10 years ago, our lives changed when Friday Night Lights premiered on NBC.
Sure, it seems a tad over-dramatic to say a TV show can change a person's life, but if you think that, then we can guarantee you've probably never watched Friday Night Lights, the series, which ran from 2006-11, and was based on the 2004 movie that was based on the 1990 book. If you haven't, believe us when we tell you that watching this show will make you a better person. It's a scientific fact. Trust us, we watch a lot of medical shows.
Starring Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton, among an insanely long and talented roster of young and mostly unknown actors, FNL was about so much more than just football; it was an inspiring, heartbreaking, sometimes brutally realistic look at small town life, how it can fill you, suffocate you, or, in many cases, do both at the same time.
Since it ended its run in 2011, the stars have constantly been asked about a reunion movie or small-screen revival, a la Gilmore Girls' much-celebrated return via Netflix. Britton said she'd be on board. Michael B. Jordan has said he'd want to see it. And we get it. Who wouldn't want to enjoy one more inspiring pep talk from Coach Taylor? And who couldn't use another one of Tami Taylor's iconic wine .gifs? Or one last "Texas forever" moment between Street (Scott Porter) and Riggins (Taylor Kitsch), which we get chills just thinking about? If TV is comfort food, FNL is chicken soup.
But we do not want to see an FNL reunion. Nope. No thanks. Hard pass.
And we have a very compelling reason why it shouldn't happen, aside from the fact that Chandler himself does not want to see one come to fruition—which should be reason enough, no?
BECAUSE THE SHOW WAS PERFECT, AND IT ENDED PERFECTLY, SO LET'S JUST REMEMBER IT AS THE RARE, TOO-GOOD-FOR-THIS-AWFUL-WORLD TV SERIES IT WAS, OK?!
Take us out, Coach.
If you need a Friday Night Lights fix, you can relive it all on Netflix. Or you can watch Chandler on his Netflix series Bloodline, and catch Queen Connie on Nashville when it returns on CMT in January.