Part of the reason Friday Night Lights works its magic on viewers is that Berg's documentary-style stamp gives the show a more mature feel -- it has none of the trappings of a teen drama, none of the sheen of a network series set in a small town.
More than simply being outstanding, Friday Night Lights is an important series because of the way it takes family-friendly television seriously. The issues covered here create the kind of family drama that can bring everybody to the table.
Friday Night Lights gets off to a rousing start. Everything about it is vividly drawn, with [Kyle] Chandler excelling as an up-against-it coach whose locker room rallying cry is "Clear eyes. Full hearts. Can't lose."
[Peter] Berg's Lights evokes the wonderful sense of how fleeting glory can be, and it's fleeting not just for the kids. We sense among the adults, living through the players, a pining for the life that slipped past them a time ago when they were young.
[I] find himself at full grovel, crawling toward Nielsen households, begging that they flip on [this show]. The show is terrific -- the most engrossing new drama of the fall season -- but it's also the worst-rated, and that's just not fair.