Friday Night Lights (or FNL, as it was known to its loyal friends) will be leaving us peacefully on October 1st, 2017 at the tender age of 11 years old.
Friday Night Lights is survived by Kyle Chandler (Bloodline, The Wolf of Wall Street) and Connie Britton (Nashville, American Horror Story) who still can’t figure out why their daughter, Julie, drove their car into that goddamn telephone pole.
FNL was accomplished at assisting hangovers, inspiring people to begin using “y’all,” and generated country-wide love for Texas High School Football. Often, viewers and fans alike would use the television show’s moniker, “Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose!” as a motivation tactic, including Mitt Romney during his failed attempt at becoming President of The United States of America.
It should come as no surprise to those close to FNL that there were indeed some rough patches. Jason Street’s injury that caused his paralysis, which also lead to his career as a wheelchair rugby player with Herc before becoming a sports agent despite never attending college. Julie’s constant troubles with seemingly everyone around her. Coach Taylor’s rocky tenure at TMU which lead producers to (probably) say, “Ratings are down – let’s create another Dillon team). The Riggins Brother’s chop shop that lead to Tim’s arrest and Billy living the rest of his life shouldering guilt. And yes, Landry, who killed a man with a pipe but got away with it because his dad was law enforcement.
But those issues, albeit many, did not take away from a show that inspired many. The concept of home, family, tradition, and hard work prevailed episode after episode. Except when Lyla tried to ruin her father, Buddy’s, car dealership by smashing into it with absolutely no regard for the consequences.
FNL was a diverse program that made us laugh, cry, and cheer for fictional teams in parts of Texas that are simply impossible to point out on a map because they just don’t exist despite most of the viewership believing Dillon is an actual place.
A viewing has been scheduled for this weekend on your couch or bed, with typical mind-blowing Sunday anxiety to follow. Netflix will, for the final time, facilitate this viewing and celebrate FNL‘s life with them before ruthlessly ripping it away from us. In lieu of flowers, please use that money to purchase Pedialyte and breakfast tacos on Postmates, just as Coach Taylor would have wanted you to. Condolences can be sent to Twitter, where everyone will surely complain after October 1st that they didn’t realize the show was being removed.
The Taylors would like to thank everyone – from those who watched the show prior to its initial cancellation to those who those who watched through its second cancellation, and yes, even those who could’ve saved the show rather than adopting it on Netflix years later. You fucking bastards. .
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