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

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 Eric Taylor (76 episodes, 2006-2011)
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 Tami Taylor (76 episodes, 2006-2011)
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 Julie Taylor (76 episodes, 2006-2011)
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 Buddy Garrity (73 episodes, 2006-2011)
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 Tim Riggins (68 episodes, 2006-2011)
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 Landry Clarke (65 episodes, 2006-2011)
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 Matt Saracen (62 episodes, 2006-2011)
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 Billy Riggins (60 episodes, 2006-2011)
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 Mac McGill / ... (53 episodes, 2006-2011)
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 Lyla Garrity (52 episodes, 2006-2009)
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 Tyra Collette (52 episodes, 2006-2011)
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 Coach Crowley (48 episodes, 2006-2011)
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 Mrs. Saracen / ... (47 episodes, 2006-2011)
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 Mindy Collette / ... (45 episodes, 2006-2011)
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 Jason Street (42 episodes, 2006-2010)
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 Brian 'Smash' Williams (41 episodes, 2006-2008)
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 Slammin' Sammy (38 episodes, 2007-2011)
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 Teacher / ... (36 episodes, 2006-2011)
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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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Donald Glover drew inspiration from Smash Williams for his character on Community (2009). "When you think of the former high school football star, you think 6-foot-2, white, meathead as the model for that kind of character. Since I'm not 6-foot-2 or white, I just thought about what I could bring to it. I thought about Smash Williams from 'Friday Night Lights', like the cocky quarterback, and played around with that". See more »

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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 »

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Eric Taylor: Clear eyes. Full hearts. Can't lose.
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More real than reality TV
29 March 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Friday Night Lights is an excellent show. Truthful, honest, gripping, funny, and (insert your favourite adjective here), the show depicts small town life in rural Texas/(insert the name of your hometown here). While on the surface the show is about football, it is a very engaging amount of football where you find yourself cheering for the key moments the way you would if you were watching your little brother's high school football game.

FNLs is about more than football though - NBC and Peter Berg have created a gem of a show, with realistic story lines and realistic characters. Kyle Chandler (Dylan the Bomb Guy for all you Grey's fans) and Connie Britton have done a fantastic job as the two adult leads, Scott Porter has done a fantastic job at portraying someone who is paralyzed, and Aimee Teegarden and Zach Gilford are extremely believable as two teenagers in love for the first time.

Give the show a chance - you'll be hooked!


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