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11 ‘Friday Night Lights’ moments we’ll never forget

Thank the Netflix gods for the ability to re-watch Friday Night Lights whenever the mood to see Tim Riggins’ hair blowing in the wind strikes.

Okay, okay. Yes, we know there is a lot more to the show than #33. The series gave us one of the best, most realistic married couples we’ve seen on television, along with some truly incredible friendships, and it somehow mastered the perfect balance between heartbreaking and heartwarming. There are about 1,001 moments that we love to look back on, but here are 11 Friday Night Lights moments that no fan will ever forget.

Mr. Saracen’s funeral
Matt’s father’s funeral had to be one of the most emotional scenes in FNL history. “The Son” is an incredible episode overall, and watching grandma Saracen accept the flag at the funeral was almost more than our hearts can handle.

Tim Riggins says good-bye to Jason Street in NY
The relationship between these two had not always been the strongest (lookin’ at you, Lyla). But when Jason said farewell on the show, Riggins was by his side to wish him well. The moment between these two was so special because of everything they’d been through. Texas forever.

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Eric follows Tammy to Philadelphia
Tammy was supportive of Eric’s career throughout their whole marriage, but it was finally her turn to follow her dreams. In the end, they made the choice to move to Philly together. Seeing them stand on that football field together in the series finale was the best way the show could have ended.

Smash Williams tells his mom he’s going to college
Smash is a character we will never forget. One little “mistake” and a knee injury temporarily derailed his dreams, but with the help of Coach Taylor and a lot of hard work, he got to tell his mom he was going to college. Plus, that smile at the end of “Hello, Goodbye” was unforgettable.

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Tim Riggins goes to jail for his stupid brother
This moment always sticks out in our minds, but not necessarily because we loved it. The idea that Billy would let his brother take the fall for his illegal activity still infuriates us. It wasn’t one of the show’s best plot lines, but perhaps we’re just mad because we always wanted the best for Tim Riggins.

Coach Taylor tells Matt there’s nothing wrong with him
Ugh! The moment where Coach throws Matt in the shower will always be a fan favorite, and for good reason. Coach Taylor was the father that Matt needed. Matt was a good kid who held his life together like no other person could have at that age. We all need a helping hand sometimes, though, and Coach Taylor was right there to make sure Matt got back up (and got sober).

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The Mud Bowl
Oh, the mud bowl. This game was a classic season 1 moment that had our whole gang playing football together, Coach Taylor giving an amazing speech, and our Dillon Panthers making it to State.

Lyla, Tim, and Jason in Mexico
Jason struggling to cope with never being able to walk again was tough to watch. His trip to Mexico with Riggins took a totally heartbreaking turn when Jason threw himself in the water. The whole Mexico trip was truly one of the best plots of the season.

Tim Riggins FNL GIF


Riggins’ parole hearing
Finally, Riggins got out of jail! During his hearing, Coach Taylor and Buddy Garrity show up to speak on his behalf. It just goes to show how tight-knit the community is and how they always take care of the people they care about.

Vince in the hospital with his mom
Vince was everything! He wanted nothing more than for his mom to be happy and healthy. Seeing Vince in the hospital with her after she overdosed shattered our hearts and reminded us that Vince is just a kid who needs his mom.



Tim Riggins protects Julie during the tornado
Living with Coach Taylor for a short while did wonders for Riggins. Perhaps one of our favorite Riggins moments was seeing him protect Julie from a tornado that rolled through town. Total brother-sister moment. Aw!

What is your favorite Friday Night Lights moment from any season? Oh, and we’d be remiss if we didn’t leave you with some wise words from the Coach.

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TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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