posted on Mar, 10 2010 @ 04:18 PM
Pilots are rarely remembered for most shows that we know and love, but it is a crucial episode any show to get up and running. Even for shows that I
love, I rarely find the pilot episode entertaining. I find they often try to do too much with plot and character development and in the end it
was just a hot mess of nothingness. The Office: I appreciate the Office's pilot episode because I feel it is just as funny as any episode out there and the characters that
were presented in the initial episode are the same ones that we see in season 6. They hit their marks right from the get go and we're still enjoying
them today. Considering this is in the comedy genre, I find it's even tougher for a comedy to have a great pilot but the Office is a rarity, in my
Few shows escape this trend and I'm interested in hearing some examples of others.
A few that come to mind for me.
The Sopranos: unlike in the comedy genre, a syndicated drama needs to leave you wanting more. The Sopranos does a great job on this and
leaves the viewer wanting to see the next episode immediately. They don't spend the 50 or so minutes trying to explain each character to you or how
everyone came to be where they are.
Friday Night Lights: hands down one of the most dramatic and cliff-hanger type pilot episodes I've ever watched. For much of this
episode, I enjoyed it and would have kept going back for more. But the way the pilot episode ended, I just thought it was a huge, huge leap and it
worked out for them. If you haven't watched this show, do yourself a favor and start!
I'll name some more as I think of them.
What about you?