Friday Night Lights (2006–2011)
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Tomorrow Blues 

Skipping ahead five months in time, Dillon High School finds its graduating class with: Lyla, who's father has come up with a plan for her to still possibly attend Vanderbilt; Matt, who ... See full summary »

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Jeffrey Reiner

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Peter Berg (developed for television by), Buzz Bissinger (book) (as H.G. Bissinger) | 1 more credit »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kyle Chandler ... Eric Taylor
Connie Britton ... Tami Taylor
Zach Gilford ... Matt Saracen
Minka Kelly ... Lyla Garrity
Taylor Kitsch ... Tim Riggins
Adrianne Palicki ... Tyra Collette
Jesse Plemons ... Landry Clarke
Aimee Teegarden ... Julie Taylor
Kim Dickens ... Shelby Saracen
Jeremy Sumpter ... J.D. McCoy
D.W. Moffett ... Joe McCoy
Brad Leland ... Buddy Garrity
Dana Wheeler-Nicholson ... Angela Collette
Derek Phillips ... Billy Riggins
Blue Deckert ... Mac McGill
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Skipping ahead five months in time, Dillon High School finds its graduating class with: Lyla, who's father has come up with a plan for her to still possibly attend Vanderbilt; Matt, who plans to attend a school in Chicago away from Julie; Tim, whose brother tries to get a mechanic's garage going while planning to attend college himself; and Tyra, who's application is still up in the air in wanting to attend TU. Meanwhile, the issue over splitting Dillon High School seems small, compared to the fact that outside influences such as money and a control for power continue to affect Coach Taylor, even while his contract comes up for negotiations. Written by Moviedude1

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Drama | Sport

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 January 2009 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Car Wash
(uncredited)
Written by Norman Whitfield
Performed by Tommy Holden and David Murray
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Season Three
4 July 2019 | by zkonedogSee all my reviews

One of the hallmarks of the first two seasons of "Friday Night Lights" was the show's ability to really use its ensemble cast to the fullest. Each week would shine the spotlight on a different character scenario or two, and if those weren't the ones that appealed to you...well, you knew that the next week it would be something different. While this third season does a good job of moving certain storylines forward, it also turns rather repetitive at times in terms of the areas it really focuses in on.

For a basic summary, Season Three is one in which we (as viewers) say goodbye to some established figures and welcome some "new blood" into the fold. Because the writers strike of 2007 completely screwed over Season Two's "ending", the beginning episodes of this year basically just get us back up to speed. From there, a few things given to us in this installment include:

-Mrs. Taylor's new role as school principle and the new perspective it gives her on certain issues. -The continued evolution of the Tyra/Landry & Tim/Lyla relationships. -Jason Street doing everything he can to provide for his new "family" -The ongoing foibles of Buddy Garrity. -A new QB threat to Matt Ceracen.

There are some parts of Season Three that work very well. The chemistry within the Taylor family is still the backbone of the show, and it still never fails to produce emotion in nearly every episode. The "new QB in town" angle is also probably the strongest one of the entire season. Tami's new turn as school principle also brings up some moral dilemmas that prove quite interesting.

The trouble with this season, though, is that all the other angles fall under the following two categories: Either they are done too quickly (Smash Williams, Jason Street), or they linger on for far too long (Tyra's rebellious streak, the ticking time bomb that is Tim Riggins). More specifically, the characters of Tyra & Tim (who really stood out in the Second Season) are given more screen time but less character development in the sense that they don't seem much different from beginning to end. It is probably a case of the writers knowing that such drama works with most viewers and being a bit scared (in the wake of cancellation) to stray too far from the formula.

Overall, then, I can't rate Season Three of "Friday Night Lights" nearly as well as its two predecessors. Whereas those earlier seasons were high drama with pockets of repetition, I felt that the formula was flipped in this case. The ending of the season set up a scenario that looks like it has great potential to produce an entertaining fourth season, so I'm not giving up hope just yet. I'm just a bit concerned that the show has "slipped" a bit with each subsequent season so far.


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