Friday Night Lights 5 Seasons 2010

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Season 4
(271) IMDb 8.8/10
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12. Laboring TV-14 CC

Dillon's biggest game brings grief for Coach Taylor.

Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton
44 minutes
Original air date:
July 30, 2010

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62 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Lala on February 15, 2010
Format: DVD
I just finished watching the last episode of Season 4 - it has been an amazing season. While I did miss some of the show's regular characters, the addition of new characters and new story lines is simply a reflection of reality. People move in and out of our lives all the time, we meet new people, we lose track of others. As much as I adore the people in Dillon Texas and irrationally think of them as real people, I don't know if I've ever been moved so deeply as I have been this season watching new character Vince. I wanted to reach in through the screen and give him a hug and tell him that he was doing the right thing and that I was proud of him. That's how real this amazing young actor was. The story's shift to a less affluent side of town was also eye-opening and dramatic. Coach and Tammy Taylor continue to show us the most natural and real depiction of married life on television. I just can't say enough good things about this show. I'm so grateful that DirectTV and NBC continue to bring this to us. I consider the best show on the air - on any network - and still can't understand why it apparently has such a limited following, unless people are scared off thinking it's just a sports show. Friday Night Lights is not about football; it's about life, the choices we make, and our struggles to do our best. Looking forward to it finally making its way to NBC in April and will be first in line to purchase the season DVDs when they become available.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Dolphin on May 27, 2010
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The writers had quite a task in Season 4 in a short 13-episode season. Unlike so many of the teenage shows, FNLs actually allows its key young actors to move on, sometimes come back ... just as in real life. And it introduces new characters into the lives of the people of Dillon. This coming and going of people in their lives is just as it is in high schools across America.

Season 4 centers around Coach Taylor's exile to dilapidated East Dillon High school, while his beloved wife, Tami, remains Principal of Dillon High. The re-districting creates a schism between the Taylors, the Panthers and the Lions, the students of the 2 schools, the Boosters, and the town make for some interesting story-telling. It also creates a further schism between the races and economic classes ... the "haves" and the "have nots." This season mirrors the Great Recession where everyone but a very few struggles. Tami is now the major breadwinner in their family, Coach is still out on a 2 year "non-compete" from his contract with TMU, there are no jobs in Dillon. Buddy is no longer the richest man in Dillon, as his car dealership struggles. The richest man is now Joe McCoy, the Stud of Suds. (In real life, beer sales are in fact at an all time high during this recession ... so this seems very fitting). McCoy is oblivious to the suffering of others, as his family is unaffected and his eye remains on making his son the greatest quarterback in the history of Texas.

This divide is going to cause the same conflict that so many re-districted towns experience ... all anchored this season by the Coach and his family. The writers throw everything but the kitchen sink at Taylors this season(as well as some other key characters). As Coach said in the Pilot episode, now, they will all be tested.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Reconnecting To My Childhood on February 21, 2010
Format: DVD
***Spoiler Free Review of the Season***

The fourth season of Friday Night Lights was fantastic! It's a very important season of transition for the show as it attempts to move from the show we knew into the show it has to become. Rather than allow it to become a standard drama that repeats the same stories with the same characters the writer's decided to work on having characters we love move on in realistic fashion at the same time as they introduced us to and tried to make us care for new ones. To help ease the transition the writers wisely cheat to keep familiar faces Landry and Julie around for one more year of high school. Meanwhile Matt Saracen and Tim Riggins are both still struggling to get their lives started this season and they each hold some of it's strongest scenes in a season partially designed to give their amazing characters proper send off.

The show can never exist without the continued presence of Eric and Tammy Taylor at it's core to hold all the pieces together. This year finds the happily married couple facing much more daunting issues and problems than they have in any previous season. They constantly struggle to keep their lives, and the lives of the kids around them together. All the while Eric and Tammy seem to be continually punished by the community simply for doing what's right. The best thing about the Taylor's is rather than dealing with conflict within their relationship the writers keep them a united loving couple dealing with external conflict caused by life, which is much more relatable and realistic.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James Goodwin on August 21, 2010
Format: DVD
Everything that makes 'Friday Night Lights,' 'Friday Night Lights' is present in this season. Interesting characters, entertaining stories, gripping drama, touching relationships, and, last but sort of least, thrilling football moments. I haven't enjoyed a season quite this much since the first (though the third is a close runner up).

Some of the stand-out episodes of the series came during this season, particularly "The Son," "I Can't," and "Thanksgiving" -- all of which feature some exceptional writing and memorable performances. In a pleasant surprise, the new characters fit in quite well, and as the season progressed, I found myself rooting for them right along with the old favorites. It's great to see so many of the veteran characters and relationships given due attention and proper tributes, and it's also good to watch some nice new bonds develop. My favorite interactions were between Tim and newcomer Becky (Madison Burge, who gives a great performance in "I Can't"), a spunky, slightly younger girl who develops romantic feelings for him. This amounted to a charming, awkward, and touching bond that helped to develop both characters, further highlighting just how much Tim's matured since the show began.

Other newcomers include the brooding but noble Vince, the imperfect but dedicated Luke, and the mature, good-spirited Jess -- along with the welcome returns of Matt, Julie, and Landry. Alongside Tim and Becky, the collective group of younger characters interact quite well with each other, making for some decent love triangles (of the tolerable, well-handled variety), and well-nurtured friendships.

Amidst it all, the grown-ups are kept just as prominent and sympathetic as ever.
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