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Friday Night Lights and The Office have a surprising number of surface similarities given that one's an hour-long sports drama and the other a half-hour sitcom. Both debuted on NBC and each painted a portrait of small-town America. Both played with form — The Office through its internal documentary conceit and Fnl with its cinema verité shooting style. Both have a seemingly unimpeachable marriage as their foundation, though The Office's wasn't introduced until six seasons in. And like Fnl, The Office is creating a rift between its central couple as part of its final season story arc. (It was announced today that the show will air its finale on May 16.) This is not unprecedented for a show in its last season — Mad About You tried it out in the nineties and people weren't particularly mad about it — but The Office's conflict is nearly identical to Fnl's: What if one of »

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