Friday Night Lights was an all-American gem of 2000s television. Every week, it gave us relatable drama, thrilling football games, and beloved characters. Be it the torrid teen love affairs or the Taylor family intrigue, the show gave us five seasons of non-stop entertainment. The show also tackled important social issues – the struggles of disabled people, alcoholism, racism, the strive for higher education, and the importance of faith.
So if you miss the Panthers, if you want to catch up with Lyla Garrity, learn what iconic scene was improvised, or see what your favorite actors are up to today – this is your chance! Read on to find out everything you never knew about Friday Night Lights!
1. Connie Britton Was There From The Very Beginning
In 2004, director Peter Berg set out to adapt Buzz Bissinger’s book, Friday Night Lights, into a feature film. Academy Award-winning actor, Billy Bob Thornton, spearheaded the film as the charismatic coach, and Connie Britton played his loving wife.
Other famous actors who took part in the movie were Tron‘s Garett Hedlund and Fast And Furious‘ Lucas Black. The film was such a hit that in 2006, NBC hired Berg to adapt the book for the small screen. The only actor to survive this transition was Connie Britton – though her character did receive a name change.