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  • Dawson Casting: Almost all the high-school age characters were played by actors in their mid to late twenties, with the exception of Julie (Aimee Teegarden, 16) and Landry (Jesse Plemons, 18). . Derek Luke, who plays Boobie Miles, was thirty.
    • Used to hilarious effect in the series where Cash (Zach Roerig, 1985) is considered too old for Tyra (Adrianne Palicki, 1983).
    • This is unintentionally Lamp Shaded when the black students boycott the team, forcing Coach Taylor to draw on the JV. The JV players, played by actually age-appropriate 14-15 year olds, look horribly young and minuscule next to the main cast, some of whom begin teasing the JV players mercilessly, possibly as a bit of Lampshade Hanging.
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  • The Danza: Lamarcus Tinker as Dallas Tinker, Aaron Spivey-Sorrells as Coach Spivey, Timothy F. Crowley as Coach Crowley.
  • Executive Meddling: Rumored to be the reason for most of the sensationalist story lines during the second season, though the showrunners deny this and instead blame the writer's strike that shortened the season.
  • Friday Night Death Slot: Survived surprisingly long there, appropriately for the title. It helped that NBC timed the episodes so as not to coincide with high school football season.
  • Irony as She Is Cast: Landry is the worst football player in the main cast. Jesse Plemons, his actor, is the only cast member who actually played high school football.
  • Name's the Same:
    • The team's called the Panthers and the school colors are blue and gold, just like Degrassi.
      • Panthers is also the nickname of the real-life Permian High School, the subject of the original book and the film. However, Permian's colors are black and white.
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    • Also, Berg's very short-lived show from 2000, "Wonderland," also featured a Lyla Garrity. He stated in an interview that both characters were named after his first crush, who was his dentist's daughter.
    • In the Real vs. Fictional category, NBC Television Show Character Brian "Smash" Williams should not be confused with NBC News Anchor Brian Williams.
  • Only Barely Renewed: Twice. Fans have blamed the Dork Age on Executive Meddling related to the show's poor ratings. The third season explored premium cable and syndication as a way to make the show profitable.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Hastings was supposed to have a storyline about being gay and coming to terms with it, but the writers changed their minds.
    • Smash was going to make a cameo appearance in the final season like other former cast members, but Gaius Charles had retired from acting at the time to become a minister (though he later went back to it). They still managed to give closure to his story by claiming he's one of the professional players in a game on TV.
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  • The Wiki Rule: The Friday Night Lights Wiki.
  • Written-In Infirmity: Landry's second-season leg injury that put a hold on his football-playing subplot; appropriately enough, Jesse Plemons had actually injured himself in a pick-up game of football.
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