Friday Night Lights: Season 3 (2008 - 2009)


Season 3
Friday Night Lights

Critics Consensus

Fueled by realistic depictions of everyday issues and elevated by an outstanding young cast, the third season of Friday Night Lights finds the series continuing to shine.



Critic Ratings: 17


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User Ratings: 84

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Air date: Jan 16, 2009
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Air date: Mar 6, 2009
Air date: Mar 13, 2009
Air date: Mar 20, 2009
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Kyle Chandler
as Eric Taylor
Taylor Kitsch
as Tim Riggins
Scott Porter
as Jason Street
Connie Britton
as Tami Taylor
Zach Gilford
as Matt Saracen
Minka Kelly
as Lyla Garrity
Gaius Charles
as Brian `Smash' Williams
Aimee Teegarden
as Julie Taylor
Adrianne Palicki
as Tyra Collette
Jesse Plemons
as Landry Clarke
Blue Deckert
as Mac Macgill
Derek Phillips
as Billy Riggins
Brad Leland
as Buddy Garrity
Jeremy Sumpter
as J.D. McCoy
D.W. Moffett
as Joe McCoy
Janine Turner
as Katie McCoy
Stacey Oristano
as Mindy Collette
Louanne Stephens
as Lorraine Saracen
Michael B. Jordan
as Vince Howard
Matt Lauria
as Luke Cafferty
Jurnee Smollett-Bell
as Jess Merriweather
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Critic Reviews for Friday Night Lights Season 3

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (13)

Eric and Tami Taylor continue to have the most interesting and endearing relationship of any prime-time married couple.

Feb 5, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's good to be back in Dillon, even if it's harder to get there than it used to be.

Feb 4, 2014 | Full Review…

Let's be honest: Season 3 is a Hail Mary pass for Friday Night Lights, one of those real good TV shows that always seems to have been playing from a touchdown or two behind. Still, win or lose, the show has got game.

Feb 4, 2014 | Full Review…

Television's best drama returned in fighting shape for its third, most affecting year.

Nov 16, 2018 | Full Review…

As always, it's not the storylines that stood out on this show, but the moments -- the many times Friday Night Lights captures interactions between these characters that feel 100% genuine, even if you've seen versions of these stories before.

Feb 5, 2015 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

Tyra (Adrianne Palicki), Landry (Jesse Plemons) and Saracen (Zach Gilford) are going to break your heart many times over the new season. Count on it.

Feb 4, 2014 | Full Review…

I could probably watch an hour of Connie Britton and Kyle Chandler bantering every week, but Friday Night Lights offers much more. The cast members who started out good have only gotten better.

Feb 6, 2015 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

I've seen the entire season already on DIRECTV, and trust me, it only gets better, deeper, and richer.

Feb 6, 2015 | Rating: A | Full Review…

If this is game over for Lights, the series goes out with its legacy intact, no matter what Nielsen says. For three seasons, the cast of little-known twentysomethings played their respective students with exceptional clarity, charm and authenticity.

Feb 5, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It creates a feeling, a mood, an atmosphere. When the show works, the plots recede to the background as "FNL" immerses you in the day-to-day lives of these characters.

Feb 4, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Friday Night Lights: Season 3

  • Jan 13, 2019
    This is one of my favorite shows ever! I watched it a few years ago and am currently rewatching it. I don't even like football, but this show has depth that goes way beyond football. You'll laugh, cry, and cheer with the variety of characters.
  • Feb 25, 2017
    One of the hallmarks of the first two seasons of "Friday Night Lights" was the show's ability to really use its ensemble cast to the fullest. Each week would shine the spotlight on a different character scenario or two, and if those weren't the ones that appealed to you...well, you knew that the next week it would be something different. While this third season does a good job of moving certain storylines forward, it also turns rather repetitive at times in terms of the areas it really focuses in on. For a basic summary, Season Three is one in which we (as viewers) say goodbye to some established figures and welcome some "new blood" into the fold. Because the writers strike of 2007 completely screwed over Season Two's "ending", the beginning episodes of this year basically just get us back up to speed. From there, a few things given to us in this installment include: -Mrs. Taylor's new role as school principle and the new perspective it gives her on certain issues. -The continued evolution of the Tyra/Landry & Tim/Lyla relationships. -Jason Street doing everything he can to provide for his new "family" -The ongoing foibles of Buddy Garrity. -A new QB threat to Matt Ceracen. There are some parts of Season Three that work very well. The chemistry within the Taylor family is still the backbone of the show, and it still never fails to produce emotion in nearly every episode. The "new QB in town" angle is also probably the strongest one of the entire season. Tami's new turn as school principle also brings up some moral dilemmas that prove quite interesting. The trouble with this season, though, is that all the other angles fall under the following two categories: Either they are done too quickly (Smash Williams, Jason Street), or they linger on for far too long (Tyra's rebellious streak, the ticking time bomb that is Tim Riggins). More specifically, the characters of Tyra & Tim (who really stood out in the Second Season) are given more screen time but less character development in the sense that they don't seem much different from beginning to end. It is probably a case of the writers knowing that such drama works with most viewers and being a bit scared (in the wake of cancellation) to stray too far from the formula. Overall, then, I can't rate Season Three of "Friday Night Lights" nearly as well as its two predecessors. Whereas those earlier seasons were high drama with pockets of repetition, I felt that the formula was flipped in this case. The ending of the season set up a scenario that looks like it has great potential to produce an entertaining fourth season, so I'm not giving up hope just yet. I'm just a bit concerned that the show has "slipped" a bit with each subsequent season so far.
  • Oct 22, 2015
    While the previous two seasons established Friday Night Lights as a great show, it's the third season that really augmented its status to excellent. While the show hardly shakes up its formula, it does a much better job this year with conveying it's plots, and scrapes off some of the melodrama. Also stronger performances, and better written relationships make this season what Friday Night Lights is all about.

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