2013-2014 TV Season Pilot Reviews

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-All TV PILOTS I choose to watch (existing shows aren't included-for example, the season premiere of Sons of Anarchy wouldn't count as a pilot)

-July 2013-August 2014 pilots are all fair game
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1.
Orange Is the New Black (2013 TV Series)
Episode: I Wasn't Ready (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Piper Chapman is sent to jail as a result of her relationship with a drug smuggler. (59 mins.)
“ 8.5-great (B+)

This was a great pilot. This show has pretty much the most diverse, interesting casts on all of TV, anchored by a consistently good Taylor Schilling. The whole series is pretty much a must see, and the pilot is a good start to a great series full of evolving, engaging characters and storylines in a unique environment. ” - whifferrack
 
2.
Sleepy Hollow (2013 TV Series)
Episode: Pilot (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A modern-day supernatural thriller based on The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow. It follows Ichabod Crane as he partners with Sleepy Hollow's local female sheriff to solve the mysteries of a town ravaged by the battle between good and evil. (45 mins.)
“ 8.5-great (B+)

This is a ridiculously entertaining show that I wasn't expecting to like. It's ludicrous, pulpy fun, and I'll definitely be watching more. The two leads have chemistry, and while the premise is shaky at best, I have confidence that the Orci/Kurtzman team can turn this into something consistently worth watching. ” - whifferrack
 
3.
Low Winter Sun (2013 TV Series)
Episode: Pilot (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Frank Agnew and Joe Geddes kill Joe's now former partner Brendan McCann. Internal Affairs looks into the department for a corrupt cop... (43 mins.)
“ 8-great (B)

Although the show descended into monotonous drivel afterwards, the pilot was still a nice take on the current anti-hero frenzy in television. The cast is great, and it's a shame the show didn't turn out to be. ” - whifferrack
 
4.
The Bridge (2013 TV Series)
Episode: Pilot (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
When a body is found on the bridge connecting El Paso and Juarez, two detectives, one from the United States and one from Mexico, must work together to hunt down a serial killer operating on both sides of the border. (43 mins.)
“ 8-great (B) ” - whifferrack
 
5.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013 TV Series)
Episode: Pilot (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
S.H.I.E.L.D. puts together a special team, led by Agent Phil Coulson, to track down a mysterious man with special abilities and the young computer hacker that's encouraging him to reveal himself to the world. (45 mins.)
 
6.
The Originals (2013 TV Series)
Episode: Always and Forever (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Klaus Mikaelson, the Original vampire/werewolf hybrid, returns to the magical melting pot that is the French Quarter of New Orleans - a town he helped build centuries ago. (45 mins.)
 
7.
Believe (2014 TV Series)
Episode: Pilot (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Tate is on death row and has only 30 minutes until his execution. He's visited by a priest who tells him he's there to help him break out... (43 mins.)
 
8.
Hostages (2013 TV Series)
Episode: Pilot (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The family of a doctor, who will be doing surgery on the United States President, is taken hostage by a rogue FBI agent. She is ordered by the kidnappers to assassinate the President in order to save her family. (42 mins.)
 
9.
Crisis (2014 TV Series)
Episode: Pilot (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A bus load of students are kidnapped, among which are the son of the U.S. President and daughter of heads the powerful business conglomerate Meg Fitch... (60 mins.)
 
10.
Black Sails (2014 TV Series)
Episode: I. (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
1715: The Golden Age of Piracy. New Providence is a lawless island, controlled by history's most notorious pirate captains. The most feared: Captain Flint. (56 mins.)
 
11.
Mind Games (2014 TV Series)
Episode: Pilot (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Two brothers, one a bipolar genius in human psychology and the other a slick ex-con, head a unique agency designed to solve their clients' problems using the real science of human motivation and manipulation (60 mins.)
 
12.
The Michael J. Fox Show (2013 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A comedy inspired by the life of Michael J. Fox. (30 mins.)
Director: Andrew Fleming
 
13.
Masters of Sex (2013 TV Series)
Episode: Pilot (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Dr. William Masters, a successful doctor of obstetrics and gynecology, begins his controversial study of human sexuality. Dr. Masters recruits Virginia Johnson to be his secretary, but she quickly advances to be a valuable associate. (60 mins.)
 
14.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2013 TV Series)
Episode: Pilot (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Detective Jake Peralta finds his work scrutinized when new Captain, Ray Holt, takes over at his precinct. (22 mins.)
 
15.
Almost Human (2013 TV Series)
Episode: Pilot (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A part-machine cop must pair with a part-human robot as they fight crime and investigate a deeper cover-up in a futuristic new world. (60 mins.)
 
16.
The Blacklist (2013 TV Series)
Episode: Pilot (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Ex-government agent and one of the FBI's Most Wanted fugitives, Raymond "Red" Reddington (James Spader)... (43 mins.)
 
17.
Trophy Wife (2013 TV Series)
Episode: Pilot (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Kate is in uncharted territory and finds support from her best friend Meg. (30 mins.)