A Ridiculously Late Best/Worst List for Friday Night Lights

I’m only thirteen years late to this show, but wow, what a ride Friday Night Lights turned out to be. From the pilot where the Dillon Panthers lose their star QB all the way to Michael B. Jordan’s character, Vince Howard, winning state, I couldn’t help but sit on the edge of my couch as I rooted for this rag-tag group of kids to be successful. I had no idea when I began this show that I would get so emotionally attached to the characters and their absurd lives, but I did. However, With all the good that came with this show, there was also a good chunk of bad, which leads us to my best (and worst) review for the fictional Friday Night Lights variant of Dillon, Texas.

#1 – Tim Riggins

Even though my boy Timmy Rigs falls into a few of the bad categories below, he hands down led the pack for the good things from Dillon, Texas. Taylor Kitsch was an absolute godsend to this show and that hair of his was just stupid perfect. Tim was a character that had his ups and downs, well actually mostly just alcohol-fueled downs, but the arc he traveled was an amazing one. He started as a star full back who lost his best friend, made a weird journey down a path with that same friend’s girlfriend, ended up in jail for his brother, and finally made his way back into our hearts by the finale of the show. Friday Night Lights wouldn’t have been the same without him and for that, I thank NBC with all of my heart.

#2 – The Transition Between Seasons Two and Three

For me, this was one of the weirdest transitions I had EVER witnessed in a television show. I can’t imagine how furious people were when this happened in real-time and I’m kind of glad that I wasn’t in on the show when it did. For those of you who may not know, or if you didn’t really think that the extremely odd shift was actually odd, it did have a reason behind it. Right around the end of season two was when the Writer’s Strike of 2007 began. The strike lasted from November 2007 to February 2008 and ended Coach Taylor’s chances at a second State Title while also simultaneously injuring Brian “Smash” Williams. I thought the way they picked up in season three was very strange, but I guess it was the only thing they could really do. Luckily for me, this didn’t really ruin anything, but it definitely put a damper on things as I ventured into season three.

#3 – Coach Taylor

I have never seen a man who was more dedicated to the betterment of his players than Coach Eric Taylor. Throughout each and every season he had at least one moment where he could have made a choice to help himself, but instead, he made a choice that bettered the young men he was coaching. Just think of everything he did for Vince in seasons four and five. He took him in and changed his life forever. He kept him off the streets, showed him what it really took to be a man, and ultimately led him to a future that just two short years before seemed extremely unlikely for the young star. Not to mention the way he was with Jason Street after his accident as well, which really showed Coach T’s true colors for his players. He was by no means perfect, but he was damn near close.

#4 – The Inconsistent Character Ages

This is an area that I’m not sure if it was ever explained or not, but it was blatantly obvious that they altered some ages throughout the first three or four seasons of this show. Tim Riggins was 1,000% a junior or a senior in season one, yet when season two rolls around he’s only a junior. They do the exact same thing for Lyla Garrity, who was dating Jason and also ended up being a junior once season two rolled around. One of the other characters whose age seemed inconsistent through the first four seasons was Landry (A.K.A Lance for Coach Taylor). He was a senior in season four, which would have made him a freshman in season one. This isn’t as unbelievable as the Tim and Lyla age gaps, but it also didn’t really make sense. I don’t think they ever clearly state Landry’s age but it just didn’t really make sense for him to be a freshman in season one. Even with all of these confusing age changes though, the show does a great job of immersing these characters into their storylines and I wouldn’t have changed a thing.

#5 – The Casting of Michael B. Jordan

When Matt moved away and Coach T was getting moved from West Dillon High, I had no idea what direction this show was heading. I think it’s safe to say though that the addition of Michael B. Jordan was hands down the correct direction. Jordan’s character Vince was everything this show needed that we, as fans, didn’t know we needed. Vince went from a troubled boy in and out of juvie to my second favorite character in the show within a matter of three or four episodes. He had one of the most incredible storylines and character arcs of any show I have ever seen. Not to mention, you could see how much Coach Taylor loved him and looked at Vince of his son almost. Just an incredible feel-good story that capped off the end of a great five seasons of Panther football.

