Over the past year, I have fallen in love with Friday Night Lights. I think it very well may be the best TV show ever. It is full of football and cowboy boots and Tim Riggins. What is not to love I ask you? If you have never seen an episode, I implore you to start watching. Immediately. It is just that good.
So since this Friday is the series finale and because I want to preserve the memory of this show forever, here is my list of things that make this show so great.
1.Tim Riggins. Yes, I know that his hair is always greasy. And yes, I know that he has indeed done some jail time and seems to have a perpetual chip on his shoulder. But there is just something about a bad boy who is actually a good boy down deep inside, who knows how to wear a pair jeans with boots, loves football and wants nothing more in life than to own a piece of land where he can park his silver mobile home that makes this girl weak in the knees. WEAK. IN. THE. KNEES. Good gravy. I just can't handle it.
2. Three words: Tami Taylor's hair. It is now my goal in life to achieve hair perfection such as hers. It has perfect volume and shine. And somehow the humid Texas air does nothing but make it look even better. HOW IS THAT HUMANLY POSSIBLE?? Oh, some mysteries we may never solve.
3. Football. I love football. It is by far and away my most favorite sport. Football is life in Texas (and Oklahoma for that matter) and I love to watch how the entire town comes together to watch their team play. If they were holding auditions for 31 year-old cheerleaders I would totally show up.
4. Small Town, USA. I am definitely a small-town girl. Well, a small-town girl that needs an international airport close by. Most TV shows based in the South portray their characters as ignorant, small-minded trailer park dwellers that survive on pork rinds and Chees Whiz. But what this show does so beautifully is depict its citizens as intelligent, funny, football-crazed people who are devoted to one another and their town. I am thinking we need more of this. Pronto.
And for the record, there is nothing wrong with canned cheese.
5. No sugar-coating involved. This show is for real. There is heartache and heartbreak and lost games and lost jobs and not everyone gets along. But it also shows the compassion people have for one another. It is so well acted that I almost feel like I could drive to Dillon, Texas and just hang out with everyone. Is that weird?
6. Tim Riggins. Again.