Jason Katims, the showrunner of Friday Night Lights, realized he must be prudent when it came to conveying his show’s most renowned expression.
The expression, obviously, is “Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose,” a revitalizing cry that joins first the Dillon Panthers secondary school football crew and afterward the East Dillon Lions group in the series, which ran from 2006 to 2011. Furthermore, uplifting news both for FNL fans and the individuals who presently can’t seem to look at outstanding amongst other adolescent dramatizations, time — every one of the 76 scenes of the series are back on Netflix for your streaming delight.
Of the entirety of the components this heavenly series gave the world, maybe none is pretty much as tough as Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose, It’s what you say when your back is against the divider, and you don’t have the foggiest idea what’s coming straightaway, however you realize your companions are adjacent to you. Also, perhaps that will be sufficient. That thought has reverberated with a many individuals. Indeed, even Barack Obama has cited it.
The principal utilization of “Clear eyes” is in the series’ pilot, composed by Peter Berg, yet when it came time for Katims to assume the genuine running of the show for the 75 scenes that followed, he and the essayists picked to keep the expression on the exceptionally sideline. They knew when they required it, it would be there for them. Also, it generally, consistently worked.
“You had to find those moments that were big and not use it in every episode and use it all of the time,” Katims said when I talked with him in 2018. “That makes it iconic in a way. Look, it’s the words. It’s Kyle Chandler saying those words. It’s the faces of those players repeating them back to him. It’s a combination of all of those things.”
There are many, many motivations to suggest FNL, yet having an extraordinary expression that never overstays its greeting is really surprising. What number of other TV shows have dealt with that? What denotes that expression as a really phenomenal piece of composing is exactly the amount “Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose” reflects such countless different components that make this show worth suggesting.
For example, think about the series’ tone, which is special in TV history. Most modest community series offer up eccentric wonderlands you should move to yourself. (Think: Gilmore Girls, Schitt’s Creek.) Most high schooler shows are about either the attractive confusions of the most sultry adolescents possible (think: Gossip Girl, 90210) or the weirdos and wannabes continually watching those cuties and grousing about it (think: Freaks and Geeks, Veronica Mars). Also, with regards to TV sports shows … all things considered, before FNL, TV hadn’t actually done many games dramatizations.
What Friday Night Lights achieved apparently is colossally amazing. Dillon, Texas, feels like a genuine spot, complete with every one of the burdens that would exist in a little West Texas town, however it never goes so far into its authenticity that it becomes miserable. Its teens have attractive difficulties and at times gripe about the more blazing adolescents around them, however they never feel characterized by their certainty or their ungainliness. They’re simply teenagers, bobbling through life and sporadically making the best choice.
The series’ portrayal of secondary school football is likewise profoundly powerful on a large group of TV shows that followed. You don’t need to know a thing about football to have fun. (Truly, on the off chance that you know a lot about football, you may feign exacerbation at the number of matches are dominated on last-second plays.) But you do need to think about a town where everyone thinks often about something minuscule like their lives rely upon it. Dillon, Texas, cherishes secondary school football nearly however much it loves God or America. Regardless of whether you love the group or essentially couldn’t care less about it winds up being right around a political assertion.
My “grew up in a small town in the Midwest where high school sports were a big, big deal” is appearing here, yet: I don’t realize that any TV show has very caught what pre-adulthood is truly similar to just as Friday Night Lights. A lot of that can be credited to the entertainers, a fantastic assortment of then-exceptional entertainers who included everyone from Michael B. Jordan to Jurnee Smollett, from Taylor Kitsch to Zach Gilford. (Hollywood has never fully sorted out some way to utilize Gilford’s “aw shucks” Jimmy Stewart energy since FNL finished, however that energy is gone up to 11 in the job of far-fetched quarterback saint Matt Saracen.)
This show isn’t just about the adolescents, by the same token. It’s additionally outstanding amongst other TV depictions of the intricate details of a long, effective marriage. As Eric and Tami Taylor, Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton are pitch-wonderful as two individuals who love each other sincerely and once in a while best express that by squabbling tenderly with one another. The mystery ingredient that makes FNL work is that it’s subtly a family show, where the Taylors are father and mother to an entire host of teenagers whose lives run into theirs. Is Coach Taylor the first Ted Lasso? I’m not going to say that, however you may!
I won’t stay here and disclose to you that Friday Night Lights is great. It particularly isn’t. The subsequent season, specifically, has some lamentable storylines, one of which really includes a person submitting murder. Notwithstanding, that season closes solid, and in a long distance race watch, the awful stuff will be over before you know it.
The other four seasons are all amazingly acceptable, and the series finale is truly outstanding in TV history (and one of only a handful not many where I wouldn’t fret a consummation that rules out uncertainty). Chandler and Katims won Emmys for their work on that last season, and those honors were luxuriously merited.
Regardless of whether you’ve never seen it or simply need to watch it again, Friday Night Lights is the ideal pre-fall TV treat. Before adequately long, secondary school football handle all around the nation will shine as nightfall settles toward the finish of another difficult week. Off the field, the issues of the world remain. However, on the field, they can be procrastinated on for a couple of hours consistently. Clear eyes, full hearts, you know the rest.
Friday Night Lights is spilling on Netflix. It is 76 scenes, most around 45 minutes long.