Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Dec 13, 2010
    100
    Friday Night Lights used high school football as a vehicle to explore plainly and authentically the way in which people live, struggle and thrive in small towns. It just might be the finest scripted series on prime time.
  2. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Dec 13, 2010
    100
    What's not to love in Friday Night Lights? This is a place, and a show, I will never want to leave. It feels like family. But we're lucky to have been given this much of their story. Underdogs to the end, these are my TV heroes.
  3. Reviewed by: Dalton Ross
    Dec 13, 2010
    83
    FNL's final season begins with one person staying put (Taylor Kitsch's Riggins is still in jail) and others moving on (Aimee Teegarden's Julie and Jesse Plemons' Landry are college-bound). Meanwhile, Coach Taylor (Kyle Chandler) heads to the basketball court to find his next star player. [Oct 22/29 2010, p.107]
  4. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Dec 13, 2010
    80
    The show, and its survival, offers proof that quality can triumph in an industry driven by quantity and that even though necessity is the more fertile of the two, poetry can also be a fine mother to invention.
  5. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Dec 13, 2010
    80
    As in past seasons, a few moments this year may seem made for TV. But this is a show that's scored way more than it has faltered, and the opening episode suggests that streak will continue.
  6. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Dec 13, 2010
    80
    The series maintains its sense of creating a believable universe. Yes, a few characters are explained away without making an appearance (BBQ owner we hardly knew ye) but the show tries hard to reward long-time fans.
  7. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Dec 13, 2010
    80
    Much of which transpires in the first few episodes seems familiar, if not a little predictable, and what saves the Taylors from being impossibly virtuous are the flaws the writers give them and the consistently great performances that Chandler and Britton give.
  8. Reviewed by: Kris King
    Dec 13, 2010
    75
    As you watch the look of quiet determination spread across his player's faces, it becomes clear that the show's final season may not be perfect, but it still has the power to make you feel like storming the football field yourself.
  9. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Apr 15, 2011
    70
    The first few episodes don't always click (strangely, the Tami story line doesn't feel real), but even when the storytelling hits a rough patch, there's enough raw emotion and drama--on and off the field--that hits the right note, saving the hour.
  10. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Dec 13, 2010
    70
    Overall, a solid but not riveting premiere. No goosebumps ala Eric in the halftime locker room last year, but as always, it's good to be back in Dillon.
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 68 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Jan 5, 2011
    10
    It is difficult to write a review that does this show justice. Being from a small town this show hits close to home in both accuracy andIt is difficult to write a review that does this show justice. Being from a small town this show hits close to home in both accuracy and emotional touch. Yet I have many friends who were grew up in metro areas who have equal love for this show. Many shows lose the magic they once had when they began, but FNL continues to get better with age.

    You would be doing yourself a real disservice if you didn't watch this program in its entirety.
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  2. Aug 3, 2014
    10
    Beautiful, flawless, gorgeous, authentic, realistic, artful, seamless, masterful. That's what the final season of the poignant, ever soBeautiful, flawless, gorgeous, authentic, realistic, artful, seamless, masterful. That's what the final season of the poignant, ever so thoughtful FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS is. Full Review »
  3. Mar 15, 2014
    9
    An excellent final run for this rich and engaging show. With the jump to the East Side now established, the existing characters are developed,An excellent final run for this rich and engaging show. With the jump to the East Side now established, the existing characters are developed, a variety of surprising new developments unfold, and the last episode wraps the whole thing up.

    There are uneven bits. The only new starring character (Hastings Ruckle) is odd; he's basically a glorified extra who barely gets any lines. Another new character introduced midseason is a problem child whose only purpose seems to be to give Tami something to do, and who leaves the show with little ceremony. Tyra returns, but seems to be there for no reason other than fanservice, while Lyla is oddly absent. The final couple of episodes feel rushed, with a few too many developments in too little time. Julie continues to refuse any sort of rational thought and gets involved in an affair and crashes her car on purpose. However, the quality of the characters and the realism of the situation ultimately prevails.

    Amazingly, the east-siders are now good at football. After having been a joke team last year whose only accomplishment was playing spoiler, they begin to dominate. This ascendance brings college recruiting to the forefront, and predictably it doesn't go all that well, and conflicts emerge. Other extended plotlines include Becky moving in with the Riggins family, Tim getting out of jail, Vince's family situation going south, Buddy's son coming home, and Jess trying to apprentice herself into being a football coach. A budget crisis for the schools throws the future of the newly established East Dillon team in doubt.

    Besides a climactic football game and a satisfying montage, the finale concludes with a powerful choice: the Coach has to choose whether to re-up for another round of Texas high school football, or whether to give up the Friday Night Lights culture forever, a choice that strains his marriage more than anything we've seen before, but which also serves as a referendum on the entire show. This takes the show to a satisfying and thoughtful conclusion, resolving all the characters' stories but leaving new openings for the dreamers in all of us.
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