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Friday Night Lights: Season 3

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One of the most compelling, heartfelt and intense TV series of all time – Friday Night Lights – returns to more acclaim with 13 groundbreaking Season Three episodes. Return to Dillon, Texas, where the close-knit residents face new challenges and uncertainties as they deal with the day-to-day pressures of life transitions, heartbreak and hardships. Featuring a powerful all-star cast led by Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights is the realistic series that has received unrivaled recognition from Time, Entertainment Weekly, the Primetime Emmy® Awards, Writers Guild and the American Film Institute. Discover why this gripping series from executive producers Brian Grazer, Peter Berg, Jason Katims and Jeffrey Reiner is being praised as “one of the best series on TV.” (Hal Boedeker, Orlando Sentinel)


Some televised dramas focus on families, others on singles and couples, but NBC's Friday Night Lights, among the finest shows of the decade, takes on an entire town. As with Sports Night, minimal enthusiasm for athletics presents no hindrance to enjoyment, just an interest in the concerns of Dillon, TX's populace, indelibly captured through authentic locations, handheld cameras, and naturalistic acting. If the off-shoot of creator Peter Berg's feature film doesn't look like most primetime programs, the cinematic score from Austin's Explosions in the Sky contributes to the big-screen impression.

Since the first season, Coach Taylor (Kyle Chandler) and his wife, Tami (Connie Britton), now Dillon High principal, remain constants as they guide their charges--including 17-year-old daughter Julie (Aimee Teegarden)--through games, classes, and beyond. Where Jason Street and Smash Williams began as major players, they fade from view in the third as they figure out their post-grad futures. Instead, big-hearted garage-rocker Landry (Observe and Report's Jesse Plemons) emerges as the heart of the show, while his best friend, Matt (Zach Gilford), reaches out to his estranged mother, Shelby (Kim Dickens), for help when his grandmother’s deteriorating mental condition becomes too much to bear.

If everyone has financial struggles of some kind, new quarterback JD. McCoy (Jeremy Sumpter) shares no such concerns. By the end of the season, however, his controlling father, Joe (D.W. Moffett), will go too far. And after a misguided move into criminal intrigue during the second year, Lights avoids any similar missteps this time around, and the entire cast rises to the occasion, including Taylor Kitsch (Riggins), Minka Kelly (Lyla), and Adrianne Palicki (Tyra), who portrays the show's trickiest character, a self-obsessed senior who takes advantage of Landry whenever it suits her needs. Extras include deleted scenes and insightful commentary from writer/producer Jason Katims. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Special Features

Disc 1 - Friday Night Lights The Third Season:
  • Deleted Scenes

  • Disc 2 - Friday Night Lights The Third Season:
  • Keeping Up Appearances Deleted Storyline
  • Deleted Scenes

  • Disc 3 - Friday Night Lights The Third Season:
  • Deleted Scenes

  • Disc 4 - Friday Night Lights The Third Season:
  • Tomorrow Blues Deleted Storyline
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Tomorrow Blues Commentary with Executive Producer Jason Katims and Co-Executive Producer/Episode Director Jeffrey Reiner

  • Product Details

    • Actors: Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton
    • Producers: Peter Berg, Brian Grazer
    • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
    • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
    • Subtitles: English
    • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
    • Number of discs: 4
    • Rated:
      Not Rated
    • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
    • DVD Release Date: May 19, 2009
    • Run Time: 568 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (300 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B001RXDM2C
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,392 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "Friday Night Lights: Season 3" on IMDb

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    By Robert Moore HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 8, 2009
    Format: DVD
    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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    +++This Review Contains Some Spoilers+++

    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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