#6 – Jason Street’s Storyline

Now before I dive into this, I want to mention this only refers to Jason’s storyline AFTER season one. I actually thoroughly enjoyed J in season one, but I’m not exactly sure what the producers and writers were thinking after that. This whole story turned into a massive joke it seemed and I really wish they would’ve taken Jason’s character a different direction. The whole trip to Mexico for experimental surgery wasn’t awful, but the fact that they had J attempt to commit suicide, then change his mind, and then somehow magically swim a few hundred yards into shore and be completely fine was a little farfetched for me. Not to mention it was just generally dark for a show that typically was trying to inspire. From here they then send him down a weird path with the whole father storyline, which wasn’t as bad as the Mexico story but it still wasn’t good either. It almost seemed as if they had no idea how to get him out of the show, so they just went with the first thing they could think of, which was to have him get a random girl pregnant and then move off to New York to try to provide for said family. It just got really weird really fast and I think Jason deserved a better story!

#7 – Matt Saracen

Matt is just another one of those Tim Riggins type of characters that could do no wrong in my eyes. He was the man of his house from a very young age, was an all-around incredible human being, and was certainly deserving of that QB1 role he earned in season one. His one flaw may have been his love for Julie Taylor (who is another all-time awful character) because I know my boy Matty could have done so much better. And don’t even get me started on the episode where Matt’s dad passes away either. I bawled my eyes out when that happened. Zach Gilford (the man who played Matt) could not have acted better for this episode. It was absolute perfection and it hit so hard how we responded to everything that transpired his father’s death. If it weren’t for Tim Riggins, Matt would have been the front-runner for the most spectacular character on Friday Night Lights by a long shot.

#8 – Landry and Tyra’s Murder Storyline

This somewhat ties into the Writer Strike from #2 above, but also like, what in the world were the writers for this show thinking here? Another one of those extremely dark storylines that made no sense, plus I felt like Landry and Tyra’s love story could have still happened with something way less dramatic and depressing. Plus, this was clearly self-defense and Landry’s father was a cop so… like, why did they freak out and decide to hide the body? However, I think my main concern with this story was that it ultimately never had any sort of impact in the later seasons and I don’t even think was ever brought back up again. It was such a huge piece of Landry and Tyra and once the show picked back up after the Writers Strike, it was just shrugged off as if it never happened. Even a little clarity here would’ve gone a long way for both of their characters.

After all is said and done, the pads are taken off, and the dust settles on the football field, Friday Night Lights will go down as one of the best television shows of all time. I learned many things from this show and was taught countless life lessons by a lot of the characters, but there’s one thing that stands out the most. As Coach T always said, “Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.”

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The Greatest TV Shows of All Time – Part I

My Top 10 Greatest TV Shows of All Time (#10 – 6)

In today’s day and age, binging TV has become a regular occurrence in our everyday lives. According to a Morning Consult survey from late 2018, nearly 60% of viewers watch two or more episodes of their favorite shows at least once a week. Of that 60%, roughly 15% claimed to binge daily, 28% several times per week, and the remaining 17% about once per week. All of that binging leads to many a discussion on which shows make the “Greatest TV Shows” of all time list, and I, of course, have my own take on said list. Since I ventured off to college and got my own Netflix way back in 2011, I’ve probably watched thousands, if not tens of thousands, of hours of television. But, of all of that time spent lounging on my couch, bed, or some random spot I’ve found myself when my body can no longer be comfortable in the aforementioned spots, these are the shows that stand out the most.

#10 – The Witcher

#10 The Witcher

I know, I know, this may be a little premature, but that’s also why I have it at #10. I wouldn’t be able to live with myself if I didn’t have this show somewhere on this list. This franchise has been one of my favorites since I discovered the Witcher 2 back in high school and Netflix dropping the first season in December was the greatest Christmas gift anyone could’ve asked for.

