The BEST Episodes of Friday Night Lights

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 20, 2021

Network: NBC

In Dillon, Texas, high school football brings the community together as the drama of small town life threatens to tear it apart.

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#1 - Always

Season 5 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 9, 2011

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

star 9.08
646 votes
Directors: Michael Waxman
Writers: Jason Katims

#2 - State

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired Apr 11, 2007

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
689 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Reiner
Writers: Jason Katims, John Zinman, Patrick Massett

#3 - Thanksgiving

Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 10, 2010

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
496 votes
Directors: Michael Waxman
Writers: Jason Katims
The March

#4 - The March

Season 5 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 26, 2011

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 8.26
686 votes
Directors: Jason Katims
Writers: Rolin Jones
Mud Bowl

#5 - Mud Bowl

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired Mar 28, 2007

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 8.24
752 votes
Directors: David Boyd
Writers: David Hudgins, Liz Heldens
Texas Whatever

#6 - Texas Whatever

Season 5 - Episode 12 - Aired Feb 2, 2011

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 8.19
729 votes
Directors: Kyle Chandler
Writers: Kerry Ehrin
Black Eyes & Broken Hearts

#7 - Black Eyes & Broken Hearts

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 14, 2007

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 8.17
681 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Reiner
Writers: John Zinman, Patrick Massett
Keep Looking

#8 - Keep Looking

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 17, 2010

Coach is forced to play mediator as tensions erupt in the locker room. Luke gets recruited. Buddy deals with the trials and tribulations of fatherhood. Tami deals with a troubled student. The Lions welcome a new player.

star 8.12
626 votes
Directors: Todd McMullen
Writers: Bridget Carpenter
The Right Hand of the Father

#9 - The Right Hand of the Father

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 10, 2010

Someone from Vince's past resurfaces. Julie connects with a faculty member. Eric tries to instill discipline in the team. Buddy is troubled after learning something about his son.

star 8.08
718 votes
Directors: David Boyd
Writers: John Zinman, Patrick Massett
Leave No One Behind

#10 - Leave No One Behind

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 1, 2008

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 8.06
653 votes
Directors: Dean White
Writers: Aaron Rahsaan Thomas

#11 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 3, 2006

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 8.05
1,201 votes
Directors: Peter Berg
Writers: Peter Berg
The Son

#12 - The Son

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Dec 2, 2009

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 8.02
600 votes
Writers: Rolin Jones
Hello, Goodbye

#13 - Hello, Goodbye

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 22, 2008

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 7.99
718 votes
Directors: Michael Waxman
Writers: David Hudgins

#14 - Expectations

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 27, 2010

Coach tempers high expectations for East Dillon's impending season; Vince and Luke work to recruit a new player for the Lions' squad; Dillon bids farewell to two alumni as they prepare to leave for college.

star 7.97
612 votes
Directors: Michael Waxman
Writers: David Hudgins

#15 - Kingdom

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired Dec 1, 2010

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 7.95
579 votes
Writers: Rolin Jones
Best Laid Plans

#16 - Best Laid Plans

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired Apr 4, 2007

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 7.95
683 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Reiner
Writers: Carter Harris, Kerry Ehrin

#17 - Laboring

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired Feb 3, 2010

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 7.93
673 votes
Directors: Adam Davidson
Writers: Rolin Jones
New York, New York

#18 - New York, New York

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 19, 2008

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 7.92
604 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Reiner
Writers: Kerry Ehrin
It's Different for Girls

#19 - It's Different for Girls

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 12, 2006

The cheerleaders prepare for Championship Classic. Lyla is picked on when people find out about her and Riggins. Coach Taylor tries to keep Matt and Julie apart. Jason goes home after being released from rehab.

star 7.89
720 votes
Directors: Stephen Kay
Writers: Andy Miller
Don't Go

#20 - Don't Go

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 19, 2011

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 7.89
706 votes
Directors: Michael Waxman
Writers: Bridget Carpenter
There Goes the Neighborhood

#21 - There Goes the Neighborhood

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 4, 2008

Dillon County is hit by a tornado with Laribee High School affected by the damage forcing both rivals to share Dillon's resources. Julie and Tami adjust to Tim Riggins' living in their house, and tension builds between Landry and Tyra.

star 7.85
680 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Reiner
Writers: David Hudgins
Tomorrow Blues

#22 - Tomorrow Blues

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 14, 2009

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 7.85
707 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Reiner
Writers: Jason Katims
Jumping the Gun

#23 - Jumping the Gun

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 11, 2008

Brian "Smash" Williams takes heat from the major colleges that want a verbal commitment to their program. Meanwhile tension is still high between Coach Taylor and Tim Riggins regarding the situation with Julie. Tim doesn't know where to turn. And all eyes are on Coach Taylor as he prepares the Panthers to play Laribee High School in the season's biggest game.

star 7.84
626 votes
Directors: Daniel Attias
Writers: John Zinman, Patrick Massett
Humble Pie

#24 - Humble Pie

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 25, 2008

Coach Taylor hires Tami as the girls volleyball coach and enlists the help of Tyra. Smash has a confrontation at a movie theater and is faced with a dilemma.

star 7.84
681 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Reiner
Writers: Carter Harris
Perfect Record

#25 - Perfect Record

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired Dec 15, 2010

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

star 7.82
739 votes
Directors: Adam Davidson
Writers: Derek Santos Olson, Etan Frankel
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