Best pilot episodes

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1.
Breaking Bad (2008 TV Series)
Episode: Pilot (2008)
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Diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, chemistry teacher Walter White teams up with his former student, Jesse Pinkman, to cook and sell crystal meth. (49 mins.)
 
2.
The X-Files (1993 TV Series)
Episode: Pilot (1993)
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Agent Dana Scully is instructed to debunk an FBI project dubbed "The X-Files," paranormal cases that have been reopened by Agent Fox Mulder. (45 mins.)
 
3.
Veronica Mars (2004 TV Series)
Episode: Pilot (2004)
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Meet Veronica Mars. Your typical high school student and private eye. A year ago, Veronica's best friend Lilly was murdered... (44 mins.)
 
4.
One Tree Hill (2003 TV Series)
Episode: Pilot (2003)
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Nathan Scott is Tree Hill High's biggest basketball star and is dating Peyton, a cheerleader. Nathan's half brother, Lucas, joins the team - and threatens to take both Nathan's spot in the lineup and his girl. (60 mins.)
 
5.
Smallville (2001 TV Series)
Episode: Pilot (2001)
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Baby Clark (Kal-El) arrives on Earth. Teen Clark starts high school, saves Lex's life after a car accident, and finds out about his past and birth parents. (60 mins.)
 
6.
Misfits (2009 TV Series)
Episode: Episode #1.1 (2009)
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Five young adolescents begin community service under the watchful eye of their probation officer when a freak storm strikes them, granting them supernatural abilities. (60 mins.)
 
7.
Friday Night Lights (2006 TV Series)
Episode: Pilot (2006)
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New head coach Eric Taylor finds his every move scrutinized as he takes over leadership of Texas's No. 1 high school football team. (44 mins.)
 
8.
Gilmore Girls (2000 TV Series)
Episode: Pilot (2000)
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Rory is accepted into the elite Chilton prep school. Bad news for Lorelai: she must make amends with her parents to borrow the money for Rory's tuition. The money is available- with strings attached. (44 mins.)
 
9.
Once Upon a Time (2011 TV Series)
Episode: Pilot (2011)
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Emma Swan's world is turned upside down when the son she gave up 10 years ago knocks on her door. Holding a book of fairy tales he claims are real... (44 mins.)
Director: David Barrett
 
10.
Dexter (2006 TV Series)
Episode: Dexter (2006)
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Dexter takes part in the investigation of a serial killer who drains his victims of blood. He also kills two criminals, and his romantic relationship may be going to the next level. (53 mins.)
 
11.
Supernatural (2005 TV Series)
Episode: Pilot (2005)
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Sam and Dean Winchester were trained by their father to hunt the creatures of the supernatural. Now, their father has mysteriously disappeared while hunting the demon that killed their mother, 22 years ago. (44 mins.)
 
12.
The O.C. (2003 TV Series)
Episode: Pilot (2003)
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Ryan Atwood is a troubled, 16-year-old kid living in the rough, crime-ridden neighborhood of Chino located in San Bernadino... (44 mins.)
 
13.
Game of Thrones (2011 TV Series)
Episode: Winter Is Coming (2011)
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Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, is dead. King Robert Baratheon plans to ask his oldest friend, Eddard Stark, to take Jon's place. Across the sea, Viserys Targaryen plans to wed his sister to a nomadic warlord in exchange for an army. (56 mins.)
 
14.
Prison Break (2005 TV Series)
Episode: Pilot (2005)
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Michael Scofield is imprisoned in Fox River State Penitentiary. He finds his brother, Lincoln Burrows, who is a death row prisoner, and tells him that he is going to break them both out of the prison. (44 mins.)
 
15.
My So-Called Life (1994 TV Series)
Episode: Pilot (1994)
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Angela Chase begins a friendship with Rayanne Graff and Rickie Vasquez. At home there is tension between her and her mother. (60 mins.)
 
16.
Heroes (2006 TV Series)
Episode: Chapter One 'Genesis' (2006)
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In Manhattan, Peter Petrelli is the younger brother Nathan Petrelli an overly ambitious and unscrupulous candidate for the next New York congressman... (45 mins.)
 
17.
The Walking Dead (2010 TV Series)
Episode: Days Gone Bye (2010)
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After being shot, Deputy Sheriff Rick Grimes awakes to find the world overrun by the undead. (44 mins.)
 
18.
The Vampire Diaries (2009 TV Series)
Episode: Pilot (2009)
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In the small town of Mystic Falls, teenager Elena Gilbert and her younger brother, Jeremy, struggle... (43 mins.)
 
19.
Charmed (1998 TV Series)
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Three sisters reunite after the death of their beloved grandmother, and learn they have inherited much more than the family manor. (42 mins.)
 
20.
Longmire (2012 TV Series)
Episode: Pilot (2012)
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Sheriff Longmire runs a small department in rural Wyoming. When the body of a man is found in the woods... (60 mins.)
 
21.
Angel (1999 TV Series)
Episode: City of... (1999)
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Angel relocates to Los Angeles, where he encounters a stranger who experiences visions of those in need, and a woman who lives in fear of a vampire. (44 mins.)
 
22.
Tru Calling (2003 TV Series)
Episode: Pilot (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Tru Davies starts working on a morgue before she can start studying Medicine. The first night she's working at the morgue... (43 mins.)