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Friday Night Lights 

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The trials and tribulations of small town Texas football players, their friends, family, and coaching staff.


Peter Berg
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Top Rated TV #122 | Won 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 13 wins & 96 nominations. See more awards »





Series cast summary:
Kyle Chandler ...  Eric Taylor 76 episodes, 2006-2011
Connie Britton ...  Tami Taylor 76 episodes, 2006-2011
Aimee Teegarden ...  Julie Taylor 76 episodes, 2006-2011
Brad Leland ...  Buddy Garrity 73 episodes, 2006-2011
Taylor Kitsch ...  Tim Riggins 68 episodes, 2006-2011
Jesse Plemons ...  Landry Clarke 65 episodes, 2006-2011
Zach Gilford ...  Matt Saracen 62 episodes, 2006-2011
Derek Phillips ...  Billy Riggins 60 episodes, 2006-2011
Blue Deckert ...  Mac McGill / ... 53 episodes, 2006-2011
Minka Kelly ...  Lyla Garrity 52 episodes, 2006-2009
Adrianne Palicki ...  Tyra Collette 52 episodes, 2006-2011
Timothy F. Crowley Timothy F. Crowley ...  Coach Crowley 48 episodes, 2006-2011
Louanne Stephens ...  Mrs. Saracen / ... 47 episodes, 2006-2011
Stacey Oristano ...  Mindy Collette / ... 45 episodes, 2006-2011
Scott Porter ...  Jason Street 42 episodes, 2006-2010
Gaius Charles ...  Brian 'Smash' Williams 41 episodes, 2006-2008
David Cowgill ...  Slammin' Sammy 38 episodes, 2007-2011
Gary Teague ...  Teacher / ... 36 episodes, 2006-2011


In the small town of Dillon, Texas, one night matters: Friday Night. Eric Taylor has recently been hired as the head football coach for the Dillon High School Panthers, the town's pride and joy. Friday Night Lights displays the stress that the town gives the high school players to win, and the hope that the team gives to a small town, and how a team has its low points, its high points, and how they come together as a team on their way to victory. Written by Zac Abrams

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Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can't Lose See more »


Drama | Sport


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Official Sites:

NBC [United States]





Release Date:

4 January 2009 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

F.N.L. See more »

Filming Locations:

Georgetown, Texas, USA See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Despite the shows popularity, the Pflugerville Highschool does not have a spirit wear shop and despite hundreds of fans stopping by and requesting to buy Panther shirts or jerseys over the years, they have never had any to sell. According to the schools receptionist, there have been more than a thousand calls or stop-in vistitors that wanted to purchase. See more »


During the episodes showing Coach Taylor visiting, and subsequently working at, (the fictional) Texas Methodist University, the end-zones of the field have "Texas State" written on them. See more »


Eric Taylor: Clear eyes. Full hearts. Can't lose.
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Spoofed in The Comebacks (2007) See more »

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One of the Best Kept Secrets that most people missed!!!!!!!!
21 March 2012 | by eckhouse24See all my reviews

I just finished watching the series on Netflix and I am ashamed that I did not follow the show when it ran on NBC and then again on DirectTV. FNL was filled with such strong characters and excellent writing that it was hard not to get emotionally involved in their lives.

Kyle Chandler deserved his emmy for his role as Coach Taylor, the high school football coach of the town favorite Dillon Panthers and then the East Dillon Lions. Connie Britton as his wife, Tami Taylor, who played a similar role in the FNL film, was a perfect match. These two are an inspiration to what a perfect marriage should be. Their on screen romance, fights, parenting, jokes, etc are played perfectly by these two that you get the sense that they have been married outside of the show.

The show is rounded out by great supporting characters and actors, all with their well written story lines (though some get to be a bit far fetched....watch season 2) FNL is a show which does not ignore the supporting characters or their story lines and makes them seem just as important as what is going on in the Taylors life.

I feel the show delivers on how High School Football can really be in a state like Texas, where it is more important than college or even the pros in some towns. The town of Dillon lives for their football, they swear by their football, it's like no other place on earth for High School Football.

Now believe me, FNL is not without it's Flaws. From season to season, it appears that some story lines are just dropped or forgotten. Much of this can be over looked because of the well written characters as this is a very character driven show. ANd some of the story lines do get recycled but then again, it is High School Football and in High School, the hallways are filled with decades of the same story, just different characters.....

FNL lasted 5 seasons and though I enjoyed the characters of Tim Riggins, Smash Williams and Tyra Collete , I found the kids of East Dillon, season 4 and 5 to be filled with more believable stories. Their actions and interactions felt more real. Their relationships with each other were more heartfelt. And their situations felt more genuine. Characters like VInce Howard, Jessica, Luke Cafferty, Becky, and even Tinker seemed more like High School kids trying to make it.

When said and done, FNL should be considered on of the best TV shows to ever air on Television. As a TV Power couple, Coach Eric Taylor and wife Tami Taylor should be right at the top. Very rarely can I complete a series and know that I will forever miss those characters.

Check the show out on Netflix or buy the DVD's.....it's worth it! FNL is what Television shows should be like.

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