Jesse Plemons and Adrianne Palicki in Friday Night Lights by Bill Records/NBC Photo
Friday Night Lights
for wrapping up a controversial subplot in typically subtle fashion. When Landry killed Tyra's attacker in this season's opener, some fans cried foul, worrying such a melodramatic twist could be a proverbial jump-the-shark moment. But the ethical dilemma was achingly well-acted by Jesse Plemons, Adrianne Palicki and especially the excellent Glenn Morshower (
) as Landry's conflicted-cop father. When Landry told Tyra the police had decided not to press charges, the look of confusion in his eyes proved
is no over-the-top soap. Rather, it's the rare prime-time drama that takes matters of morality seriously.
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