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The Best Episodes of Friday Night Lights

Every episode of Friday Night Lights ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Friday Night Lights!

The trials and triumphs of life in the small town of Dillon, Texas, where high school football is everything.

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The best episode of "Friday Night Lights" is "The Son", rated 9.6/10 from 1050 user votes. It was directed by N/A and written by Rolin Jones. "The Son" aired on 12/2/2009 and is rated 0.0 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Always".

  • The Son
    9.6/10 1,050 votes

    #1 - The Son

    Season 4 Episode 5 - Aired 2009-12-02

    Julie, Landry, Coach, and Tami rally around Matt in a time of crisis; Vince endangers his rising star as a football player by engaging in criminal activity in order to support his family; Becky and Tim grow closer.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Rolin Jones

  • Always
    9.6/10 1,245 votes

    #2 - Always

    Season 5 Episode 13 - Aired 2011-02-09

    While the Lions prepare for the state championship game, the Taylors face several decisions that could change their lives forever.

    Director: Michael Waxman

    Writer: Jason Katims

  • Underdogs
    9.1/10 566 votes

    #3 - Underdogs

    Season 3 Episode 12 - Aired 2009-01-07

    J.D.'s dad has to deal with child protective services after his fight with J.D. Tyra realizes that life isn't fair and that she needs to do whatever is necessary to get in to college. Matt and Tim prepare for the last game of their high school career: The Texas State Championship.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Thanksgiving
    9.1/10 567 votes

    #4 - Thanksgiving

    Season 4 Episode 13 - Aired 2010-02-10

    The Taylors host Thanksgiving dinner; Coach tells Vince he has to be more selfish; Tami must make an apology; Julie and Landry are surprised by a visitor from their past; Tim makes a difficult decision; East Dillon rallies around the Lions.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Jason Katims

  • Texas Whatever
    9.0/10 497 votes

    #5 - Texas Whatever

    Season 5 Episode 12 - Aired 2011-02-02

    Coach Taylor is offered a deal he can’t refuse; Tim assesses his future plans when an old flame returns to Dillon; The fate of East Dillon’s football program is decided.

    Director: Kyle Chandler

    Writer: Kerry Ehrin

  • State
    8.9/10 824 votes

    #6 - State

    Season 1 Episode 22 - Aired 2007-04-11

    The rumors about Coach Taylor leaving the team at the end of the season get a boost when an inside source decides to speak up. Meanwhile, the Panthers are preparing themselves for the state championship.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Jason Katims, Patrick Massett, John Zinman

  • Tomorrow Blues
    8.9/10 520 votes

    #7 - Tomorrow Blues

    Season 3 Episode 13 - Aired 2009-01-14

    Five months later, Coach Taylor's contract is up for review on Billy and Mindy's wedding day. Tyra grows anxious about her waitlist status. Matt leaves Grandma Saracen and Julie behind to attend college. Tim and Lyla question their future together.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Jason Katims

  • Mud Bowl
    8.8/10 836 votes

    #8 - Mud Bowl

    Season 1 Episode 20 - Aired 2007-03-28

    An chemical spill near Dillon High School forces Coach Taylor and the Panthers to seek another facility in which to play the crucial State Semi-Final game.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: David Hudgins

  • Hello, Goodbye
    8.8/10 548 votes

    #9 - Hello, Goodbye

    Season 3 Episode 4 - Aired 2008-10-22

    Tami embarrasses herself with the superintendent. Tyra breaks with Landry to take up with Cash, the new bad boy in town. Julie advises Matt who is upset with his mother who has come to help with grandma. Smash has an emotional goodbye with Coach.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: David Hudgins

  • Laboring
    8.8/10 451 votes

    #10 - Laboring

    Season 4 Episode 12 - Aired 2010-02-03

    Tensions in town run high as the Panthers/Lions game approaches; Coach tells Luke he won't be playing; Tami attempts to placate her detractors; developments both good and bad shake up the Riggins boys; Vince teams up with Kennard to seek revenge.

    Director: Adam Davidson

    Writer: Rolin Jones

  • Kingdom
    8.7/10 447 votes

    #11 - Kingdom

    Season 5 Episode 5 - Aired 2010-12-01

    Coach discusses recruitment regulations. The Lions take a road trip. East Dillon's four stars make a pact. Julie's relationship becomes more complicated.

