By now you know how much I adore Friday Night Lights. I'm sure you find this surprising since I don't really care for football. I know I do, except that FNL has never really been about football. It's always been about Dillon, Texas, and the people that live there. Granted, football is a big part of their lives. It gives them something to hope for and dream about.
Even though they're fictional, the residents of Dillon are my friends. I know the intimate details of their lives, their hopes and dreams, their fears. I don't know that I've ever seen such a realistic portrayal of regular people - especially Coach Eric and Tami "Mrs. Coach" Taylor. Believe it or not, this fictional relationship restores my faith in the institution of marriage.
For more extensive comments and a copy of the press release from DirecTV, check out coverage by Mo Ryan of the Chicago Tribune or James Poniewozic from Time. Alan Sepinwall of Hitfix.com also has comments here.
PS - Tim Riggins, I love you. Just sayin.'