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Full Hearts: A Review of the 'Friday Night Lights' Finale

The post below was originally published when the series finale of 'Friday Night Lights' aired on DirecTV in February (and if you want to read the first round of comments on the finale, check out that finale review, which is identical to this one except for these opening paragraphs). A couple of notes: For a non-spoilery appreciation of the show titled 'Texas Forever: 12 Things Television Can Learn From 'Friday Night Lights,' look here. For a non-spoilery discussion of 'FNL' on the Talking TV podcast, go here. Check out the Talking TV podcast next week for a new, in-depth discussion of the developments that occurred over the course of the show's five seasons. Read More... //www.aoltv.com/2011/07/15/full-hearts-a-review-of-the-friday-night-lights-finale/

Friday Night Lights Review: "Always"

Where to begin to say goodbye to such an incredible series? In "Always," the time came for the lights to go out in Dillon. And you bet your ass I was misty-eyed. Friday Night Lights has always had incredible writing (minus the season two murder plotline, of course), so it came as no shock that it produced an episode so full of heart, one that allowed us to come full circle in so many ways. The player interviews under the tents mimicked the same scenes in the pilot, except this time it was Vince and not Jason Street. It was a wonderful way to bookend the series and stay true to the story of these people. Read More... //www.tvfanatic.com/2011/07/friday-night-lights-review-always/

'Friday Night Lights' finale: Matt Lauria says goodbye, and we plan the rest of Luke's life

"Friday Night Lights", which was finally nominated for a "Best Drama" Emmy on Thursday, ended its five-season run on Friday night on NBC. To be honest, we're still struggling to cope with the idea that we won't be back in Dillon next season for two-a-days and fieldhouse pep talks. Luckily, we can still hang onto a shred of hope that we'll see Coach Taylor again. TVLine reports that executive producer Peter Berg is taking steps toward another "Friday Night Lights" movie, this time centered around the characters from the TV series. Matt Lauria joined "Friday Night Lights" in its fourth season as Luke Cafferty, the idealistic Dillon Panthers standout who worked valiantly to stay positive when he was forced to play, instead, for the East Dillon Lions. In Season 5 we watched his football dreams dim as he found himself in the shadow of fellow player Vince (Michael B. Jordan), while off the field he... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/07/friday-night-lights-finale-matt-lauria-says-goodbye-and-we-plan-the-rest-of-lukes-life.html

Friday Night Lights Review: "Texas Whatever"

Double the Riglets, double the fun? Not in Mindy's eyes! Mindy's discovery that she's having twins is just one of many difficult revelations in"Texas Whatever", the penultimate episode of Friday Night Lights.  Sh*t is going DOWN in Dillon, ya'll. Tami's back with an offer to be the Dean of Admissions from a private university in Philadelphia. Coach is about to go to State with a team that might not even exist next year. The fight in Dillon over which football program to keep has reached a boiling point. Arrangements and preparations are being made behind people's backs and it's not the ideal time to pit the Taylors against each other. The Taylors have always been the pillar of strength on all that is FNL. If they're falling apart, what hope is there for everything else? Read More... //www.tvfanatic.com/2011/07/friday-night-lights-review-texas-whatever/

‘Friday Night Lights,’ Season 5, Episode 12: ‘Texas Whatever’: TV Recap

The ends are coming together in this "Texas Whatever" episode of Friday Night Lights. Julie is home from college. Tami is back from her successful trip to Philly where she was offered the dean of admissions job. Tim is having nightmares (and has a new tattoo? I couldn’t see.) And we’re almost at state. Bring it. Bring it on. But while the Lions are headed to the big time, they are fighting for their survival. The school district is going to cut either the Lions or the Panthers. Guess who has more money and more power? Yeah. Coach Taylor is still being a jerk. Tami was offered this amazing job in Philly and Coach Taylor is digging his heels in and wants to stay in Texas, because that’s where his friends are and he likes tornadoes and I’m just waiting for him to throw himself down on the floor and squeal. Then he accuses Tami of rooting against his team. Tami says for the past 18 years, all their decisions have been based on his life and career and it’s her turn. Taylor can’t even talk about it. This is so not a pretty side of coach. Read More... //blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2011/07/08/friday-night-lights-season-5-episode-12-texas-whatever-tv-recap/?mod=WSJBlog

