The Best Episodes of Friday Night Lights

Last Updated: Nov 18, 2018

Expanding on the hit feature film and best-selling book "Friday Night Lights," this award-winning series centers on life in Dillon, Texas, where high school football brings the community together -- and the drama of small town life threatens to tear it apart.

Always

#1 - Always

Season 5 - Episode 13

The Taylors face several decisions that could change their lives forever.

star 9.11
194 votes
Directors: Michael Waxman
Writers: Jason Katims
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State

#2 - State

Season 1 - Episode 22

The rumors about Coach Taylor leaving the team at the end of the season get a boost when an inside source decides to speak up. Meanwhile, the Panthers are preparing themselves for the state championship.

star 8.65
201 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Reiner
Writers: Jason Katims, Patrick Massett, John Zinman
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Mud Bowl

#3 - Mud Bowl

Season 1 - Episode 20

A chemical spill near Dillon High School forces Coach Taylor and the Panthers to seek another facility in which to play the crucial State Semi-Final game.

star 8.56
210 votes
Directors: David Boyd
Writers: David Hudgins, Liz Heldens
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The Son

#4 - The Son

Season 4 - Episode 5

Julie, Landry, Coach, and Tami rally around Matt in a time of crisis; Vince endangers his rising star as a football player by engaging in criminal activity in order to support his family; Becky and Tim grow closer.

star 8.45
176 votes
Writers: Rolin Jones
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Thanksgiving

#5 - Thanksgiving

Season 4 - Episode 13

The Taylors host Thanksgiving dinner; Coach tells Vince he has to be more selfish; Tami must make an apology; Julie and Landry are surprised by a visitor from their past; Tim makes a difficult decision; East Dillon rallies around the Lions.

star 8.44
167 votes
Directors: Michael Waxman
Writers: Jason Katims
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Underdogs

#6 - Underdogs

Season 3 - Episode 12

J.D.'s dad has to deal with child protective services after his fight with J.D. Tyra realizes that life isn't fair and that she needs to do whatever is necessary to get in to college. Matt and Tim prepare for the last game of their high school career: The Texas State Championship.

star 8.30
181 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Reiner
Writers: Elizabeth Heldens
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Tomorrow Blues

#7 - Tomorrow Blues

Season 3 - Episode 13

Five months later, Coach Taylor's contract is up for review on Billy and Mindy's wedding day. Tyra grows anxious about her waitlist status. Matt leaves Grandma Saracen and Julie behind to attend college. Tim and Lyla question their future together.

star 8.27
174 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Reiner
Writers: Jason Katims
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Hello, Goodbye

#8 - Hello, Goodbye

Season 3 - Episode 4

Tami embarrasses herself with the superintendent. Tyra breaks with Landry to take up with Cash, the new bad boy in town. Julie advises Matt who is upset with his mother who has come to help with grandma. Smash has an emotional goodbye with Coach.

star 8.27
184 votes
Directors: Michael Waxman
Writers: David Hudgins
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Texas Whatever

#9 - Texas Whatever

Season 5 - Episode 12

Coach Taylor is offered a deal he can’t refuse; Tim assesses his future plans when an old flame returns to Dillon; The fate of East Dillon’s football program is decided.

star 8.26
167 votes
Directors: Kyle Chandler
Writers: Kerry Ehrin
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Pilot

#10 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1

A newcomer coach Eric Taylor finds himself helming a promising high school football team, the Dillon Panthers, that has a real chance to make it to the top.

star 8.17
425 votes
Directors: Peter Berg
Writers: Peter Berg
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Black Eyes & Broken Hearts

#11 - Black Eyes & Broken Hearts

Season 1 - Episode 16

Due to racial comments from Coach Mac, the black players on the team refuse to play unless he is sacked.Julie is sucked deeper into the vortex as her friendship with Tyra develops. Matt tries to win Julie back.

star 8.16
202 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Reiner
Writers: John Zinman, Patrick Massett
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Best Laid Plans

#12 - Best Laid Plans

Season 1 - Episode 21

Coach Taylor buckles under the pressure from Texas Methodist University. The news of his decision is not taken lightly by his family. Riggins faces the impending consequences of his relationship. Landry wonders whether he should tell someone about Tyra's situation.

star 8.11
198 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Reiner
Writers: Kerry Ehrin, Carter Harris
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I Think We Should Have Sex

#13 - I Think We Should Have Sex

Season 1 - Episode 17

After Julie reveals to Matt that she wants to have sex with him, Matt feels the need to put together something special. Tim clashes with his father.The Panthers are into the next round of the playoffs and looking solid.

