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What to Watch If You Love 'Friday Night Lights'  

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Friday Night Lights is a sports drama based on the book and film of the same name that garnered the love and affection of hordes of fans, but if you’ve finished watching the series, there’s no need for despair. There are plenty of movies and TV shows to watch if you like Friday Night Lights, and we’ve compiled the best ones right here for you, in this list!

TV shows similar to Friday Night Lights often cover drama, and if you’re looking for more small-town intrigue, Riverdale is sure to fill the void. This show is based on the Archie comics and centers around a small town with a secret hiding in the background. And if you think there aren’t also some good movies like Friday Night Lights, then think again, because we’ve found quite a few that are sure to tickle the fancies of even the most finicky of fans. Take Heathers, for instance. This movie also takes place in a small-town high school but features a bit more murder, suicide, and terrorism, and is a great choice for Friday Night Lights fans.

But you don’t have to take our word for it - some of Friday Night Lights’s biggest fans have chimed in and cast their votes for the best movies and TV shows like Friday Night Lights, and once you’ve watched, you can cast your votes too!

So, what are your favorite Friday Night Lights-esque movies and TV shows? Vote the best projects up to the top of this list.

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One Tree Hill is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list What to Watch If You Love 'Friday Night Lights'
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Fans of the high school drama of Friday Night Lights will enjoy the angst of One Tree Hill.

One Tree Hill is an American television drama series created by Mark Schwahn, which premiered on September 23, 2003 on The WB. After the series' third season, The WB merged with UPN to form The CW, and since September 27, 2006, the network has been the official broadcaster of the series in the United States. The show is set in the fictional town of Tree Hill in North Carolina and originally follows the lives of two half-brothers, Lucas Scott and Nathan Scott, who compete for positions on their school's basketball team. Their relationship evolves from heartless enemies to caring brothers as the show progresses, and the drama that ensues from the brothers' romances with female characters ...more on Wikipedia

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The O.C. is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list What to Watch If You Love 'Friday Night Lights'
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For fans of the teen angst in Friday Night Lights will adore the high drama of The OC.

The O.C. is an American teen drama television series that originally aired on the Fox network in the United States from August 5, 2003, to February 22, 2007, running a total of four seasons. The series, created by Josh Schwartz, portrays the fictional lives of a group of teenagers and their families residing in the affluent seaside community of Newport Beach, in Orange County, California. The series centers on Ryan Atwood, a troubled but tough young man from a broken home who is adopted by the wealthy and philanthropic Sandy and Kirsten Cohen. Ryan and his surrogate brother Seth, a socially awkward yet quick-witted teenager, deal with life as outsiders in the high-class world of Newport ...more on Wikipedia

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Gossip Girl is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list What to Watch If You Love 'Friday Night Lights'
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Friday Night Lights fans who love teen melodramas will want to check out Gossip Girl.  

Gossip Girl is an American teen drama television series based on the book series of the same name written by Cecily von Ziegesar. The series, created by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, originally ran on The CW for six seasons from September 19, 2007 to December 17, 2012. Narrated by the omniscient blogger "Gossip Girl", voiced by Kristen Bell, the series revolves around the lives of privileged young adults on Manhattan's Upper East Side in New York City. The series begins with the return of Upper East Side It girl Serena van der Woodsen from a mysterious stay at a boarding school in Cornwall, Connecticut. Blair Waldorf, whom creators describe as the queen at the center of their chess ...more on Wikipedia

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Sixteen Candles is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list What to Watch If You Love 'Friday Night Lights'
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Friday Night Lights fans who love the teen aspect to the show will love '80s staple Sixteen Candles. 

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