Friday Night Lights is produced by Peter Berg, 24‘s Brian Glazer, Arrested Development‘s David Nevins, and My So-Called Life‘s Jason Katims (it also features music by MSCL composer WG Snuffy Walden) and is based on the book of the same title by H.G. Bissinger. The show stars Kyle Chandler (Early Edition, Grey’s Anatomy), Connie Britton (The Brothers McMullen, 24), and a large group of talented young actors.
The amazingly well-written and superbly acted drama centers on a small town in Texas. Primarily the high school’s football team and cheerleaders, but it also includes other students, teachers, and parents. It’s much more about the lives of the town’s adults and teenagers rather than about football. The first season tackled a lot of serious issues that haven’t been featured at all on teen dramas (racism, bipolar disorder in teens, caring for elderly relatives, and paraplegia – complete with a tribute to Murderball) and also addressed more stereotypical high school problems (dating, harassment, drug use) and adult struggles (marriage, babies, affairs, careers) in a fresh way.
Whether you considered watching the show and didn’t or if this is the first time that you’ve heard of it, I cannot recommend it enough. I haven’t loved and become so emotionally invested in a tv show since My So-Called Life.