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Friday Night Lights Season 1 Episodes

22 Episodes 2006 - 2007

Creator Peter Berg's critically acclaimed series adaptation of the book and movie of the same name centers on the coach and players of a high-school football team in Dillon, Texas, a small town in which football is near religion.\ New Panthers coach Eric Taylor (Kyle Chandler) arrives in Dillon amid soaring expectations and media scrutiny. It is clear that his coaching performance directly affects his welcome in the community, along with the acceptance of his wife, Tami (Connie Britton), and his daughter, Julie (Aimee Teegarden). Though Tami doesn't share her husband's passion for football, she is supportive nonetheless, and soon finds her own niche when she takes a job as the high school's guidance counselor. Julie, on the other hand, refuses to be friends with football players and doesn't like her new home in Dillon. The town's most beloved player is all-star quarterback Jason Street (Scott Porter), who suffers a spinal injury in the pilot episode that leaves him in a wheelchair. His paralysis profoundly affects those close to him, especially his girlfriend, Lyla Garrity (Minka Kelly). The good-natured cheerleader channels her grief by entering a secret and volatile relationship with Street's charming-but-troubled best friend, Tim Riggins (Taylor Kitsch). Shy second-string quarterback Matt Saracen (Zach Gilford) is thrust into the role of starter after spending much of his football career on the bench and under the radar of the fans and even his teammates. Cocky running back Brian "Smash" Williams (Gaius Charles), meanwhile, revels in the spotlight and keeps his focus determinedly set on gaining an athletic scholarship to college. Also looking to the future is the beautiful and jaded Tyra Collette (Adrianne Palicki), who desperately wants to escape the small-town life that has consumed her mother and sister.

Episode 1


Tue, Oct 3, 2006 60 mins

The Dillon Panthers high-school football squad prepares for its first game of the season under the guidance of a new head coach (Kyle Chandler). But numerous obstacles test the team's mettle, including squabbling among teammates, the persistent glare of the local media and the high expectations of the community. Jason Street: Scott Porter. Tim Riggins: Taylor Kitsch. Tami Taylor: Connie Britton.

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Episode 2

Eyes Wide Open

Tue, Oct 10, 2006 60 mins

As the town turns to faith and prayer to deal with star quarterback Jason Street's serious injury, Coach Taylor turns to an untested backup QB to anchor the team. Meanwhile, tensions reach a boiling point between teammates Riggins and Smash; and Lyla provides support to her fallen boyfriend.

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Episode 3

Wind Sprints

Tue, Oct 17, 2006 60 mins

When the Panthers are out of sync in a game against the underdog South Millbank Rattlers, Coach Taylor is subjected to the wrath of the community, the media and players' parents. As team morale plummets, he goes to drastic measures to unite his players. Meanwhile, Taylor is pressured to recruit a new quarterback; and Street and Lyla get into a fight.

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Episode 4

Who's Your Daddy

Tue, Oct 24, 2006 60 mins

The Panthers prepare for a fierce gridiron battle against their main rivals---rising stars the Arnett Mead Tigers. And when their field house is vandalized, apparently by the Tigers, the team plots retaliation. Meanwhile, cool and intimidating new QB, Ray "Voodoo" Tatom (Aldis Hodge), showcases his athletic prowess; Street gets an obnoxious new roommate at the hospital; and Taylor holds the traditional team dinner at his house.

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Episode 5

Git'er Done

Mon, Oct 30, 2006 60 mins

As the town and team anticipate a big Friday-night game against mighty rivals the Arnett Mead Tigers, Taylor weighs heavily whether to start novice backup Matt Saracen or cocky recruit Voodoo Tatom (Aldis Hodge) as quarterback. Elsewhere, sparks fly between Tyra and a young businessman (Patrick J. Adams) from Los Angeles; Street begins rehabilitation exercises; and Lyla's secret relationship with Riggins begins to sizzle. Herc: Steve Rankin.

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Episode 6

El Accidente

Tue, Nov 7, 2006 60 mins

Pressure mounts over the Texas High School Athletic Administration's investigation into whether Dillon illegally recruited flashy QB Voodoo Tatom. Meanwhile, Reyes brutally assaults one of Saracen's brainy buddies; and Riggins and Lyla spring the injured Street out of the hospital for a surprise "field trip."

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Episode 7


Tue, Nov 14, 2006 60 mins

Homecoming at Dillon brings back a throng of alumni---including 2000 quarterback champ Lucas Mize (Chad Brannon), who harbors dark secrets. Meanwhile, Tyra and Billy plan a killer postgame party; Smash focuses on impressing a college recruiter; Riggins tries to quit drinking; and Street grows more suspicious of Lyla's relationship with Riggins.

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Episode 8

Crossing the Line

Tue, Nov 28, 2006 60 mins

Disheartened by his ineffective performance on the field, Smash resorts to drastic measures to strengthen his game. Along the way, he takes a job at the Alamo Freeze, working alongside Matt. Meanwhile, Riggins and Tyra rekindle their dormant relationship; Street prepares to participate in a rugby scrimmage for paraplegics; and Julie contemplates going out with Matt.

