Friday Night Lights

10 Best Episodes of Friday Night Lights

The trials and triumphs of life in the small town of Dillon, Texas, where high school football is everything.

Written by Sophie and last updated on feb 04, 2023.

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Friday Night Lights - S1E17

#15 - I Think We Should Have Sex (Season 1 - Episode 17)

After Julie reveals to Matt that she wants to have sex with him, Matt feels the need to put together something special. Tim clashes with his father.The Panthers are into the next round of the playoffs and looking solid.

The episode was rated 8.03 from 215 votes.

Friday Night Lights - S4E12

#14 - Laboring (Season 4 - Episode 12)


Tensions in town run high as the Panthers/Lions game approaches; Coach tells Luke he won't be playing; Tami attempts to placate her detractors; developments both good and bad shake up the Riggins boys; Vince teams up with Kennard to seek revenge.

The episode was rated 8.06 from 173 votes.

Friday Night Lights - S1E21

#13 - Best Laid Plans (Season 1 - Episode 21)

Coach Taylor buckles under the pressure from Texas Methodist University. The news of his decision is not taken lightly by his family. Riggins faces the impending consequences of his relationship. Landry wonders whether he should tell someone about Tyra's situation.

The episode was rated 8.07 from 209 votes.

Friday Night Lights - S3E11

#12 - A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall (Season 3 - Episode 11)


Tyra is desperate and once again turns to Landry. Coach and Tami learn of a change that could dismantle the Panthers team. Tim sees another side of Lyla. Matt flips out when Grandma suffers an accident. Tensions escalate between JD and Joe.

The episode was rated 8.08 from 172 votes.

Friday Night Lights - S1E16

#11 - Black Eyes & Broken Hearts (Season 1 - Episode 16)

Due to racial comments from Coach Mac, the black players on the team refuse to play unless he is sacked.Julie is sucked deeper into the vortex as her friendship with Tyra develops. Matt tries to win Julie back.

The episode was rated 8.15 from 212 votes.

Friday Night Lights - S1E1

#10 - Pilot (Season 1 - Episode 1)


A newcomer coach Eric Taylor finds himself helming a promising high school football team, the Dillon Panthers, that has a real chance to make it to the top.

The episode was rated 8.16 from 445 votes.

Friday Night Lights - S5E12

#9 - Texas Whatever (Season 5 - Episode 12)

Coach Taylor is offered a deal he canโ€™t refuse; Tim assesses his future plans when an old flame returns to Dillon; The fate of East Dillonโ€™s football program is decided.

The episode was rated 8.24 from 171 votes.

Friday Night Lights - S3E4

#8 - Hello, Goodbye (Season 3 - Episode 4)


Tami embarrasses herself with the superintendent. Tyra breaks with Landry to take up with Cash, the new bad boy in town. Julie advises Matt who is upset with his mother who has come to help with grandma. Smash has an emotional goodbye with Coach.

The episode was rated 8.26 from 188 votes.

Friday Night Lights - S3E13

#7 - Tomorrow Blues (Season 3 - Episode 13)

Five months later, Coach Taylor's contract is up for review on Billy and Mindy's wedding day. Tyra grows anxious about her waitlist status. Matt leaves Grandma Saracen and Julie behind to attend college. Tim and Lyla question their future together.

The episode was rated 8.30 from 180 votes.

Friday Night Lights - S3E12

#6 - Underdogs (Season 3 - Episode 12)


J.D.'s dad has to deal with child protective services after his fight with J.D. Tyra realizes that life isn't fair and that she needs to do whatever is necessary to get in to college. Matt and Tim prepare for the last game of their high school career: The Texas State Championship.

The episode was rated 8.33 from 188 votes.

Friday Night Lights - S4E13

#5 - Thanksgiving (Season 4 - Episode 13)

The Taylors host Thanksgiving dinner; Coach tells Vince he has to be more selfish; Tami must make an apology; Julie and Landry are surprised by a visitor from their past; Tim makes a difficult decision; East Dillon rallies around the Lions.

The episode was rated 8.41 from 174 votes.

Friday Night Lights - S4E5

#4 - The Son (Season 4 - Episode 5)


Julie, Landry, Coach, and Tami rally around Matt in a time of crisis; Vince endangers his rising star as a football player by engaging in criminal activity in order to support his family; Becky and Tim grow closer.

The episode was rated 8.47 from 186 votes.

Friday Night Lights - S1E20

#3 - Mud Bowl (Season 1 - Episode 20)

A chemical spill near Dillon High School forces Coach Taylor and the Panthers to seek another facility in which to play the crucial State Semi-Final game.

The episode was rated 8.55 from 218 votes.

Friday Night Lights - S1E22

#2 - State (Season 1 - Episode 22)


The rumors about Coach Taylor leaving the team at the end of the season get a boost when an inside source decides to speak up. Meanwhile, the Panthers are preparing themselves for the state championship.

The episode was rated 8.61 from 213 votes.

Friday Night Lights - S5E13

#1 - Always (Season 5 - Episode 13)

The Taylors face several decisions that could change their lives forever.

The episode was rated 9.12 from 202 votes.

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