I discovered the Friday Night Lights series recently and was immediately hooked. Despite the unifying narrative of high school football, a subject for which I have little interest, the great writing and interesting story lines kept me moving through the episodes quickly. And yes, after awhile I even started rooting for the Dillon Panthers to win their games!
With its fourth season beginning Friday, May 7 on NBC, you'll have to work hard to catch up, but you can get started by placing holds on season one, season two (the weakest link in the series, due in part to the writer's strike) and season three. There's also a great summary at Salon.com if you can't imagine yourself power-watching dozens of episodes in the coming weeks. Loosely adapted from H.G. Bissinger's nonfiction book of the same title, the book's setting in bleak, football-crazy Odessa, Texas is moved to the fictional town of Dillon, but the themes of small town life (both affirming and ugly), fleeting success, and inevitable disappointment remain the same. This is really good drama, plain and simple.