    Director: Patrick R. Norris

    Writer: Peter Berg

  • New York, New York
    8.6/10 489 votes

    #12 - New York, New York

    Season 3 Episode 8 - Aired 2008-11-19

    Tim is worried when Jason talks about leaving Dillon. Money troubles cause a riff between Tami and Eric. Tyra leans on Cash when things get tough, while Julie talks to her dad about Matt's idea.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Don't Go
    8.6/10 424 votes

    #13 - Don't Go

    Season 5 Episode 10 - Aired 2011-01-19

    An elite college football program attempts to lure Coach away from East Dillon. Vince vows to earn his spot back. Friends and family speak at Tim's parole hearing. East Dillon holds a Fall Sports Banquet.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Peter Berg

  • The March
    8.6/10 428 votes

    #14 - The March

    Season 5 Episode 11 - Aired 2011-01-26

    Coach Taylor feels threatened as East Dillon faces serious budget cuts; Tami is flown to Pennsylvania for the opportunity of a lifetime; The Lions begin their quest for state; Vince becomes the man of the house again.

    Director: Jason Katims

    Writer: Peter Berg

  • East of Dillon
    8.5/10 526 votes

    #15 - East of Dillon

    Season 4 Episode 1 - Aired 2009-10-28

    Coach Taylor wonders how low his fortunes can sink as he struggles to pull the East Dillon Lions together while Tami navigates the new politics at West Dillon. Meanwhile, Matt gets a taste of life as a townie and Tim is inspired by a college lecture on "the hero's journey."

    Director: Peter Berg

    Writer: Jason Katims

  • A Sort of Homecoming
    8.5/10 457 votes

    #16 - A Sort of Homecoming

    Season 4 Episode 4 - Aired 2009-11-18

    Homecoming at the newly-reopened school prompts Coach to investigate East Dillon's history. Tami feels the wrath of the boosters. Landry and Vince both like Jess. Julie accompanies Devin to a gay bar. Matt and Tim go hunting.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Etan Frankel

  • Pilot
    8.4/10 1,429 votes

    #17 - Pilot

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 2006-10-03

    A newcomer coach Eric Taylor finds himself helming a promising high school football team, the Dillon Panthers, that has a real chance to make it to the top.

    Director: Peter Berg

    Writer: Peter Berg

  • Black Eyes & Broken Hearts
    8.4/10 765 votes

    #18 - Black Eyes & Broken Hearts

    Season 1 Episode 16 - Aired 2007-02-14

    Due to racial comments from Coach Mac, the black players on the team refuse to play unless he is sacked.Julie is sucked deeper into the vortex as her friendship with Tyra develops. Matt tries to win Julie back.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Patrick Massett, John Zinman

  • Leave No One Behind
    8.4/10 538 votes

    #19 - Leave No One Behind

    Season 2 Episode 14 - Aired 2008-02-01

    Matt Saracen reaches at his lowest point. Meanwhile, Tami Taylor’s relationship continues to blossom with Tyra. Julie becomes envious. Landry has an admirer. Elsewhere, Smash seeks advice from Coach Taylor.

    Director: Dean White

    Writer: N/A

  • Stay
    8.4/10 467 votes

    #20 - Stay

    Season 4 Episode 6 - Aired 2009-12-09

    Coach searches for a strategy to shut down their toughest opponent yet. Tim reconnects with Lyla. Vince discovers he has a gift for car theft. Julie and Matt attend a concert in Austin and reach a critical juncture in their relationship.

    Director: Patrick R. Norris

    Writer: N/A

  • Perfect Record
    8.4/10 408 votes

    #21 - Perfect Record

    Season 5 Episode 7 - Aired 2010-12-15

    Rivalry week stirs up controversy. Vince is caught in the middle between Coach and Ornette. Billy takes Luke under his wing.

    Director: Adam Davidson

    Writer: Peter Berg

  • Gut Check
    8.4/10 403 votes

    #22 - Gut Check

    Season 5 Episode 9 - Aired 2011-01-12

    Coach threatens to suspend Vince. Luke faces pressure. Billy learns some surprising news from Mindy. Becky starts a surprising new job.

    Director: Chris Eyre

    Writer: Peter Berg

  • There Goes the Neighborhood
    8.3/10 546 votes

    #23 - There Goes the Neighborhood

    Season 2 Episode 10 - Aired 2008-01-04

    Dillon County is hit by a tornado with Laribee High School affected by the damage forcing both rivals to share Dillon's resources. Julie and Tami adjust to Tim Riggins' living in their house, and tension builds between Landry and Tyra.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: David Hudgins

  • The Giving Tree
    8.3/10 441 votes

    #24 - The Giving Tree

    Season 3 Episode 10 - Aired 2008-12-10

    It becomes clear JD has no interest in his father's advice regarding Madison. Lyla turns to Riggins when Buddy reveals a secret. Coach is emotionally challenged both on and off the field. Tyra has a plan to repair her relationship with Landry.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall
    8.3/10 452 votes

    #25 - A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall

    Season 3 Episode 11 - Aired 2008-12-17

    Tyra is desperate and once again turns to Landry. Coach and Tami learn of a change that could dismantle the Panthers team. Tim sees another side of Lyla. Matt flips out when Grandma suffers an accident. Tensions escalate between JD and Joe.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Patrick Massett, John Zinman