• Publication date: January 23, 2012

Friday Night Lights- Season 2



The trials and tribulations of small town Texas football players, their friends, family, and coaching staff.

As a show about the community of Dillon, Texas and how the high school football team affects the town as a whole, Friday Night Lights has an ensemble cast.


While screen time of characters varies from episode to episode, the show is most focused on Panthers' football coach Eric Taylor, who strives to balance his emphasis on family, his status in a sometimes confrontational community, and his personal ambitions.


His family - wife Tami Taylor, a guidance counselor turned principal at Dillon High, and teenage daughter Julie Taylor  - are also central to the show.


When Tami becomes pregnant and gives birth to Gracie Taylor, tensions within the family increase and Julie becomes more rebellious.


Outside of the Taylor family, the show focuses on the respective lives of the Dillon's high school football players. In the series' first episode, star quarterback Jason Street suffers an injury that leads to an end to his football career and a disability that he resists and then learns to cope with throughout the series.


Lyla Garrity, who at the time of Jason's injury was his girlfriend, parallels his story, as she goes from a Panther cheerleader to a Christian youth leader.


As a result of Jason's injury, shy and nervous Matt Saracen becomes the Panthers' starting quarterback and eventually dates Julie.


It is also revealed that Matt's father is serving in Iraq and that he must therefore care for his grandmother Lorraine Saracen by himself, with help only from his best friend Landry Clarke, and eventual live-in nurse and love interest Carlotta Alonso.


Brash star running back Brian "Smash" Williams's quest for a college football scholarship and fullback Tim Riggins' (Taylor Kitsch) tale of on-and-off alcoholism and party-life are told as well.


Tyra Collette also stars as a town vixen who goes from Tim's occasional girlfriend to Landry's lover following Landry's defense of her from a rapist.



  • Zach Gilford
  • Aimee Teegarden
  • Connie Britton
  • Kyle Chandler
  • Jesse Plemons