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The Best Episodes of 'Friday Night Lights' 

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Updated October 18, 2019 547 votes 107 voters 4k views 76 items

List Rules Best Friday Night Lights episodes, no matter how popular they are.

List of the best Friday Night Lights episodes, as voted on by other fans of the series. Friday Night Lights is a fictional drama series centered around a high school football team in Texas. With so many memorable episodes of the show, it's hard to trust just one person's opinion of what the top Friday Night Lights episodes of all time are.

Fans of Friday Night Lights are extremely passionate about the show, and there is often debate over which episodes are better than others. That's why this list exists- so you can vote for your favorites and we can find out once and for all what everyone thinks the best episode is. List episodes include Git 'Er Done, Homecoming and many additional episodes as well. What is the best Friday Night Lights episode of all time? Look below and find out.
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The Son is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Friday Night Lights'
The Son Episode: 5, Season: Friday Night Lights - Season 4

Original Airing: Dec 02 2009

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 ...more
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State is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Friday Night Lights'
State Episode: 22, Season: Friday Night Lights - Season 1

Original Airing: Apr 11 2007

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 ...more
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Always is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Friday Night Lights'
Always Episode: 13, Season: Friday Night Lights - Season 5

Original Airing: Feb 09 2011

The Taylors face several decisions that could change their lives forever.
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Pilot is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Friday Night Lights'
Pilot Episode: 1, Season: Friday Night Lights - Season 1

Original Airing: Oct 03 2006

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.
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Mud Bowl is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Friday Night Lights'
Mud Bowl Episode: 20, Season: Friday Night Lights - Season 1

Original Airing: Mar 28 2007

An 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.
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Hello, Goodbye is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Friday Night Lights'
Hello, Goodbye Episode: 4, Season: Friday Night Lights - Season 3

Original Airing: Oct 22 2008

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 ...more
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Underdogs is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Friday Night Lights'
Underdogs Episode: 12, Season: Friday Night Lights - Season 3

Original Airing: Jan 07 2009

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 ...more
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Tomorrow Blues is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Friday Night Lights'
Tomorrow Blues Episode: 13, Season: Friday Night Lights - Season 3

Original Airing: Jan 14 2009

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 ...more
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New York, New York is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Friday Night Lights'
New York, New York Episode: 8, Season: Friday Night Lights - Season 3

Original Airing: Nov 19 2008

Tim is worried when Jason talks about leaving Dillon. Money troubles cause a riff between Tami and Eric. Tyra leans on Cash when things get tough, while Julie talks to her dad about Matt's
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Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Friday Night Lights'
Kingdom Episode: 5, Season: Friday Night Lights - Season 5

Original Airing: Dec 01 2010

Coach discusses recruitment regulations. The Lions take a road trip. East Dillon's four stars make a pact. Julie's relationship becomes more complicated.
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Thanksgiving is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Friday Night Lights'
Thanksgiving Episode: 13, Season: Friday Night Lights - Season 4

Original Airing: Feb 10 2010

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 ...more
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East of Dillon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Friday Night Lights'
East of Dillon Episode: 1, Season: Friday Night Lights - Season 4

Original Airing: Oct 28 2009

Coach Taylor wonders how low his fortunes can sink as he struggles to pull the East Dillon Lions together while Tami navigates the new politics at West Dillon. Meanwhile, Matt gets a taste of ...more
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Eyes Wide Open is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Friday Night Lights'
Eyes Wide Open Episode: 2, Season: Friday Night Lights - Season 1

Original Airing: Oct 10 2006

As the team pulls together and tries to help Matt get used to his new role as quarterback after Jason's injury, Lyla offers her support to Tim.Jason learns about the extent of his injury, and ...more
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It Ain't Easy Being J.D.... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Friday Night Lights'
It Ain't Easy Being J.D. McCoy Episode: 6, Season: Friday Night Lights - Season 3