‘Friday Night Lights,’ Season 5, Episode 11, ‘The March’: TV Recap

Tim Riggins is disappointed. He’s disappointed in Becky. His brother. Coach. As the season comes to a close, the Panthers are getting closer to state and Coach Taylor is a happy dude. You know that’s not going to last long. And two seconds later, no more happy. At school, there are major cuts. Her principal tells them to pray and warns Coach Taylor that football and his four coaches are a big target. Luckily (and how conveniently) Tami gets a call about being an assistant dean at a small school in Philadelphia. mmmm. Coach Taylor does not look particularly enthused about this idea, which pisses me off. I mean, how happy was Tami for him with TMU and Florida. Step it up. Read More... //blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2011/07/01/friday-night-lights-season-5-episode-11-the-march-tv-recap/?mod=WSJBlog

Friday Night Lights Review: "The March"

As amazing as it is to have Tim Riggins back, this isn't the Riggins that we know and love. Of course after spending time in prison for his brother's crime we can't expect him to be the same. In "The March" we see just how much it's changed him. It must be difficult for Tim to come home and see Billy leading the life he wants, having a family, and being part of a team. The scene with the Lions on the lawn doing the war chant, was probably the only time he cracked a smile, yet it was still bittersweet. It's also hard to see Billy let Becky spiral down the path of working at The Landing Strip when he begged him to watch over her. It's an odd love between Becky and Tim as she sees him romantically and he sees her as a little sister. Bottom line is that he cares, something that was very evident from the throwdown between the Riggins brothers in the parking lot. Read More... //www.tvfanatic.com/2011/07/friday-night-lights-review-the-march/

“Don’t Go,” Friday Night Lights Season 5: TV Recap

It’s all about standing up in tonight’s Friday Night Lights.  Fighting for your son, your coach, your brother. Coach Taylor starts out this evening with a nice ego boost from Florida as the final season heads to a close. Buddy Garrity is ready to fight for his boy, and by his boy, we mean Coach Taylor. Vince’s dad is still interfering, and it’s not working out too well. Colleges are starting to pull their offers. There’s some desperation going on and Vince, who is just a junior, wants to talk to coach. Dad isn’t too thrilled, ignoring his son’s wishes, calling Alabama and setting up meetings.  He’s pushing and pushing until Vince’s mom finally steps in and tells him Vince needs a father not an agent. Tami Taylor isn’t having a great time at school, with a faculty meeting that isn’t too friendly.  But her principal nominates her for an education panel. No word on Epyck.Read More... //blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2011/06/24/dont-go-friday-night-lights-season-5-tv-recap/?mod=WSJBlog

Friday Night Lights Review: "Don't Go"

Now that we're in the home stretch of Friday Night Lights' final season, there's not a single episode that doesn't get me all misty eyed. Add Tim Riggins' parole hearing into the equation and my tear ducts were a lost cause. In " Don't Go ," one of the most beloved characters from Dillon, Texas returned to our TV screens. When I saw Tim in his prison jumpsuit I felt a pang of sadness. The unshakable Tim Riggins, who's persevered through more than I can list, has visibly changed. His spirit is broken and after what he's been through, I don't blame him. Read More... //www.tvfanatic.com/2011/06/friday-night-lights-review-dont-go/

‘Friday Night Lights,’ Season 5, Episode 9, ‘Gut Check’: TV Recap

People need to trust their guts in the land of "Friday Night Lights." As Coach Taylor tells the kids, the biggest obstacle is ourselves. Everybody knows deep down what the real deal is. Nighttime on the field, and Jess is picking things up as an announcer tells us how awful the game just was. They are turning out the lights while Jess is still up there. In the locker room Vince chides his teammates, and we see clips of the bad game. Ouch. Coach Taylor comes in as they are squabbling. He orders them out of the fieldhouse. Nice to see Buddy Jr., still on crutches, turn around slowly. Then takes the little radio trashtalking them and throws them out. Read More... //blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2011/06/17/friday-night-lights-season-5-episode-9-gut-check-tv-recap/?mod=WSJBlog