In the season two episode "How Did I Get Here," Matt flirts with Lauren (Kim Smith), a girl who is new, and this makes Julie jealous. But no fan wanted to see this happen. Matt and Julie should have been together the whole time.
After leaving Dillon, Texas, in season 3, Kelly went on to appear on shows like Parenthood, Charlie’s Angels and Almost Human. Though she tends to keep her personal life relatively private, she admitted during a 2016 radio interview on Power 106 that she didn’t mind hearing rumors about who she was dating. “I think it comes with the territory. It’s a small price to pay for the extraordinary life that I live,” she said at the time. “You just have to find the comedy in all of it.”
Why It’s On This List: Friday Night Lights never shied away from the tough issues, but this episode took things to another level when it thoughtfully and even-handedly handled Becky’s abortion dilemma. No matter where you fall on that debate, the heart-to-heart that Tami Taylor and Becky have on the topic is beautifully nuanced and plenty emotional. The show gives us a tangible look at the consequences of unplanned pregnancies, specifically the burden placed on young women, who must make such difficult decisions and then be judged for them.
The Texas Tech graduate has made guest appearances on a number of popular series throughout his 40-year career, including Veep, Parks and Recreation, Last Man Standing and The Cleveland Show. He shares two daughters, Thea and Leah, with actress Freda Ramsey.
Texas forever! Friday Night Lights stole viewers’ hearts for five seasons on NBC — and the cast has just as much love for the series as their fans do.
Though fans have been holding out hope for a reboot, Adrianne Palicki, who played Tyra Collette, shut down all speculation in April 2020.
In Dillon, Texas, high school football brings the community together as the drama of small town life threatens to tear it apart.
Matt Sacaren (Zach Gilford) and Julie Taylor (Aimee Teegarden) are clearly one of the better couples on Friday Night Lights, so it was never necessary for either one of these characters to have another love interest.
Palicki portrayed Dillon football hater Tyra Collette for the first three seasons of the show, but didn’t return until the final two episodes after leaving the series. The comic book fan later went on to star in Seth MacFarlane‘s The Orville, where she met longtime boyfriend Scott Grimes. The pair announced their engagement in January 2019 and tied the knot four months later, only to file for divorce that July. TMZ reported in November 2019 that Palicki requested to dismiss her divorce filing.
Story: After a humiliating loss to an easily-beatable opponent, the entire town turns on Coach Taylor while the team’s in-fighting threatens to derail its chances for another run at State. Tensions between Riggins and Smash reach a breaking point, and Coach Taylor is forced to go to extremes to get the boys back in line.
Friday Night Lights has a long list of fans who aren't typically interested in sports but who were happy to tune into a series that focused on football. The story of a Texas high school team is emotional and sweet, with enough dating drama and family issues to keep fans coming back.
Even though it's nice to watch Jason as a dad, this isn't a necessary storyline because it would have been better to see him start a family on his own terms. There's also a lot of tension because Erin doesn't think that Jason can make enough money for her and the baby, and that's not fair because Jason is definitely trying to grow up and deal with the hand he has been dealt.
Religion is a tricky subject to talk about on a TV show. It didn't make much sense for Lyla Garrity (Minka Kelly) to become super religious in the second season of Friday Night Lights. She was enough of a "good girl" that fans may have assumed she had a lot of faith anyway, so it didn't seem necessary to make this so clear.
The Story: Smash reaches a crossroads in his life and in his football career as he begins his three-game suspension following an altercation at the movie theater. Meanwhile, Saracen hits rock bottom as the stress of being the “man of the house” finally causes him to crack.