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13th Jun '17 9:25:50 AM Piterpicher
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The writing in a pilot can be significantly worse than in regular episodes. Introducing all the characters and setting up the situation in a limited time can be difficult to do in a natural way, and even the best pilots can be privy to [[AsYouKnow clunky exposition]]. In addition, pilots often are slightly differently-shaped than the series that coalesce if the show gets picked up; for example: in the pilot of ''Series/GilmoreGirls'' Sookie is a CuteClumsyGirl (this trait fades away by the fourth or so episode), Lorelai drives a different car, and many of the sets are not the ones used later in the show, as a real street in {{Toronto}} was used rather than the "Main Street" set at Creator/WarnerBrothers Studios which was used as Stars Hollow for the rest of the series. Pilots may also be filmed on a different stock than the rest of the series; the pilot may look more 'cinematic' in film story and cinematography than other episodes in the series. If it's the ''length'' of a film and presented as such, then it's a PilotMovie. The same rules roughly apply to animation, except that pilots in that industry usually never exceed eleven minutes unless it is the aforementioned pilot movie.

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The writing in a pilot can be significantly worse than in regular episodes. Introducing all the characters and setting up the situation in a limited time can be difficult to do in a natural way, and even the best pilots can be privy to [[AsYouKnow clunky exposition]]. In addition, pilots often are slightly differently-shaped than the series that coalesce if the show gets picked up; for example: in the pilot of ''Series/GilmoreGirls'' Sookie is a CuteClumsyGirl (this trait fades away by the fourth or so episode), Lorelai drives a different car, and many of the sets are not the ones used later in the show, as a real street in {{Toronto}} UsefulNotes/{{Toronto}} was used rather than the "Main Street" set at Creator/WarnerBrothers Studios which was used as Stars Hollow for the rest of the series. Pilots may also be filmed on a different stock than the rest of the series; the pilot may look more 'cinematic' in film story and cinematography than other episodes in the series. If it's the ''length'' of a film and presented as such, then it's a PilotMovie. The same rules roughly apply to animation, except that pilots in that industry usually never exceed eleven minutes unless it is the aforementioned pilot movie.
27th May '17 4:29:08 AM jormis29
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* The original unaired pilot for ''Series/{{Moonlight}}'' featured different actors for three of the four main characters. Aside from Mick St. John (Alex O'Loughlin), the roles of Beth Turner (Shannon Lucio), Josef Kostan (Rade Šerbedžija), and Coraline Duvall (Amber Valletta) were recast for the re-shot pilot to Sophia Myles, Creator/JasonDohring, and Shannyn Sossamon, respectively. The change doesn't affect much for the characters of Beth and Coraline, but Josef's character underwent a radical change from an elderly Eastern European man full of Old World wisdom to a brash [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld youthful]] power businessman, whose occasional bits of wisdom come as a surprise.

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* The original unaired pilot for ''Series/{{Moonlight}}'' featured different actors for three of the four main characters. Aside from Mick St. John (Alex O'Loughlin), the roles of Beth Turner (Shannon Lucio), Josef Kostan (Rade Šerbedžija), and Coraline Duvall (Amber Valletta) were recast for the re-shot pilot to Sophia Myles, Creator/SophiaMyles, Creator/JasonDohring, and Shannyn Sossamon, respectively. The change doesn't affect much for the characters of Beth and Coraline, but Josef's character underwent a radical change from an elderly Eastern European man full of Old World wisdom to a brash [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld youthful]] power businessman, whose occasional bits of wisdom come as a surprise.
22nd May '17 6:16:48 AM ReddyWizard
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* ''Series/Hobocop'' had a Pilot called "Nose Corruption" which was mistakenly aired in the TPH children's cartoon block.

