101 Best Written TV Series

Aired: NBC, 2006-2007; DIRECTV, 2008-2011

Peter Berg wrote and directed the pilot of a show that was the second adaptation of H.G. Bissinger's non-fiction narrative about the impact of high school football on the hearts, minds, and lives in small-town Dillon, Texas. The TV series Friday Night Lights, as opposed to the movie of the same name, could sprawl more in its storytelling, arranging itself as "a series of movements" around various characters, executive producer Jason Katims said to the WGAW Web site. Friday Night Lights, aided by its verite style, came to seem like a deeper glimpse into the heartland than most television series. "It's ultimately not really about a small town, it transcends the small town, and it's about people who are not living in a privileged way," Katims said. "That, to me, is what makes it so compelling. You see surprisingly little of that on network television."

Credited Writers

Peter Berg
Buzz Bissinger
Bridget Carpenter
Kerry Ehrin
Ron Fitzgerald
Brent Fletcher
Etan Frankel
Carter Harris
Elizabeth Heldens
Monica Henderson
David Hudgins
Rolin Jones
Jason Katims
Patrick Massett
Andy Miller
Thomas L. Moran
Derek Santos Olson
Aaron Rahsaan Thomas
John Zinman