Football is finally back although it will look different than what we are used too. The NFL will kickoff its season this Thursday when the Houston Texans take on the defending Super Bowl Champions Kansas City Chiefs. While College football has technically already started the SEC, ACC, and Big 12 start their season of this weekend as well. While the pandemic has altered how this season should look like it didn’t stop football entirely. If there isn’t enough football for you I listed the Top 5 scripted football tv shows of all time. To make it on this list it had to be a scripted series and be entertaining, that’s it.
Coach was a primetime series during the early 90’s that followed the life of the University of Minnesota head football coach. The series starred Craig T. Nelson and had an amazing cast. While there was little football shown in the series the show did a great job of showing the coaching life outside the stadium. There was hope of a series reboot in 2015 but after executives did not like the pilot the series ended up being cancelled.
Drugs, Sex, and Rock N’ Roll is something the NFL doesn’t want attached to its league. In the early 2000’s ESPN decided to try airing scripted shows on its network. Starting with Tilt and then with Playmakers it was supposed to bring edginess to the network. The series focused on a fictitious football team and the unbelievable drama going on and off the field. The series put such a negative light on the NFL that it forced ESPN to cancel the series after one season. While Playmakers only lasted one season it did open a light on what the NFL was trying to hide. Multiple scandals have come out since Playmakers aired that they hit right on the nose.
3. Blue Mountain State
This show is a combination of Varsity Blues and American Pie put together. Blue Mountain State was a show about a fictitious college football team that was more comedy than drama. It made the idea of attending a small town college great and fun. While it only lasted three season’s on SpikeTV it has amassed a cult following that led to a kickstarter campaign for a Blue Mountain State movie.
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Football and The Rock is all you needed to sell HBO on an exclusive series. Ballers showed a different life in professional sports, one of the agent. The show tells the journey of Spencer Strasmore starting off as a small professional athlete agent and works his way to owning an NFL team. While it only lasted five seasons the timeline seemed perfect. It told a singular story without deviating into crazy extremes. What this show did a great doing was keep everything grounded in its story.
1. Friday Night Lights
Without a doubt this is the greatest football show of all time. Friday Night Lights was adapted after the popular book and movie with the same name. This series followed the lives of multiple characters living in Dillon, Texas and the popular football team. The cast was loaded with talent with multiple actors having successful careers after the show ended with Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Taylor Kitsch, Minka Kelly, Adrianne Palicki, Michael B. Jordan as just a few. The best part of this entire series was the relationship between Coach Eric Taylor and his wife Tami Taylor. It showed how to successfully navigate as a couple through some of the toughest challenges you can face.
What do you all think? What is your favorite football series of all time? Let us know in the comment section below.
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