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* ''Series/Hobocop'' ''Series/{{Hobocop}}'' had a Pilot called "Nose Corruption" which was mistakenly aired in the TPH children's cartoon block.
22nd May '17 6:15:41 AM ReddyWizard
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* ''Series/Hobocop'' had a Pilot called "Nose Corruption" which was mistakenly aired in the TPH children's cartoon block.
29th Apr '17 11:44:47 AM nombretomado
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* ''Series/ThirtyRock'': Rather mediocre pilot and quite possibly the worst episode of the whole series. TinaFey herself has said "if I never see that pilot again, it will be too soon". Also notable in that the scenes with Jenna were refilmed before it aired, [[TheOtherMarty replacing Rachel Dratch with Jane Krakowski]].

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* ''Series/ThirtyRock'': Rather mediocre pilot and quite possibly the worst episode of the whole series. TinaFey Creator/TinaFey herself has said "if I never see that pilot again, it will be too soon". Also notable in that the scenes with Jenna were refilmed before it aired, [[TheOtherMarty replacing Rachel Dratch with Jane Krakowski]].
7th Apr '17 4:56:46 AM Troperinik
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': The show started out as a three-minute short for Annecy 2007, which turned out to be so popular it was turned into a show.
26th Mar '17 3:15:17 PM AthenaBlue
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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' had one similar in tone to the earlier chapters of the series, with a few key differences: Rukia giving her Shinigami powers to Ichigo caused her to shrink to a miniature size (she's slightly taller than a pack of cigarettes, bathes in a coffee mug full of hot milk, and uses a toothbrush to scrub herself), Orihime's father is the vengeful lonely hollow envious for her attention, instead of her older brother, and Orihime dies and is taken to Soul Society at the end of the pilot.



* ''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.



* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' had one similar in tone to the earlier chapters of the series, with a few key differences: Rukia giving her Shinigami powers to Ichigo caused her to shrink to a miniature size (she's slightly taller than a pack of cigarettes, bathes in a coffee mug full of hot milk, and uses a toothbrush to scrub herself), Orihime's father is the vengeful lonely hollow envious for her attention, instead of her older brother, and Orihime dies and is taken to Soul Society at the end of the pilot.



* ''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.



* ''Series/ThirtyRock'': Rather mediocre pilot and quite possibly the worst episode of the whole series. TinaFey herself has said "if I never see that pilot again, it will be too soon". Also notable in that the scenes with Jenna were refilmed before it aired, [[TheOtherMarty replacing Rachel Dratch with Jane Krakowski]].
** Ironically, ''Series/Studio60OnTheSunsetStrip'', [[DuelingShows another NBC show that started in 2006 and takes place behind the scenes at a sketch comedy show]], is generally considered to have had a great pilot and quickly gone downhill from there.
** Incidentally, in her book ''Bossypants'', Creator/TinaFey, while proclaiming her own negative opinion of the ''30 Rock'' pilot, cited ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' as an example of a sitcom with a great pilot.
* The pilot episode of ''Series/{{The 100}}'', viewed in light of the rest of the series, seems like a LighterAndSofter version of the show, with very clearly defined good guys and bad guys, and a lot more focus on the teen characters having the fun and getting the hots for each other. Standard advice from fans of the show is not to judge it based on the pilot, but watch until episodes three, four, or five to see what the show's really like.
* The pilot episode of ''Series/{{Alias}}'' was 69 minutes long, and originally aired commercial-free.



* ''Series/BabylonFive'': Name a problem a PilotMovie could have, and it's there. The creator re-edited it several years later to make it stink less. (The radical changes in characterization and the transformation of Delenn from an androgenous UncannyValley dweller to [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe exotically attractive female]] are the major differences.)

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* The pilot of ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' was shot in an actual model home which featured an elegant sweeping curved staircase leading to a barren unfinished attic.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'': Name a problem a PilotMovie could have, and it's there. The creator re-edited it several years later to make it stink less. (The radical changes in characterization and the transformation of Delenn from an androgenous UncannyValley dweller to an [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe exotically attractive female]] are the major differences.)



* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' had two pilots, the second one being the first episode of the series and the only characters to transfer over is Leonard and Sheldon. The "genius characters" premise was still intact, but the story had them meet a girl named Katie on the street having a hard time and invite her to have dinner with them, eventually taking her in as a roommate. They have another female friend and co-worker Gilda, who is just as intelligent as them, and has an admitted crush on Leonard. Katie has a tough exterior and rooming with Leonard and Sheldon would help her to soften up. Test audiences ''hated'' Katie, but Leonard and Sheldon were extremely well received. Many lines of dialogue were reused in the first few episodes and much of the series proper was taking consideration for the failure of the first pilot:
** They made Penny as a new neighbor (making the dinner invite more natural) and is warm, friendly and bubbly to avoid the UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist that was Katie.
** Leonard and Sheldon were a hit, so they made two more with Howard and Raj. Gilda was dropped, presumably to offset the gender balance more, but some of her traits were given to recurring character Leslie Winkle.
** Sheldon was very similar in personality to Leonard, just more neurotic and once had sex with Gilda. The series made him asexual, TheComicallySerious and with a "blinders on" approach to social conventions.
** The set design was overhauled, creating the spiral stairway with the broken elevator and making the guys' apartment very clean and tidy. The original set was a standard sitcom set with an "L" shaped hallway and was more run down.
* The pilot for ''Series/TheBobNewhartShow'' gave Bob Hartley the extra job of heading his apartment building's Action Board when the writers feared his psychologist practice wouldn't supply enough storyline possibilities. Also, Bill Daily was not in the pilot, but interestingly the actor who filled his position of Wacky Neighbor would later return to play his brother Warden Gordon Borden in an episode of the series.



* The pilot episode of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' was made with virtually no budget and was never intended for the airwaves; it was just to give the WB network an idea what the show might be like. The pilot's been widely circulated online, but series creator Creator/JossWhedon has kept it from being officially released. He ''really'' [[OldShame thinks it's a piece of crap]].



* The unaired ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'' pilot was deemed too confusing, so a more linear version was shot. It could be said to be a case of ViewersAreMorons, but it could also be said that throwing the viewers in the deep end wasn't the best idea for [[AudienceAlienatingPremise a high-concept show in which they were essentially asked to cheer for slave owners]].



* The pilot for ''Evening Shade'' is notable for being double the length of an average episode, something normally reserved for dramas rather than sitcoms. (Although few series nowadays of any type go for the extended pilots, with ''Series/{{Lost}}'' the most high-profile exception.)

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* The pilot for ''Evening Shade'' ''Series/EveningShade'' is notable for being double the length of an average episode, something normally reserved for dramas rather than sitcoms. (Although few series nowadays of any type go for the extended pilots, with ''Series/{{Lost}}'' the most high-profile exception.))
* "Serenity", the two-part pilot episode of ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', is notable in that it was not the episode the network first aired. The consequence of this action was that viewers didn't get introduced to the characters, the universe, and the plotlines the proper way, and ''Firefly'' was canned halfway through its run.
* The first pilot of ''Series/FullHouse'' was largely identical to the first official episode ("Our Very First Episode") with nearly the entire cast in place, with the very obvious exception of John Posey (essentially a stand-in for an unavailable Bob Saget) as Danny Tanner.



* The pilot episode of ''Series/GhostWhisperer'', also titled "Pilot", focused on the ghost of a Vietnam War pilot.
* The ''Series/{{Heroes}}''' pilot was an hour and a half long, and many of the "lost" scenes and characters that didn't make it into the premiere were recycled in modified ways (the Terrorist character of The Engineer was changed to the neurotic Ted Sprague, for instance).
* ''Series/KidsIncorporated'' shot a pilot featuring most of the actors who became the first season cast but very different sets and a radically different format, using only the flimsiest of plots to link together not entire songs, but a series of medleys, mostly not by the main cast. The pilot was never aired, but it was intercut with some new footage in the form of bridging sequence with Rassan Patterson (who had not been cast for the pilot) and released as a direct-to-video feature with a framing story of how his character came to join the band - in the final sequence, quite obviously filmed much later than the rest of the episode, we're offhandedly told that three members of the pilot cast had suddenly moved out of town, leading to the Kid's invitation to join the band (no similar explanation is given for Stacy and Renee, who in the pilot had clearly been meant as supporting characters rather than band members).
* The pilot episode for ''Series/KyleXY'' was reshot at a later date because it was considered to be too downbeat and dragging. This led to a difficult scenario where all the cast were a year older. Josh, for instance, had to have all his lines redone because his voice was an octave lower.
* The pilot episode for ''Series/LawAndOrder'', "Everybody's Favorite Bagman", was filmed a couple of years before the series, and later incorporated into the series... eight episodes in. This led to the rather amusing continuity error in which Detectives Logan and Greevey met A.D.A Robinette for the first time when they've already worked with him for seven episodes.
** Worse yet, this pilot featured a different District Attorney (Wentworth) from the rest of the season. Thus, if you watch the episodes in order, you see D.A. Schiff for several episodes, then Wentworth for this episode, then back to Schiff for the next 10 years.



