Just finished watching the second season. It's only 15 episodes long rather than the expected 24, because of the writers strike, apparently.
Despite that it's still an awesome programme. Season one blew me away, but I'd read that the second wasn't as good. Well, I personally wasn't disappointed. Every episode was superb TV and had me totally sucked in. The acting is as good as you'll get anywhere, and the script is intelligent but doesn't go over the top - if something doesn't need to be said, they don't say it.
My only gripe, and it's a small one, is that FNL packs far too many dramatic events/storylines into too small a space. But for a show that never knows when the plug is gonna be pulled, I suppose that's understandable. Even so, each situation is believable and well handled.
I've also seen this programme likened to The O.C. For me, it's the fact that it's nothing like The O.C. or Dawson's Creek etc. that makes it appealing. The pretty people aren't THAT pretty, or squeaky clean. The Texas location is perfect, and the American Football side of the show isn't overplayed to the point of putting off non-fans.
I don't think I've ever seen a programme I enjoyed as much as FNL. It still annoys me that it isn't given the respect it deserves of a long-term commitment, despite all the awards it's won. I have heard rumours of a third season in 2009, but I won't get too excited just in case it doesn't happen. Maybe one day they'll even release season 2 on a region 2 DVD.
Anyway, FNL is what John Logie Baird had in mind all those years ago when he invented the TV. Go watch it!!!