They’re right, it’s a glaring oversight considering that Taylor could take the top spot in a number of categories (Best Protector, Best Father Figure, Best Tough Father, Best Conservative Dad). But even that would be understating the case, since Coach Taylor is one of the the greatest portrayals of a family man ever on television.
Admittedly, since Im from rural Texas and a fan of high school football, Im culturally predisposed to love a show about high school football in a rural Texas town. But Friday Night Lights is not really about football. It’s a show about community and familyespecially Coach Taylor’s family.
The Taylors are unlike anything Ive ever seen on the small screen. There has simply never been a more honest and sympathetic portrayal of a married couplemuch less a Christian couple with a rock-solid marriageproduced in Hollywood. Even scenes in which the Taylors fight (and they argue about as often as any normal couple) reveals more genuine love and emotion than all of the sex scenes in the history of television combined.
Take, for example, this clip from a previous season:
Eric and Tami Taylor are the best advertisements for marriage in pop culture.
Although the criminally under-appreciated show is wrapping up it’s run on NBC, all five seasons are already available on DVD (and Seasons 1-4 are available on Netflix’s “Watch Instantly” feature). If you havent watched Friday Night Lights yet, rent the first six episodes of the first season. A few episodes is often necessary before you get accustomed to the pace and settingit didnt grab me at first but when it did, it didnt let go. Give it a chance this Father’s Day and I suspect you’ll be hooked too.