* The original pilot for ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' has never been aired on TV, and featured different actors playing Bud/Kelly.
* ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' has two pilots. One was aired as a TV special on Creator/FoxKids in 1999, though in an edited form and another pilot remains unaired but some scenes were used in "Big Sisters". The former had differences from the final version:
** Trini was played by Audri [=DuBois=] rather than Thuy Trang.
** The local hangout was not the Angel Grove Juice Bar but a bowling alley.
** The Rangers used physical violence towards the bullies.
** Skull was played by Bobby Val than Jason Narvy.
** Kimberly was far more self-absorbed and had little to no martial arts or gymnastic talent that was shown.
** Bulk and Skull were part of a gang of five bullies.
** Alpha's appearance was more boxier.
** King Sphinx was the primary monster the Rangers confronted.
** Billy's glasses were thick framed than wire framed.
** The morphing sequence resembled more like its Sentai counterpart.
** Zordon was originally named Zoltar and the Power Morphers were referred as the Transmorphers.
** In its unaired and unedited form, Zords were originally called Droids.
* The pilot episode of ''Series/TheMonkees'' ("Here Come The Monkees") was filmed in 1965. It is very different from the later episodes. In it, the band has a manager played by Bing Russell, Davy plays a guitar (which is bigger than he is!), the band wears yellow shirts and brown vests as stage costumes, Micky Dolenz is credited as Micky Braddock, etc. When the series got picked up, it was edited and aired as the tenth episode! As an added bonus, Davy and Mike's audition tapes were tacked on to the end of the episode.
* The original unaired pilot for ''Series/{{Moonlight}}'' featured different actors for three of the four main characters. Aside from Mick St. John (Alex O'Loughlin), the roles of Beth Turner (Shannon Lucio), Josef Kostan (Rade Šerbedžija), and Coraline Duvall (Amber Valletta) were recast for the re-shot pilot to Sophia Myles, Creator/JasonDohring, and Shannyn Sossamon, respectively. The change doesn't affect much for the characters of Beth and Coraline, but Josef's character underwent a radical change from an elderly Eastern European man full of Old World wisdom to a brash [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld youthful]] power businessman, whose occasional bits of wisdom come as a surprise.



* The pilot episode of ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' is not only considered the worst in the series, but the producers can't even agree on the title. The current decision is ''The Seinfeld Chronicles,'' which was the original title for the show. TV Guide gives it as ''Pilot,'' but that was changed to avoid confusion with the Season 4 finale ''[[IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming The Pilot]].'' The most unusual name for it is GoodNewsBadNews. Don't ask me how they got there.

