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Friday Night Lights 

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

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Peter Berg
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Top Rated TV #126 | Won 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 13 wins & 96 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Kyle Chandler ...  Eric Taylor 76 episodes, 2006-2011
Connie Britton ...  Tami Taylor 76 episodes, 2006-2011
Aimee Teegarden ...  Julie Taylor 76 episodes, 2006-2011
Brad Leland ...  Buddy Garrity 73 episodes, 2006-2011
Taylor Kitsch ...  Tim Riggins 68 episodes, 2006-2011
Jesse Plemons ...  Landry Clarke 65 episodes, 2006-2011
Zach Gilford ...  Matt Saracen 62 episodes, 2006-2011
Derek Phillips ...  Billy Riggins 60 episodes, 2006-2011
Blue Deckert ...  Mac McGill / ... 53 episodes, 2006-2011
Minka Kelly ...  Lyla Garrity 52 episodes, 2006-2009
Adrianne Palicki ...  Tyra Collette 52 episodes, 2006-2011
Timothy F. Crowley Timothy F. Crowley ...  Coach Crowley 48 episodes, 2006-2011
Louanne Stephens ...  Mrs. Saracen / ... 47 episodes, 2006-2011
Stacey Oristano ...  Mindy Collette / ... 45 episodes, 2006-2011
Scott Porter ...  Jason Street 42 episodes, 2006-2010
Gaius Charles ...  Brian 'Smash' Williams 41 episodes, 2006-2008
David Cowgill ...  Slammin' Sammy 38 episodes, 2007-2011
Gary Teague ...  Teacher / ... 36 episodes, 2006-2011
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Storyline

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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Drama | Sport

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TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

NBC [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

F.N.L. See more »

Filming Locations:

Georgetown, Texas, USA See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Despite the shows popularity, the Pflugerville Highschool does not have a spirit wear shop and despite hundreds of fans stopping by and requesting to buy Panther shirts or jerseys over the years, they have never had any to sell. According to the schools receptionist, there have been more than a thousand calls or stop-in vistitors that wanted to purchase. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Tim Riggins: Texas forever.
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Referenced in The Office: Viewing Party (2010) See more »

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one of the finest shows, ever
4 July 2010 | by coop-16See all my reviews

I only recently became hooked on this show, having obsessed for perhaps too long about a certain metaphysical fantasy set on a desert island and about a certain stylish melodrama about one man's Mafia family. This show has no gangland hits, no sixties nostalgia about Madison Avenue, no housewives( or chemistry teachers) dealing drugs, no musical numbers,no recondite references to Egyptian hieroglyphics or quantum physics. Yet despite all these terrible flaws,( clever sarcasm) it is a masterpiece. I am not anti-Lost. I enjoyed the show immensely, for all its flaws. However, this show is , in some ways, superior. It is, in fact a photo-realistic picture of life in a small town in Texas, beautifully written and wonderfully acted. I rank it with certain other shows that were overlooked and are now sadly forgotten by all but a few people with good taste: The Call To Glory, Homefront, and I'll Fly Away,among others. In some ways, this is a show worthy of the golden age of TV "sooial drama", Naked City, The Defenders, Mr. Novak, Ben Casey, The Fugitive( a social commentary disguised as a thriller), Route 66, Slattery's People and East Side West Side. Like the best episodes of those shows, Friday Night Lights offers more questions than answers. This show is one of the best ever. I pray to a sometimes enigmatic providence that it does not perish from the airwaves.


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