Friday Night Lights is a TV drama based on the best-selling book and 2004 film of the same name. It revolves aroumd a high-school football team in the fictional town of Dillon in West Texas. Dillon itself is a small tight-knit community which, throughout the series, tackles the many issues facing American society today such as family values, school funding, racism, drugs and the lack of financial support for the schools. The series gained a huge following during its time on the air even winning countless awards such as the Peabody Award, a Television Critics Association Award and several Primetime Emmy Awards. Even though the ratings were not always the best, NBC and DirectTV managed to give the show five glorious seasons...
"Luke Cafferty" is one of the characters that was introduced later on in the series. At the beginning of his tenure, he plays for the West Dillon Football team, before having to switch football teams dues to him actually living in East Dillon. He is a focused, hard working individual with a bright future in collegiate football, but he decides to take a different path after high school.
Matt Lauria starred in several shows over the years including Lipstick Jungle and 30 Rock before his role on Friday Night Lights. After the series ended in 2011, Lauria moved to Chicago to star in the Fox Crime Drama Chicago Code, which was canceled after one season. Since then he has had recurring roles on other shows such as Parenthood and Kingdom.
Another character introduced in season 4 of Friday Night Lights, "Vince Howard" is also a very talented athlete who was given the choice of either joining the East Dillon football team or going to a juvenile detention center. Throughout the series, he goes through a string of good and bad times mostly revolving around his family, especially his overbearing father.
Michael B. Jordan is one of the former cast members that really moved on to become very popular throughout Hollywood over the years. After his role on Friday Night Lights, Michael decided to branch out into the film industry starring in blockbusters like Fantastic Four, Creed, and most recently Black Panther.
"Jason Street" is the star quarterback of the Dillon Panthers who was eventually paralyzed from the chest down during the first game of his senior year. Throughout the series, he adjusts to his injury and eventually works as a coach and also as a sports agent.
Scott Porter moved into the more animated side of television shortly after his run on Friday Night Lights starring in series such as Marvel Anime: Wolverine, Marvel Anime: X-Men, Ultimate Spider-Man and Scorpion. He has also lent his voice to several video game developers who have created games inspired by the franchises he has worked with and he had a short recurring role on The Good Wife.
One of the "nerdier" juniors in season 1, "Landry Clarke" is best friends with the Panthers quarterback "Matt Saracen" and eventually joins the football team himself in season 2.
Jesse Plemons's first big role was in the series Friday Night Lights. He has since then moved on to much bigger roles in series like Breaking Bad, Fargo, No Activity and Black Mirror. He has two movies coming out in 2018: Game Night and Martin Scorsese's The Irishman.
"Tyra Collette" is portrayed as the "Dillon" high school bad girl before the school counselor "Tami", decides to taker her under her wing. What followed was "Tyra" eventually cleaning up her act and actually being accepted to the University of Texas towards the end of the series.
Adrianne Palicki eventually moved on to star in other series like CSI: Miami, Lone Star, About A Boy, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. She now stars in the comedy show The Orville, created by Seth McFarlane.
"Tim Riggins" is the fullback for the Dillon Panthers and best friends with "Jason Street". He is known as somewhat of a womanizer who solves most of his problems with heavy drinking and casual sex. In spite of all of his faults, he is still a very talented football player and a true Texan. One of his favorite sayings and the character's greatest line: "Texas Forever!"
Taylor Kitsch began acting back in 2006 with Friday Night Lights which also led him to roles on shows like True Detective, and blockbusters like Battleship, Lone Survivor and American Assasin. His most recent role was in the Paramount Network's mini series WACO.
"Lyla Garrity" is "Jason Street's" former fiancé and former captain of the cheerleader team. She initially tried to maintain her relationship with "Jason" after his accident, but ends up cheating on him with "Tim Riggins". At the end of season 3, she eventually leaves Dillon to go to Vanderbilt University.
Like many of the actors who starred in Friday Night Lights, Minka Kelly too continued her acting career starring in minor roles such as in Parenthood, The Path and Jane The Virgin. She also recently starred in two movies, Naked and Nomis, back in 2017.
"Brian 'Smash' Williams" is the the running back for the Dillon Panthers and then plays for A&M University. His dream is to someday go pro so that he can financially support his family, especially his single mother, who has always supported him.
"Gaius Charles" moved on to star in several minor and recurring roles in shows like NCIS, Grey's Anatomy, Aquarius, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Taken.
"Buddy Garrity" is the owner of the town's Chevrolet dealership as well as an influential member of the Dillon Panthers boosters. His straight-talking pragmatism often leads him fighting with "Coach Taylor", but the two seem to have a good working relationship having the team's best interests at heart.
Brad Leland starred in a few different movies and TV shows after his role in Friday Night Lights. Movies like Walking Tall: The Payback, Hancock as well as shows like CSI: Miami, Veep and Trauma are just a few of his many minor roles he has played over the years.
"Matt Saracen" is a shy sophomore who, after "Jason Street's" injury has to step up to be the quarterback of the Dillon Panthers. "Matt" has deep abandonment issues due to his mother leaving at a very young age and a father, who serves in the army and is often overseas.
Zach Gilford's minor roles, which he got after Friday Night Lights, were on shows like Grey's Anatomy, The Mob Doctor, Kingdom and Lifeline. Gilford also dove into the film industry for a while and appeared in The Purge: Anarchy back in 2014. He now stars on NBC's Good Girls.
"Tami Taylor" is "Eric Taylor's" wife serves as the guidance counselor of "Dillon" high school. She chooses to remain at the school even after husband decides to transfer to "East Dillon" high. She later follow him due to an incident involving a student's abortion.
After her role officially ended on Friday Night Lights, Connie Britton moved on to receive major roles in shows like American Horror Story and Nashville. She also had several minor roles on shows like SMILF, 24 and Lost At Home. Connie also did numerous films as well such as A Nightmare On Elm Street and The To Do List. She now stars on the drama 9-1-1 on FOX.
"Eric Taylor" is the new varsity football coach of the Dillon Panthers". "Taylor" has some difficulty adjusting to "Dillon's" alarming passion for football at the beginning of the series. He leads both West and East Dillon High School to the state championship over the five seasons of the show. "Eric Taylor" transcends the role of the coach and actually is a father figure for many of his players.
Kyle Chandler was already quite successful in the business before he was given the role of "Eric Taylor" in Friday Night Lights. Before he accepted the role, he had already starred in Homefront (1991-1993) and Early Edition (1996-2000). After his role in Friday Night Lights, Chandler had several roles in feature films (The Wolf of Wall Street, Manchester by the Sea) before landing his next big role on the Netflix show Bloodline for which he was nominated for several awards.