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* ''Series/ThePeoplesCourt'' had its first pilot episode taped in October of 1980 (a bit under a year before the first episode aired), as well as a second pilot episode which was taped in January of 1981.
* ''Series/PoliceCameraAction'' had an interesting case with its pilot episode(s). The first-ever episode was called ''Series/PoliceStop'' but the NamesTheSame as the VHS series (which caused confusion), so it quickly switched to the better-known title of ''Series/PoliceCameraAction'' from November 1994. The pilot episode had a sort of visual pun; Alastair Stewart in the police helicopter with his name captioned in Helvetica Bold. Also, [[CreativeClosingCredits the end credits were on a blue background with white Futura Condensed font on]]. Two edited versions were then re-shown in 2006-2007 as "Danger! Drivers Ahead" and the opening titles re-edited to ''POLICE CAMERA ACTION!''.
** Episode 2 was closer to the show as we know it today; the CreativeClosingCredits were in the white-text-on-black-background that we know today, and the only major difference was there was no EpisodeTitleCard with police clip background; and Alastair Stewart's name was rendered as ALASTAIR STEWART in Gill Sans MT Bold, rather than the later Frutiger Italic and Futura Condensed that would be seen from 1995 onwards. The actual 1995-1996 series was BritishBrevity (unless [[WildMassGuessing you consider them as Series 1 as a whole, and not Series 1, 2 etc...]]).
* The pilot episode of ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' is not only considered the worst in the series, but the producers can't even agree on the title. The current decision is ''The "The Seinfeld Chronicles,'' Chronicles", which was the original title for the show. TV Guide gives it as ''Pilot,'' "Pilot", but that was changed to avoid confusion with the Season 4 finale ''[[IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming The Pilot]].'' [[IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming "The Pilot"]]. The most unusual name for it is GoodNewsBadNews."GoodNewsBadNews". Don't ask me how they got there.



** And Kramer's name is "Kessler," which was used as an InJoke later in the series.

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** And Kramer's name is "Kessler," "Kessler", which was used as an InJoke later in the series.
* ''Series/SesameStreet'' had [[http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Sesame_Street_Pilot_Episodes five pilots]] produced and shown to children in early 1969. The biggest difference between these and what would eventually air is that the Muppets are kept separate from the humans, but since kids paid more attention to the Muppet and animated segments, they were integrated into the street once the show got off the ground, arguably for the better.
** One segment that never made it into the actual show but was heavily advertised even before the street segment was set in stone was [[http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/The_Man_from_Alphabet "The Man from Alphabet"]], a spoof of detective shows. It failed in testing due to the lesson never getting across to the kids.
* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' has a 60-minute pilot version of "A Study In Pink", with the idea of this being the first episode of a series of 60 minute episodes. Instead, the BBC, despite loving the pilot, asked for three higher-budget, 90-minute episodes. This led to the pilot needing to be scrapped and a new version of the same story being written. The 90-minute version is considered much stronger than the pilot, as it spends more time establishing the characters, fixes some elements of the sets and plot that didn't work the first time, and also added the "archnemesis" subplot. Though the pilot version of "A Study in Pink" never aired, it is included in its entirety on the home release of the
series.



* ''Series/ThirtyRock'': Rather mediocre pilot and quite possibly the worst episode of the whole series. TinaFey herself has said "if I never see that pilot again, it will be too soon". Also notable in that the scenes with Jenna were refilmed before it aired, [[TheOtherMarty replacing Rachel Dratch with Jane Krakowski]].
** Ironically, ''Series/Studio60OnTheSunsetStrip'', [[DuelingShows another NBC show that started in 2006 and takes place behind the scenes at a sketch comedy show]], is generally considered to have had a great pilot and quickly gone downhill from there.
* Incidentally, in her book ''Bossypants'', Creator/TinaFey, while proclaiming her own negative opinion of the ''30 Rock'' pilot, cited ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' as an example of a sitcom with a great pilot.
* ''Series/KidsIncorporated'' shot a pilot featuring most of the actors who became the first season cast but very different sets and a radically different format, using only the flimsiest of plots to link together not entire songs, but a series of medleys, mostly not by the main cast. The pilot was never aired, but it was intercut with some new footage in the form of bridging sequence with Rassan Patterson (who had not been cast for the pilot) and released as a direct-to-video feature with a framing story of how his character came to join the band - in the final sequence, quite obviously filmed much later than the rest of the episode, we're offhandedly told that three members of the pilot cast had suddenly moved out of town, leading to the Kid's invitation to join the band (no similar explanation is given for Stacy and Renee, who in the pilot had clearly been meant as supporting characters rather than band members).
* The ''Series/{{Heroes}}''' pilot was an hour and a half long, and many of the "lost" scenes and characters that didn't make it into the premiere were recycled in modified ways (the Terrorist character of The Engineer was changed to the neurotic Ted Sprague, for instance).
* The pilot of ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' was shot in an actual model home which featured an elegant sweeping curved staircase leading to a barren unfinished attic.



