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  • Alijah Purdy
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    #284600

    Let’s go back and visit this series.

    I, for one, thought this was an amazing show. Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton were amazing in it, and it sucks that Kyle Chandler is the only actor from this show to ever win an Emmy. There were plenty of people on this show that should have won Emmy’s, from Zach Gilford, Connie Britton, and, my favorite, Michael B. Jordan for the final season.

    What are your thoughts looking back on this show?

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    tvwritergirl
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    #284602

    Friday Night Lights was one of those shows that was beloved by all who saw it and in our minds we could not fathom why the whole world hadn’t fallen as in love with it as we have.  Even when the show stumbled it did so by highlighting the talents of the actors portraying the characters.  Tyra, Landry, & Season 2 anyone?  I come across more people everyday that are discovering this show for the first time & have fallen in love with it as well.  I gave up trying to understand why the awards show work the way that they do.  They may not have understood the amazingness that was FNL (I see them doing the same thing with Shameless) but the fans saw it’s greatness.

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    Andrew Eng
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    Well, given my username, It’s obvious that I support Chandler’s win, but I do wish the rest of the cast was recognized. Britton deserved at least 3 Emmys (2007 Drama Lead Actress, 2008 Drama Supporting Actress, and 2010 Lead Actress). Gilford deserved an Emmy for 2010 Drama Guest Actor but even with 7 nominees that year, he couldn’t get in. That was a real shame as he would’ve wiped the floor with the competition; yes, even Lithgow. As for Jordan,  the competition was too tight for him to win in both years he was on the show (Emerson/O’Quinn/Paul in 2010, Dinklage/Goggins/Lindo in 2011). His presumptive tape for 2011 (The Right Hand of the Father) would have made him competitive had he gotten in. 

    I would’ve given directing wins for “Mud Bowl” (2007) and “The Son” (2010), and writing wins for I Think We Should Have Sex (2007), “The Son” (2010), and Always (2011), the latter of which thankfully did win.

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    GoMe91
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    Yeah, the show was really great. And I especially liked the “teen” cast on the show. My favorite story lines involved Smash. I’m not sure if the actor (Charles) deserved an Emmy nods, but I really liked the character.

    Seasons 1 and 4 were my favorite seasons so it would have been nice if the show had gotten a Series nomination during those two years. But…I’m just glad the show received some recognition for its last season. The Writing win was especially pleasing. 

     

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    willrobinson
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    #284605

    I didn’t watch “Friday Night Lights” the first season, but heard so much about it that I bought the DVD set and by the time I had binge-watched the whole season I was completely hooked! Wonderful cast, wonderful writing! Was glad to see Kyle Chandler as I was a fan of his from the 90’s series “Homefront”.

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    That Don Guy
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    For me, the show took too much of a hit after the strike-shortened season (they had to inflate the importance of “verbal commitments” in order to get the last episode to mean anything – in reality, the only thing that matters is the signature on the Letter of Intent).

    Also, I have a feeling the way the first season ended was supposed to catch people by surprise, but…
    (better throw in SPOILER SPACE – highlight this area to see it)
    that last play had happened at the end of the Fiesta Bowl a few months earlier
    (END SPOILER)

    Also, wasn’t there one girl – Tyra, I think – that they had as a senior for each of the first three seasons?

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    tvwritergirl
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    I didn’t watch “Friday Night Lights” the first season, but heard so much about it that I bought the DVD set and by the time I had binge-watched the whole season I was completely hooked! Wonderful cast, wonderful writing! Was glad to see Kyle Chandler as I was a fan of his from the 90’s series “Homefront”.

    Homefront is one of my favorite underrated shows. 

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    DamianWayne
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    I loved this show so so much. It had everything I wanted in a good tv show: good writing, acting, cinematogaphy, score, etc.

    Should have gotten in the double digits in nominations for Season 1. (The fact that voters picked Heroes over this that year is almost unforgiveable.)

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    Alijah Purdy
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    I have to admit, I only watched Friday Night Lights in its last two seasons (when they aired on NBC in the summer, since I don’t have DirecTV), and I immediately started kicking myself for not having watched this show from the first season. Thank god there was netflix to come to my rescue. Amazing show with an amazing cast. I simply loved this show!

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    willrobinson
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    #284610

    “Homefront” was from the makers of “Knots Landing” which was THE best nighttime soap ever and a highly underrated series!! Watched all 14 seasons!!

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    Denis
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    Watched this a few months ago, all in a row, loved it. Kyle Chandler and the writers accomplished to make one of the most iconic characters of tv history without making it cliche or boring, kudos to all of them, specially Chandler.

     I’m one of the few people who thinks that Gilford didn’t deserve any recognition for his guest appearance on “The Son” , I just think he is not a good actor, he got better by the end of the show, but it wasn’t enough for me, there were many good teen actors out there, Landry [Plemons] being one of them who should’ve been nominated more than one time, Britton should’ve have at least two emmys for this show, can’t be more specific cuz my memory really sucks.

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    One of my top five dramas ever, would be top three if not for the almost completely misbegotten second season (for those people who still haven’t watched it’s almost worth skipping season 2. Seasons one and three flow with each better, and almost everything that happens in season two is dropped by third). Connie Britton was only legitimately lead in the second season. If nominated in supporting every year she would have been very competitive to win for the first four years. Chandler, though worthy of nominations from the beginning, didn’t really begin to shine until the last couple of seasons, and his win was entirely deserved. Series nods for every season (even the second, because that wasn’t a strong year for dramas), a couple more writing and directing nods, a few nods for Zach Gilford, a nod or two Michael B Jordan and maybe a nod for Adrianne Palicki, Taylor Kitsch and/or Jesse Plemons would have all been deserved. It also deserved some rec for its cinematography. The is the only truly great TV drama that relied and sentiment and hope rather than cynicism and dreariness.

    favorite seasons:
    season 1
    season 4
    season 5 

    season 3 

    season 2 

    favorite episodes:
    1. The Son (season four)
    2. Texas Whatever (season five)
    3. Laboring (season four)
    4. Mud Bowl (season one)
    5. Eyes Wide Open (season one)
    6. Always (season five)
    7. State (season one)
    8. East of Dillon (season four)
    9. I Think We Should Have Sex (season one)
    10. Don’t Go (season five)
    11. Underdogs (season three)
    12. Tomorrow Blues (season three)
    13. Kingdom (season five)
    14. Pilot
    15. Best Laid Plans

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    Marcus Snowden (The Artist Formerly Known as msnowden1)
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    “The Son” was a Season Four episode. 

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    Icky
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    #284614

    I’ve had to go back like four times already to edit that post.

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