Metascore
83

Universal acclaim - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. 100
    As good and as riveting as the high school football-as-soap-opera show has been in the past, this season is even better.
  2. Reviewed by: Adam Keleman
    100
    Not since HBO's "The Wire" has a show juggled so many conflicting and diverse issues like race, money, and class with such staggering insight.
  3. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    91
    This show was always best when handling the little things that aim to capture life, and often do.
  4. It's not often that television with a scope so novelistic--so ambitious--comes along, and not often, either, that it yields drama so sterling.
  5. Reviewed by: Ari Karpel
    83
    If you think catching up on Smash's injury, Lyla and Riggins' new relationship, and Lyla's now-AWOL mom is overwhelming, just think how Tami (Connie Britton) must feel.
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 84 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Feb 27, 2013
    9
    Due to the writers’ strike of 2007/08 Friday Night Lights second season came to an end before we had seen the conclusion of the Dillon Panthers football calendar. The creators therefore took the decision to jump ahead to the following school year for this third season, a decision which proved to be the right move despite the fact that a few lingering plot-lines from the second season were all but ignored (What happened to Santiago?).

    Much like the excellent Mad Men, Friday Night Lights greatest strength lies in the fact that its drama is always firmly routed in reality. Aside from a couple of poorly received storylines in season two it is easy to believe that we are watching real people going about their everyday lives, dealing with the sorts of problems that many of us may face at some point. Of course this would all be very dull if it weren't for the superb writing that never resorts to having to spell everything out for the viewer as well as the fantastic performances from the entire cast. Whether you have any interest in American Football or not Friday Night Lights is one of the most underrated shows of the last decade and anyone with an interest in quality drama could do a lot worse than pick this up on DVD.
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  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 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. Season 3 is just as good as Season 1 if not better! Full Review »
  3. Aug 13, 2010
    10
    The best season of the best drama series on television. Departing from the overly dramatic stories of season 2, season 3 brings FNL back to basics. The story lines and characterization is so spot on that sometimes I felt like I was watching a real documentary. I would highly recommend this show to anyone looking for something fresh that will make you cheer and weep all at the same time. Full Review »