Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Friday Night Lights

At the end of last year, the first season of Friday Night Lights ended on free-to-air TV. We wanted to know what happened so we bought season two on DVD. Then we bought season 3. Seasons 4 and 5 aren't available on DVD in Australia but we sniffed them out and bought them digitally from iTunes.

So to say we've been having a little bit of a televisual marathon is somewhat of an understatement. But now that we're done, we're in mourning. Life after Coach Taylor is taking a little adjusting to. What would Tami Taylor do? (Coach's wife) seems a bizarrely appropriate question to ponder at our place at the moment when faced with a dilemma.

Watching a good series on DVD (or digitally) is incomparable to putting up with ads and timeframes dictated by the networks: the experience far more engrossing and satisfying.

I was dubious about watching a series about a high-school football coach based in Texas, to say the least. But then I heard an ABC radio broadcaster, who's known for having zero interest in any sport, let alone American sport, give it the thumbs up, I recorded the first episode and eventually became hooked.

Happily, the makers knew the show would end after the fifth series and so all the storylines wrapped up beautifully making the whole thing feel like a mega-movie.

I'm starting to think I may need a pair of cowboy boots in my wardrobe.


  1. Good to know! I was interested to read this. I am totally converted to watching series on dvd, plus I was living in US when this first aired and heard good things but it was on when i couldn't watch it. as far as I know it hasn't screened in NZ since my return. will try and get the dvd series.

  2. You should give it a go, Sally. The first three series are pretty cheap - think I paid $20 and $25 for 2 & 3 respectively - as they're actually pretty old. Can't imagine NZ would be much different. Good luck!