Against the Grain (TV series)

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Against the Grain
Created by
ComposerJohn Debney
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8[1]
Executive producers
Running time60 minutes
Production companies
Original networkNBC
Original releaseOctober 1 (1993-10-01) –
December 24, 1993 (1993-12-24)

Against the Grain is an American drama television series that aired on NBC from October 1 until December 24, 1993. starring John Terry, Donna Bullock, Robyn Lively, Ben Affleck, and Vanessa Lee Evigan.[2] The show was inspired by Buzz Bissinger's book Friday Night Lights: A Town, A Team, and a Dream.[3]


Ed Clemons was an insurance company salesman and former high school football star who became coach of his former team the Stumper Mustangs, located in Stumper, Texas. Episodes follow the challenges that Ed faces as he attempts to transform a losing team into state champions.



No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Pilot"TBATBAOctober 1, 1993 (1993-10-01)
2"The Buck Stops...There"TBATBAOctober 8, 1993 (1993-10-08)
3"Respect"TBATBAOctober 15, 1993 (1993-10-15)
4"The Reunion"TBATBAOctober 29, 1993 (1993-10-29)
5"Don't Be a Stranger"TBATBANovember 5, 1993 (1993-11-05)
6"Two-Minute Drill"TBATBANovember 12, 1993 (1993-11-12)
7"E Pluribus Unum"TBATBADecember 17, 1993 (1993-12-17)
8"A House is Not a Home"TBATBADecember 24, 1993 (1993-12-24)


Writing in The New York Times, John O'Connor said that "In some respects, the new NBC series Against the Grain does have the courage of its title. It's not just another half-hour sitcom running on wisecracks. It's an hourlong drama admirably aiming, according to one executive producer, Bruce Sallan, to present real-life problems and family issues".[4]


  1. ^ Fergus, George (2005-05-14). "Against the Grain". EpGuides. Archived from the original on 14 August 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-29.
  2. ^ Brooks, Tim & Marsh, Earle (2007). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946-Present (9th ed.). New York: Ballantine Books. ISBN 978-0-345-49773-4.
  3. ^ Reilly, Kevin (17 July 2011). "An Oral History of Friday Night Lights". (ESPN Internet Ventures). Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 17 July 2011.
  4. ^ O'Connor, John (1993-10-15). "'Against the Grain': Football and Family Values". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-02-24.

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