It occurred to me around 9PM last night, having just finished yet another brilliant episode of FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS. I’m in love with this show, and short of moving to Dillon Texas, I’m not quite sure how I’m going to cope when the first season wraps up in a mere three weeks.

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS isn’t just another high school drama littered with sex, drugs and little consequence. It’s an emotional roller-coaster paying loyal viewers off with moment after moment of remarkable television. Here are a few of the highlights from last night’s episode.

Jason Street finally accepting his disability, returning to Dillon and re-connecting with his true family, his teammates — Best moment of the night (see video above), Jason realizing that perhaps there’s life left in himself, and Dillon Texas. Could coaching (or teaching) be in his future?

Ms. Collette (or as I like to call her, the anti-Lorelai Gilmore) coming to her senses and letting Tyra know that she’ll actually support her dreams of being the first Collette woman to attend college — Remarkable. It’s about time Mommy Collette realized that she’s not Tyra’s sister, but rather her mother.

Coach Taylor and Julie having another beautiful (and realistic) father daughter moment in the car prior to the father/daughter dance (only in Dillon folks!). Loved every moment of it. Is the Taylor family not the most honest and realistic family television has seen in years?

Finally, Tim Riggins. Why couldn’t I have a friend like that when I was in fourth grade? I’d just bring him to school, and he’d be my very own real life ‘Terminator’. Scaring anyone who dared to look at me the wrong way in the playground. That said, Tim Riggins is definitely starting a relationship that will undoubtedly end poorly, so I’m just going to enjoy the good times while they last.

When all is said and done, there’s no adjective to properly describe how great last night’s episode was. Each scene improved upon the previous one, each character evolved as the episode wore on. Simply put, last night FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS officially became the best show on television.

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  • Amrie

    I couldn’t agree more with every single thing you said! Last night’s episode was pitch perfect. That scene on the football field had me in tears, it was just so comfortable with those four, and so sweet. I will cry for real if this show isn’t picked up for season 2. It’s sounding like it will be, but you never know….

  • seat42f

    Do we think the problem is people are still caught in the ” I don’t watch football” so they don’t tune in…. week in and week out it is the best drama on TV and the ratings are terrible… I just dont get it…. last night ANTM almost caught FNL….. two different timeslots and still people aren’t finding this show….. baffling

  • TeenieBopper

    Unfortunately people still are caught up in the whole “I don’t watch football” thing. I’ve been trying to spread the word, and I get that more than anything else. I try to explain to them that it really isn’t about football, that it’s really just a part of the setting, but I don’t think people believe me.

  • sedated

    I have to agree with everyone. This is one of the best shows on TV. There are very few shows that can hold up to something like this. I hope NBC gives it a chance because it deserves it. I am a guy and I played high school football a long time ago, and I can totally relate to a lot of the interaction that happened on the field between the fellas. It was definitely the highlight of the episode for me. There are only a handful of shows that I watch religiously and this is one of them.

  • mg714

    I absolutely agree – though I have thought FNL is the best show (along with The Office) for some time now already! I do think that some of the lack of viewers may be due to the thought that it’s all about high school football and also that it may be perceived as being just like some of those teen shows that we’ve seen before (I won’t bother mentioning them here, though!). But as the FNL fans know, these two things couldn’t be further from the truth. FNL is such a complete show – with football as just the backdrop for what unfolds every week, we see drama, comedy, tragedy – often all in one episode – and it never feels fake. It’s just real life and it has something that everyone can relate to, even if you didn’t grow up or live in a small town like Dillon…. I totally adore this show and I don’t know what I’ll do over the summer hiatus (yes, I do believe there will be a second season). Guess I’ll just have to watch all the episodes I’ve recorded until the “official” DVD comes out, and then watch that over and over again! :)

  • Vance

    Whatever, I get to marry this show first! OMG I LOVE IT!

  • allie

    I agree with almost everything you said, but I really hope that you are wrong about Riggins’ relationship ending badly. I think that relationship is exactly what Riggins needs and I hope he doesn’t stuff it up. He seemed to love being part of a family. ~~I *heart* Riggins~~

  • Julie Robison

    This is by FAR the best TV show I have seen in years. I have read the actual FNL by Bissinger dozens of times, and seen the movie probably 20 times. However, one can never understand the fundamentals of a “football” show that isn’t a football show. It’s real life, drama, love, and dedication. I can’t WAIT for the DVD set to come out, and for season 2! The creators and actors of this very unique drama need to be applauded in every way possible. Every show has a new spin, issue, or development, which keeps me fully tuned in. I plan to go to (near) Austin to see a real taping and can’t wait. Kyle Chandler and his family are so wonderful, and I, too, hope that the comment about Riggins is wrong. He’s a doll. Wow, what a great show….wouldn’t miss it for the world! GO DILLON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!