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What to Watch If You Love 'Friday Night Lights'

Updated December 22, 2020 1.7k votes 290 voters 21.3k views52 items

List RulesVote up the films and series you know other fans of 'Friday Night Lights' will love.

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
    Photo: One Tree Hill / The WB

    Fans of the high school drama of Friday Night Lights will enjoy the angst of One Tree Hill.

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  • Friday Night Lights
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    The award-winning series was based on this 2004 movie directed by Peter Berg.

    Friday Night Lights is a 2004 sports drama film, directed by Peter Berg, which documents the coach and players of a high school football team and the Texas city of Odessa that supports and is obsessed with them. The book on which it was based, Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream by H. G. Bissinger, follows the story of the 1988 Permian High School Panthers football team as they made a run towards the state championship. The film won the Best Sports Movie ESPY Award and is ranked number 37 on Entertainment Weekly's list of the Best High School Movies....  more
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  • All American
    Photo: The CW

    For fans of teen sports dramas, All American tackles similar themes as Friday Night Lights.

    All American (The CW, 2018) is an American television drama series created by April Blair. When a rising high school football player (Daniel Ezra) from South L.A. is recruited to play for Beverly Hills High, the wins, losses and struggles of two families from vastly different worlds begin to collide....  more
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  • Parenthood
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    Fans of Friday Night Lights should absolutely watch Parenthood, both were created by Jason Katims and share many cast members and storylines. 

    Parenthood (NBC, 2010) is an American television drama series created by Jason Katims. Four siblings share the joys and heartaches of parenthood in their California hometown of Berkeley....  more
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