Friday Night Lights is an American serial drama television series adapted by Peter Berg, Brian Grazer and David Nevins from a book and film of the same name.
The series details events surrounding the Dillon Panthers, a high school football team based in fictional Dillon, Texas, with particular focus given to the team's coach, Eric Taylor and his family. The show uses this small-town backdrop to address many issues facing contemporary Middle America.
The series aired in the USA on NBC and The 1010 Network from 3 October, 2006 to 9 February, 2011. There are 76 hour-long episodes in five seasons.
Friday Night Lights originally premiered in South Africa on M-Net on Friday 4 May 2007, at 19h30. It also aired on DStv's GO (which later became Vuzu) and M-Net Holiday channels and was moved to DStv's M-Net Series channel for the final season.
See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.
Season 4 premiered on Vuzu on Thursday 16 September 2010, at 20h30. New episodes broadcast weekly. There are 13 episodes in the fourth season.
Viewers will meet the East Dillon Lions when the fourth season of the critically acclaimed and Emmy-winning drama series Friday Night Lights premieres.
Executive Producer Peter Berg directed the season premiere, returning to the series as director for the first time since directing the show's pilot in 2006. Four new additions to the cast, as well as the returning characters, are central to the fourth and fifth seasons of the show.
Expanding on the hit feature film and best-selling book Friday Night Lights, the show centres on life in Dillon, Texas, where high school football brings the community together - and the drama of small town life threatens to tear it apart.
As Season 4 opens, a redistricting plan has left Dillon a town divided.
Having been ousted from his role as head coach at Dillon High School, Coach Taylor (Kyle Chandler) finds himself faced with the daunting task of building a football team from scratch as well as motivating and disciplining the unmanageable East Dillon Lions players.
Tensions follows Coach Taylor off the field and into the home as he and Tami (Connie Britton), who remains Principal of West Dillon High, find themselves increasingly at odds with one another and the adversarial roles the redistricting has forced upon them.
As one of the main proponents of redistricting Dillon, Tami bears the brunt of criticism from very unhappy parents and students who have been zoned out of West Dillon and into less desirable East Dillon.
An integral member of the newly formed East Dillon Lions is Vince (Michael B. Jordan), whose incredible speed positions him as the Lions best, and possibly only, hope despite his undisciplined skills and unpredictable temper.
Vince quickly finds himself at odds with the team's new pretty boy and rising star player Luke (Matt Lauria). The running back held great promise playing with the Dillon Panthers, however, due to the redistricting lines he is now forced to play for the East Dillon Lions.
Other newcomers include Jess (Jurnee Smollett), the daughter of a onetime NFL hopeful, who is an expert in the sport and will prove to be a crucial part of the new East Dillon team; and Becky, played by newcomer Madison Burge.
Becky is a fifteen-year-old beauty queen who isn't afraid to use her looks to get what, and who, she wants and quickly establishes herself at the top of the East Dillon social hierarchy.
The fourth season also focuses on the fate of several returning characters including last season's graduates Tim Riggins (Taylor Kitsch), Lyla Garrity (Minka Kelly) and Matt Saracen (Zach Gilford) as well as Julie Taylor (Aimee Teegarden) and Landry Clark (Jesse Plemons), whose lives have also been affected by the town's redistricting.
Additionally, Coach Taylor finds himself further troubled by a new rivalry with his former team, the Dillon Panthers, headed up by his replacement Wade Aikman (Drew Waters) and the man who masterminded his downfall, Joe McCoy (D.W. Moffett).
The series is executive produced by Peter Berg, Jason Katims, Brian Grazer, David Nevins and Sarah Aubrey. Friday Night Lights is a production of Imagine Entertainment, Universal Media Studio and Film 44.
Season 1 (22 episodes)
Channel: M-Net | Premiere: 4 May 2007 | Finale: 28 Sep 2007 | Fridays, 19h30
Channel: GO | Premiere: 18 Sep 2007 | Finale: 22 Feb 2008 | Tuesdays, 18h30
Channel: M-Net Holiday | Premiere: 10 Dec 2007 | Finale: 31 Dec 2007 | Daily, 09h00
Season 2 (15 episodes)
Channel: M-Net | Premiere: 18 May 2008 | Finale: 24 Aug 2008 | Sundays, 17h00
Season 3 (13 episodes)
Channel: M-Net | Premiere: 27 Sep 2009 | Finale: 27 Dec 2009 | Sundays, 17h00
Season 4 (13 episodes)
Channel: Vuzu | Premiere: 16 Sep 2010 | Finale: 9 Dec 2010 | Thursdays, 20h30
Season 5 (13 episodes)
Channel: M-Net Series | Premiere: 2 Sep 2011 | Finale: 25 Nov 2011 | Fridays, 20h30