Friday Night Lights (2006–2011)
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Jess confides to Landry that she has feelings for Vince. Thanksgiving arrives, the day before the big game finds the Taylors playing host to an extended family dinner. The Riggins are there... See full summary »


Michael Waxman


Peter Berg (developed for television by), Buzz Bissinger (book) (as H.G. Bissinger) | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kyle Chandler ... Eric Taylor
Connie Britton ... Tami Taylor
Taylor Kitsch ... Tim Riggins
Jesse Plemons ... Landry Clarke
Aimee Teegarden ... Julie Taylor
Michael B. Jordan ... Vince Howard
Jurnee Smollett ... Jess Merriweather
Matt Lauria ... Luke Cafferty
Zach Gilford ... Matt Saracen
Brad Leland ... Buddy Garrity
D.W. Moffett ... Joe McCoy
Dana Wheeler-Nicholson ... Angela Collette
Jeremy Sumpter ... J.D. McCoy
Barry Tubb ... Tom Cafferty
Dora Madison ... Becky Sproles (as Madison Burge)


Jess confides to Landry that she has feelings for Vince. Thanksgiving arrives, the day before the big game finds the Taylors playing host to an extended family dinner. The Riggins are there including the newest Riggins. Matt's back from Chicago. Buddy is bringing his own turkey to deep fry. Then on Friday, The lions meet the Panthers on the Panther's home field but they're a tougher team than anticipated. It all comes down to Landry can he make a 45 yard field goal and win the game? Written by Havan IronOak

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Landry still has a Panthers logo on his fridge. See more »


During the game between the Lions and the Panthers, the Panthers are wearing white uniforms. After the Dillon quarterback McCoy is sacked on one play, there is a short cut on the sidelines showing the Dillon Coach Aikmen yelling at a player. During this cut, all the Dillon players are wearing blue uniforms, not white. See more »


References Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979) See more »


Goin' Home
Performed by Dan Auerbach
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Season Four
4 July 2019 | by zkonedogSee all my reviews

After the third season of "Friday Night Lights", the show (while still interesting) had hit a bit of a dry spell with many of the characters that had been the focal points of earlier seasons. "Smash" Williams was given his goodbye, Jason Street kind of just faded away, and Tyra & Tim were given the same dramatic material episode after episode. Thus,, the show writers introduced some new characters and scenery into this fourth season and really invigorated a show that needed a spark to really continue at a high level.

This season of the show sees Coach Taylor now coaching the East Dillon Lions, a ragtag football program barely up off the ground. Quite a switch from the prestigious West Dillon Panthers, to be sure! While the early portion of the season focuses on that enormous change and the effects it has on the Taylor family (and Matt Saracen), the season eventually becomes all about the newcomers, including...

-The two stars of East Dillon: Vince Howard (Michael B. Jordan), a youth with a very trouble past and a very uncertain future, and Luke Cafferty (Matt Laurie), who is forced to transfer West-to-East due to some dishonesty among the football boosters. -Jess Merriweather (Jurnee Smollett), who shares feelings both for Vince and Landry after a meeting of fate seems to bring them together. -Becky Sproles (Dora Madison Burge), who has an intriguing relationship with Tim Riggins.

All of those new characters add an emotional "punch" the show that it had been missing since, in all honesty, about midway through the second season. The show becomes a little bit more about "issues" than it does about "individuals", but with such a rotating, evolving cast this formula ends up working out very well.

Overall, then, I consider the fourth season of "FNL" to have been a rousing success. Whereas the third season had dropped into 3-star territory for me, this campaign injected new life into the proceedings and really sucked me into pretty all the different plotlines. You will be amazed at how a show that has been set in the same basic place (Dillon, TX) for four years can change so much yet still remain both grounded and fresh.

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10 February 2010 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital



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1.78 : 1
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