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Old 09-20-2006, 09:58 AM   #1
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Best TV Pilots of all time

Regardless of how the show turned out what shows would you say had almost perfect pilots? Mine are:

Six Feet Under
ER
The Shield
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Old 09-20-2006, 10:06 AM   #2
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I know it is recent, but I have to say the pilot for My Name is Earl is one of the best I've seen, set the tone for the show, all the characters were fully developed out of the gate, it holds up on rewatching, and I swear I nearly hurt myself laughing while watching it.

Nobody else will say it, but the pilot for Charlie's Angels was amazing. I've never stopped wondering what the show would have been if they'd actually done the show the pilot hinted at. Certainly not one of the best ever, but one of the most disappointing executions of a great idea.
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Old 09-20-2006, 10:07 AM   #3
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ALIAS; I always loved the Roswell pilot, and I really liked watching felicity again the other day on the WB finale . . .
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Old 09-20-2006, 10:12 AM   #4
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I know it is recent, but I have to say the pilot for My Name is Earl is one of the best I've seen, set the tone for the show, all the characters were fully developed out of the gate, it holds up on rewatching, and I swear I nearly hurt myself laughing while watching it....
I rewatched the pilot for "Earl" last week. It is very good, but Randy was quite different in the pilot, IMO.
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Old 09-20-2006, 10:16 AM   #5
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Old 09-20-2006, 10:18 AM   #6
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My top three in recent memory:
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Old 09-20-2006, 10:22 AM   #7
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The real pilot for Firefly was a great introduction to the characters.
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Old 09-20-2006, 10:24 AM   #8
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Another vote for The Shield.
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Old 09-20-2006, 10:30 AM   #9
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Old 09-20-2006, 10:33 AM   #10
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I forgot about 24 and Alias. Eventhough I do not like what those shows turned into their pilots were awesome.
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Old 09-20-2006, 10:34 AM   #11
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Old 09-20-2006, 10:34 AM   #12
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Old 09-20-2006, 10:35 AM   #13
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the 1st half of the 1st season of 24 was awesome TV. The initial order was for 12 episodes and I think that is all they expected to have to do, so the last half of the season felt a bit tacked on.
Still lots better than anything else that was on at the time.
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Old 09-20-2006, 10:35 AM   #14
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The Whedon one or the Fox one ??



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Old 09-20-2006, 10:35 AM   #15
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I really don't think Firefly can count for this debate. Yes, the REAL pilot was awesome. But that pilot was never shown to the public as the pilot. Instead, Train Job stands as the pilot. While Train Job is a perfectly good episode of an excellent show, it doesn't stand up as a top-tier pilot.
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Old 09-20-2006, 10:35 AM   #16
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Old 09-20-2006, 10:38 AM   #17
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Old 09-20-2006, 10:39 AM   #18
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I think one of the great TV pilots was Steve Zodiac and his crew of "Fireball XL5".
Oh ... you mean pilot episodes ...

Y'know, the pilot episode of "Fantasy Island" was pretty darn good. Or was that a television movie which resulted in the television series? I'm not sure. But the one I'm talking about featured Rourke and Tatoo, and the guest star was Hugh O'Brien as a man whose fantasy was to hunt the most elusive prey, and wound up being hunted himself.
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Old 09-20-2006, 10:41 AM   #19
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I really don't think Firefly can count for this debate. Yes, the REAL pilot was awesome. But that pilot was never shown to the public as the pilot. Instead, Train Job stands as the pilot. While Train Job is a perfectly good episode of an excellent show, it doesn't stand up as a top-tier pilot.

I wish I had a counter arguement for this but in the end, I have to agree with you.

I'll say that Lost had a good premeire. Pilots are tricky things though. Sometimes the pilot isn't a good indication of where the show will go once it really starts it's journey. I've been watching Vanished and I think that had a good premeire. Not something that I would put on the "all-time" list though.

I do consider the BSG mini series to be the pilot for that show and in that respect, the BSG mini series was excellent. Without the success of the mini series, we wouldn't have the series at all.
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Old 09-20-2006, 10:43 AM   #20
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Old 09-20-2006, 10:43 AM   #21
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whedon called Serenity a Pilot therefore I am too.
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Old 09-20-2006, 10:44 AM   #22
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Old 09-20-2006, 11:07 AM   #23
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Old 09-20-2006, 11:19 AM   #24
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The Shield. No doubt about it.
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Old 09-20-2006, 11:53 AM   #25
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Old 09-20-2006, 11:55 AM   #26
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Old 09-20-2006, 12:48 PM   #29
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Old 09-20-2006, 12:53 PM   #30
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Alias and Lost were awesome.

Many probably won't agree that this was a Pilot, but the very first episode of Survivor was amazing because it was so new and no one knew what to expect. I knew it was going to be a great show going forward.
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