Against the Grain (TV series)

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Against the Grain
Genre Drama
Created by Michael Pavone
Dave Alan Johnson
Starring John Terry
Donna Bullock
Robyn Lively
Ben Affleck
Vanessa Lee Evigan
Composer(s) John Debney
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 8[1]
Executive producer(s) Lee Rich
Bruce Sallan
Jeff Freilich
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) The Lee Rich Company
Magnum Productions
Warner Bros. Television
Original network NBC
Original release September 24 – December 24, 1993

Against the Grain is an American drama television series that aired on NBC from October to December 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.



  1. The Reunion (September 24, 1993)
  2. Pilot (October 1, 1993)
  3. The Buck Stops... There (October 8, 1993)
  4. Respect (October 15, 1993)
  5. Don't Be a Stranger (November 5, 1993)
  6. Two Minute Drill (November 12, 1993)
  7. E Pluribus Unum (December 17, 1993)
  8. A House Is Not a Home (December 24, 1993)


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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