Very Deep in America

Friday Night Lights, Seasons 1–5

a television series created by Peter Berg
Universal, DVD box sets, Seasons 1–4, $29.98; Season 5, $34.98

Friday Night Lights

a film directed by Peter Berg
Universal, DVD, $12.98

At a Manhattan book party recently I found myself locked in enthusiastic conversation in a corner with two other writers, all three of us, we discovered, solitary, isolated viewers of the NBC series Friday Night Lights. We spewed forth excitedly, like addicts—this was no longer a secret habit but a legitimately brilliant drama.

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