Friday Night Lights: Season 5 (2010 - 2011)


Season 5
Friday Night Lights

Critics Consensus

Friday Night Lights delivers a triumphant final season, remaining true to its characters while continuing to dispense more of the absorbing drama that made it a cult favorite throughout its run.



Critic Ratings: 17


Audience Score

User Ratings: 138
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Air date: Oct 27, 2010
Air date: Nov 3, 2010
Air date: Nov 10, 2010
Air date: Nov 17, 2010
Air date: Dec 1, 2010
Air date: Dec 8, 2010
Air date: Dec 15, 2010
Air date: Jan 5, 2011
Air date: Jan 12, 2011
Air date: Jan 19, 2011
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Kyle Chandler
as Eric Taylor
Connie Britton
as Tami Taylor
Aimee Teegarden
as Julie Taylor
Michael B. Jordan
as Vince Howard
Matt Lauria
as Luke Cafferty
Jurnee Smollett-Bell
as Jess Merriweather
Brad Leland
as Buddy Garrity
Derek Phillips
as Billy Riggins
Stacey Oristano
as Mindy Collette
D.W. Moffett
as Joe McCoy
Jeremy Sumpter
as J.D. McCoy
Taylor Kitsch
as Tim Riggins
Blue Deckert
as Mac Macgill
Adrianne Palicki
as Tyra Collette
Louanne Stephens
as Lorraine Saracen
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Critic Reviews for Friday Night Lights Season 5

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (7)

This is a show that's scored way more than it has faltered, and the opening episode suggests that streak will continue.

Nov 26, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

...a legitimately brilliant drama...

Nov 5, 2018 | Full Review…

What's most remarkable about Friday Night Lights (outside of the quality of the writing and acting on the actual program) is how the show survived.

Feb 6, 2015 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Even an episode that has all of the excitement of new beginnings still managed to tug at my heartstrings.

Feb 5, 2015 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

In the end, Friday Night Lights managed to create striking moments out of the small and intimate... Texas forever, indeed.

Feb 5, 2015 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

This season may be about saying goodbyes, but for now I'm just happy to have Friday Night Lights back.

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

I'm generally impressed with how well the final season wrapped up.

Feb 5, 2015 | Full Review…

Just watch the first two episodes and you will think one word ("Touchdown!") and remain emotionally riveted for the remaining 11 episodes of the final season.

Feb 5, 2015 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

I measure the quality of each episode based on my tear and cheer count, and this episode proved high in both. Ah, Dillon, Texas. How I have missed you.

Feb 5, 2015 | Full Review…

Man, that was one fine, emotional, intelligent, and satisfying ending.

Feb 5, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Friday Night Lights: Season 5

