Best Pilot Episodes Ever

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  1. tivoboyjr

    tivoboyjr Unregistered User

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    OP checking in. Threads go where they go, but my intent was "best first episode/pilot." I realize there's a difference, but to me it doesn't really matter once the show is on the air.
     
  2. mr.unnatural

    mr.unnatural Well-Known Member

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    Most pilots end up being the first episode in the majority of cases so it fits. Sometimes a pilot gets aired as a preview or TV movie and then becomes a series later on (i.e., B5, Battlestar Galactica, etc.), but mostly they're just episode one of the series. There are instances where pilots get made and then revamped for a series due to restructuring of the show, actors getting involved in other projects, etc. A lot of these pilots never get aired as a result. Many pilots never make it out of the gate and don't get picked up so they die on a shelf in some studio's warehouse.

    I seem to recall watching a series many years ago that was basically a compilation of unaired pilots for shows that never saw the light of day. After seeing them it was abundantly clear why they never aired. IIRC, they all had name actors in them, but the writing and directing was so bad they were painful to watch.
     
  3. smak

    smak TV MA SLV

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    The Heroes pilot had the added benefit of miraculously not being a disaster, like I'm sure most people expected.

    It, and the episodes following also had those crazy endings, where we couldn't wait until the next episode.

    -smak-
     
  4. Fl_Gulfer

    Fl_Gulfer Tivo's R Us

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    Justified
    Heroes
    Soap
    Dollhouse
    Torchwood
    Farscape
    Stargate SG1
    Fringe
     
  5. philhu

    philhu User Since Day ONE!

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    Defying Gravity and FlashForward
     
  6. jilter

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    I loved Studio 60 as well. Wow did that show disappear. One of the reasons I do not watch pilots anymore in real time. Shows get axed way too quickly these days.
    West Wing. One of the best Pilots ever. Hooked me immediately.
    Also Mod Fam.
     
  7. Wil

    Wil Unknown Member

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    The Defenders (actually called "The Defender"!)
    Star Trek, both pilots (The Cage; Where No Man Has Gone Before)
    A Clear and Present Danger (for The Bold Ones: The Senator)
    Mission Impossible
    V (was the first mini-series actually intended as a pilot?)
    Northern Exposure
    West Wing
    Good Eats
    Lost
     
  8. Steveknj

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    Northern Exposure and Lost are on my list as two that got me hooked immediately.
     
  9. ACoolDude

    ACoolDude Well-Known Member

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    Lost (and we had JUST purchased our 1st HDTV maybe a week before aired)
    Orphan Black (esp 1st 5 minutes)
    Game of Thrones (esp last 5 minutes)


    Gonna have to watch the Shield again... (wow, has it really been 14 years?)
     
  10. LoadStar

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