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Universal acclaim- based on 279 Ratings

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  • Starring: Connie Britton, Kyle Chandler, Adrianne Palicki
  • Summary: This drama about high-stakes high-school football is based on the movie of the same name (itself based on the book of the same name by Buzz Bissinger). The film's director, Peter Berg, returns as an executive producer on the show.
  • Genre(s): Sports, Drama, Sports
  • Creator: Peter Berg
  • Show Type: Ended
  • Season 1 premiere date: Oct 3, 2006
  • Episode Length: 60
  • Air Time: 09:00 PM
  • More Details and Credits »
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 32
  2. Negative: 1 out of 32
  1. 100
    You don't have to love football to admire Friday Night Lights.
  2. 90
    Extraordinary in just about every conceivable way.
  3. "Friday Night Lights" is not good. It's great.
  4. Both cinematically broad and heartbreakingly specific, a melding for once of the best that movies and television have to offer.
  5. 75
    Every character is dead on - no exaggerations, no caricatures.
  6. 70
    This is one show that could, with the right kind of leadership, make it to the playoffs.
  7. Standard high school sports soap opera.

See all 32 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 13 out of 159
  1. JohnnaN.
    Nov 1, 2006
    The best new show on TV!
  2. Lester
    Oct 12, 2006
    It isn
  3. Mar 15, 2011
    Nearly flawless. Realistic, poignant, inspirational...and it really should be watched by many more people. Myself and a crew of friends just got hooked...and my wife loves it too. Just finished season one... Expand
  4. JenniferR
    Feb 19, 2007
    The best show on network television, it would be a shame to have only one season. The acting, directing, and storylines are far superior to anything else offered in prime time. Expand
  5. MichaelH
    Jan 18, 2008
    This is the best thing on television in a long good or better than the first season of Lost. The writing is just amazing, the directing amazing, the acting amazing. Unfortunately stuck in the Friday night slot by NBC. I would compare it to some of the best pieces of TV "art" like the Sopranos...for that matter many excellent movies. In fact, some of the currently top rated movies on this site (No Country for Old Men) are different but maybe not even as good as this show. Expand
  6. ReggieW
    Oct 30, 2006
    Best show ever put on tv in my opinion.
  7. [Anonymous]
    Oct 4, 2006
    slept through this crap

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