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Friday night's all right for lightin'

SPORTY! Friday Night Lights, ITV1, 8.00pm

Friday Night LightsWe still can't quite get over the fact that 8pm seems like an odd time to be airing your US imports, you know. Almost like you're not really sure where else to put it, so you just whack it in the odd slot. The slot after all the soaps have finished (unless you count The Bill as a soap, but we still like to refer to it as a "serial drama" because we're pretentious like that) but before all the big peaktime shows hit the airwaves. The time when you're fighting against property programmes and lifestyle shows and gameshows and reality shows and whatnot, and no one really knows what's going on any more. It's a right headfuck, we can tell you.

On the odd occasions that we've remembered it's on in the first place, which to be perfectly honest is not very often, we've rather liked Friday Night Lights. It does a nice line in having a high-school focus while dealing with adult issues without doing so patronisingly, which is pretty tricky to pull off. Plus, y'know: buff jocks and pretty cheerleaders, which we will probably have a strange fascination with for the rest of our days.

So we come to the end of the season, and the Panthers prepare to play the state championship. Obviously they've been building up to this for weeks and weeks, and there's a lot riding on it. And in fairness, this sort of thing gets done rather a lot on TV, but it's done notably well here. Also, it's interesting to point out that despite uninspiring ratings in the US, this managed a second-season renewal, which was more than Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip managed, so it must have been doing something right. Go Panthers!

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