Inspired by the book and film of the same name, the television show "Friday Night Lights" quickly became one of the best motivational stories for athletes ever put together, showcasing some truly spectacular and inspiring dramatic moments over five seasons of television.
Frequently cited as an underrated and underappreciated show, "Friday Night Lights" survived for five seasons despite subpar ratings, mainly due to the plethora of positive critical reviews about the show. With the fifth and final season in the books, fans can now go back and watch the complete saga unfold.
The series follows the trials and tribulations of the Dillon Panthers, a high school football team located in Texas. This is a town where football is considered to be even more important than actual schoolwork. The series begins with new head coach Eric Taylor (Kyle Chandler) and his wife Tami (Connie Britton).
The style of the show focuses on a number of motivational stories of the people on and around the team. Though some characters stay for multiple seasons, others leave and graduate or complete their own individual story arcs. The constants throughout the show is the rock-solid relationship of the Taylors as they try to help the kids around town through their on- and off-the-field troubles.
Though the heavy emphasis on football may turn off some viewers, the series does a good job of expanding beyond that. Some characters who aren't even on the team are focused on as well, and many of the episodes in the later seasons don't have football segments.
While "Friday Night Lights" is about a football team, the lessons learned in the film are applicable off the field as well. Ultimately, the show is not only about sports, but serves as one of the best motivational stories for success. Many of the characters in the film start with troubled backgrounds but are slowly transformed and go on to attend college when they wouldn't have otherwise.