Best Pilot Episodes Ever

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    tivoboyjr

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    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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    SeanC

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    I'd have to put Fox Force Five at the top of the list. :D
     
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    gossamer88

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    Da Bronx
    LOST
    Frazier
     
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    Steveknj

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    Lost
    Heroes
    Sopranos
    Boardwalk Empire
     
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    Wilhite

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    Hill Street Station - the pilot episode of Hill Street Blues
     
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    hefe

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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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    scandia101

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    Based on the first 3 minutes alone - Orphan Black
     
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    DreadPirateRob

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    Totally agree with Lost, Alias, 24, BSG.

    I'd also add FNL.
     
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    smak

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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.

    -smak-
     
  10. 2004raptor

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    The Walking Dead
     
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    Over there
    The Shield, no doubt.
     
  12. gweempose

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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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    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.
     
  14. tivotvaddict

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    LOST without a doubt.

    Honorable mentions to Homeland, Dexter and 24.

    tta
     
  15. Odds Bodkins

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    Walking Dead, Lost, Shield, Boardwalk are all good calls. I also loved Studio 60.
     
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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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    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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    Deadwood
     
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    Catch up.
     
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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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