Everything about this franchise is amazing, but the show took it to an entirely different level for me. Starting with the opening scene, we’re submersed into a creepy bog of some sort where Geralt and a Kikamora are fighting for their lives. Throughout the season we get our fair share of vile creatures, villains, and fantasy perfection, all of which led to what I believe was the greatest season of ANY show in 2019. By the end of the season, I was utterly blown away by this show and I think it has a ton of potential to be the next Game of Thrones in regard to size, fan base, and overall success. Season two will be the true test to this franchise and the direction it could head, but I can easily see this show clawing its way to #1 if the future seasons are anywhere near as incredible as the first.

#9 – Dark


Speaking of shows without a massive collection of episodes, the Netflix original Dark has managed to become one of the most well put together series of the last few years with only two short seasons. Even with only eighteen episodes though, it managed to find its way at number nine of my greatest TV shows list.

The science fiction thriller takes your brain on a journey that will confuse, amaze, and shock you all at the same time. The show follows four families after the disappearance of a young boy exposes many secrets in a small, German town. This, in turn, leads to the unraveling of a time travel conspiracy that spans three generations. Dark not only left me wondering what was going to happen with these families, but also left my mind twisted in all sorts of pretzels as the time travel aspect becomes evident. One of the things that sets this show apart from all the other science fiction, time travel thrillers is that Dark does an amazing job of explaining the things that typically don’t make sense. On top of that, it is littered with easter eggs, hints, and puzzles that leave you wanting more.

#8 – Community

Community: Troy and Abed

Time for a throwback, and one of the greatest TV show comedies of all time. Community first aired in September 2009 and ran for six seasons, when it ended in mid 2015. What originally drew me into this show was the fact that Donald Glover, AKA Childish Gambino, was one of the main characters. But after the first season I was hooked, and I found myself attached to each one of the seven study group members.

For those of you who don’t know, Community follows Jeff Winger (Joel McHale) after he is suspended from being a lawyer. He lied about having a law degree, thus leading him to enroll at the local community college to obtain said degree and continue his life as a lawyer. While attending Greendale he will meet six of his best friends, and this will lead to pure comedic gold for all of us as viewers. Whether it was the paintball scenes, the absurdities enacted by Dean Pelton, or Troy and Abed rapping in Spanish, this show will 100% have you clutching your sides as you gasp for air from laughing throughout each episode.

#7 – Supernatural

Supernatural: Sam and Dean

Supernatural is one of my all-time favorite sci-fi/fantasy TV shows, and it’s also one of the longest running TV shows ever. Coming in at fifteen seasons, all of which are 20+ episodes long, its no minor undertaking to watch. But, I would recommend this show ten times out of ten to anyone who loves any type of supernatural related fields. It can range from angels and demons to horsemen of the apocalypse, and every now and then, a Wendigo or a Poltergeist will get mixed in as well. This brother-duo has grown so much over the years and it is truly incredible to see what Jensen Ackles (Dean) and Jared Padalecki (Sam) have turned this show into. As each season progresses it gets better and better, and this is one of very few shows that I’ve watched that has reintroduced villains multiple times. Yet, of all the times they have brought back a big bad, it’s never been in a way that makes you cringe at how they are brought back into the fold. It’s definitely quite the show to tackle if you’re starting from the beginning, but it’s a show you must watch at some point nonetheless.

#6 – Friday Night Lights

Friday Night Lights

Rounding out the first half of my greatest TV shows of all time list is Friday Night Lights. FNL debuted in October 2006, but I didn’t watch the show until just recently. I’d started it a few other times, but I would always get distracted by a new season of Game of Thrones, Supernatural, or some other show I was watching. As I’ve said in my Best and Worst of Friday Night Lights post though, I deeply regret waiting so long to sit down and fully watch through this classic. This show had just about everything you could ask for too. Inspirational father figure who is always making you emotional, check. Annoying daughter who you hate but can’t get enough of, check. Badass with luscious flow and a hankering to slug beers at any and all times… check. Even though the first two seasons were very, and I mean very, different from the rest due to the writers strike of 2007, this show never ceased to disappoint.

Thanks for stopping by DustyPosts to check out my greatest TV shows of all time list! Be on the lookout for Part II of the list soon and find out what all falls into the top five.