  • Aug 17, 2015
  • 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.
  • Jul 03, 2017
    There really is something in this show for everybody. I found this to be so much more than just a show about football. The sport is simply a backdrop to showcase the stories of compelling characters. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy the scenes where football was played, on the contrary, they were always exciting and never felt repetitive. The first few seasons do a good job of getting the ball rolling but the last three seasons are what make this show truly great. The premise at first seems like it might become repetitive, but the writers keep the narrative twists consistent and I was constantly interested. Some of the scenarios in the series can be a bit far fetched, but for the most part, everything is fairly grounded in reality. I thought the performances were all great but there is a noticeable issue about characters looking significantly older than the characters there are portraying. Kyle Chandler as Coach Taylor is the standout performance and in every season he does a fantastic job. His character is easily one of my favorite characters in television. All in all, this high school drama is a winner that is most definitely worth experiencing.
  • Feb 25, 2017
    The first season of "Friday Night Lights" introduced viewers to an amazing cast of characters that carried the show for three seasons. But, this being a show primarily about high-schoolers, the cast was bound to change (and did) over the course of the fourth season and this final effort. Though the characters, places, and events changed radically as "Friday Night Lights" wound down in this season, it managed to keep the prized asset that had allowed it to succeed for so many years in the first place: heart. While still always keeping the Taylor family as its "base camp", Season Five pretty much makes the complete transition from the "old gang" to the likes of Vince Howard, Luke Cafferty, Becky Sproles, Jess Merriweather, & Billy Riggins. It is their stories that dominate the better part of the season, with the old favorites sprinkled in from time to time leading up to the big finale. Though completely remaking the cast of a TV drama is very tricky business (and I would argue that it can never fully recapture the "glory days" of old), "FNL" does it in about the best way possible. The Taylors are the one constant, and then the solid writing & character development does the rest. Ironically enough, this new batch of characters (while never quite living up to the first season or two of stories) is far more interesting to watch then, say, the Third Season when even the beloved regulars began to get a little stale. The series finale is, of course, a major highlight of this experience, and it is done in a touching fashion despite all the cast turnover. The writers knew exactly what to focus on and how to wrap things up while walking the fine line between sappy and realistic. Overall, the Fifth Season of "Friday Night Lights" is still solid dramatic television. Though it may start off a little slow compared to other seasons, within an episode or two it will continue providing those emotional/inspirational moments you have come to expect.
  • Sep 07, 2016
    I just finished the last episode and can't wait to watch it again. It is amazing. Love the characters and story line. Final episode was perfect
  • Nov 15, 2015
    If Friday Night Lights' final season is the series weakest, it's because it's the closest the show got to being long in the tooth. The show didn't stray from it's formula of well-written melodrama, and actually had a bit of a predictable air to it at times. That said, when this show was good, it was truly great, particularly in its heart warming series finale. Not one of the show's best years, but a fine finale for one of network TV's most triumphant programs.
  • Mar 08, 2015
    Friday Night Lights is a series that is based around a set of high school football players and their families and friends. The pressure is on for the players as they are ranking state champions and throughout each season try to maintain that title. As college approaches for each of them and they prepare to go their separate ways, relationships become more intimate and are broken up and drama is caused by the stress and pressure their future puts on their families. The series is has a very good story line and constantly keeps your attention with the constant plot twists. It is a series that people of all ages can connect to. Athletes, as they are familiar with the sport part of the plot, as well as high school students dealing with many of the same situations the main characters deal with, and adults as well; Friday Night Lights is recommended for those of all ages who are looking for an interesting show to watch!
  • Jan 16, 2014
    Clear eyes, full hearts...
  • Nov 29, 2013
    So I'm 10 episodes into the first season. I started this project with cautious but high expectation, though they couldn't have been too high, as it took me 4 months to get started. " Moneyball" and "Friday Night Lights" the film, were terrific; both favorites and pioneering a great new style of American sports movies. They both presented true American sports stories with minimal artistic embellishment. They're smart and give you a gripping story, set against a cast of knowable and real characters. To top off my expectation sundae were a bunch of great reviews from friends, who's opinions I respect, often along the lines of "Best American TV drama ever" and similar superlatives. So far, I've been entertained but a little let down. One rule of film I go by is that if any more than a third of the major subplots are about falling in love, it's probably crap. FNL avoids being crap, in spite of breaking this rule because it's smart if lazy. It's already in the trap of relying on ever grander plot progression. There are too many people falling in love and sleeping with one another and too little else going on in their lives (90210 style) to qualify it as a great teen high school film. There's too much reliance on trendy mood music, often on top of too little story. Paralyzing the star quarterback was too rich and if he gets back up and plays, I'll end my viewing there. Furthermore, I think we're being treated to an L.A. view of life in Texas, probably as it might have been in the 1970's but not like it is now. High School football is still a very big deal but there are few towns it dominates anymore. Not even in Texas do high school boys ride around in the back of pickup trucks and fire at coyotes with a 12 gauge. And what's going on with the shaky, zoom lens, peekaboo, documentary style filming? Hollywood and needs to relegate that style to actual documentaries or films where the implied presence of a camera crew makes sense, like in the British version of "The Office" With the cracked doorway looks, there is definitely an attempt to "put the viewer right there" or what have you, but I don't want to be right there. I want to watch like a fly on the wall, my presence of no concern. It doesn't work. I'd take my review with a grain of salt because I generally hate all but the very best high school stories, but there we are. It's a 3 out of 5

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