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'Lights' out

July 24, 2011

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I want to commend Matthew Gilbert on a great piece about “Friday Night Lights’’ (“ ‘Lights’ will always shine brightly, g, July 15). I watch a lot of television, and “FNL’’ is one of the most honest, well-acted, well-written, and realistic shows I have ever seen. I’ve appreciated Gilbert lobbying for it over the years. While I am sad to see it go, I also understand that five years is a good run, and we got more in those five years of “FNL’’ than we got out of most shows in a decade.

JOSHUA SPAULDING Ossipee, N.H.

Sorry, I tried “Friday Night Lights’’ for five years off and on and felt I was watching a soap opera. There’s a distinct difference to me between the quality of the writers on “FNL’’ and that of the great writing on “The Good Wife.’’ I feel Matthew Gilbert’s passion for “Friday Night Lights,’’ but wish I could understand it.

FRANCES BURKE Boston

Matthew Gilbert’s article was right on. As he stated, the show was about emotions, struggles, morals, values, etc. Unfortunately, people don’t always want to think about those things. To think the show is about football is definitely missing the point. So glad Connie Britton [who played Tami Taylor] and Kyle Chandler [who played Eric Taylor] were nominated for [Emmy] awards. Gilbert’s article made my husband and me know we were not crazy for thinking the show was one of the best.

GAY TANKLEFSKY Andover

Count me as one of those loyal fans mentioned by Matthew Gilbert. I was also one of those folks who initially had the mistaken idea that the program was about - horrors! - high school football. Luckily, I have a daughter who saw the program and immediately recognized its truth and depth. I saw one show and was hooked. This show was one with soul rarely found on TV today. That ubiquitous “reality’’ TV? Playing for an audience is not reality, but this fictional show captures the reality of life. It’s led to more discussions, debates, and deep thought about the dilemmas life throws at us than any other media connection my family has experienced. I will be grateful for the five seasons and deeply miss the characters it has developed, as they seem almost as familiar and real to me as the flesh-and-blood people in my life.

Thank you to Gilbert for writing about this brilliant show throughout these five seasons. Tonight I will sadly be saying goodbye to a piece of art, a rare thing in today’s TV offerings.

ANN-MARIE GILLETT Seekonk

I agree with Matthew Gilbert’s article. This is a show to stand the test of time, with real heart to the end. What a beautiful, soulful way to end the series. I love that they didn’t do the stereotypical ending and catch the big pass, win the championship, fade out. Once again it showed what was really important in this great series: people. The show is up there with “Homicide: Life on the Street’’ for the best network series ever.

LARRY SIMON West Roxbury

This is a note of appreciation to Matthew Gilbert for his wonderful columns, and a special thanks for turning me on to “Friday Night Lights.’’ It was a spectacular story and enchanting character study. I am the last person on earth to be interested in a story about Texas with a football theme, but on Gilbert’s recommendation I gave it a try and was hooked for the duration.

The depth and diversity of the characters, the complex and interesting story lines, and even the camera work, settings, and lighting - things I am usually not aware of - all made the program so enticing. The ending, though sad, was done in such a smart, artful way that one has to watch it again to see all the pieces.

MARY ELLEN WELCH East Boston

Thanks to Matthew Gilbert for his great article on “Friday Night Lights.’’ I have watched Kyle Chandler for about 20 years, and his character in “FNL’’ was fantastic, as was Connie Britton’s. I loved the stories behind the story, the sensitivity of the characters, the covering of so many current topics, and the photography used in the close-ups. I hope the show will get the recognition it deserves.

HELEN ROMAIN Dublin, Calif.

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