There is a TV show about pretty much everything these days. For the reality obsessed, there are countless shows on CBS, Discovery and TLC that detail weird addictions, extreme survival challenges and mining for gold in Alaska. For the drama obsessed, there are medical dramas, crime dramas, romantic comedies, period shows and more.
But for the sports obsessed, there are a handful of good shows that are worthy of attention. From reality to fiction to satire, here are five shows that sports fans are watching.
1. Friday Night Lights, NBC (2006-2011)
This small town drama follows the Panthers, a high school football team in Dillon, Texas. The pilot episode closely resembles the movie plot with a tragedy striking the town and the entire football team. New coach Eric Taylor tries to balance his emphasis on family, his personal ambitions and his status as head coach in an opinionated, football obsessed town. The show was critically acclaimed, balancing the focus on football and drama perfectly.
Adapted from H.G. “Buzz” Bissinger’s non-fiction novel Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream and the 2004 film by the same name, Friday Night Lights is the quintessential Texas Grand Prairie TV show.
Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose.
2. Necessary Roughness, USA (2011-2013)
USA is known for their witty shows, and Necessary Roughness was no slouch. The story follows a tough divorcee who becomes a therapist for a professional football. Full of football, humor and charm, this show captured the attention of both men and women.
3. The League, FX (2009-2013) and FXX (2013-Present)
The League is an American sitcom that is set in Winnetka, Illinois and is a semi-improvised comedy about a fantasy football league and its members. The show revolves around six friends who are all apart of the same fantasy football league and will do practically anything to win.
The show originally aired on FX, but has been moved to a sub-channel of FX, FXX.
4. The Best Damn Sports Show Period, Fox Sports Net (2001-2009)
This show regularly features opinionated interviews with athletes, coaches, celebrities and entertainers. It did have a rocky start while it tried to find the right niche, but in 2005, the show took a late night approach full of more credible interviews, comedy skits, and features like Top 50 or 100 moments related to sports such as bloopers, dangerous mishaps or historic moments.
5. One Tree Hill, The WB (2003-2006) and The CW (2006-2012)
This TV show was set in the fictional town of Tree Hill in North Carolina and focused on the lives of two half-brothers, Lucas Scott and Nathan Scott, who were basketball team rivals. As the show continued into its 5th season, basketball was no longer the main focus but more of a sideline following the lives of the main characters. Though a bit of a teen show, this guilty pleasure did follow basketball closely along with an incredible soundtrack.
For all the sports fans out there, since there have not been too many new sports oriented shows, you can get your fix by discovering and re-watching all of these reruns.
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