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
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, Ben Affleck, Vanessa Lee Evigan and Stephen Tobolowsky. The show was inspired by Buzz Bissinger's book Friday Night Lights: A Town, A Team, and a Dream.[1]


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 champion.[2]



No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Pilot"UnknownUnknownOctober 1, 1993 (1993-10-01)
2"The Buck Stops...There"UnknownUnknownOctober 8, 1993 (1993-10-08)
3"Respect"UnknownUnknownOctober 15, 1993 (1993-10-15)
4"The Reunion"UnknownUnknownOctober 29, 1993 (1993-10-29)
5"Don't Be a Stranger"UnknownUnknownNovember 5, 1993 (1993-11-05)
6"Two-Minute Drill"UnknownUnknownNovember 12, 1993 (1993-11-12)
7"E Pluribus Unum"UnknownUnknownDecember 17, 1993 (1993-12-17)
8"A House is Not a Home"UnknownUnknownDecember 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".[3]


  1. ^ Mays, Robert (2011-07-28). "Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Couldn't Lose". Grantland. Archived from the original on 2023-02-06. Retrieved 2023-05-06.
  2. ^ Brooks, Tim; Marsh, Earle, eds. (2007). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946-Present (9th ed.). New York: Ballantine Books. p. 24. ISBN 978-0-345-49773-4. Retrieved 2023-05-06 – via Internet Archive text collection.
  3. ^ O'Connor, John (1993-10-15). "'Against the Grain': Football and Family Values". The New York Times. p. D-17. Retrieved 2008-02-24.

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