Top 25 Television Pilotsby scarecrow_n_tinman | created - 15 Sep 2013 | updated - 1 month ago | Public
Pilots are an interesting breed of television episode. Not only does it have to tell a story, but it also has to setup the series; the character dynamics, the tone of the show, the themes, etc. And while a strong pilot will set a show off in the right direction, it doesn’t always guarantee a long and successful series. The selected pilots reflect this dichotomy, yet each showed extraordinary potential for their series.
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Pilot: Part 1
TV-14 | 42 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Forty-eight survivors of an airline flight originating from Australia, bound for the U.S., which crash-lands onto an unknown island 1000 miles off course, struggle to figure out a way to survive while trying to find a way to be rescued.
Fire in the Hole
TV-MA | 50 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Marshal Givens returns home and is assigned a case involving an old friend from his coal mining days who has become a white supremacist and blew up an African American church.
Once Upon a Time (2011–2018)
TV-PG | 42 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Romance
Emma Swan is taken to a strange town by her son Henry, who she gave up for adoption years ago, and tells her of a curse cast by the Evil Queen.
Battlestar Galactica (2004–2009)
TV-14 | 43 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
The Galactica and the other remaining ships - with about 50,000 people aboard them all - are being pursued by the Cylons. They are forced to jump into hyper space every 33 minutes. Somehow,... See full summary »
Arrested Development (2003– )
TV-14 | 21 min | Comedy
After his father fails to promote him within the family business, Michael accepts a job in Arizona -- until his dad is arrested for shady bookkeeping.
Get Me a Lawyer
TV-MA | 54 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Hot-shot, high-stakes, New York City attorney Patty Hewes hires a new associate, the bright, ambitious, but somewhat naive Ellen Parsons, to help her as she tries to ruin billionaire Arthur... See full summary »
Pilot: Merit Badge
TV-14 | 43 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Exonerated after serving 12 years in prison for murders he didn't commit, policeman Charlie Crews is restored to duty as a detective. As an imprisoned policeman, Crews had a very difficult ... See full summary »
TV-MA | 53 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
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.
TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Romance
A high-school graduate makes a momentous decision that puts her life on a much different track than either she or her parents envisioned.
TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A CIA case officer becomes suspicious that a Marine Sergeant war hero rescued after eight years of captivity in Afghanistan, has been turned into a sleeper agent by Al Qaeda.
Space Pilot 3000
TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi
A down-on-his-luck pizza delivery guy is accidentally frozen on New Year's Eve 1999, and wakes up in 2999.
The Nigerian Job
TV-PG | 42 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller
When Nathan Ford, a former insurance company investigator, is approached by a man asking him to help retrieve some stolen property, he is dubious. When he finds out that the job requires ... See full summary »
Truth Be Told
TV-14 | 66 min | Action, Drama, Mystery
Sydney Bristow discovers that her job as an agent for SD-6, a top-secret division of the CIA, is not what she thought it was. Sydney's father, Jack, also tells her the truth about his work ... See full summary »
Veronica Mars (2004– )
TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Meet Veronica Mars. Your typical high school student and private eye. A year ago, Veronica's best friend Lilly was murdered. Her father, Keith, then the town sheriff, accused Lilly's ... See full summary »
Dark Angel (2000–2002)
Unrated | 87 min | Action, Drama, Mystery
12 genetically enhanced childern escape from a military base that created them. 10 years later, after The Pulse, a magnetic bomb that destroyed every computer in USA, has struck, Max ... See full summary »
Family Guy (1999– )
Death Has a Shadow
TV-14 | 30 min | Animation, Comedy
After drinking too much at a stag party and falling asleep at work, Peter loses his job, signs up for welfare, and gets more money than expected.
The Critic (1994–2001)
TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama
A beautiful actress falls in love with Jay, but he worries that she just wants a good review for her latest film.
Burn Notice (2007–2013)
TV-PG | 65 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Michael Weston, a contract agent for various agencies including the CIA, finds that a burn notice has been issued for him. Stranded in Miami, he takes the case of a caretaker accused of stealing millions from his boss.
Supernatural (2005– )
TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
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.
The Following (2013–2015)
TV-14 | 46 min | Crime, Drama, Horror
Former FBI agent Ryan Hardy is brought on board as a consultant when the serial killer he arrested many years before, Joe Carroll, escapes from prison killing several guards in the process.... See full summary »
The Walking Dead (2010– )
Days Gone Bye
TV-14 | 67 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
Deputy Sheriff Rick Grimes awakens from a coma, and searches for his family in a world ravaged by the undead.
TV-14 | 46 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Sherlock Holmes, fresh out of rehab, is teamed with a sobriety partner, a former surgeon named Watson. They have to learn to work together even as they tackle their first case, the mysterious death of a doctor's wife.
Person of Interest (2011–2016)
TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Crime, Drama
When the social security number of a young prosecutor comes up, Reese and Finch work together to figure out if their person of interest is the victim or perpetrator.
Flowers for Your Grave
TV-PG | 43 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
After a serial killer starts displaying the victims the way done in Richard "Rick" Castle's books, Castle teams up with Detective Kate Beckett to solve the case. He then starts to shadow her for his new book.
Dead Like Me (2003–2004)
TV-MA | 74 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Georgia 'George' Lass is an emotionally lost, 18-year-old slacker whose life changes (or ends) when she is killed by a toilet seat that falls from the sky after being separated from the ... See full summary »