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  • Dawson Casting: Almost all the football players were played by actors in their twenties. 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).
  • The Danza: Lamarcus Tinker as Dallas Tinker, Aaron Spivey-Sorrells as Coach Spivey, Timothy F. Crowley as Coach Crowley.
  • Executive Meddling: A reason for most of the sensationalist story lines during the second 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.
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  • 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.
    • 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.
  • 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.
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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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