Friday Night Lights: Season 4 (2009 - 2010)

SEASON:

TOMATOMETER

Critic Consensus: In its penultimate season, Friday Night Lights continues the raw, heartfelt drama fans expect while adding a few fresh narrative twists.

AUDIENCE SCORE


Want to See

Add Rating
My Rating    

Episodes

1
Air date: Oct 28, 2009
2
Air date: Nov 4, 2009
3
Air date: Nov 11, 2009
4
Air date: Nov 18, 2009
5
Air date: Dec 2, 2009
6
Air date: Dec 9, 2009
7
Air date: Dec 16, 2009
8
Air date: Jan 6, 2010
9
Air date: Jan 13, 2010
10
Air date: Jan 20, 2010
Show More Episodes

Friday Night Lights: Season 4 Photos

Tv Season Info

Cast

Kyle Chandler
as Eric Taylor
Connie Britton
as Tami Taylor
Taylor Kitsch
as Tim Riggins
Aimee Teegarden
as Julie Taylor
Jesse Plemons
as Landry Clarke
Blue Deckert
as Mac Macgill
Brad Leland
as Buddy Garrity
Zach Gilford
as Matt Saracen
Derek Phillips
as Billy Riggins
Louanne Stephens
as Lorraine Saracen
Stacey Oristano
as Mindy Collette
D.W. Moffett
as Joe McCoy
Jeremy Sumpter
as J.D. McCoy
Matt Lauria
as Luke Cafferty
Michael B. Jordan
as Vince Howard
Jurnee Smollett-Bell
as Jess Merriweather
Minka Kelly
as Lyla Garrity
Stephanie Hunt
as Devin Corrigan
Janine Turner
as Katie McCoy
Angela Rawna
as Regina Howard
Timothy F. Crowley
as Coach Crowley
Drew Waters
as Wade Aikmen
Show More Cast

Critic Reviews for Friday Night Lights Season 4

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (15)

Friday Night Lights is rather brilliantly reinventing itself on the fly.

Jan 31, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Quirky, funny, smart, wonderful acting, surprise cameos by cherished actors (Steve Harris, The Practice), and a one-two punch by Chandler and Britton that is unbeatable. What's not to love?

Jan 31, 2014 | Rating: A+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

With plenty of frankness and compassion, the Friday Night Lights writers continue to provide Friday night with its brightest light.

Jan 31, 2014 | Full Review…

I'm disappointed that the finale (and the entire season, I think) passed without a single "clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose." But coach Taylor's pep talk at practice was almost better.

Feb 5, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

FNL remains at the top of its game while also continuing to depict Texas as much more than a drawling board of cartoonish characters. That's basically a first on network television

Feb 5, 2015 | Rating: A | Full Review…
Top Critic

There's definitely a joy to this series, no matter how dire things get for its characters.

Feb 3, 2014 | Full Review…

"Friday Night Lights" is back, y'all, and if the Season Four opener is any indicator, it's as good as ever.

Jun 15, 2018 | Full Review…

There aren't many high school shows - or shows, period - that get better in their fourth seasons.

Jan 31, 2014 | Full Review…

Football is the framework for what remains a gritty, family drama with enormous heart.

Jan 31, 2014 | Full Review…

Once again, I marvel at the fact that I even still have the privilege of writing about [it]. This show has defied the odds to a spectacular extent, and the fact that it is now in Season 4 is just awesome. And as usual, this show is awesome as well.

Feb 3, 2014 | Rating: 8.8/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Friday Night Lights: Season 4

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.

After the third season of "Friday Night Lights", the show (while still interesting) had hit a bit of a dry spell with many of the characters that had been the focal points of earlier seasons. "Smash" Williams was given his goodbye, Jason Street kind of just faded away, and Tyra & Tim were given the same dramatic material episode after episode. Thus,, the show writers introduced some new characters and scenery into this fourth season and really invigorated a show that needed a spark to really continue at a high level. This season of the show sees Coach Taylor now coaching the East Dillon Lions, a ragtag football program barely up off the ground. Quite a switch from the prestigious West Dillon Panthers, to be sure! While the early portion of the season focuses on that enormous change and the effects it has on the Taylor family (and Matt Saracen), the season eventually becomes all about the newcomers, including... -The two stars of East Dillon: Vince Howard (Michael B. Jordan), a youth with a very trouble past and a very uncertain future, and Luke Cafferty (Matt Laurie), who is forced to transfer West-to-East due to some dishonesty among the football boosters. -Jess Merriweather (Jurnee Smollett), who shares feelings both for Vince and Landry after a meeting of fate seems to bring them together. -Becky Sproles (Dora Madison Burge), who has an intriguing relationship with Tim Riggins. All of those new characters add an emotional "punch" the show that it had been missing since, in all honesty, about midway through the second season. The show becomes a little bit more about "issues" than it does about "individuals", but with such a rotating, evolving cast this formula ends up working out very well. Overall, then, I consider the fourth season of "FNL" to have been a rousing success. Whereas the third season had dropped into 3-star territory for me, this campaign injected new life into the proceedings and really sucked me into pretty all the different plotlines. You will be amazed at how a show that has been set in the same basic place (Dillon, TX) for four years can change so much yet still remain both grounded and fresh.

For the penultimate season, the writers gave us a nice narrative curveball by bringing Coach Taylor into a new setting. Coaching a lesser socio-economic school this season, Friday Night Lights was able to mine some more drama and social commentary (and perhaps a few nods to the Wire). The returning and new characters this season all meshed together well too, with Tim Riggins having a particular memorable sub-plot. One of the show's best years!

News & Features