* The pilot episode for ''Series/LawAndOrder'', "Everybody's Favorite Bagman", was filmed a couple of years before the series, and later incorporated into the series... eight episodes in. This led to the rather amusing continuity error in which Detectives Logan and Greevey met A.D.A Robinette for the first time when they've already worked with him for seven episodes.
** Worse yet, this pilot featured a different District Attorney (Wentworth) from the rest of the season. Thus, if you watch the episodes in order, you see D.A. Schiff for several episodes, then Wentworth for this episode, then back to Schiff for the next 10 years.
* The pilot episode of ''Series/{{Alias}}'' was 69 minutes long, and originally aired commercial-free.
* "Serenity", the two-part pilot episode of ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', is notable in that it was not the episode the network first aired. The consequence of this action was that viewers didn't get introduced to the characters, the universe, and the plotlines the proper way, and ''Firefly'' was canned halfway through its run.
* The pilot episode of ''Series/GhostWhisperer'', also titled "Pilot", focused on the ghost of a Vietnam War pilot.
* The pilot episode for ''Series/KyleXY'' was reshot at a later date because it was considered to be too downbeat and dragging. This led to a difficult scenario where all the cast were a year older. Josh, for instance, had to have all his lines redone because his voice was an octave lower.
* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' has a 60-minute pilot version of "A Study In Pink", with the idea of this being the first episode of a series of 60 minute episodes. Instead, the BBC, despite loving the pilot, asked for three higher-budget, 90-minute episodes. This led to the pilot needing to be scrapped and a new version of the same story being written. The 90-minute version is considered much stronger than the pilot, as it spends more time establishing the characters, fixes some elements of the sets and plot that didn't work the first time, and also added the "archnemesis" subplot. Though the pilot version of "A Study in Pink" never aired, it is included in its entirety on the home release of the series.
* The original pilot for ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' has never been aired on TV, and featured different actors playing Bud/Kelly.
* The pilot for ''Series/TheBobNewhartShow'' gave Bob Hartley the extra job of heading his apartment building's Action Board when the writers feared his psychologist practice wouldn't supply enough storyline possibilities. Also, Bill Daily was not in the pilot, but interestingly the actor who filled his position of Wacky Neighbor would later return to play his brother Warden Gordon Borden in an episode of the series.
* ''Series/SesameStreet'' had [[http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Sesame_Street_Pilot_Episodes five pilots]] produced and shown to children in early 1969. The biggest difference between these and what would eventually air is that the Muppets are kept separate from the humans, but since kids paid more attention to the Muppet and animated segments, they were integrated into the street once the show got off the ground, arguably for the better.
** One segment that never made it into the actual show but was heavily advertised even before the street segment was set in stone was [[http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/The_Man_from_Alphabet "The Man from Alphabet"]], a spoof of detective shows. It failed in testing due to the lesson never getting across to the kids.



