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A Friday Night Lights Companion

Why We Love . . . Landry Clarke

by Jen Chaneyon Friday Night Lights

Landry Clarke killed a man.

As much as we fans would like to ignore that fact and pretend it never happened, there it is. He did it for a completely justifiable reason: to get better ratings for a beloved but little-watched TV show called Friday Night Lights.

No, seriously, he did it for a justifiable reason: to protect Tyra Collette, the woman he loved, from a man who was trying to attack her.

But that willingness to go all vigilante with a metal pipe–after just popping into the store for some Pringles, no less–is not the reason we love Landry Clarke. Actually, we love Landry Clarke in spite of all the melodrama that resulted from that season-two incident.

Landry Clarke was supposed to be the sidekick, the funny best friend who shows up at the Alamo Freeze at … read more»

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Zoey Redbird takes a lot of crap for having multiple boyfriends. I’m sure, if she were sitting here next to me, she would be pretty upset about being called a slut, a tramp, a whore, and all of the other negative nouns that are thrown at her. I get tons of messages on … read more»

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You Will Believe a Man Can Walk

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