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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Every day counts. One night matters. See more »

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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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Tim Riggins: Texas forever.
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.188 (2013) See more »

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More reality than reality TV
19 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The thing I really love about this show is the wardrobe. It's nice to see what lengths a wardrobe department will take to make sure the situation and people are as real as possible, such as using clothing pieces that the actors have already worn previously in episodes. Also, the acting is fantastic! I mean, the entire point of acting is to be truthful under imaginary circumstances and these actors are wonderful at accomplishing that. It's difficult to watch a show when acting is oh so obvious. I have to say though that I admire the men in this series for capturing the true love of football. I've grown up around football and seeing the same love and dedication to the sport come through in the show (and also the same feeling in the movie) is really a ray of sunshine :) Bravo!


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