The Big Picture: Friday Night Lights

3:00pm – Saturday, February 5 on /A

Also airs at 4 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic

In the 2004 film Friday Night Lights, a straight arrow coach (Billy Bob Thornton, Mr. Woodcock) leads his team to the 1988 Texas state semifinals in the west Texas city of Odessa, where high school football is king. Expectations of classmates, coaches, family, and community members take a toll on the athletes who are central to the story. Economic and racial undertones also pervade in this adaptation of H.G. Bissinger’s book of the same name.

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