#TVFail Entry 12: Friday Night Lights, “Last Days of Summer”

The accused: Friday Night Lights, “Last Days of Summer” (Season 2, Episode 1) The crime: Releasing Landry the Killer onto the world, running away from the things that made the series so previously successful Television’s failures are supposed to be obvious. From the overhyped non-starters that flop from the very beginning (hello, FlashForward, Lone Star) … Continue reading #TVFail Entry 12: Friday Night Lights, “Last Days of Summer”

Series Finale — Friday Night Lights, “Always”

One LAST TIME, this is the review I wrote during FNL's DirecTV run. I will be completely honest with you, I've avoided reviewing the last handful of episodes of Friday Night Lights because it's just been too damn hard to let go. From "Fracture" onward, I've basically been left in a heaping ball of my … Continue reading Series Finale — Friday Night Lights, “Always”

Clear eyes, full hearts: Ranking the top 25 episodes of Friday Night Lights

Note: I posted this list right before the Friday Night Lights finale aired for the first time on DirecTV. I'm re-posting it now just in case you're watching on the NBC schedule. No spoilers, but the finale, "Always," would be at or near the top of the list had I edited it.  Tomorrow night, Friday Night … Continue reading Clear eyes, full hearts: Ranking the top 25 episodes of Friday Night Lights

Checking in with Friday Night Lights Season Five

Again, these posts were written during the DirecTV run. They're being reposted here now. I haven't written about FNL in a while (I think since episode three) because of odd scheduling and also because I've been a little frustrated with things. It's not that season five has been bad, I just didn't feel like the … Continue reading Checking in with Friday Night Lights Season Five

Friday Night Lights, “The Right Hand of the Father”

Again, this is the review from the DirecTV run. And because of my packed schedule back then, it's also the last one for a few weeks. I might find time to write new reviews for the next few episodes, but probably not. Sometimes, amid the top-notch acting, rock-solid writing and professional direction, we forget that … Continue reading Friday Night Lights, “The Right Hand of the Father”

Season premiere — Friday Night Lights, “Expectations”

Ed note: I wrote this review during the DirecTV run of Friday Night Light's final season, but am moving it to the front page to coincide with the premiere on NBC tonight. I hope you enjoy the season, it is tremendous.  Pardon the pun, but coming into Friday Night Lights‘ fifth and final season, we as an audience … Continue reading Season premiere — Friday Night Lights, “Expectations”

TV Surveillance’s Best of 2010: Top 60 Episodes, 10-1

2010 has been a fantastic year for television. This year brought us a slew of great new programs and if we include the second halves of all the series that debuted in the fall of 2009 (which I am for these features), we have probably just experienced the best run of newbies since 2004. While … Continue reading TV Surveillance’s Best of 2010: Top 60 Episodes, 10-1

Friday Night Lights, “The Lights of Carroll Park”

Despite its ability to tell stories that are extremely personal and full of emotion, sometimes Friday Night Lights makes me cringe just a little when it gets into racially charged tales. Let me be clear: I'm totally happy that the series expanded the universe of Dillon, Texas in season four so that it can tell … Continue reading Friday Night Lights, “The Lights of Carroll Park”