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There’s a good chance you’ve heard from someone you know or read something with the approximation, “You’re not watching Friday Night Lights? It’s the best show people aren't watching.” And while hearing incredulous statements like that can be annoying, in the case of Friday Night Lights they are dead on. It may be one the best shows people have just never watched in any great numbers. But that can all change thanks to ABC Family. Starting in September, ABC Family will replay the entire Friday Night Lights series from the beginning. It’s a chance to see it from the pilot episode (one of the most poignant pilots in some time) and follow the story of Dillon, Texas and its captivation with football.
Friday Night Lights is less a sports show and more one focused on the lives high school football effects. That’s an important distinction as in its early run it was marketed strictly as a story about the game of football. While football is an integral aspect of the plot, it’s by no means the main idea. Instead, Friday Night Lights concerns itself with the whole town of Dillon: the players, coaches, families, students, boosters and everyone else in between. And if you tune in to the pilot and aren’t won over the first time you hear, “Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose,” then I don’t know what to tell you.
ABC Family is providing the chance to see Friday Night Lights from the beginning and understand the lives of Jason Street, Matt Saracen, Coach Taylor and his family. It’s an opportunity to see some of television’s best from the beginning as the show enters its fifth and final season on Direct TV starting October 27th.
Friday Night Lights will make its ABC Family debut on Tuesday, September 7th at 6PM ET.