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The Cast of Friday Night Lights: Then and Now

The TV series Friday Night Lights premiered on NBC in 2006 for 2 seasons, inspired by the same-name novel and film. I started binge watching it on Netflix a couple of seasons in, when it was (shake fist at the sky) cancelled!

Wait. It gets better.

DirecTV stepped in at halftime (see what I did there?) and saved the day. They co-produced the series with NBC for 3 more seasons. Touchdown!

If you are not familiar, Friday Night Lights is the story of small-town football coach Eric Taylor (played by Kyle Chandler) and his lovely wife Tami Taylor (Connie Britton) – who have the most enviable relationship – and what it is like to coach a football team in small town Texas, where football is KING. In the very first episode, the star quarterback takes a brutal hit, paralyzing his legs and effectively ending his football playing career. The entire series is shot in a way that is raw, real, and has been talked about as one of the best TV dramas in the past decade.

When TV execs and production companies huddle together with show-runners to keep a beloved show on the air, we all win. Clear eyes. Full hearts. Can’t lose.

The Dillon Panthers are all grown up and graduated from high school. Take a look to see where they are now.

  • Friday Night Lights: Where Are They Now? 1 of 21
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  • Coach Eric Taylor 2 of 21
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    Coach knows best. He takes boys and turns them into men—but not just men: Men of honor. If I wish hard enough, will Coach be my dad? Dillon, Texas was a better place for employing Eric Taylor as the high school football coach.

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  • Coach Taylor Now 3 of 21
    Kyle Chandler at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Zero Dark Thirty'

    Married with 2 kids, Kyle Chandler isn't so different from our favorite TV coach. He has been staying busy since football season ended with parts in Argo, Zero Dark Thirty, and Broken City. He is also great as a deadbeat, alcoholic dad - the polar opposite of his character on Friday Night Lights - in indie flick The Spectacular Now, which is currently in theatres.

    Photo Source: Pacific Coast News

  • Tami Taylor 4 of 21
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    Who wouldn't want to be married to Tami Taylor? She's the best. I want to be just like her when I grow up. She knows exactly what to say to teenagers. Most people don't. I think I miss Tami the most.

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  • Tami Taylor Now 5 of 21
    Connie Britton stops by NBC studios for an appearance on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" in New York City

    But you can still get your fill of Connie Britton on American Horror Story and Nashville. She's gone from a small-town coach's wife to a full-fledged country music diva. Long live Tami Taylor!

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  • Jason Street 6 of 21
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    The all-American starting quarterback for the Dillon Panthers, Jason Street has a promising football career ahead of him. The first game of the season leaves him injured and paralyzed from the waist down. Friday Night Lights is not for the faint of heart.

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  • Jason Street Now 7 of 21
    Scott Porter at the Los Angeles premiere of 'The To Do List'

    Fully recuperated, Scott Porter is now happily married at age 34. He's been in The Good Wife and The To-Do List, which is in theatres now. And he's even the voice of Cyclops in the Marvel Anime: X-Men. Not too shabby, Street.

    Photo Source: Pacific Coast News

  • Lyla Garrity 8 of 21
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    Lyla has a baby voice and a rich daddy. Then she got together with Tim Riggins. No one likes any of these things. We aren't on your side, Lyla.

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  • Lyla Garrity Now 9 of 21
    Minka Kelly attends the premiere of Lee Daniels' 'The Butler' at Ziegfeld Theater in New York City

    But we certainly wish real-life Minka Kelly well! Like Lyla, she has dated the likes of Derek Jeter and Captain America himself, Chris Evans. She's in a Maroon 5 video, had a role on much-loved tv drama Parenthood, and appears in The Butler later this year as Jacqueline Kennedy herself.

    Photo Source: Pacific Coast News

  • Matt Saracen Then 10 of 21
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    It takes a bold kid to put the moves on Coach's daughter. Matt Saracen was a bold kid. And he was so sweet to his grandma, we all wanted to come down with dementia just to get some attention from the new quarterback.

