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Friday Night Lights 5 Seasons 2009

Season 3
4.8 out of 5 stars (289) IMDb 8.7/10

The critically-acclaimed drama is back on NBC with a new season, and this time, there's no telling what the future holds for the town of Dillon. When freshman hotshot J.D. McCoy shows off his arm, the town gets McCoy fever and Matt Saracen is demoted to QB2. An injury brings a sudden end to Smash's dreams, Riggins is convinced into a local money-making scheme and Lyla is accepted to a prestigious university -- but her hopes are crushed when her dad reveals a dire secret. Tyra leaves town and Landry is left questioning his feelings. And when Julie realizes she still has a thing for Matt, is it too late? Coach Taylor continues to juggle his responsibilities and growing pressures while his wife Tami has her hands full with a new career as the Dillon high school principal.

Starring:
Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton
Original air date:
April 10, 2009

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1. I Knew You When

NBC Season Premiere--a time of uncertainty--Brian "Smash" Williams (Gaius Charles) has graduated and the start of the new school year has Coach Taylor (Kyle Chandler) uncertain about the strength of his team.

CC TV-14 January 16, 2009 47 minutes
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2. Tami Knows Best

Emancipation--Smash (Gaius Charles) struggles with his confidence on the field as Coach Taylor (Kyle Chandler) preps him for college tryouts.

CC TV-14 January 23, 2009 44 minutes
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3. How The Other Half Lives

Under pressure--The pressure builds for Coach Taylor (Kyle Chandler) to make some changes to his team for an upcoming game.

CC TV-PG January 30, 2009 44 minutes
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4. Hello, Goodbye

Leaving it all behind--Tyra (Adrianne Palicki) gets wooed by Cash (Zach Roerig), the new bad boy rodeo star in town and says goodbye to her relationship with Landry (Jesse Plemons).

CC TV-PG February 6, 2009 44 minutes
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5. Every Rose Has Its Thorn

Big ideas, big decisions--Tyra's (Adrianne Palicki) new love, Cash (guest star Zach Roerig), seems to be the man of her dreams but that quickly changes when his dark side comes to light.

CC TV-PG February 13, 2009 44 minutes
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6. It Ain't Easy Being J.D. McCoy

Welcome to the team--New quarterback J.D. McCoy (guest star Jeremy Sumpter) becomes a victim of freshman hazing but begins to win the respect of the town and his team after he wins his first game.

CC TV-PG February 20, 2009 44 minutes
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7. Keeping Up Appearances

J.D. McCoy struggles as the new starting quarterback.

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8. New York, New York

Jason Street puts everything on the line to be with his family.

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9. Game Of The Week

The pressure is on when the Panthers' playoff game is chosen as the High School game of the week.

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10. The Giving Tree

Lyla loses faith in her father after he loses her college fund.

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11. A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall

Lyla's relationship with her father quickly breaks down.

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12. Underdogs

The friendship between the Taylors and McCoys disintegrates.

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13. Tomorrow Blues

Changes come along as life goes on in Dillon.

CC TV-PG April 10, 2009 46 minutes
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Warning! Spoilers galore! Do NOT read this review if you have not seen all of Season 3!

Season Three of FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS represents one of the most interesting attempts ever to keep a great, but lightly watched series alive. After Season One the series was renewed primarily based on the huge critical acclaim the show received along with its intensely dedicated, though small (though I would like to think growing) fan base. I honestly thought that after Season One it was going to sweep the Emmys, garnering a host of awards that would propel it to the next tier in public consciousness, much like what happened to another series that debuted in the fall of 2006, 30 ROCK. For some unfathomable reason it did not receive a single major Emmy nomination. It did go on, however, to win what have come to be the three most reliable indicators of quality TV. It won a Peabody award, something that most Emmy winners never receive. It won Salon's annual Buffy award, given to the best show neglected by the Emmys (named after the greatest TV series never to receive Emmy attention). And it was named one of the ten best shows on TV by the American Film Institute. Fans of the show watched in horror as clearly inferior shows like BOSTON LEGAL, GREY'S ANATOMY, HOUSE M.D., and HEROES got recognition that continued to escape.

