Friday Night Lights, NBC, streaming on Netflix
Lauded as one of the greatest shows of the aughts, Friday Night Lights centers on a small Texas town and the crux of its existence — high school football. But don’t write off this show as a sappy teen drama. Its exploration of social issues solidified it as a critical darling, even if it never really brought in big audiences.
Coach Eric Taylor, his wife Tami, and daughter Julie serve as the show’s main characters, with storylines involving many members of the teams Eric coaches. With fantastic writing and superb acting, even the TV snob in your crew will be impressed.