Kyle's Career Filmstrip: TV Series and Movies

Jul 15, 2011

FNLs Comes to a Thrilling Conclusion

You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll pray.

You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll pray.

Friday Night Lights, one of the best TV series ever, comes to a close with a special 90-minute episode (Friday, 7/8 p.m., NBC). As you'd expect, the Texas air is charged with drama. The East Dillon high school football team prepares for the state championship game – the last one ever for the Lions, as the program is being merged with West Dillon's. Coach Taylor (Kyle Chandler) has been offered a dream contract as the head of the combined teams, but his wife, Tami (Connie Britton), has also received a dream job offer from a Philadelphia college.

Whose dream will come true? And what will happen with lovebirds Matt (Zach Gilford) and Julie (Aimee Teegarden)? With troubled quarterback Vince (Michael B. Jordan) and his overbearing father (Cress Williams)? And with all the other characters who've become family to us?

Well, I'd love to tell you everything, but the bylaws of the TV Critics Association prevent me from indulging my almost unbearable desire to blab about the final plot twists. On the other hand, I don't think I'm giving anything away by saying that you will laugh, cry, hold your breath, and pray for an East Dillon championship. (Must not reveal outcome. Must not reveal outcome.) You will also be inconsolable as Friday Night Lights fades into the sunset.

I'll let team manager Jess (Jurnee Smollett) have the last word: "Being part of the Lions has been the greatest experience of my life." Amen.

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