the series continues to improve. all the actors (except for minka kelly) have settled into their roles well and act their socks off. taylor kitsch, zach gilford, and kyle chandler are all standouts for the men. but the females also have great performances and are well-written. connie britton is excellent. aimee teegarden and adrianne palicki are also very good in less difficult roles. some of the twists and turns of the plot and characters are larger than life, but that’s what the series is. living a big life in a small town and everything seems like the end of the world.
it’s great to get the perspective of the small town athlete and get into the head of stereotypical characters like riggins (the dump jock) or lyla (the head cheerleader). to be able to view people beyond stereotypes is an invaluable skill in life and the show helps develop that over the course of many episodes. series like this are more lifelike than feature films because we get to see the ebb and flow in a more realistic timeline. the slutty girl at school gets to have a few episodes worth of screen time where she is doing well, getting ready for college, etc. and then she falls off the wagon. the same goes for the star running back who does well through most of the series, but has occasional setbacks which normally define these sorts of people in the public’s mind.Watched on TV