Friday Night Lights: 10 Minor Characters Who Stole The Show
Friday Night Lights was one of the best yet most underappreciated teen dramas of its time. The series was unique for many reasons, but one of the biggest was the risk it took in introducing a whole new set of main characters in season four when Coach Taylor moves over to East Dillon’s school. Of course, the new cast became just as beloved as the original and that is because Friday Night Lights had a phenomenal cast that extended right into minor and supporting characters. While the focus was almost always on the Taylors, Matt Saracen, Tim Riggins, Vince, Luke or more, many times a minor character came in and made an unexpected impact by shaking things up or simply being amazing. Check out 10 minor characters who stole the show on Friday Night Lights.
10. Mindy Collette-Riggins
Through 45 episodes of Friday Night Lights, Mindy Collette-Riggins made her mark on the show. The hilarious character played by Stacey Oristano made her first appearance in season one, episode seven “Homecoming,” as Tyra’s older sister who works at the local strip club, The Landing Strip. Whenever Mindy was around the attention was on her thanks to her bold and unfiltered comments about everyone and everything. As Mindy’s character became more and more prominent in later seasons, fans couldn’t help but be endeared by her no nonsense and to the point attitude, and left us only hoping for more Mindy one-liners.
9. Hastings Ruckle
Although Friday Night Lights was only around for five seasons, there were quite a lot of characters to keep track of especially when it came to the football team. One of the many who came and went on the team was Hastings Ruckle, but unlike the others he made quite an impact on viewers from his very first appearance in season five’s first episode “Expectations.” Played by Grey Damon, Hastings was tall, attractive and had one of the most unique and hilarious attitudes on the team. Hastings came out of nowhere, but once he was there, fans couldn’t get enough and provided some much needed comic relief in the very tense and dramatic series.