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Old 01-07-2015, 02:30 PM   #1
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Best Pilot Episodes Ever

Reading through the "Best One Season" thread inspired me to start this thread. What are the best pilot episodes you've seen? (Even if the series didn't turn out to be so good.)

Here are the pilots that have really grabbed me and made me feel like I couldn't wait for the next episode:

The Shield
Lost
Alias
Breaking Bad
Orphan Black

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Old 01-07-2015, 02:48 PM   #2
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I'd have to put Fox Force Five at the top of the list.

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Old 01-07-2015, 02:58 PM   #3
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Old 01-07-2015, 03:22 PM   #4
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Lost
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Old 01-07-2015, 03:25 PM   #5
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Hill Street Station - the pilot episode of Hill Street Blues

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Old 01-07-2015, 03:39 PM   #6
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Yeah, I'd have to put Lost and Alias up there. Having just rewatched Twin Peaks, that started off well too.

24, Firefly, Battlestar Galactica...

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Old 01-07-2015, 03:46 PM   #7
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Based on the first 3 minutes alone - Orphan Black

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Old 01-07-2015, 05:27 PM   #8
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Totally agree with Lost, Alias, 24, BSG.

I'd also add FNL.

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Old 01-07-2015, 07:02 PM   #9
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I'd say The Shield, because it gave you the tone for the entire series in the last 5 minutes.

And it was shocking.

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Old 01-07-2015, 07:11 PM   #10
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Old 01-07-2015, 07:15 PM   #11
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The Shield, no doubt.

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Old 01-07-2015, 07:50 PM   #12
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My nominations would be Arrested Development and Glee. In my opinion, both of these pilots were absolute perfection in terms of introducing the characters and setting the tone for the rest of the series. Twin Peaks was pretty damn good as well.

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Old 01-07-2015, 08:27 PM   #13
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I've always thought that the Flashforward pilot was one of the best I'd seen. That pilot made me really look forward to seeing the next show. Too bad the show stumbled.

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Old 01-07-2015, 09:45 PM   #14
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LOST without a doubt.

Honorable mentions to Homeland, Dexter and 24.

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Old 01-07-2015, 09:51 PM   #15
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Walking Dead, Lost, Shield, Boardwalk are all good calls. I also loved Studio 60.

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Old 01-07-2015, 10:09 PM   #16
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Alias is definitely among the best, even if quite a lot of it was a blatant copy of (ok, "homage" to) Run Lola Run.

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Old 01-07-2015, 10:37 PM   #17
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I liked about the first 1.5-2 seasons of Alias, but did watch it all the way through.
For some reason, the only(favorite) line that sticks with me (and I'm pretty sure it was in the pilot) was something like: "Can you show me what a bag looks like again?"

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Old 01-07-2015, 10:51 PM   #18
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Old 01-07-2015, 11:56 PM   #19
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I'd have to put Fox Force Five at the top of the list.
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Old 01-08-2015, 07:04 AM   #20
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I'd say The Shield, because it gave you the tone for the entire series in the last 5 minutes.

And it was shocking.

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I remember watching the first 55 minutes and thinking, "Ok, it's a slightly edgy, shady cop show. Seems decent enough." After the last 5 minutes I had to re-calibrate my expectations.

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Old 01-08-2015, 07:59 AM   #21
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Old 01-08-2015, 09:34 AM   #22
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Another one I thought about that had a killer pilot was Northern Exposure.

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Old 01-08-2015, 09:40 AM   #23
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Old 01-08-2015, 12:01 PM   #25
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Hill Street Station - the pilot episode of Hill Street Blues
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Old 01-08-2015, 01:31 PM   #26
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Yeah, I'd have to put Lost and Alias up there. Having just rewatched Twin Peaks, that started off well too.

24, Firefly, Battlestar Galactica...
Ditto on Twin Peaks.

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Old 01-08-2015, 03:51 PM   #27
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Honorable mention to the pilot of Miami Vice, which re-established the benchmark for cop dramas in groundbreaking ways.

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Old 01-08-2015, 04:20 PM   #28
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Modern Family is one for me.

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The pilot episode of Last Resort was phenomenal, but they just couldn't hold on.......

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