilford (Matt) was robbed of an Emmy in season 4. Just an incredible performance in S4, E5.
I HATE most sports, but I LOVED this show.
Kyle, Connie, Taylor, awesome cast!
I hate football and skipped this show when it aired. Then I caved and watched a few episodes on Netflix. Then I realized that it's not really about football at all, but about the ties that bind a community as they struggle together through life. It's beautifully written and shot, the acting is top-notch and Connie Britton, Kyle Chandler and Taylor Kitsch were all iconic on it. And the pilot has to be one of the best pilot episodes I've ever seen. Huge fan.
Oops, I meant Landry above, not Landon. I am as bad as Coach with that name.
Midway through season 3 when JD is made QB. I remember his mom from Northern Exposure, she still looks good.
I love Lyla and Tim together though don't know if they will end up that way (don't tell me)
Lyla though very beautiful is too mature looking. In the first season when she was supposed to be a sophomore(?) she already looked 20.
I get a kick out of Tyrah's family.
How can Buddy be able to influence the team so much, is the booster club that powerful?
Who was JD's mom?
I'm JD's mom. I'm also Laura Templeton and Maggie O'Connell.
I watched it on Netflix as well. Great series. Now I see why people kept recommending it to me.
Janine hit the wall years ago.
I don't watch football and am about as far removed from Texas and that lifestyle as you can get. But I fell in love with the characters. Kyle Chandler was so good as the coach, he could give the best grumpy/disapproving looks yet be so loving. He and his onscreen wife had some nice chemistry too.
Connie can do no wrong.
[quote] The kid who's paralysed has a receding hairline is is nothing special. T
I agree with this. I never liked the character of Street and Scott Porter was my least favorite cast member. His Southern accent was cringeworthy and his farewell storyline of becoming a sports agent without a college education was too unrealistic.
R54, many cast members said that Kyle Chandler is the only actor they've ever met that actually fought to cut his own lines. He had such conviction in Coach Taylor's stoicism that he was constantly questioning whether his lines "needed" to be said, preferring to convey them with facial expressions, presence and silences instead. He and Connie were both robbed of Emmy consideration IMO.
Kyle Chandler won the Emmy for Lead Actor -Drama for FNL's final season. Well-deserved.
Connie was robbed. Lost to Julianna Marguiles who is a fine actress, but I thought Connie deserved it.
Into the 4th season now, JD and his daddy need to be viciously slapped.
This is one of those shows that should have been on a network like FX from the beginning instead of a broadcast network. It would have been shown love and the storylines could have evolved even further/become more gritty. Stupid Nielsen slaves on broadcast did their best to kill it.
agree, r60. I still think it was one of the best series ever aired and can only imagine how phenomenal it would have been without a stuffy network behind it.
Ugh, I am hating the new character in season 4. The black quarterback and the 2 new girls are annoying.
I thought Michael B. Jordan (Vince) and Jurnee Smollett (Jess) were great. Madison Burge (Becky) was kind of annoying, but I think that was how the character was written - intentionally - and Burge did a good job of making her annoying without making me hate her.
The show is great, but sometimes hard to believe. In the first episode you have a television station interviewing high-school football players...first we have to swallow that a station would do it and then swallow that a school would allow it.
While it is easy to imagine some people getting invested in a high school team, the show always makes it seem like the whole town is obsessed with it...which is a bit hard to buy.
Where are you from, R64? Certainly not Texas.
By the way, I'm in CT. The local news on a Saturday or Sunday evening will certainly cover high school football results and talk o the players.
Odessa really is obsessed with high school football, r64. That's why the author chose that town for the focus of his book on high school football.
I have lived in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Maryland.
I have never seen this kind of fuss made about high school football from anyone except people who have kids in that school or who work for the school district. Most people without high school aged kids don't care.
This always seemed to be a contrivance on the show.
Finished it. I still can't stand Becky but finally at the end I ended up liking the new quarterback, his girlfriend, and Cafferty.
I liked Tim and Tyra connecting again, I guess that was the end of Lyla in season 4.
I still love Matt though Julie can be kind of whiny.
I assume Smash becomes successful, I really liked his mother.
Coach and Tami were such great characters, they were good people but human enough so they weren't perfect.
Thought we would hear more from JD and his dad, I assume he didn't do so great since the Lions were beating the Panthers.
I laughed at Buddy's son, that was some good casting as he looked just like him.
I even ended up liking Tim's brother and Tyra's sister. But like I said Becky was an irritant throughout for me.
R67 - Football is a bigger deal in the south.
R67, you've never lived in a west Texas town. If anything, the show understates it.
Is the second season as good as the first?
The first season is the best. To me the rest of the series was never as good as the first season, but still worth watching and better than most of what's on tv.
I loved the acting (in general). The biggest problem the show has is that they resolve conflict too easily.
To be fair, they're largely simple problems, R73. The really tough situations, like Matt's grandma and the Riggins family dysfunction, take years to resolve and it's not always pretty.
SPOILER ALERT IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN S2:
The S2 storyline about Landry and Tyra killing her attacker was the result of network meddling. It was fucking terrible. Everyone hated it, ratings plummeted and critics were horrified. The entire cast acts as though the first half of the second season doesn't exist, so you can fast forward through all of it except for the Tim/Lyla stuff and the Taylor family stuff. They'll never mention any of it again for the rest of the series.