Yesterday afternoon I finally sat down and watched the series finale of Friday Night Lights. It has a been a while since a dramatic television show has hooked my interest like this one did. I think the last one was Ed, a show about smalltown America that was on in the early 2000’s. It, like FNL, was critically acclaimed but didn’t get the audience it needed for a long run.
At the center of FNL is the marriage of Eric and Tami Taylor, a marriage so believable that you might find yourself wondering if the actors are married in real life (they’re not). There was one moment in the finale yesterday that summed it up well for me: he is frustrated at their daughter and is blowing off steam about the situation. As he storms out of the room, Tami shrugs her shoulders in confused frustration and says, “Well, I don’t know why you’re yelling at me….” They’re just very real characters, and they serve as the bedrock of the series.