Audiences cheer the first season of this poignant and powerful drama. The intimate storytelling and the inspired performances involve the viewer with an authentic portrait of life, love, family, and friendships that really hits home. Coach Eric Taylor (Kyle Chandler) is under intense pressure from the entire town to lead the high school football team to the championship. Wife Tami (Connie Britton, also from the hit movie) provides loving support and is also a counselor at the school.
As the season opener grows near, the town of Dillon is focused on what they believe to be most important, winning. Jason Street takes a major hit.
Matt must step in as quarterback after Jason's spinal injury. Tami becomes the school's guidance counselor.
Tim deals with his guilt about Jason being paralyzed. Coach Taylor and his family feels the heat after the Panthers suffer an ugly loss.
The noose tightens around Coach Taylor during bye-week.
With the Arnett Mead game just days away, Voodoo proves he may not be the leader the team needs. Tyra has a fling with a visiting investment banker.
Tensions run high amongst the Panthers when one of the players, Bobby Reyes, is arrested for assault. Lyla and Tim break Jason out of the hospital for a day at the lake.
It's homecoming in Dillon, and the team prepares for the undefeated Laribee Lions.
Smash takes drastic measures to improve his performance on the field. Jason starts playing quad rugby.
Smash feels torn about taking steroids while emotions intensify as the game against Gatling High nears. Jason dumps Lyla.
Distracted by the town gossiping about her cheating on Jason, Lila prepares for a cheerleading competition. Coach Taylor gets tough with Matt about him dating his daughter.
Matt's dad comes back from Iraq. Discussing a conflict of interest, Tami tells her husband that Tim has been cheating at school.
Matt's dad has a hard time adjusting to life after Iraq. The Streets are torn up about the lawsuit they filed against Coach Taylor.
Smash's mom confronts him about his steroid abuse. Jason rethinks the seriousness of his relationship with Lyla after Bud sets her up on a date.
The stakes are high on and off the field as the players prepare for their first playoff match.
Mac makes racial statements that test the team's bond. Tyra and Julie become close, to Tami's dismay.
Racial tensions are at an all time high as the black players on the Panthers won't play unless Mac is fired for his comments.
Julie drops a bomb on an unsuspecting Matt when she says she's ready to have sex.
When Buddy Garrity's affair with Tyra's mother is discovered, he finds himself in the doghouse.
Julie makes it clear to her parents that she does not intend to move away from Dillon. Tim becomes involved with a single mom.
The State Semi-Final is moved after a chemical spill makes the Panthers' home field dangerous. Landry is there for Tyra after she is sexually assaulted.
Coach Taylor's family ponders his job offer from LMU. Landry tells Tami about Tyra being assaulted.
The Panthers gear up for the state championship and all eyes are on Coach Taylor after the town finds out he was offered a job at TMU.