One of my favorite television programs from last season is Friday Night Lights. Despite poor ratings, but thanks to much critical acclaim, NBC has decided to bring back this high school football drama, and I could not be more thankful. Bill Simmons, one of the more entertaining sports journalists of today, has a great article on the show. I would add that football is to Friday Night Lights what the mafia is to The Sopranos, a means to explore much larger familial and social issues in a different context. Read Simmons’ article below, and please, watch the show. The first season of Friday Night Lights is available to rent on DVD. Season two premiers, you guessed it, Friday night, October 5th at 9/8c.