Your Next Box Set: Friday Night Lights
On the lookout for a new boxset to fill your long, dreary winter evenings with? Each week, hmv.com will be recommending you a series that will have you wishing those cold nights go on for a long while…
This week, we recommend melancholic American football drama Friday Night Lights. Here’s why you will fall in love with it:
What it is?
Friday Night Lights is set in fictional town of Dillon, a tiny Texan bolthole where life revolves around the fortunes of the high school football team, the Dillon Panthers.
We follow the team, its highs, its lows and how it touches the lives of just about everyone in Dillon.
Who’s in it?
Before he made John Carter and lost Disney a whole lot of money, Taylor Kitsch starred in the show as tearaway fullback Tim Riggins, while GI Joe: Retaliation’s Adrianne Palicki also appears as Riggins’ on/off girlfriend Tara.
Hart Of Dixie hunk Scott Porter appears as quarterback Jason Street with Minka Kelly (Now appearing in Almost Human) as his cheerleader girlfriend Lyla.
The team’s coach Eric Taylor is portrayed by Super 8 star Kyle Chandler, who is about to star in the hotly tipped The Wolf Of Wall Street, while his wife Tami is played by Nashville star Connie Britton.
Also appearing are Grey’s Anatomy star Gaius Charles who plays the supremely cocky Smash Williams and Breaking Bad’s Jesse Plemons, who portrays layabout Landy Clarke.
Why should I watch it?
Don’t be put off by the football. As with all great drama series, this show isn’t really about football, it’s about people. Saying that, it’s amazing how quickly your heart will be racing when the Dillon Panthers take to the field…
The dialogue is superb, the action gripping and the characters are incredibly well-rounded. It’s up there with all the great American dramas of the last five years.
Describe the show in three words…
Heart-pounding, gut-wrenching, captivating.
Friday Night Lights is available to buy on DVD now.