...Should you choose to accept it, is to help out one of the best shows on television and watch Friday Night Lights tonight, 9 o'clock on NBC. It has been airing the 3rd season on an exclusive DirecTV channel and has done well, so it is reairing this winter on NBC. Every single person I have told about this show has loved it, and for good reasons. It has wonderful actors who bring their characters to life, amazing writing, and the advantage of authentic sets and locations.
Here's what you need to know to tune in tonight: (if you're short on time, just scroll and look at the pretty people. They're reason enough to watch.)
FNL is the story of a small-town in Texas and the high school football team. Don't worry if you're not a huge football fan, it's more about the people behind the team.
Coach, Tami, Julie and baby Gracie Taylor:
Coach Eric Taylor coaches the Dillon Panthers football team and has recently returned after his short-lived stint coaching college football. Tami Taylor is the guidance counselor at the high school trying to balance being a coach's wife and a mother to a teenager and a young baby. Julie is a Junior in high school who dislikes football and being the coach's daughter. She recently dated the quarterback, which Coach Taylor loved. Gracie is the newest member of the Taylor family and has a face only a mother could love. (I'm sorry, it's true)
The relationship between Tami and Eric is one of the best parts of this show. They feel like an actual married couple and makes it hard to remember they're acting. The geniuses behind the show give the actors freedom to improvise lines according to their character.
Tim Riggins (#33) plays fullback and struggles with the combination of absent parents, alcohol and winning back his true love, Lyla Garrity.
Brian "Smash" Williams (#20) is the team's star running back who recently graduated and lost his scholarship due to a fight defending his sister's honor.
Matt Saracen (#7) is the young quarterback and Coach Taylor's "project." He proved himself a great asset to the team, bringing the team to two championships. Things aren't so great off the field, however. Dad's deployed in Iraq, he takes care of his ailing grandmother, failed relationships with Julie Taylor, and Carlotta, his grandmother's live-in nurse.
Landry Clarke is the newest addition to the team and Matt's witty, loyal best friend. Head over heels for the bad girl next door, Tyra Collette, Landry finally wins her over with his genuine kindness and humor.
Jason Street is the star quarterback who is paralyzed during a game in the first season. After briefly trying out a job as assistant coach, losing his girlfriend to his best friend Tim, moving out with a friend who is also paralyzed, Jason's future is unsure.
Lyla Garrity is a former cheerleader turned born-again Christian struggling with her feelings for bad boy Tim Riggins. Often annoying, but we tolerate her because Tim loves her.
Tyra Collette is a smart girl who makes dumb decisions. Following in the footsteps of her mother and older sister, she always falls for the wrong guy until she meets Landry. She looks up to Tami Taylor who encourages her to do the unthinkable: go to a good college. Tyra is by far the most intriguing character that you can't help rooting for.
Buddy Garrity is Lyla's father, president of the Boosters, owner of a car dealership and an all-around cad. (He doesn't need a picture; he's not much to look at.)
Watch and we can recap/chat/vent about the show!