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6th Apr '18 9:50:00 AM Pichu-kun
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* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' wasn't a ninja series, but instead involved magic. Instead of wanting to be Hokage, Naruto was sent on a quest to find friends under the orders of whom would later become Hiruzen Sarutobi after one prank too-many. Instead of a demon being sealed inside Naruto, the Demon Fox was his father.

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* The [[Manga/Naruto1997 pilot]] for ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' wasn't a ninja series, but instead involved magic. Instead of wanting to be Hokage, Naruto was sent on a quest to find friends under the orders of whom would later become Hiruzen Sarutobi after one prank too-many. Instead of a demon being sealed inside Naruto, the Demon Fox was his father.
3rd Apr '18 1:57:14 PM Twiddler
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* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'''s pilot was made for and aired on Nickelodeon's ''Random Cartoons'', making it the rare show which aired on a [[ChannelHop different network]] than its pilot. Finn was named Pen in the pilot, presumably after creator Creator/PendletonWard. The main character's voice was also different, as the former voice actor is actually the older brother of the current one.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'''s pilot [[Recap/AdventureTimePilot pilot]] was made for and aired on Nickelodeon's ''Random Cartoons'', making it the rare show which aired on a [[ChannelHop different network]] than its pilot. Finn was named Pen in the pilot, presumably after creator Creator/PendletonWard. The main character's voice was also different, as the former voice actor is actually the older brother of the current one.
1st Apr '18 2:31:57 PM Corlagon
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* ''WesternAnimation/CountDuckula'': "Unreal Estate" was very obviously the pilot, but didn't air until the third season. Among other things, it had Dr. von Goosewing discover that there was a new Duckula around, and heavily implied that his assistant Heinrich was real but quit. The episodes that did air first had the protagonists already familiar with von Goosewing, and didn't exactly do a good job at explaining that the castle automatically teleports back to Transylvania by dawn.
8th Feb '18 7:15:41 PM nombretomado
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* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' pilot, "The Break In" was made in 1996 and was aired as the first episode in 1997...at least the altered version. The "pilot" version had ''very'' different character designs, such as no one wearing their main outfit (except Mikey and the non-main six cast), T.J. being tall and skinny, Vince looking like a teenager, Spinelli looking like a kindergartener, and Gretchen with black hair (Gus wasn't in the pilot). When it aired as the first episode, it was re-drawn to look more like the series proper. Clips of the pilot version were seen in an ABC Saturday Mornings promo on the 1997 VHS to ''[[Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians 101 Dalmatians]]'' (live-action), as well as certain station identifications for OneSaturdayMorning (depending on the ABC station). The pilot gave a good example of the show's setup and character personalities while ''not'' giving clunky exposition dialogue.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' pilot, "The Break In" was made in 1996 and was aired as the first episode in 1997...at least the altered version. The "pilot" version had ''very'' different character designs, such as no one wearing their main outfit (except Mikey and the non-main six cast), T.J. being tall and skinny, Vince looking like a teenager, Spinelli looking like a kindergartener, and Gretchen with black hair (Gus wasn't in the pilot). When it aired as the first episode, it was re-drawn to look more like the series proper. Clips of the pilot version were seen in an ABC Saturday Mornings promo on the 1997 VHS to ''[[Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians 101 Dalmatians]]'' (live-action), as well as certain station identifications for OneSaturdayMorning Creator/OneSaturdayMorning (depending on the ABC station). The pilot gave a good example of the show's setup and character personalities while ''not'' giving clunky exposition dialogue.
16th Dec '17 8:54:49 PM nombretomado
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* The pilot for ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot'' was shown on ''OhYeahCartoons''. It was known as ''My Neighbor Was a Teenage Robot'' and had a different art direction. It was eventually remade as the episode "It Came from Next Door".

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* The pilot for ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot'' was shown on ''OhYeahCartoons''.''WesternAnimation/OhYeahCartoons''. It was known as ''My Neighbor Was a Teenage Robot'' and had a different art direction. It was eventually remade as the episode "It Came from Next Door".
19th Nov '17 2:23:36 PM rjd1922
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* There was a 21-minute long pilot for a ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' television series called "Winter Dragon" that aired in February 2015 but the ensuing legal issues with the author's estate make it exceedingly unlikely as of this writing that it's going to continue.