star 8.10
202 votes
Directors: Allison Liddi
Writers: Liz Heldens
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The March

#14 - The March

Season 5 - Episode 11

Coach Taylor feels threatened as East Dillon faces serious budget cuts; Tami is flown to Pennsylvania for the opportunity of a lifetime; The Lions begin their quest for state; Vince becomes the man of the house again.

star 8.10
167 votes
Directors: Jason Katims
Writers: Peter Berg, Buzz Bissinger
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Leave No One Behind

#15 - Leave No One Behind

Season 2 - Episode 14

Matt Saracen reaches at his lowest point. Meanwhile, Tami Taylor’s relationship continues to blossom with Tyra. Julie becomes envious. Landry has an admirer. Elsewhere, Smash seeks advice from Coach Taylor.

star 8.08
174 votes
Directors: Dean White
Writers: Aaron Rahsaan Thomas
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Laboring

#16 - Laboring

Season 4 - Episode 12

Tensions in town run high as the Panthers/Lions game approaches; Coach tells Luke he won't be playing; Tami attempts to placate her detractors; developments both good and bad shake up the Riggins boys; Vince teams up with Kennard to seek revenge.

star 8.06
167 votes
Directors: Adam Davidson
Writers: Rolin Jones
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Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

#17 - Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

Season 1 - Episode 19

With TMU trying to recruit Coach Taylor, Julie insists that she will not be moved away from Matt and Dillon. The quad rugby recruiters in Austin deliver some bad news to Jason. Riggins becomes friends with a single mother and her son.

star 8.06
195 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Reiner
Writers: Jason Katims
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A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall

#18 - A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall

Season 3 - Episode 11

Tyra is desperate and once again turns to Landry. Coach and Tami learn of a change that could dismantle the Panthers team. Tim sees another side of Lyla. Matt flips out when Grandma suffers an accident. Tensions escalate between JD and Joe.

star 8.02
169 votes
Directors: Michael Waxman
Writers: Bridget Carpenter, Patrick Massett, John Zinman
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New York, New York

#19 - New York, New York

Season 3 - Episode 8

Tim is worried when Jason talks about leaving Dillon. Money troubles cause a riff between Tami and Eric. Tyra leans on Cash when things get tough, while Julie talks to her dad about Matt's idea.

star 8.01
162 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Reiner
Writers: Kerry Ehrin
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Full Hearts

#20 - Full Hearts

Season 1 - Episode 9

Smash continues to go the extreme to improve his performance. Rumors begin to spread about Tim and Lyla's relationship. Julie and Matt attempt to go out on a date but it is cursed from the beginning.The Panthers are in much anticipation for their upcoming game against the Gatling High.

star 8.00
217 votes
Directors: Josh Pate
Writers: Aaron Rahsaan Thomas
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Don't Go

#21 - Don't Go

Season 5 - Episode 10

An elite college football program attempts to lure Coach away from East Dillon. Vince vows to earn his spot back. Friends and family speak at Tim's parole hearing. East Dillon holds a Fall Sports Banquet.

star 7.99
161 votes
Directors: Michael Waxman
Writers: Peter Berg, Buzz Bissinger
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Perfect Record

#22 - Perfect Record

Season 5 - Episode 7

Rivalry week stirs up controversy. Vince is caught in the middle between Coach and Ornette. Billy takes Luke under his wing.

star 7.98
170 votes
Directors: Adam Davidson
Writers: Peter Berg, Buzz Bissinger
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Git 'Er Done

#23 - Git 'Er Done

Season 1 - Episode 5

The big game against the Tigers drawing closer, Coach Taylor must decide between Matt and the self-assured recruit Ray "Voodoo" Tatum for the starting quarterback. The feelings between Tim and Lyla grow stronger. Jason's newly-found motivation strives him to begin the rehab.

star 7.97
247 votes
Directors: Mark Piznarski
Writers: John Zinman, Patrick Massett
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Kingdom

#24 - Kingdom

Season 5 - Episode 5

Coach discusses recruitment regulations. The Lions take a road trip. East Dillon's four stars make a pact. Julie's relationship becomes more complicated.

star 7.97
168 votes
Writers: Peter Berg, Buzz Bissinger
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Gut Check

#25 - Gut Check

Season 5 - Episode 9

Coach threatens to suspend Vince. Luke faces pressure. Billy learns some surprising news from Mindy. Becky starts a surprising new job.

star 7.96
167 votes
Directors: Chris Eyre
Writers: Peter Berg, Buzz Bissinger
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