Friday Night Lights: Season 2 (2007 - 2008)

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Season 2
Friday Night Lights

Critics Consensus

Despite an ill-advised story that threatens to puncture its aura of realism, Season Two of Friday Night Lights continues to deepen the show's winning portrayal of small-town America.

89%

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Critic Ratings: 19

87%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 95
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Episodes

1
Air date: Oct 5, 2007
3
Air date: Oct 19, 2007
4
Air date: Oct 26, 2007
5
Air date: Nov 2, 2007
6
Air date: Nov 9, 2007
7
Air date: Nov 16, 2007
8
Air date: Nov 30, 2007
9
Air date: Dec 7, 2007
10
Air date: Jan 4, 2008
11
Air date: Jan 11, 2008
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The second season of Peter Berg's critically acclaimed series finds many of the characters going through big changes. After accepting a coaching job at Austin's Texas Methodist University, Eric Taylor (Kyle Chandler) struggles to adapt to his new team as well as life away from his family. The adjustment proves equally difficult for Tami Taylor (Connie Britton), who gives birth to a second daughter and battles loneliness during her maternity leave. To help out around the house, Tami's free-spirited sister, Shelley (Jessalyn Gilsig), briefly moves in with the family. Julie (Aimee Teegarden) offers her mom little comfort, however, as she taps into her wild side, frequently defying Tami and pursuing a relationship with an older guy. The newly dumped Matt Saracen (Zach Gilford) has a lot more on his plate than just a broken heart, though, as he looks for ways to care for his grandmother (Louanne Stephens), who suffers from dementia, and eventually hires live-in nurse Carlotta Alonso (Daniella Alonso). Matt's best friend, Landry Clarke (Jesse Plemmons), faces his own crisis after he kills a man who attacks Tyra Collette (Adrianne Palicki) and he and Tyra decide to cover it up. Jason Street (Scott Porter) also flirts with danger when he considers undergoing a risky---and illegal---surgery to reverse his paralysis. Worried about his friend, Tim Riggins (Taylor Kitsch) takes steps to repair their damaged relationship and prevent Street from taking unnecessary risks. Lyla Garrity (Minka Kelly) also weighs in on Street's plans but mostly keeps busy with her church as she tries to distance herself from both Riggins and Street. Meanwhile, Brian "Smash" Williams (Gaius Charles) explores his college options as he begins the official recruitment process.

Cast

Kyle Chandler
as Eric Taylor
Scott Porter
as Jason Street
Gaius Charles
as Brian `Smash' Williams
Taylor Kitsch
as Tim Riggins
Connie Britton
as Tami Taylor
Zach Gilford
as Matt Saracen
Minka Kelly
as Lyla Garrity
Aimee Teegarden
as Julie Taylor
Adrianne Palicki
as Tyra Collette
Jesse Plemons
as Landry Clarke
Steven Walters
as Glenn Reed
Derek Phillips
as Billy Riggins
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Critic Reviews for Friday Night Lights Season 2

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (14)

The show doesn't back away from what happens in the premiere, and by early in episode two, we're at a point where the only way to fix it is to write out the characters involved.

Apr 8, 2014 | Full Review…

FNL still does no more than tell life-size stories about life-size people. In a universe of Dirty Sexy Money, that may not be enough, but while it's here, there aren't many better games in town.

Apr 8, 2014 | Full Review…

I can't imagine what stopped Emmy voters from lavishing this series with nominations this year, unless they failed to realize that it's not, strictly, a sports drama. I also can't imagine why [FNL] isn't a ratings success, except for the same confusion.

Apr 8, 2014 | Full Review…

The story arcs dare to treat small-town American life in all its solemn complexity. The characters rise above inert cutouts, each following a journey, for better and worse, worth taking.

Apr 8, 2014 | Full Review…

This show captures a distinct culture, and the people jockeying for places in it, trying to prove, mostly to themselves, that their lives have value. And so Friday Night Lights has more than almost any network show today.

Mar 28, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

"Friday Night Lights" is the best drama currently on network television.

Jun 13, 2018 | Full Review…

While the Texas high school sports drama might lay claim to one of the greatest pilots ever made, its second series might well take the prize for the worst second series.

Jun 11, 2018 | Full Review…

The contemplation of such complex questions makes Friday Night Lights a consistently grown-up show, willing to confront fading dreams and rash decisions without quite losing faith in the unpredictable transcendence of everyday life.

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

The subtlety and restraint of the actors, particularly Chandler and Britton, makes the small moments all the more natural and intimate.

Feb 5, 2015 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

I think the writers have done a fine job setting the table for Season Two and providing those lovely little moments that continue to set the show apart.

Feb 6, 2015 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Friday Night Lights: Season 2

  • Mar 02, 2019
    Not as good as the first season, but it still enthusiasts with its captivating plot, charismatic cast and credible teen real life portrayal.
  • Jan 30, 2019
    Not as good as the first season, but it still enthusiasts with its captivating plot, charismatic cast and credible teen real life portrayal.
  • 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
    The fall TV schedule of 2007 was a mess due to the Writer's Strike that saw all of the script-writers withhold their services. The effects of such a shake-up can be seen in two crucial ways during the course of this season: 1. The pacing of the early episodes; & 2. The abrupt ending when there should have been more episodes to round out the plotlines. Coming off an incredibly strong first season, this second installment of "Friday Night Lights" is, at least at first, markedly different from the original slate of episodes. There is less of a focus on football and much more on just character drama in general. For a few examples...the effect on the Taylor family of Eric's TMU job, the strange blossoming of the Landry/Tyra relationship, the struggles of Matt Ceracen, and the tumultuous Jason/Lyla/Tim triangle of friendship/love/stupidity. In fact, for the first six or so episodes of the season, very little football is seen whatsoever. Unfortunately, this was caused by the "wait and see" approach because of the writers strike and thus the subplots became paramount while the show creators were biding their time. While the show is still okay in this format, it lacks that "football punch" that gave it such heart in the first season. As the second season winds down, though, the episodes really start to pick up in all areas. The somewhat cheesy and overly dramatic plotlines of the early season (Jason to Mexico, a murderer body, etc.) fade into the background and that nice football/life mix takes center stage once again. In fact, just when you'll think things are truly back on track...the season abruptly ends in mid-stride (again, the strike). The first episode of Season Three will go on to fill in the gaps, but that is most certainly not the prescribed way to run a dramatic series such as this one. Overall, then, while I cannot give this season a full five starts due to behind-the-scenes issues and a straying from the powerful football scenes, it is still a solid effort that succeeds in pushing storylines forward and creating some great ensemble drama. For the first time this year, you just have to wade through a bit of unbelievability to get it.
  • Oct 10, 2015
    The second season of Friday Night Lights is almost as good as the first. Like season 1, its strengths lie in its sense of fidelity with small-town America, and for the voluminous chemistry that comes from Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton. Coming out the year of the writer's strike, season 2 lacks a proper climax though, and one of it's sub-plots feels better suited for a show on The CW. Regardless, this is another season of great television, that shows that network television can still concoct compelling dramas.

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