Last one. What now for the characters whose activities have for so long held fans enthralled? Season 5 tries to round everything off satisfyingly, but still manages to surprise in its final moments.
Focus remains on the revitalized Lions, the local community united as they cheer them on.
It has to be confessed the scriptwriters at times here seem straining a little. They appear not really to know how best to use the recently introduced ex-basketball player; Buddy's son has unconvincing storylines; Coach's daughter Julie is subjected to a tacky plot contrivance completely out of character.
Others are better served, especially maverick Tim. Over the seasons he has drunk heavily and energetically satisfied female admirers, fans perhaps fearing he will never reach Season 5 with liver intact and without STD. Actor Taylor Kitsch has increasingly impressed as Tim steadily matures. Many will now hope he achieves his great dream, one appealingly in keeping with his new outlook on life. Also still around is Matt. Surely there will be a happy outcome for him?
How best to end? (POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT!) The makers are inspired. A match, but without the usual noisy clashes and grunts. Instead the filming is lyrical, poetry in motion, this very moving indeed. Many fans will probably already have tissues close by, mindful of how so often the series has required their use. Now, yet again, it is hard not to feel emotional.
In an interesting bonus feature, makers and cast look back on five memorable years.
So, a reluctant farewell to a series under-appreciated when shown on television. For an increasing many, the DVD version will be a treasured souvenir.
Five stars - whenever was it otherwise!