Favorite

The Televisionist, Oct. 11 

11tv_image1.jpg

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS

8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12

NBC-KARK (Comcast Ch. 5)

Thank, God. The best show on television (at least until “The Wire” picks back up next year) is back, and the writing staff seems to have righted the ship after episodes late last season threatened to send it careening into the already crowded sea of pap.

Which is to say, at the pinnacle of the show's ratings last season, “Friday Night Lights” devolved from a soap opera driven by honest emotion into just a plain ol' soap opera. Now secure in its second season, “FNL” isn't shying away from melodrama, but still managed, in the first episode, to bring back the honesty. To backtrack for the uninitiated, “FNL,” superficially, has nothing going for it. Spawned from an overblown, if atmospheric, movie about a football-obsessed West Texas town and starring a ridiculously beautiful cast of teens, the show threatened to be “90210” meets “All the Right Moves.” But as every review and any word-of-mouth praise anyone's ever passed along says, the show isn't much about football. Rather, it delves into the emotional life of a small town, focusing mainly on teens, who despite their perfect smiles and chiseled cheek bones have never been realer.

Like most good teen-centric shows, the kids are mostly left to fend for themselves, except in the Taylor family — Coach Eric (played masterfully by Kyle Chandler), his wife, Tamie (ditto by Connie Britton), and their teen daughter, Julie. Never have the nuances of a family dynamic so aptly been captured. Watch!

Favorite

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Fritz Brantley

  • He talks, and talks, the talk

    A fellow posted an old newspaper article on his blog about a Mike Huckabee speech to a religious group in 1998. A friend faxed the article to me, then called to ask if I’d yet read it, which I had.
    • Dec 20, 2007
  • The incredible shrinking Huckabee

    Plus: COPS!
    • Dec 20, 2007
  • Going whole hog

    A Q&A with irreverent Arkansas-raised comedian Matt Besser
    • Dec 20, 2007
  • More »

Most Shared

  • Department of Arkansas Heritage archeologist resigns

    Bob Scoggin, 50, the Department of Arkansas Heritage archeologist whose job it was to review the work of agencies, including DAH and the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department, for possible impacts on historic properties, resigned from the agency on Monday. Multiple sources say Scoggin, whom they describe as an "exemplary" employee who the week before had completed an archeological project on DAH property, was told he would be fired if he did not resign.
  • Arkansas Democrats' rocky road forward

    No state political party in the modern era has had a more abrupt fall than Arkansas's Democrats
  • Child welfare too often about 'punishing parents,' DCFS consultant tells legislators

    Reforms promised by the Division of Children and Family Services are "absolutely necessary," the president of DCFS's independent consultant told a legislative committee this morning. But they still may not be enough to control the state's alarming growth in foster care cases.
  • Donald Trump taps Tom Price for HHS Secretary; Medicaid and Medicare cuts could be next

    The selection of Tom Price as HHS secretary could signal that the Trump administration will dismantle the current healthcare safety net, both Medicaid and Medicare.
  • Fake economics

    Fake news is a new phenomenon in the world of politics and policy, but hokey economic scholarship has been around as long as Form 1040 and is about as reliable as the news hoaxes that enlivened the presidential campaign.

Latest in The Televisionist

  • Netflix pix: revenge!

    Is there anything more satisfying than watching a character take a just and righteous revenge on someone who has smugly screwed them over at some time in the past? Not in this writer's book. I love the cinema of revenge, and Netflix Instant happens to have a crop of Revengers that includes some of the best ever made.
    • May 30, 2013
  • Netflix pix: 'Kumare'

    With Easter just passed, I've been thinking a lot about faith — why we need it, what purpose it serves, and just how devout many of the people who claim to be religious really are. It's a question for the ages, and will probably be debated until the sun goes supernova or language finally devolves into a series of squeaks and grunts, whichever comes first.
    • Mar 28, 2013
  • Netflix Pix

    Hidden gems from Netflix Instant.
    • Dec 19, 2012
  • More »

Visit Arkansas

Arkansas remembers Pearl Harbor

Arkansas remembers Pearl Harbor

Central Arkansas venues have a full week of commemorative events planned

Event Calendar

« »

December

S M T W T F S
  1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 31

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: Woeful

    • If the UA could get the SEC to stop all games if at any time…

    • on December 2, 2016
  • Re: Woeful

    • The Mizz loss was worse than getting beat by Louisiana-Moron

    • on December 2, 2016
 

© 2016 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation