I’ll admit it. I miss Tim Riggins.

I don’t watch that much TV anymore.  And none of it is live.

What I do is pick a word-of-mouth recommended series available to watch instantly on Netflix and watch a few episodes a week while I eat General Tso’s chicken, starting at the beginning and going to the end of a series.

It can take six months, a year or more, but I’ve watched The West Wing, The Sopranos, The Wire . . . and at 4:35 AM Saturday morning, I finished the series finale of Friday Night Lights.

For those of you who haven’t watched this critically lauded series created by Brian Grazer and team, you won’t know who Tim Riggins is.

But if you watched the series, you’ll not only know who he is, but you probably wanted to hang out with him.  You probably wanted to tell him that he’s a great guy no matter what some people think.  And now that the series is over, you’re probably missing him.

I find myself missing all the characters in FNL . . . just like I missed the characters on The West Wing, The Sopranos, 24, The Wire, etc. . . . Just like I missed the characters in Les Miz, August Osage County, Speed The Plow, and so many other great plays and musicals after their final curtain came down.

Great characters are the key to great drama.  They get under your skin and into your hearts.  They become part of your family.  And you can’t forget them.

And when you can’t forget someone, or something, you find yourself talking about . . . or, even blogging about it . . . which turns into a word-of-mouth recommendation . . . which is how great drama becomes successful drama.

Create characters that your audience can’t get enough of, and they’ll crave your work that much  more.

Clear eyes, full hearts, Tim . . .

(Fun fact – FNL starred Scott Porter, the original Matthew in Altar Boyz)


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  • This is how I watched the first season of “24.” Enjoyed it, but never watched another episode since.

  • I like your reminder that great characters are the key to great drama, which is timely advice for me.
    Also, I began my career in television so I must admit I watch quite a bit of it. I liked all of the TV programs you mentioned and highly recommend you add “Luther,” “Downton Abbey,” and “Fringe” to your Netflix queue.

  • Doug Hicton says:

    I’ll admit it. I’ve never heard of Tim… Riggins, is it?

  • Kaitlyn says:

    I’ve never seen FNL. But maybe once I finish watching Supernatural, I will. Which, I also recommend, along with Veronica Mars. Man, that show was cut too soon. That’s one show where the characters stick with you. So sad it didn’t make it past a 3rd season.

  • Bryan David says:

    Dear Mr. Davenport, et al:
    Seriously,F.N.L.? Ugg. It’s not that you can’t enjoy the show. This is after all America; and yes it’s football- throw in an apple pie & a flag & I’ll sing, ‘Yankee Doddle Dandy’ too! You have the right to watch the ‘Dog Show’ after the Macy’s parade (no offence to dogs everywhere we Men and your type have so much in common, right ladies?) But, T.V. about football?
    How about a factious show about golf? “Tiger Hole” Oh sorry did I write that? Yep, guess I did. All offence implied and I trust; taken? Offence; another Football reference we do NOT need. I think there is a cure for that it’s called Lamisil AT.
    I really should not cast stones from my glass theatre. Or at least the one or more I’d like to have:
    Produce me in/from. I am asking a lot of the, “no-you-didn’t’s” to get past yes, past the foreground/background & listen to a love story about, ‘Jack The Ripper’ Well it’s not HIS love story. It’s a love story that so happens to take place in London circa 1888 and ‘Jack The Ripper’ is doing his dirty work while my Heroine (translation; The Ingénue) happens to fall in love with the young & yes handsome (required by Equity!) gentleman her Father (the Professor from the Medical College he teaches at) and has brought home to board at his home. Yes, suprise they fall in love. I hope I didn’t give too much away and if you wondering; yes this does hold a © Copyright.
    If I can ask that of today’s Theatre goer then I can suspend my disbeliefs about T.V./Acting/Football. It’s not your fault Mr. Producer. Its well, my Dad’s. Sorry Dad. Having been force-fed ‘all sports all the time,’ (between two older brothers & a Ex-Marine/Cop/Dad I ran to the theatre at half-time and never looked back. I found the chorus girls looked nicer & smelled pretty too.
    So you enjoy your; Football/Mom/Apple pie-heck throw on some vanilla ice-cream and I will join you for dessert, but after; the big game.
    Mean time there’s always London circa 1888…
    “Whitechapel” ©
    The Life & Times

    Jack The Ripper’
    A Musical Love Story! ™
    © Copyright 1996/2007
    Bryan David/Brandon Kress
    All Rights Reserved

  • ddutton@sterling.edu says:

    You are in good company, my friend. Both great Stephens of the world – Sondheim and Spielberg – are documented “FNL” fans. I’m proud to be one, too. And, I could care less about football but I admire and love great drama and characters that “get under your skin.”

  • Margie Goldsmith says:

    My neighbors loaned me all the seasons of FNL and I was an immediate addict — couldn’t wait for the next 4 episodes to be slipped under my door. And yes, I’m Jones-ing for Tim Riggins. A brilliant show. Never watched West Wing or The Wire, either, but on your recommendation just might Netflix them.

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