Friday Night Lights: Season 1, Episode 1

Pilot (3 Oct. 2006)

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Expanding on the hit feature film "Friday Night Lights," this poignant series centers on the small rural town of Dillon, Texas, where the coveted state football championship rings are held ... See full summary »



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Expanding on the hit feature film "Friday Night Lights," this poignant series centers on the small rural town of Dillon, Texas, where the coveted state football championship rings are held in the highest regard. Dillon's promising high school team, its star quarterback, and newly appointed head coach Eric Taylor feel the mounting pressure of the town's pride and honor riding on their shoulders as a new football season kicks off. Written by NBC

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Awards and Nominations: Conrad M. Gonzalez, Keith Henderson and Stephen Michael won the 2007 Eddie Award for "Best Edited One-Hour Series for Commercial Television" for this episode. Peter Berg was nominated for the 2007 Emmy Award for "Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series" for this episode. See more »


The Pilot, in which events revolve around Dillon High School's first football game of the season, has several scenes in which there are leafless trees and winter skies, and many characters and background players are dressed for cold weather. The first game of a Texas high school's football season takes place in late August/early September, so trees would still be carrying all of their leaves for months and temperatures would be extremely hot in every part of the state (Dillon, the home team, is identified as being in West Texas). Interspersed between these scenes are others in which high sun angles, hot temperatures, fewer layers of clothing and fully blossoming trees are seen in the shots, revealing that the Pilot was filmed at various times during distinct, separate seasons. See more »


[last lines]
Eric Taylor: [voiceover] Give all of us gathered here tonight the strength to remember that life is so very fragile. We are all vulnerable, and we will all, at some point in our lives... fall. We will all fall. We must carry this in our hearts... that what we have is special. That it can be taken from us, and when it is taken from us, we will be tested. We will be tested to our very souls. We will now all be tested. It is these times, it is this pain, that allows us to look inside ourselves.
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My favorite Pilot of all TV shows
12 July 2009 | by (California, USA) – See all my reviews

This pilot had everything that the show had to offer, all summarized into a 1 hour capsule. That in my book is the perfect Pilot episode. The first few minutes are scintillating, with the radio show discussing about what the new coach(Eric Taylor) has to offer. After this we see an interview where all the football players are introduced. I found both of this to be extremely effective ways of introducing all the characters without making it look clichéd.

But, the best part of the first half of the show was the absolutely stunning soundtrack from Explosions in the Sky. The background music perfectly suits the theme of the series, the touching moments, the passion during the game and most of all during Coach Taylor's inspirational pep talks.

The twist at the end of the Pilot sets up the whole series beautifully Some of the characters undergo massive transformations, some happy, some sad. All in all, my favorite episode mostly because I like to think how the series would have evolved if it had not been for that major twist in the episode...

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