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Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 32
  2. Negative: 1 out of 32
  1. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    60
    "Friday Night Lights" ultimately feels like one of those family programs middle America and conservatives pine for that too few of them actually bother to watch -- a portrait of decent, God-fearing folks wringing joy from America's game as an escape from their hardscrabble lives.
  2. It's the best high school coaching drama since "The White Shadow," and deserves a chance.
  3. One of the fall's brightest new dramas.
  4. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    80
    Intensely stirring.
  5. 80
    Berg has done a fine job of lifting his series above familiar teen melodrama and making it into a group portrait of a town.
  6. 88
    Lights has a rare ability to portray life in small-town America without being condescending or sentimental.
  7. "Friday Night Lights" is not good. It's great.
  8. 70
    This is one show that could, with the right kind of leadership, make it to the playoffs.
  9. The drama is one of the season's best because it makes you care even when you know something big is coming -- and because it finds pleasant little surprises along the way.
  10. 63
    It feels so close to actual American life that it lacks the gut excitement that would take it over the line into true entertainment. [9 Oct 2006, p.41]
  11. Both cinematically broad and heartbreakingly specific, a melding for once of the best that movies and television have to offer.
  12. 75
    Every character is dead on - no exaggerations, no caricatures.
  13. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    70
    Has the same quick-cut look, crisp dialogue and bone-crunching game scenes [ast the movie].
  14. 70
    You've seen it all before, but Berg's sharp powers of observation and a talented and very pretty young cast... keep it fresh.
  15. 90
    Extraordinary in just about every conceivable way.
  16. Standard high school sports soap opera.
  17. 100
    You don't have to love football to admire Friday Night Lights.
  18. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    90
    [A] rewardingly seasoned new drama series that's practically indistinguishable from the acclaimed feature film, except that it's better.
  19. Director-writer Peter Berg understands completely, and he explores the psychology of team sport and the dynamics of personal tragedy with great sensitivity.
  20. Ultimately, what makes "Friday Night Lights" compelling is not the football or the cast. It's the accumulation of little details, like the eager faces of the pee-wee players as they meet and respectfully worship the big high-school boys whom they dream of becoming.
  21. 75
    The smartly told stories of first-year coach Eric Taylor (Kyle Chandler, "King Kong") and his Dillon High School Panthers are packed with gritty style and heartfelt emotion.
  22. I can’t say enough about how "Friday Night Lights" defied my expectations for what a TV show about football would be.
  23. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    90
    The most engrossing new drama of the fall season.
  24. A finely detailed exploration of high school life and small-city dynamics.
  25. More than simply being outstanding, "Friday Night Lights" is an important series because of the way it takes family-friendly television seriously.
  26. 75
    It isn't as ambitious or objective as HBO's "The Wire," but it's about as close as broadcast TV gets to "The Wire." It finely depicts the daily grim and gritty existence of kids and adults dealing with narrow hopes, sad expectations, provincial victories, race and poverty.
  27. 80
    Surprisingly wise and moving.
  28. Peter Berg... seems to have decided that the show would only work if storytelling were pared down to quick-cutting iconography set to guitars.
  29. The biggest and most pleasant surprise of the season.
  30. A fiercely controlled and inventive work of art.
User Score
9.1

Universal acclaim- based on 287 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 13 out of 160
  1. Mar 15, 2011
    10
    Nearly flawless. Realistic, poignant, inspirational...and it really should be watched by many more people. Myself and a crew of friends justNearly 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... Full Review »
  2. Aug 17, 2010
    10
    Without a doubt, Friday Night Lights is one of the best TV shows I have ever seen. The story is so well done and realistic that it makes youWithout a doubt, Friday Night Lights is one of the best TV shows I have ever seen. The story is so well done and realistic that it makes you feel as if all these characters are real people who you could actually visit if you went to this small town in Texas. I highly recommend Friday Night Lights for anybody who is a fan of good TV. Full Review »
  3. JosephW.
    Oct 21, 2007
    9
    Smart, well-written, infinitely watchable television that feels like NBC stole a page out of HBO's playbook (excuse the bad sports Smart, well-written, infinitely watchable television that feels like NBC stole a page out of HBO's playbook (excuse the bad sports analogy; but see good storying and solid acting in: all HBO shows). Full Review »