9. Friday Night Lights
Network: DirecTV, NBC
Stars: Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Aimee Teegarden, Michael B. Jordan, Taylor Kitsch, Zach Gilford, Jesse Plemons
The fifth and final season of Friday Night Lights perfectly conveyed how to end a series on a high note. Wrapping the high school football drama up with the fans firmly in mind, the perennially slept-on series maintained its non-showy fineness while merging newer characters with older faces from earlier seasons.
Impressively, the reintroductions of fan favorites like Tim Riggins (Taylor Kitsch) never distracted from the show’s central plotlines, like all-star quarterback Vince Howard’s (Michael B. Jordan) troubles at home, or the marital stresses endured by head coach Eric Taylor (Emmy winner Kyle Chandler) and wife Tami (Connie Britton). In its final season, as much as its previous four, Friday Night Lights thrived on characters and everyday conflicts, and longtime partisans couldn’t be happier.