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Episode 9

Full Hearts

Tue, Dec 5, 2006 60 mins

Tension escalates as the Panthers anticipate a game with highly touted Gatling High. Meanwhile, rumors spread about Lyla and Tim's forbidden relationship; Smash continues to go to extremes to strengthen his gridiron performance; and Julie and Matt's first date is plagued with problems.

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Episode 10

It's Different for Girls

Tue, Dec 12, 2006 60 mins

The Dillon cheerleading squad preps for a championship as rumors spread about Lyla's forbidden affair with Riggins, causing Lyla to fall victim to merciless harassment. Meanwhile, Taylor stands in the way of his daughter's budding relationship with Matt; Jason adapts to life at home; and Smash inches closer to the preacher's daughter.

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Episode 11


Wed, Jan 3, 2007 60 mins

Matt's father makes a surprise return visit from Iraq for two weeks, only to emerge as a man far removed from the heroic figure Matt remembered. Meanwhile, Street and Lyla begin to rekindle their relationship; Landry tutors an academically challenged Riggins; and Smash's girlfriend discloses a secret.

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Episode 12

What to Do While You're Waiting

Wed, Jan 10, 2007 60 mins

During a bye week, the Panthers' seasonal destiny rests on the outcome of a game between two rivals. Elsewhere, Matt's father---far removed from the violence in Iraq---adapts to life at home; the Streets continue to push for a lawsuit against Taylor; and Tyra deals with her mother's dysfunctional relationship with her boyfriend.

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Episode 13

Little Girl I Wanna Marry You

Wed, Jan 24, 2007 60 mins

Tension builds as the Panthers find the playoffs only one game away. Off-field dramas continue when Smash's mother (Liz Mikel) makes a discovery that could destroy her son's gridiron dreams. Meanwhile, Tyra confronts her mom's insecurities; and Jason ruminates on his relationship with Lyla.

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Episode 14

Upping the Ante

Wed, Jan 31, 2007 60 mins

The Panthers' postseason destiny becomes clearer as they play a crucial game. Elsewhere, Coach Taylor deals with Smash's personal demons, a mismatched Tyra and Julie connect in an unexpected friendship, Riggins reunites with his estranged father and Buddy makes a discovery about Jason and Lyla.

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Episode 15


Wed, Feb 7, 2007 60 mins

The Panthers savor their crucial playoff win---until race issues emerge and sorely test their bond. Elsewhere, Tami frowns upon Julie's newfound friendship with Tyra; the Riggins brothers adapt to life with their recently returned father; and the girls play a powder-puff football game.

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Episode 16

Black Eyes and Broken Hearts

Wed, Feb 14, 2007 60 mins

As the Panthers gear up for their next playoff game, racial tensions peak on the team in the wake of Coach McGill's comments. Meanwhile, Julie's odd-couple friendship with Tyra turns destructive; Jason makes a life-altering choice; and Matt goes the extra yard to win back Julie.

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Episode 17

I Think We Should Have Sex

Wed, Feb 21, 2007 60 mins

The Panthers claw their way deeper into the playoffs. Off the field, Julie shocks Matt by telling him that they should make love---but numerous fumbles ensue when Matt works to find the right time and place for the special moment. Meanwhile, Tim's relationship with his father begins to shatter; and Street bonds with a pretty tattoo artist.

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Episode 18

Extended Families

Wed, Feb 28, 2007 60 mins

The Panthers make a push for the state semifinals by taking on the Royal Rock Dragons. Off the field, Buddy is banished from his own home after his affair is exposed, so he moves in with the Taylors, soon proving to be a needy guest. Meanwhile, Waverly uncharacteristically takes Smash on a sexy midnight swim; and Riggins strikes up an unlikely friendship with a sycophantic neighborhood boy.

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Episode 19


Wed, Mar 21, 2007 60 mins

As Taylor deeply ponders whether to coach for Texas Methodist University, daughter Julie makes it abundantly clear that she doesn't want to move out of Dillon---and away from Matt. Meanwhile, Jason receives important news from the quad rugby recruiters.

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Episode 20

Mud Bowl

Wed, Mar 28, 2007 60 mins

With the final game before the state championships looming, an unforeseen event jeopardizes the Panthers' home-turf advantage. Meanwhile, Taylor fears his players are losing grasp of the true spirit of football, so he tries to instill in them a love of the game.

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Episode 21

Best Laid Plans

Wed, Apr 4, 2007 60 mins

Coach Taylor contemplates taking a position at Texas Methodist University and makes a rash decision that could turn his family topsy-turvy. Elsewhere, Tyra's shocking secret is revealed.

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Episode 22


Wed, Apr 11, 2007 60 mins

The Panthers gear up for the big game---the state championship---as rumors swell about whether or not Coach Taylor will accept a job at Texas Methodist University. Meanwhile, Tami receives some surprising news.

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