Friday Night Lights (2006–2011)
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New head coach Eric Taylor finds his every move scrutinized as he takes over leadership of Texas's No. 1 high school football team.

Director:

Peter Berg

Writers:

Peter Berg (developed for television by), Peter Berg | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kyle Chandler ... Eric Taylor
Connie Britton ... Tami Taylor
Gaius Charles ... Brian 'Smash' Williams
Zach Gilford ... Matt Saracen
Minka Kelly ... Lyla Garrity
Taylor Kitsch ... Tim Riggins
Adrianne Palicki ... Tyra Collette
Jesse Plemons ... Landry Clarke
Scott Porter ... Jason Street
Aimee Teegarden ... Julie Taylor
Matthew Greer ... Coach Deeks
Libby Villari ... Mayor Lucy Rodell
Louanne Stephens ... Mrs. Saracen
Brad Leland ... Buddy Garrity
Derek Phillips ... Billy Riggins
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Storyline

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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Drama | Sport

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 2006 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The "P" on the Dillon Panthers helmet and water tower in the city actually references the "Pflugerville" high school Panthers not Permian. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Tami Taylor: [to Eric] Alaska.
Eric Taylor: I know.
Tami Taylor: I'm just saying.
Eric Taylor: I know.
Tami Taylor: A much more relaxed lifestyle.
Eric Taylor: It's under advisement.
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Debra
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Written by Beck, John King, and Michael Simpson
Performed by Beck
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My favorite Pilot of all TV shows
12 July 2009 | by muraliavarmaSee 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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