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* There was a 21-minute long pilot for a ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' television series called "Winter Dragon" that aired in February 2015 2015, but the ensuing legal issues with the author's estate make it exceedingly unlikely as of this writing that it's going to continue.


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* The unaired ''Series/WonderWoman2011Pilot''.
10th Oct '17 5:44:13 PM nombretomado
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* Creator/DavidLetterman hosted two pilots of a game show called ''The Riddlers'' in November 1977. The first pilot was shown on {{GSN}}, and Dave talks about it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHJDu-hPhDo here.]]

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* Creator/DavidLetterman hosted two pilots of a game show called ''The Riddlers'' in November 1977. The first pilot was shown on {{GSN}}, Creator/{{GSN}}, and Dave talks about it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHJDu-hPhDo here.]]
18th Sep '17 5:24:34 AM jormis29
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* Depending on who you ask, ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' either had several pilots or no pilot. First, there was the unofficial "Season 0," which aired as random shorts on ''The Tracy Ullman Show'' (the very first of those was "Good Night," for the record). Then, when it became a series, the proper pilot, "Some Enchanted Evening," was so poorly animated that it had to be completely scrapped and redone, while the ChristmasSpecial "Simpsons Roasting On An Open Fire" was picked at random to fill the air date, simply because it was finished sooner, making for some odd continuity when Santa's Little Helper was absent for most of the rest of the season. The episode after, "Bart The Genius," was the first episode of the show proper to air, while the pilot was bumped to the end of the season.

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* Depending on who you ask, ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' either had several pilots or no pilot. First, there was the unofficial "Season 0," which aired as random shorts on ''The Tracy Ullman Show'' ''Series/TheTraceyUllmanShow'' (the very first of those was "Good Night," for the record). Then, when it became a series, the proper pilot, "Some Enchanted Evening," was so poorly animated that it had to be completely scrapped and redone, while the ChristmasSpecial "Simpsons Roasting On An Open Fire" was picked at random to fill the air date, simply because it was finished sooner, making for some odd continuity when Santa's Little Helper was absent for most of the rest of the season. The episode after, "Bart The Genius," was the first episode of the show proper to air, while the pilot was bumped to the end of the season.
3rd Sep '17 2:25:59 PM NWolfman
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* Depending on who you ask, ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' either had several pilots or no pilot. First, there was the unofficial "Season 0," which aired as random shorts on ''The Tracy Ullman Show''. Then, when it became a series, the proper pilot, "Some Enchanted Evening," was so poorly animated that it had to be completely scrapped and redone, while the ChristmasSpecial "Simpsons Roasting On An Open Fire" was picked at random to fill the air date, simply because it was finished sooner, making for some odd continuity when Santa's Little Helper was absent for most of the rest of the season. The episode after, "Bart The Genius," was the first episode of the show proper to air, while the pilot was moved to the end of the season.

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* Depending on who you ask, ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' either had several pilots or no pilot. First, there was the unofficial "Season 0," which aired as random shorts on ''The Tracy Ullman Show''.Show'' (the very first of those was "Good Night," for the record). Then, when it became a series, the proper pilot, "Some Enchanted Evening," was so poorly animated that it had to be completely scrapped and redone, while the ChristmasSpecial "Simpsons Roasting On An Open Fire" was picked at random to fill the air date, simply because it was finished sooner, making for some odd continuity when Santa's Little Helper was absent for most of the rest of the season. The episode after, "Bart The Genius," was the first episode of the show proper to air, while the pilot was moved bumped to the end of the season.
26th Aug '17 7:05:49 PM AustinCarver13
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* ''Series/Lookwell'', a sitcom pilot written by Conan O'Brien in 1991 starring Adam West.

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* ''Series/Lookwell'', ''{{Series/Lookwell}}'', a sitcom pilot written by Conan O'Brien in 1991 starring Adam West.


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* Before he ended up making an actual show with ''WesternAnimation/BillyDilleysSuperDuperSubterraneanSummer,'' veteran cartoonist and storyboard artist Aaron Springer had attempted to create some shows before, with the silent-slaptick comedy ''Periwinkle Around the World'' and much more famously with ''WesternAnimation/KorgothOfBarbaria,'' a hyper-violent, well-animated parody of Conan the Barbarian.
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