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TV Tonight: Friday Night Lights

It's not often that a show can end and start in the same week, but that's exactly what's happening right now with Friday Night Lights. The show wrapped up its outstanding third season on DirecTV on Wednesday, and tonight, the same episodes begin airing on NBC.

If you haven't been able to see the DirecTV episodes, I can assure you it's completely worth the wait. All of the episodes I saw were as good as the first season; some were even better. Jason Street (Scott Porter) and Smash Williams (Gaius Charles) get particularly satisfying story arcs despite only appearing in a handful of episodes each, and — at least up to the point that I watched, about halfway through the season — the show was balancing its football stories and off-the-field plotlines the best I'd ever seen.

And if you have seen the DirecTV episodes, well, can I urge you to turn your TV on to NBC tonight anyway? A decision on whether to pick FNL up for a fourth season likely won't be made till later this Spring (the kind of uncertainty fans are used to by now), but helping drive the ratings up tonight certainly couldn't hurt.

To prepare for tonight, you can always check out the producers' hints on season three from last Summer's TCA tour or watch some of my essential episodes. To see the first minute or so of tonight's episode, just

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Photos courtesy of NBC

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lickety-split lickety-split 8 years
you know how to tell it's a good show; it's been totally jacked around placement wise and it still pulls people in. i got my husband, dad and bff and her family hooked on this show. love it :)
mfern64 mfern64 8 years
This season is SO good, maybe better than season 1. I can't wait to watch it again!
missyjq missyjq 8 years
watch, watch, watch, watch, watch, watch, watch, watch, watch, watch, watch, watch, watch, watch, watch, watch, watch, watch, watch, watch, watch, watch, watch, watch, watch, watch!! please, please!! this show has such heart and you will not be disappointed if you are tuning in for the first time tonight... this just has to be the season where there's no begging or campaigning and they will just sail right into a fourth season. please watch!!
juliet juliet 8 years
Sweeeeeeet! I'm excited about FNL coming back! I hope they recap, because it was sooooo long ago since the last episode. I love me some Panthers.
juliet juliet 8 years
Sweeeeeeet!I'm excited about FNL coming back! I hope they recap, because it was sooooo long ago since the last episode.I love me some Panthers.
ktc71 ktc71 8 years
I've already watched on Direct TV, but I can assure you I'll be watching it again on NBC! This show deserves to continue for many more seasons!!
Liss1 Liss1 8 years
I can't wait! I love this show! :drool: Riggins
OHmeetsBK OHmeetsBK 8 years
I can't wait!!!!!!!! Everyone watch! This show is so much better than most and it needs to be saved.
mannylove mannylove 8 years
I am so excited to go home tonight and watch this, feels like I've been waiting forever to see it again! Everyone please watch, we must get a season 4!!
meg3507 meg3507 8 years
I Seriously cannot take the suspense! I'm so excited FNL is back! YAY!!
meg3507 meg3507 8 years
I Seriously cannot take the suspense! I'm so excited FNL is back! YAY!!
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
Everyone, give this show a chance! You will be hooked, I promise!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Go Panthers! You cannot believe how excited I am for tonight's return of FNL!
JCP0240 JCP0240 8 years
I cannot wait to watch tonight!!! I have been looking forward to this all week.I hope lots of people watch and help the ratings. This show is way too good.
JCP0240 JCP0240 8 years
I cannot wait to watch tonight!!! I have been looking forward to this all week. I hope lots of people watch and help the ratings. This show is way too good.
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