Friday Night Lights was one of the most critically acclaimed shows on broadcast television during its five seasons. For many fans, the characters were the big draw of the show. Sure, the premise and plot twists were interesting, but they would have been nothing without the strong cast of characters. Eric and Tami Taylor anchored the series from start to finish as husband and wife, and they were almost always a united front. Actress Connie Britton has now explained why the Taylors had such a stable marriage, saying this:
There was so much passion about these characters that we were playing and this world that we were creating. We felt very strongly about the things that we felt strongly about. We were like, 'We're never letting the writers have us have an affair. If they try to do it, we're not going to do it.' And we told them so.
Evidently we have Connie Britton and Kyle Chandler to thank for the fact that Eric and Tami never cheated on one another. Instead of sordid affairs and infidelities over the course of the series, we got a married couple who went through the normal ups and downs of their small town life. Their stability kept the show balanced even through some of its more melodramatic and unexpected twists. Many shows nowadays seem to operate under the belief that a major romance can't be interesting without something always going wrong in their relationship. That wasn't the case for the Taylors. Connie Britton's reveal to EW is a clue that we might not have gotten such a steady relationship if not for the actors' convictions.
Unfortunately, the show and relationship that were so popular with critics never reached an especially wide audience on NBC. Friday Night Lights fans were loyal, but there were just never enough of them to achieve stellar ratings for the series and the show eventually moved to DirecTV for its final three seasons. Because of its fanbase, the show hung on for five seasons, and there was even talk of a movie with the characters for a while after the series came to an end. The movie never happened, and it seems that Friday Night Lights is done for good. The most we can probably hope for is a reboot someday.
There was chatter not too long ago of a Friday Night Lights revival series a la the Gilmore Girls revival, but nothing ever came of it. Luckily, it's not too hard to find a way to watch Friday Night Lights. All five seasons are currently available on Netflix. Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for the latest in TV news. Even if Friday Night Lights probably won't be back, there are plenty of great programs currently on the air. Check out our midseason TV premiere schedule to see what you can catch on the small screen now and in the not-too-distant future.