Pilots to Watch

Oh, Pilot episodes. The Sweet Summer Children of television series. Everyone is innocent and baby faced and new. I don’t know about you, but I love watching television pilots. I love reading television pilots. I love when I watch a good pilot for the first time when starting a show. If I start watching a show a couple seasons in, I usually go back and watch it from the start. Once I’m a couple seasons into a show, going back and watching the pilot is like looking at baby pictures of my favorite show. Not all pilot episodes are amazing (looking at your Parks&Rec), but if I love the show, the pilot is something I usually have a soft spot for. With new television coming out this fall & all year round because streaming and new media is amazing, I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite pilots that I think you should watch/read. It’s not going to be your standard top 10, not all the greats are there. You’re gonna have to cut me some slack, I’m still making my way through television.

Comedy

Catastrophe

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Written by: Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney
Airdate: June 19, 2015
Network: BBC / Amazon
Watch it on Amazon Prime

 

How I Met Your Mother

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Written By: Carter Bays & Craig Thomas
Episode Aired: September 19, 2005
Network: CBS
Read it here
Watch it on Netflix

New Girl

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Written by: Liz Meriwether
Episode Aired: September 20, 2011
Network: Fox
Read it here
Watch it on Netflix

 

Transparent

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Written by: Jill Soloway
Episode Aired: August 27, 2014
Network: Amazon
Read it here
Watch it on Amazon

Freaks and Geeks

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Written By: Paul Feig
Episode Aired: 25 September 1999
Network: NBC
Read it here
Watch it on Netflix

The Wonder Years


Written By: Neal Marlens & Carol Black
Episode Aired: January 31, 1988
Network: ABC
Watch it on Netflix: Netflix

Bob’s Burgers

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Written By: Lauren Bouchard & Jim Dauterive
Episode Aired:  January 9, 2011
Network: Fox
Watch the test pilot here
Watch it on Netflix

Drama

Breaking Bad


Written By: Vince Gilligan
Episode Aired: January 20, 2008
Network: AMC
Read it here
Watch it on Netflix

Game of Thrones – “Winter is Coming” 

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Written By: David Benioff, D.B. Wiess, George R.R. Martin (Books)
Episode Aired: April 17, 2011
Network: HBO
Read it here
Watch it on HBO Go

Mad Men – “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” 

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Written By: Matthew Weiner
Episode Aired: July 19, 2007
Network: AMC
Read it here
Watch it on Netflix

Grey’s Anatomy – “A Hard Day’s Night”

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Written By: Shonda Rhimes
Episode Aired: March 27, 2005
Network: ABC
Read it here
Watch it on Netflix

Shameless

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Written By: Paul Abbott, John Wells
Episode Aired: January 9, 2011
Network: Showtime
Read it here
Watch it on Netflix

Orphan Black – “Natural Selection” 

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Written By: Graeme Manson
Episode Aired: March 30, 2013
Network: BBC America
Read it here
Watch it on Amazon

How to Get Away with Murder

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Written By: Peter Nowalk
Episode Aired: September 25, 2014
Network: ABC
Read it here
Watch it on Netflix

The Walking Dead – “Days Gone By” 

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Written By: Frank Darabont, Robert Kirkman (Graphic Novels), Tony Moore (Graphic Novels), Charlie Adlard (Graphic Novels)
Episode Aired: October 31, 2010
Network: AMC
Read it here
Watch it on Netflix

Boardwalk Empire

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Written By: Terence Winter, Nelson Johnson (Book)
Episode Aired: September 19, 2010
Network: HBO
Read it here
Watch it on HBO Go

 

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