Still, fans hoped that Season Two would see an increased audience share. NBC hoped that moving it to Friday night (the night that most people assumed it was airing) would help. It didn't and its ratings slipped further. Normally a show with the kind of ratings FNL had would simply have been cancelled. Much to NBC's credit, they decided to take new steps to save the series.
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Ok first let me state that I am huge fan of this show and own the first two seasons on DVD. When I found out about the deal with DirectTV I went through the pain of switching from cable to DirectTV because I had heard the season 3 episodes would be longer on DirectTV and shorter on NBC.

Now you are probably asking why I'm rating this season 3 release with one star. I just found out at TVSHOWSONDVD.COM that the season 3 release will the the shorter episodes broadcast on NBC and NOT the extended versions of season 3 that were broadcast on DirectTV. There will also be music substitutions according to TVSHOWSONDVD.COM. You can check out the story here at [...]

This is just the [...] marketing decision I've seen in a while. This show has a clear fan base and deserves to have the extended versions of the episodes. Considering the hassle myself and other fans of the show went through to switch to DirectTV just for this show I feel we all deserve the extended versions. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that by providing the extended DirectTV versions would improve sales. I'm also upset with the music substitutions that they are doing on the release.

Based on this I'm boycotting this release and will not be buying it. I refuse to support [...].
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I was heartbroken when it was cancelled and became a huge fan of directv when they picked it up for season 3...BUT I just read on [...] (which is linked to Amazon) that they are releasing only the shortened/edited NBC season 3 - not the full episodes aired on directv's Channel 101. AND changing the music for the dvds.

Basically, the fans and directv saved this show - and NBC is going to shaft the fans-AGAIN- by releasing shortened episodes instead of full directv episodes. I'm SOOOOOOOOOOOOO MAD. How much more could it really cost to release the entire episodes? And something has to be done to negotiate use of the music up front because fans of all shows usually love the music that was originally chosen by the original creative forces behind the show - rather than after the fact, haphazard changing the music to save money. If you are willing to spend $30 on season 3 (or buy it on sale) - you would probably spend $40 just as easily to get the full episodes with the real music.

What a racket! I usually hate 1 star reviews that have nothing to do with the show - but the way it was released(like a volume 1 etc. just to make money) but when the way it is being released means you have no access to the full episodes on dvd-I think it deserves 1 star because it is content related. At least with a volume 1, they may be squeezing you for money but you know you have the option to buy volume 2 and get the entire season. This way, you just get edited episodes - with no hope of full episodes.

By the way, it also said there would be a season 4&5 - YAHOO!!
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The latest (and potentially last) season of Friday Night Lights got back to what it does best. The show is at its strongest when it focuses on the relatively low-key melodrama of small town life, and is unafraid of sentimentality, heartbreak, and emotion. Season 3 has all these things. The show seemed to get away from these things in season 2; introducing a plot device straight out of Creative Writing 101 with the ill-fated murder story, as well as some sloppy storytelling and a few cringe worthy moments. Season 3 was a return to Season 1 form.

The emotional center of the show has always been the Taylors, the most functional and normal family I've ever seen on television. Eric, who seems to always be on the hot seat despite great success, is always worried about his job, and has to deal with the encroaching influence of Joe McCoy (DW Moffett). Tami has been promoted to principal of Dillon High School, and she has to deal with the realities of an under-funded school system. Her first priorities are to education, and she frequently bumps heads with Buddy Garrity, the mayor, and the rest of the football boosters over money. Her first big battle is over a Jumbotron for the football stadium. Julie has to deal with maturity, as she gets a part time job, re-starts her relationship with Matt, and has to deal with her friends and her boyfriend all graduating at the end of the year.

A major theme this season is dark underbelly of big time high school football in Texas, where football is king and education takes a back seat. Tied in to this theme is the arrival of the JD McCoy, a young Quarterback with a golden arm and an overbearing father.
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