#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”

Season Premiere review — Parenthood, “I Don’t Want to Do This Without You”

NBC’s Parenthood is a hard program to review in the traditional episodic context. The comfortable rhythms and moderate-wattage storylines are easily explained and the performances are always solid. Sometimes, like in the middle stretch of last season, the series kicks it into another gear and it feels like there is more material there to poke … Continue reading Season Premiere review — Parenthood, “I Don’t Want to Do This Without You”

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

2011 Dream Emmy Ballot: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

It’s that time again, folks. The Emmy nominations will be announced on July 14, which means I have almost an entire month to flood this space with hopes, dreams and predictions about what could happen come nomination time. To kick things off, I’ll be bringing back the Dream Emmy Ballot. It’s something I did last … Continue reading 2011 Dream Emmy Ballot: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

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”

Friday Night Lights, “On The Outside Looking In”

Again, this is my review from the DirecTV run of FNL that I'm reposting here for those of you watching on NBC's schedule. Enjoy. After my reaction to last week's premiere episode that succeeded mostly when focusing on the departure of old favorites, I was particularly interested in watching "On The Outside Looking In" to … Continue reading Friday Night Lights, “On The Outside Looking In”

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”

Parenthood, “Do Not Sleep With Your Autistic Nephew’s Therapist”

Inspired by the sprawling, multi-armed conversation about the state of television criticism (see here, here and here, among other places), I’ve decided to take the next week or so to check in with the series that I watch every single week, but never actually write about. There’s been a lot of discussion about writing longer form pieces on … Continue reading Parenthood, “Do Not Sleep With Your Autistic Nephew’s Therapist”

Season Premiere — Friday Night Lights, “Expectations”

Pardon the pun, but coming into Friday Night Lights' fifth and final season, we as an audience have certain expectations. Because this is the final season, we expect some sense of closure for the characters we've loved for five seasons (and in some cases, less than that). Though we know many of the original Dillon … Continue reading Season Premiere — Friday Night Lights, “Expectations”

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”

Friday Night Lights, “East of Dillon”

So far I've only been linking to my recaps for WEEKEND Watchers, but Friday Night Lights' season four debut on NBC is the perfect place to start posting Surveillance-only thoughts. With "East of Dillon," a lot of things have changed for the Taylors, the football team(s) and really for all Dillon residents. But a lot … Continue reading Friday Night Lights, “East of Dillon”