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Friday Night Lights (2006–2011)

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


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Series cast summary:
 Eric Taylor (76 episodes, 2006-2011)
 Tami Taylor (76 episodes, 2006-2011)
 Julie Taylor (76 episodes, 2006-2011)
 Buddy Garrity (73 episodes, 2006-2011)
 Tim Riggins (68 episodes, 2006-2011)
 Landry Clarke (65 episodes, 2006-2011)
 Matt Saracen (62 episodes, 2006-2011)
 Billy Riggins (60 episodes, 2006-2011)
 Mac McGill (53 episodes, 2006-2011)
 Lyla Garrity (52 episodes, 2006-2009)
 Tyra Collette (52 episodes, 2006-2011)
Timothy F. Crowley ...
 Coach Crowley (47 episodes, 2006-2011)
 Mrs. Saracen (47 episodes, 2006-2011)
 Mindy Collette / ... (45 episodes, 2006-2011)
 Jason Street (42 episodes, 2006-2010)
 Brian 'Smash' Williams (41 episodes, 2006-2008)
 Slammin' Sammy (36 episodes, 2007-2011)
 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 »


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During the 2012 U.S. Presidential Campaign, Republican nominee Mitt Romney used the phrase "Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can't Lose" in one of his stump speeches. Peter Berg, one of the show's writers, directors, and executive producers, responded in an open letter that Romney had "plagiarized" the phrase and that his "politics and campaign are clearly not aligned with the themes we portrayed in our series. The only relevant comparison that I see between [the Romney] campaign and Friday Night Lights is in the character of Buddy Garrity -- who turned his back on American car manufacturers selling imported cars from Japan." Berg finished his open letter to Romney by saying "please come up with your own campaign slogan." 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 »


Tim Riggins: Texas forever.
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This show has spoiled me for all other shows
21 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm surprised by the negative comments I've seen, simply because I never noticed or was bothered by shaky camera work on this show. Perhaps I was too busy being drawn in by the fascinating, sympathetic, beautifully drawn characters and their challenges and successes. I cannot think of another show that has such believable characters and story lines. I can't remember when a show has made me care so much about the characters. I think that's because there aren't other shows that have achieved this. Friday Night Lights is very well written and well acted. The music on this show is great. I keep coming back to my love for the characters this show lets us get to know, though. This show is about much more than football, and it certainly isn't about being "arty" and having shaky camera work. It's about people. And darn good storytelling.

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