Friday Night Lights had arguably one of the most fantastic ensemble casts of all time. In addition, the FNL cast was HUGE. It would take forever and a half to actually catch up with all of the actors that ever had an impact on the show because there were just so many of them. So I’ve broken it down to a handful of my favorites, but don’t think I’ve forgotten about the rest! Maybe there’s an FNL Cast Catch-Up 2.0 in your future!
You had me at “Kyle Chandler.” Seriously. That’s all it took for me to check out your newest show, Bloodline. However, it was the story overall (and Kyle Chandler) that had me binge watching the entire series and forfeiting precious sleep over the course of two days. So thank you, thank you very much. Now when is Season 2 coming out?
P.S. Texas Forever.
Okay, now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s talk about Bloodline. I’ll be honest, I had no idea what this show was about or that it was even coming to Netflix until a few days before it released because I just happened to catch Kyle Chandler on the Today Show one morning. But because I have a strong love for just about anyone and anything associated with Friday Night Lights, Coach Taylor (Chandler) in particular, I knew I had to give this show a try.
And then I watched the whole thing in two days. Whoops.
The premise of the show is this: When the black sheep brother, Danny Brayburn (Ben Mendelsohn) returns home for his parents’ celebratory weekend, family secrets and scars are finally revealed. That’s not saying much, but really, there isn’t much that should be said as this is the kind of show you don’t really want to know what’s coming.
From the very first episode we learn that the Brayburn siblings are good people, they just did a very bad thing. The entire course of the season is exposing that bad thing and how they ultimately got there. And it is good. The acting on this show is phenomenal. And I’m not just saying that because I like Chandler (seriously, he can do no wrong in my eyes), but the ensemble cast is excellent as well. The matriarch of the family is played by Oscar winner Sissy Spacek, the patriarch is portrayed by Sam Shepard and the Brayburn siblings are a Tony winner (Norbert Leo Butz) and Freaks and Geeks alum, Linda Cardelini.
Needless to say, this cast works. And they work well. You love them, you hate them and you have no desire to be a part of this family. But at the same time you really want to keep watching them to see what they’ll do next.
Netflix definitely has another winner on their hands here and I wish more people were talking about it. So do yourself a favor and dive into this dramafest, you won’t regret it.