10 Reasons to Watch (or Re-Watch) 'Friday Night Lights'

FNL turns 10 this year, so celebrate by watching it...over and over again.

10 Reasons to Watch (or Re-Watch) 'Friday Night Lights'
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Friday Night Lights turns 10 this year, and the perennially loved, critically acclaimed, but poorly rated TV show is near and dear to many viewers' hearts. But if you've somehow resisted taking a trip to Dillon, Texas for the past 10 years, I urge you to consider doing so now. Here are 10 reasons to watch (or rewatch, why the hell not?) FNL in its' 10th anniversary year. You won't be sorry.

Tami and Coach Eric Taylor's relationship

These two, who were given as much, if not more, screen time and plot line real estate as the teenagers on FNL, are the very definition of #relationshipgoals. Played perfectly by Connie Britton and Kyle Chandler, Tami and Eric Taylor functioned as a totally healthy, loving, and most of all, realistic married couple who hasn't quite got it all figured out — but has committed to trying.

The FNL pilot is a masterpiece of television work

If you're looking for a pitch-perfect pilot that gets you to care about the show's characters, lays down a decent amount of plot (and a heart-breaking final few moments), and sets the tone for the whole series, look no further. You've found it in Friday Night Lights.

Matty Saracen, the ultimate underdog

Just look at Matt Saracen's cry face. You can't not fall in love with it. You just want to hug the crap outta him, don't you? You want him to succeed at everything he tries. Your heart will break when his breaks, right? Well, that feeling lasts for the entire series. Get ready.

It's not just for football fans

Don't be scared away by all the football. It's there — a lot — but you don't really have to know much about it to enjoy the show. The characters will walk you through it. Take it from a non-football fan — you'll be fine.

The portrayal of small town life

I did not grow up in a small, football-obsessed town in Texas, but I did grow up in a small town (one square mile, to be exact), and FNL gets the small town life so, so right. And it makes you care so, so hard about ol' Dillon, TX.  

Tim Riggins. Period, end of sentence.

Tim Riggins' beautiful face, hair, body, and soul. Every girl wants to save Tim Riggins. That's all you need to know.

The special care and attention paid to each character

Even Mindy Collette and Billy Riggins got a satisfying storyline and a pretty happy ending. There were a few minor missteps, sure, but most of the characters, even side ones, got care and attention from FNL. This is a show that likes to dive deep into its characters, and that makes for good television.

The life advice from Tami T, y'all

Tami Taylor can solve any of the world's problems. She certainly solved more than enough problems for the kids and adults in Dillon. Eventually, she made a career of it. She is a goddess among men, my friends.

FNL: The New Class

Friday Night Lights successfully did something that few shows can pull off: in season 4, it transitioned out many members of its' teen cast, sending them off to college/life, and replaced members of the football team and entire high school with fresh faces. Including one Michael B. Jordan! Long live the East Dillon Lions.

The realism

This show wasn't afraid to get really real. Spoiler alert, but from the second episode, one of the show's main characters was a paraplegic — and Street's struggle to adjust to his new disability was not sugarcoated. Neither was Saracen's grandma's dementia, Saracen's father's PTSD, the racial tension of small town Texas, Becky's abortion, various socioeconomic differences, and a litany of other real issues FNL addressed during its five seasons. It may not have always gotten it right, but it was never afraid to try.

Texas forever, y'all. I'll just leave this here as my parting shot:

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