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Friday Night Lights - (S05E08)

Sport . Drama

Coach fears he's beginning to lose his grip on the team. Tami worries that one of her students is being neglected. Vince alienates his teammates. Becky enters a beauty pageant.

Episode Title: Fracture
Airs: 2011-01-5 at 08:00 pm
  • Hal Boedeker

    You don't have to love football to admire Friday Night Lights.

    Orlando Sentinel Full Review
  • Virginia Heffernan

    A fiercely controlled and inventive work of art.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    The biggest and most pleasant surprise of the season.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    One of the fall's brightest new dramas.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Diane Werts

    [A] rewardingly seasoned new drama series that's practically indistinguishable from the acclaimed feature film, except that it's better.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Melanie McFarland

    More than simply being outstanding, "Friday Night Lights" is an important series because of the way it takes family-friendly television seriously.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Tom Shales

    Extraordinary in just about every conceivable way.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Troy Patterson

    The most engrossing new drama of the fall season.

    Slate Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    "Friday Night Lights" is not good. It's great.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Charlie McCollum

    A finely detailed exploration of high school life and small-city dynamics.

    San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    Lights has a rare ability to portray life in small-town America without being condescending or sentimental.

    USA Today Full Review
  • David Zurawik

    Surprisingly wise and moving.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Barry Garron

    Director-writer Peter Berg understands completely, and he explores the psychology of team sport and the dynamics of personal tragedy with great sensitivity.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    The drama is one of the season's best because it makes you care even when you know something big is coming -- and because it finds pleasant little surprises along the way.

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    Both cinematically broad and heartbreakingly specific, a melding for once of the best that movies and television have to offer.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    Berg has done a fine job of lifting his series above familiar teen melodrama and making it into a group portrait of a town.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Aaron Barnhart

    I can’t say enough about how "Friday Night Lights" defied my expectations for what a TV show about football would be.

    Kansas City Star Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    Intensely stirring.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Gloria Goodale

    The plotlines are predictably full of teen melodrama and small-town angst, but the cast is interesting, and the show's semidocumentary style gives it surprising grit.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    It's the best high school coaching drama since "The White Shadow," and deserves a chance.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Doug Elfman

    It isn't as ambitious or objective as HBO's "The Wire," but it's about as close as broadcast TV gets to "The Wire." It finely depicts the daily grim and gritty existence of kids and adults dealing with narrow hopes, sad expectations, provincial victories, race and poverty.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Mike Duffy

    The smartly told stories of first-year coach Eric Taylor (Kyle Chandler, "King Kong") and his Dillon High School Panthers are packed with gritty style and heartfelt emotion.

    Detroit Free Press Full Review
  • Linda Stasi

    Every character is dead on - no exaggerations, no caricatures.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Henry Goldblatt

    Between its cinematography, setting, and subject matter, Lights doesn't look a whole lot like anything else on television right now.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • James Poniewozik

    Has the same quick-cut look, crisp dialogue and bone-crunching game scenes [ast the movie].

    Time Full Review
  • Nancy DeWolf Smith

    Ultimately, what makes "Friday Night Lights" compelling is not the football or the cast. It's the accumulation of little details, like the eager faces of the pee-wee players as they meet and respectfully worship the big high-school boys whom they dream of becoming.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    This is one show that could, with the right kind of leadership, make it to the playoffs.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    You've seen it all before, but Berg's sharp powers of observation and a talented and very pretty young cast... keep it fresh.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Tom Gliatto

    It feels so close to actual American life that it lacks the gut excitement that would take it over the line into true entertainment. [9 Oct 2006, p.41]

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    "Friday Night Lights" ultimately feels like one of those family programs middle America and conservatives pine for that too few of them actually bother to watch -- a portrait of decent, God-fearing folks wringing joy from America's game as an escape from their hardscrabble lives.

    Variety Full Review
  • Paul Brownfield

    Peter Berg... seems to have decided that the show would only work if storytelling were pared down to quick-cutting iconography set to guitars.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Jonathan Storm

    Standard high school sports soap opera.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review

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