Friday Night Lights (season 4)

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Friday Night Lights (season 4)
FNL S4 DVD.jpg
Season 4 DVD cover
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 13
Original network The 101 Network (first run)
NBC (network)
Original release October 29, 2009 (2009-10-29) – February 10, 2010 (2010-02-10)
Season chronology
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List of Friday Night Lights episodes

The fourth season of the American serial drama television series Friday Night Lights commenced airing in the United States and Canada on October 28, 2009. It was the second season to be aired on DirecTV's The 101 Network. The 13-episode season concluded on The 101 Network on February 10, 2010 and then began its run on NBC on May 7, 2010, which concluded on August 6, 2010. The fourth season was released on DVD in region 1 on August 10, 2010.[1]

The season focuses on the reopened East Dillon High School and the East Dillon Lions football team.


Main cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]

Season synopsis[edit]

Coach Taylor works to establish a football program at the poorly-funded East Dillon High School. Most of the players have not played football before, adding to the difficulties. Landry Clarke ends up in the boundaries of East Dillon and plays football there, eventually becoming the kicker of the team. Vince Howard, a troubled teen, is brought onto the team by Coach Taylor and eventually becomes quarterback. Both Landry and Vince compete for the attention of the same girl, Jess Merriweather. Jess's father is a former East Dillon player that Coach Taylor tries to get more involved in the program, along with other former East Dillon players. The new star Panthers player Luke Cafferty is transferred to East Dillon after it is revealed he does not live in Dillon High boundaries. Tim Riggins quits college and moves back to Dillon to work with his brother Billy in their car repair shop. Billy and his new wife Mindy don't let him live in their home, so Tim moves out into a trailer. The trailer is on the property of a woman Tim slept with previously, and while living there he befriends her daughter Becky Sproles. Becky has a crush on him, but he treats her more like a sister. Tami Taylor continues to navigate politics as the principal of Dillon High as she becomes unpopular by the transfer of Luke to East Dillon and when she is wrongly accused of telling a student to get an abortion. Matt Saracen goes to Dillon Tech, but eventually moves to Chicago, much to the dismay of his girlfriend, Julie Taylor. Julie is now a senior in High School, and decided to attend East Dillon to set an example that there is nothing wrong with the school. JD McCoy becomes heavily arrogant, and bullying (unlike the shy, and straight laced teammate he was the previous season). The season charts the uphill battle of the East Dillon Lions football team, ultimately culminating in a win against rival Dillon High School.

Fictional game results[edit]

Fictional game results
Opponent Result Score Record Episode # Episode
Regular season[a]
South King Rangers Loss 0–45[b] 0–1 51 "East of Dillon"
South Milbank Rattlers Loss 6–27[c] 0–2 53 "In the Skin of a Lion"
South Pines Tigers Loss 14–24 0–3 55 "The Son"
McNulty Mavericks Loss 7–14 0–4 56 "Stay"
Campbell Park Timberwolves Win 23–21 1–4 58 "Toilet Bowl"
Wescott Warriors Loss 0–7[d] 1–5 61 "Injury List"
West Dillon Panthers Win 25–24[e] 2–5 63 "Thanksgiving"
a At the beginning of season five of Friday Night Lights, it is revealed that the East Dillon Lions' record during the season represented above was two wins and eight losses. Thus, three games (all losses) were not included in episodes. Public high schools in Texas typically play a ten game regular season.
b Down 45–0, the Lions forfeited the game at halftime due to injuries.
c Down 27–0, the Lions score a touchdown. It's not shown if the extra point was converted.
d The Lions are down 7–0 at one point. The final score was not shown.
e Landry Clarke kicks the game winning field goal to beat the Panthers, and the Panthers therefore do not make the playoffs.


No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
51 1 "East of Dillon" Peter Berg Jason Katims October 28, 2009 (2009-10-28) (DirectTV)
May 7, 2010 (2010-05-07) (NBC)
52 2 "After the Fall" Michael Waxman Kerry Ehrin November 4, 2009 (2009-11-04) (DirectTV)
May 14, 2010 (2010-05-14) (NBC)
53 3 "In the Skin of a Lion" Patrick Norris Patrick Massett & John Zinman November 11, 2009 (2009-11-11) (DirectTV)
May 21, 2010 (2010-05-21) (NBC)
54 4 "A Sort of Homecoming" Christopher Misiano Etan Frankel November 18, 2009 (2009-11-18) (DirectTV)
May 28, 2010 (2010-05-28) (NBC)
55 5 "The Son" Allison Liddi-Brown Rolin Jones December 2, 2009 (2009-12-02) (DirectTV)
June 4, 2010 (2010-06-04) (NBC)
56 6 "Stay" Patrick Norris Bridget Carpenter December 9, 2009 (2009-12-09) (DirectTV)
June 11, 2010 (2010-06-11) (NBC)
57 7 "In the Bag" Stephen Kay Ron Fitzgerald December 16, 2009 (2009-12-16) (DirectTV)
June 18, 2010 (2010-06-18) (NBC)
58 8 "Toilet Bowl" Michael Waxman Derek Santos Olson January 6, 2010 (2010-01-06) (DirectTV)
June 25, 2010 (2010-06-25) (NBC)
59 9 "The Lights in Carroll Park" Christopher Misiano Patrick Massett & John Zinman January 13, 2010 (2010-01-13) (DirectTV)
July 2, 2010 (2010-07-02) (NBC)
60 10 "I Can't" Ami Canaan Mann Bridget Carpenter January 20, 2010 (2010-01-20) (DirectTV)
July 9, 2010 (2010-07-09) (NBC)
61 11 "Injury List" Seith Mann Kerry Ehrin January 27, 2010 (2010-01-27) (DirectTV)
July 23, 2010 (2010-07-23) (NBC)
62 12 "Laboring" Adam Davidson Rolin Jones February 3, 2010 (2010-02-03) (DirectTV)
July 30, 2010 (2010-07-30) (NBC)
63 13 "Thanksgiving" Michael Waxman Jason Katims February 10, 2010 (2010-02-10) (DirectTV)
August 6, 2010 (2010-08-06) (NBC)


Critical response[edit]

On the review aggregator website Metacritic, the fourth season scored 88 out of 100, based on 18 reviews, indicating "Universal acclaim". Matthew Gilbert of The Boston Globe wrote "the NBC series certainly has been one of TV's most emotionally honest and stirring works, and it remains so as it enters its fourth season." Verne Gay of Newsday praised several elements, calling it "quirky, funny, smart" and has "wonderful acting". Matt Roush of TV Guide lauded the series' authenticity, saying "you can't help but get emotionally involved in the lives of these instantly recognizable and compelling characters." Kris King of Slant Magazine praised the series, despite the change of setting and characters, saying, "On a whole, the new season of Friday Night Lights manages to retain its depth and heart-wrenching warmth despite a sea change in its structure and characters."[2]


For the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards, Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton received their first nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, respectively. Rolin Jones was nominated for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series for the episode "The Son", and the series received its fourth consecutive nomination for Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series.[3]


  1. ^ "Friday Night Lights: The Fourth Season (2010)". Retrieved May 27, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Critic Reviews for Friday Night Lights Season 4". Metacritic. Retrieved June 7, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Friday Night Lights". Retrieved June 7, 2013. 

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