For those of you who are not familiar with the sports drama franchise, allow me to introduce it to you in a few short sentences. The Friday Night Lights-universe centers around football (American) and the lives of small Texas town high school students.
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Synopsis: Odessa, Texas, is a small, town in Texas. Racially divided and economically dying, there is one night that gives the town something to live for: Friday Night. The Permian Panthers have a big winning tradition in Texas high school football, led by QB Mike Winchell and superstar tailback Boobie Miles, but all is not well, as Boobie suffers a career-ending injury in the first game of the season. Hope is lost among citizens in Odessa, and for the team, but Coach Gary Gaines, who believes that "Perfection is being able to look your friends in the eye and know you did everything you could not to let them down", is somehow able to help the team rise up from the ashes and make a huge season comeback. Now on their way to state, the Panthers must go out and be perfect, because they may never matter this much for the rest of their lives.
Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Lucas Black, Garrett Hedlund, Derek Luke, Tim McGraw, Connie Britton, Amber Heard and others.Trivia: The movie is based on the book Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream by H.G. Bissinger and depicts true events.
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Two years later, the movie inspired a TV series spin-off. Bearing the same title, the show introduced Coach Eric Taylor and the Dillon Panthers from small town Dillon, Texas. The story is very similar - one could say almost identical - to the film. However, the series focuses deeper on the lives of the players. The show ran for five seasons, between 2006-2011.
Synopsis: In the small town of Dillon, Texas, one night matters: Friday Night. Eric Taylor has recently been hired as the head football coach for the Dillon High School Panthers, the town's pride and joy. Friday Night Lights displays the stress that the town gives the high school players to win, and the hope that the team gives to a small town, and how a team has its low points, its high points, and how they come together as a team on their way to victory.
QUIZ: Friday Night Lights series return or film sequel? (below)
Starring: Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Taylor Kitsch, Aimee Teegarden, Zach Gilford, Jesse Plemons, Minka Kelly, Adrianne Palicki and others.There has been talk about a series return and a movie sequel. However, the stars of the show Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton disagree on the former matter. But what do you think?
Do you want to see another Friday Night Lights movie or a series return? If the franchise is continued, should it be with the original stars? Do you think it would be better to focus on College or Professional football in a state, other than Texas? I want to hear your ideas.