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  • Matt Saracen Now 11 of 21
    Zach Gilford attends the 10th annual Gen Art Fresh Faces in Fashion show in Los Angeles

    Oh my goodness, Zach Gilford is 31! Time flies when you're tossing the pigskin. He was in a Taylor Swift music video and had a part on The Mob Doctor. His new movie, Devil's Due, comes out next year. Oh yeah—He got married last year. NOT to Julie Taylor. Boo.

    Photo Source: Pacific Coast News

  • Julie Taylor 12 of 21
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    Oh, Julie. You are so cute. We watched you grow up and fall in love with Matt Saracen. It was actually kind of awkward because we had a collective crush on your dad and your boyfriend. Weird, not weird. That's life in Dillon, I guess!

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  • Julie Taylor Now 13 of 21
    Aimee Teegarden attends the launch of the Elizabeth and James Fall 2013 Handbag Collection at an InStyle cocktail party held at Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood

    Our little girl is all grown up. Aimee Teegarden is 23 and is still acting in CSI and some pilots for The CW that haven't been picked up. Basically, Julie Taylor is taking a gap year.

    Photo Source: Pacific Coast News

  • Landry Clarke 14 of 21
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    The cute/nerdy friend turned love interest for the hottest girl in school, via tutoring sessions. It's every freshman's dream! And Landry lived it. Landry, we believe in you. We even believe in Crucifictorious.

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  • Landry Now 15 of 21
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    Jesse Plemons made good after leaving Friday Night Lights. He starred in Battleship with co-star Taylor Kitsch, and joined the cast of Breaking Bad for its 5th season. Way to go, Landry! But be careful with this Walter White business. He would make Coach Taylor very nervous.

    Photo Source: Pacific Coast News

  • Vince Howard Then 16 of 21
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    Young upstart Vince Howard had a lot to learn from Coach Taylor. And he had a lot on the line as well. He basically had to save his whole family from poverty with a scholarship from a big school. Trust Coach, Vince.

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  • Vince Now 17 of 21
    Michael B. Jordan, Jessica Lucas and Evelina Turen walk to the New York City set of their upcoming film 'Are We Officially Dating?'

    Michael B. Jordan was in The Wire, The Sopranos, CSI, and Law and Order. He also had a recurring role on Parenthood, and will play Apollo Creed's grandson in the Rocky spin-off, Creed. Most recently he starred in Fruitvale Station, the true story of the Bay Area shooting of Oscar Grant, in theatres now and getting solid reviews. Coach would be so proud.

    Photo Source: Pacific Coast News

  • Tyra Collette Then 18 of 21
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    Mrs. Taylor was a great mentor for Tyra, even when Tyra was her own worst enemy. Girlfriend got it together and managed to get into college.

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  • Tyra Now 19 of 21
    Adrianne Palicki seen at the UK premiere of G.I. Joe Retaliation at The Empire, Leicester Square in London

    Now 30, Adrianne Palicki was picked for the role of Wonder Woman in a David E. Kelley pilot that never got picked up. I wish it had. She's keeping busy with guest parts on CSI and Criminal Minds and starred in G.I. Joe:Retaliation.

    Photo Source: Pacific Coast News

  • Tim Riggins Then 20 of 21
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    Tim Riggins, you greasy bad boy. We will always root for you. Always.

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  • Tim Riggins Now 21 of 21
    Taylor Kitsch seen attending the Hollywood premiere of new movie 'Savages' at the Mann Village Theatre in Los Angeles

    . . .  and that includes when you star in John Carter and Battleship or play Gambit in X-Men.

    Taylor Kitsch, whatever you do, wherever you go, whatever law or beer bottle you break, however tight your pants or pointy-toed your boots, with or without football cleats, in prison or out, in a winning season or after a fumble, even if you get a concussion or sustain a C7-T1 injury to your spine that leaves you paralyzed and wheel-chair bound, we are in, Tim Riggins. We are all in.

    Photo Source: Pacific Coast News

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