Thursday, July 8, 2010
Emmy Nominations: Congratulations to Television’s Best Marriage
Okay, you might be wondering why a blog that focuses on relationships is focusing today on the Emmy nominations. Simply put, I want to call attention to two actors who received nominations for their brilliant portrayal of a married couple on the NBC drama “Friday Night Lights.” Actor Kyle Chandler (who plays Coach Taylor) and actress Connie Britton (who plays Tammy, the school principal and one-half of their marriage) are two of the best actors I’ve seen on television.
This is a show, as the networks like to say, for the whole family to watch. It appeals to kids and adults alike, men and women, and so on. But what makes the show most unique is the marriage between Coach Taylor and Tammy. Their love – and, at times, frustration – is so real you can practically reach out to the television screen and touch it.
What I find particularly unexpected in watching the show is the fact that this couple actually teaches me lessons about respect, patience, and emotional intimacy. As a clinician who specializes in relationship issues, I am always hungry to gain more insight into the complex dynamics inherent in loving another person.
If you already watch this show, you know exactly what I mean when I say that this show is special. If you don’t, go back to Season 1 and watch this beautiful series from the beginning. I promise that you will grow to love these characters – particularly the coach and the principal – as if they were close friends you’ve known your entire life.