Original Airing: Nov 05 2008

Coach is furious with Tim and the team for a freshman hazing. J.D. wins the respect of the town and team. A late night swim at the lake turns into more for Julie and Matt. Tyra is shocked when a ...more
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Texas Whatever (aka Smal... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Friday Night Lights'
Episode: 12, Season: Friday Night Lights - Season 5

Original Airing: Feb 02 2011

Coach Taylor is offered a deal he can’t refuse; Tim assesses his future plans when an old flame returns to Dillon; The fate of East Dillon’s football program is decided.
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Stay is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Friday Night Lights'
Stay Episode: 6, Season: Friday Night Lights - Season 4

Original Airing: Dec 09 2009

Coach searches for a strategy to shut down their toughest opponent yet. Tim reconnects with Lyla. Vince discovers he has a gift for car theft. Julie and Matt attend a concert in Austin and reach ...more
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Don't Go is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Friday Night Lights'
Don't Go Episode: 10, Season: Friday Night Lights - Season 5

Original Airing: Jan 19 2011

An elite college football program attempts to lure Coach away from East Dillon. Vince vows to earn his spot back. Friends and family speak at Tim's parole hearing. East Dillon holds a Fall ...more
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Homecoming is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Friday Night Lights'
Homecoming Episode: 7, Season: Friday Night Lights - Season 1

Original Airing: Nov 14 2006

As the Panthers get ready to face the dominating Laribee Lions, the 2000 State Champ quarterback, Lucas Mize is set to join the team.Smash catches his chance to convince a college scout of his ...more
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Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Friday Night Lights'
Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes Episode: 19, Season: Friday Night Lights - Season 1

Original Airing: Mar 21 2007

With TMU trying to recruit Coach Taylor, Julie insists that she will not be moved away from Matt and Dillon. The quad rugby recruiters in Austin deliver some bad news to Jason. Riggins becomes ...more
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Leave No One Behind is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Friday Night Lights'
Leave No One Behind Episode: 14, Season: Friday Night Lights - Season 2

Original Airing: Feb 01 2008

Matt Saracen reaches at his lowest point. Meanwhile, Tami Taylor’s relationship continues to blossom with Tyra. Julie becomes envious. Landry has an admirer. Elsewhere, Smash seeks advice from ...more
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May the Best Man Win is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Friday Night Lights'
May the Best Man Win Episode: 15, Season: Friday Night Lights - Season 2

Original Airing: Feb 08 2008

Smash's hunt for a college football scholarship turns into something completely different. Tami comes across her high school boyfriend, whose job as a real estate magnate has brought him to ...more
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Full Hearts is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Friday Night Lights'
Full Hearts Episode: 9, Season: Friday Night Lights - Season 1

Original Airing: Dec 05 2006

Smash continues to go the extreme to improve his performance. Rumors begin to spread about Tim and Lyla's relationship. Julie and Matt attempt to go out on a date but it is cursed from the ...more
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Let's Get It On is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Friday Night Lights'
Let's Get It On Episode: 5, Season: Friday Night Lights - Season 2

Original Airing: Nov 02 2007

Coach Taylor returns to Dillon, but it is not an easy homecoming; the team must deal with conflict between Saracen and Smash; Riggins turns to Lyla for help in changing Street's mind about
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The Lights of Carrol Par... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Friday Night Lights'
The Lights In Carroll Park Episode: 9, Season: Friday Night Lights - Season 4

Original Airing: Jan 13 2010

Coach talks tough to shady characters when trying to clean up a park ridden with drugs and gang violence. Becky discovers she's pregnant. Jess's relationship with Landry is heating up. Julie ...more
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The Confession is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Friday Night Lights'
The Confession Episode: 9, Season: Friday Night Lights - Season 2

Original Airing: Dec 07 2007

Landry admits to the murder of Tyra’s assaulter but the struggle with his conscience continues. Meanwhile Jason Street is set up with an online dating service by Herc. The Taylors get ready for ...more