Posts tagged "Eric Taylor"

In Praise of Adam Braverman: Parenthood and the Advent of the Non-Doofus Dad

In Praise of Adam Braverman: Parenthood and the Advent of the Non-Doofus Dad

A few weeks ago, just before the Fall TV season started, several news outlets published articles decrying the number of new shows that were showcasing the same thing: male doofusry. Emasculated, unemployed, clueless and/or sequestered behind walls of Draper-inspired misogyny or nostalgia, the American male did not appear to be doing so well, at least not according to the networks. The Mancession had made it to the small screen. Now that a couple of the shows in question have fallen on their faces, as the cancellation of How to be a Gentleman and The Playboy Club would attest, one has…

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The Pastoral Ministry of Coach Eric Taylor

The Pastoral Ministry of Coach Eric Taylor

A belated but no less heartfelt bravo to Jason Katims and Kyle Chandler who won long overdue awards for their work in Friday Night Lights at the 2011 Emmy’s. And what better way to mark the occasion than to recall one of our favorite Coach Taylor moments?

This one comes in Season 4 Episode 5- minor spoiler alert – just after former quarterback (and boyfriend of the coach’s daughter) Matt Saracen learns that his father died while serving in Iraq. Matt had a conflicted relationship with his father – to say the least – and for a while after receiving the…

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This Kid Can Flat-Out Play: Judgment and Love in Friday Night Lights

This Kid Can Flat-Out Play: Judgment and Love in Friday Night Lights

One of the many reasons we champion the NBC show Friday Night Lights is its understanding and depiction of human dynamics. At its core, this is not a show about football – no more than, say, Whit Stillman’s film The Last Days of Disco is about disco. It is a show about the human condition, and as such, it is a show about judgment and love. Two of the realities or forces that are closest to the human heart. Certainly the two that we most like to go on about here at Mockingbird.

When we talk about judgment and love, we…

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