Friday Night Lights: Season 3 (2008 - 2009)



Critic 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.


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Air date: Jan 16, 2009
Air date: Jan 23, 2009
Air date: Jan 30, 2009
Air date: Feb 6, 2009
Air date: Feb 13, 2009
Air date: Feb 20, 2009
Air date: Feb 27, 2009
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…

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