Buddy Garrity

'Friday Night Lights' Profile: Buddy Garrity



Buddy Garrity (portrayed by Brad Leland) is a recurring character on the television series Friday Night Lights. Buddy played quarterback for the Dillon Panthers football team while dating his high school sweetheart Pam Garrity. He subsequently married Pam right after they graduated from high school. They have three children together; Lyla, Tabby, and Buddy Jr. He becomes the president of the Panther boosters for raising money and showing the most town spirit for his former high school team.

Personality and Traits



Season One

Season One

Buddy is first shown to be a meddler in Eric Taylor's work as the Head Coach, but does show to be a loyal and well-connected advocate for the Panthers. He tries to discourage Lyla's relationship with Jason Street following his accident, as he felt Lyla would be giving up a normal life if they stayed together. Buddy then hires Angela Collette to work as a receptionist at his car dealership; which results in the two of them having an affair. Pam finds out about Angela and kicks him out of the house.

Season Two

Santiago Herrera comes to work at the dealership following Lyla's insistence in giving him a job. Buddy then has Santiago live with him and becomes his legal guardian. He also tries to reconcile with Pam after he finds out she's getting remarried to her new boyfriend Kevin.

Season Three

After losing Lyla's college fund on a bad investment, he nearly cost her her dream of attending Vanderbilt University. But he earns her forgiveness after securing her tuition money, and sends her off to find her future outside of Dillon. He also loses the Boosters presidency to Joe McCoy.

Season Four

Buddy informs Eric that Panthers player Luke Cafferty is using the Boosters mailbox as his home address and actually lives in East Dillon's district. He then declares he's no longer a Panther after listening to the other Boosters calling Tami a bitch and blaming her for Luke's departure. He then starts helping Eric with improving the East Dillon team.

Season Five

It is shown that Buddy's car dealership has closed, but his bar is thriving. Buddy Jr. also returns to live with him due to his out-of-control behavior in California. Despite some initial problems, Buddy reconciles with his son and helps him join the football team. In the series finale, Buddy is shown putting "Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can't Lose" above the new Dillon super team locker room.


Family Members

Buddy Garrity's appearance across all mediums
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TV Series
01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22
Season 1
Season 2
Season 3
Season 4
Season 5

TV Episode Appearance List
Season 1 Season 2 Season 3

1x01: Pilot
1x02: Eyes Wide Open
1x03: Wind Sprints
1x04: Who's Your Daddy?
1x05: Git'er Done
1x06: El Accidente
1x07: Homecoming
1x09: Full Hearts
1x10: It's Different for Girls
1x11: Nevermind
1x12: What to Do While You're Waiting
1x13: Little Girl I Wanna Marry You
1x14: Upping the Ante
1x15: Blinders
1x16: Black Eyes and Broken Hearts
1x17: I Think We Should Have Sex
1x18: Extended Families
1x19: Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes
1x20: Mud Bowl
1x21: Best Laid Plans
1x22: State

2x01: Last Days of Summer
2x02: Bad Ideas
2x03: Are You Ready for Friday Night?
2x04: Backfire
2x05: Let's Get It On
2x06: How Did I Get Here?
2x07: Pantherama!
2x08: Seeing Other People
2x09: The Confession
2x10: There Goes the Neighborhood
2x11: Jumping the Gun
2x12: Who Do You Think You Are?
2x13: Humble Pie
2x14: Leave No One Behind
2x15: May the Best Man Win

3x01: I Knew You When
3x02: Tami Knows Best
3x03: How the Other Half Lives
3x04: Hello, Goodbye
3x05: Every Rose Has Its Thorn
3x06: It Ain't Easy Being JD McCoy
3x07: Keeping Up Appearances
3x08: New York, New York
3x09: Game of the Week
3x10: The Giving Tree
3x11: A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall
3x12: Underdogs
3x13: Tomorrow Blues

Season 4 Season 5

4x01: East of Dillon
4x02: After the Fall
4x03: In the Skin of a Lion
4x04: A Sort of Homecoming
4x05: The Son
4x06: Stay
4x08: Toilet Bowl
4x09: The Lights in Carroll Park
4x11: Injury List
4x12: Laboring
4x13: Thanksgiving

5x01: Expectations
5x02: On the Outside Looking In
5x03: The Right Hand of the Father
5x04: Keep Looking
5x05: Kingdom
5x06: Swerve
5x07: Perfect Record
5x08: Fracture
5x09: Gut Check
5x10: Don't Go
5x11: The March
5x12: Texas Whatever
5x13: Always


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