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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Fantastic TV Show
4 April 2007 | by See all my reviews

I think that this is probably one of the best shows on TV right now. With such crappy shows as CSI and Law and Order clogging up the air time, it's refreshing to see something different. A teen drama with football as a backdrop and how football affects everything in this town makes for great TV. I loved the movie, but now I love the series even more. The characters have really grown on me. Now, every Wednesday night, I can't wait to watch this show.

The story lines have been widely varied over the course of the season, and the characters have shown tremendous growth. I won't go into detail, but each character has changed in a major way throughout the season. Kudos to both Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton. They have such great chemistry that at times I've wondered if they are really married. The high school side of the cast is a bit old for the most part, but they do a great job as well. Zack Gilford and Aimee Teegarden have a very believable relationship and the constant back and forth emotions of Taylor Kitsch and Scott Porter kind of remind me of my high school days.

All in all, this show is one of the best shows on TV. From everything I've read, it's on the bubble as to whether or not it will survive for another season. The show still has a lot of growth potential and it would be a shame to see a show this good, end.

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