* ''Series/ThePeoplesCourt'' had its first pilot episode taped in October of 1980 (a bit under a year before the first episode aired), as well as a second pilot episode which was taped in January of 1981.
* The unaired ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'' pilot was deemed too confusing, so a more linear version was shot. It could be said to be a case of ViewersAreMorons, but it could also be said that throwing the viewers in the deep end wasn't the best idea for [[AudienceAlienatingPremise a high-concept show in which they were essentially asked to cheer for slave owners]].
* The pilot episode of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' was made with virtually no budget and was never intended for the airwaves; it was just to give the WB network an idea what the show might be like. The pilot's been widely circulated online, but series creator Creator/JossWhedon has kept it from being officially released. He ''really'' [[OldShame thinks it's a piece of crap]].
* ''Series/PoliceCameraAction'' had an interesting case with its pilot episode(s). The first-ever episode was called ''Series/PoliceStop'' but the NamesTheSame as the VHS series (which caused confusion), so it quickly switched to the better-known title of ''Series/PoliceCameraAction'' from November 1994. The pilot episode had a sort of visual pun; Alastair Stewart in the police helicopter with his name captioned in Helvetica Bold. Also, [[CreativeClosingCredits the end credits were on a blue background with white Futura Condensed font on]]. Two edited versions were then re-shown in 2006-2007 as "Danger! Drivers Ahead" and the opening titles re-edited to ''POLICE CAMERA ACTION!''.
** Episode 2 was closer to the show as we know it today; the CreativeClosingCredits were in the white-text-on-black-background that we know today, and the only major difference was there was no EpisodeTitleCard with police clip background; and Alastair Stewart's name was rendered as ALASTAIR STEWART in Gill Sans MT Bold, rather than the later Frutiger Italic and Futura Condensed that would be seen from 1995 onwards. The actual 1995-1996 series was BritishBrevity (unless [[WildMassGuessing you consider them as Series 1 as a whole, and not Series 1, 2 etc...]].
* The first pilot of ''Series/FullHouse'' was largely identical to the first official episode ("Our Very First Episode") with nearly the entire cast in place, with the very obvious exception of John Posey (essentially a stand-in for an unavailable Bob Saget) as Danny Tanner.
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' had two pilots, the second one being the first episode of the series and the only characters to transfer over is Leonard and Sheldon. The "genius characters" premise was still intact, but the story had them meet a girl named Katie on the street having a hard time and invite her to have dinner with them, eventually taking her in as a roommate. They have another female friend and co-worker Gilda, who is just as intelligent as them, and has an admitted crush on Leonard. Katie has a tough exterior and rooming with Leonard and Sheldon would help her to soften up. Test audiences ''hated'' Katie, but Leonard and Sheldon were extremely well received. Many lines of dialogue were reused in the first few episodes and much of the series proper was taking consideration for the failure of the first pilot:
** They made Penny as a new neighbor (making the dinner invite more natural) and is warm, friendly and bubbly to avoid the UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist that was Katie.
** Leonard and Sheldon were a hit, so they made two more with Howard and Raj. Gilda was dropped, presumably to offset the gender balance more, but some of her traits were given to recurring character Leslie Winkle.
** Sheldon was very similar in personality to Leonard, just more neurotic and once had sex with Gilda. The series made him asexual, TheComicallySerious and with a "blinders on" approach to social conventions.
** The set design was overhauled, creating the spiral stairway with the broken elevator and making the guys apartment very clean and tidy. The original set was a standard sitcom set with an "L" shaped hallway and was more run down.
* The pilot episode of ''Series/{{The 100}}'', viewed in light of the rest of the series, seems like a LighterAndSofter version of the show, with very clearly defined good guys and bad guys, and a lot more focus on the teen characters having the fun and getting the hots for each other. Standard advice from fans of the show is not to judge it based on the pilot, but watch until episodes three, four, or five to see what the show's really like.
* The pilot episode of ''Series/TheMonkees'' ("Here Come The Monkees") was filmed in 1965. It is very different from the later episodes. In it, the band has a manager played by Bing Russell, Davy plays a guitar (which is bigger than he is!), the band wears yellow shirts and brown vests as stage costumes, Micky Dolenz is credited as Micky Braddock, etc. When the series got picked up, it was edited and aired as the tenth episode! As an added bonus, Davy and Mike's audition tapes were tacked on to the end of the episode.
* ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' has two pilots. One was aired as a TV special on Creator/FoxKids in 1999, though in an edited form and another pilot remains unaired but some scenes were used in "Big Sisters". The former had differences from the final version:
** Trini was played by Audri [=DuBois=] than Thuy Trang.
** The local hangout was not the Angel Grove Juice Bar but a bowling alley.
** The Rangers used physical violence towards the bullies.
** Skull was played by Bobby Val than Jason Narvy.
** Kimberly was far more self-absorbed and had little to no martial arts or gymnastic talent that was shown.
** Bulk and Skull were part of a gang of five bullies.
** Alpha's appearance was more boxier.
** King Sphinx was the primary monster the Rangers confronted.
** Billy's glasses were thick framed than wire framed.
** The morphing sequence resembled more like its Sentai counterpart.
** Zordon was originally named Zoltar and the Power Morphers were referred as the Transmorphers.
** In its unaired and unedited form, Zords were originally called Droids.
* The original unaired pilot for ''Series/{{Moonlight}}'' featured different actors for three of the four main characters. Aside from Mick St. John (Alex O'Loughlin), the roles of Beth Turner (Shannon Lucio), Josef Kostan (Rade Šerbedžija), and Coraline Duvall (Amber Valletta) were recast for the re-shot pilot to Sophia Myles, Creator/JasonDohring, and Shannyn Sossamon, respectively. The change doesn't affect much for the characters of Beth and Coraline, but Josef's character underwent a radical change from an elderly Eastern European man full of Old World wisdom to a brash [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld youthful]] power businessman, whose occasional bits of wisdom come as a surprise.



* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' has three pilots. In the first one (''Jesus vs. Frosty'', 1992), Cartman is called Kenny, [[NoNameGiven no name is given to the other three]], and both "Kenny" (Cartman) & Nameless Kenny die. In the second pilot (''Jesus vs. Santa'', 1995), the town of South Park is firmly established and the characters have personalities, to the point where Kyle is Jewish. All of the characters have the names they currently have (all except Wendy, who didn't have a name yet), and Kenny's the only one who dies. This could be considered {{Canon}}, but in Season 4, the kids made it themselves, to provide example of something kids would make. Creator/ComedyCentral saw the second pilot, and they asked Trey Parker & Matt Stone to make a 22-minute pilot. They made it with cutout animation just like the previous two, and it was accepted (although alterations were made before it actually aired, such as dropping Kenny's BackFromTheDead stunt from the ending). Later episodes used Maya instead for ConspicuousCG.
* ExecutiveMeddling forced the Pilot Episode of ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' to be broadcast as the 11th Episode.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' has three pilots. In ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'' originally had the first one (''Jesus vs. Frosty'', 1992), Cartman is called Kenny, [[NoNameGiven no name is given to the other three]], and both "Kenny" (Cartman) & Nameless Kenny die. In the second pilot (''Jesus vs. Santa'', 1995), short "Runaway Rocketboy", but Nickelodeon was so impressed by it that they funded a whole [[WesternAnimation/JimmyNeutronBoyGenius feature length film]] based on it. But unlike the town of South Park is firmly established and film or the series, the short had stiffer CGI, the characters have personalities, to the point where Kyle is Jewish. All had four fingers instead of the characters have the names they currently have (all except Wendy, who didn't have a name yet), five, and Kenny's the only one who dies. This could be considered {{Canon}}, but in Season 4, the kids Jimmy wore a red and white stripped shirt instead of his red atom symbol shirt.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'''s pilot was
made for and aired on Nickelodeon's ''Random Cartoons'', making it themselves, to provide example of something kids would make. Creator/ComedyCentral saw the second rare show which aired on a [[ChannelHop different network]] than its pilot. Finn was named Pen in the pilot, and they asked Trey Parker & Matt Stone to make a 22-minute pilot. They made it with cutout animation just like presumably after creator Creator/PendletonWard. The main character's voice was also different, as the previous two, and it was accepted (although alterations were made before it former voice actor is actually aired, such as dropping Kenny's BackFromTheDead stunt from the ending). Later episodes used Maya instead older brother of the current one.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' had a pilot (known as "[[http://theamazingworldofgumball.wikia.com/wiki/Early_Reel Early Reel]]"), in which Gumball and Darwin had markedly different designs. The pilot was on YouTube
for ConspicuousCG.
* ExecutiveMeddling forced
quite a while before the Pilot Episode of ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' to be broadcast as the 11th Episode.show was made, but Cartoon Network pulled it in 2010.



** Following ATHF's success, the shelved ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhostCoastToCoast'' script ''Baffler Meal,'' featuring the original conception of the Aqua Teens was dusted off and made into WhatCouldHaveBeen a PoorlyDisguisedPilot had the script been used when it was originally written. Shake is even bossier (but humorless), Frylock is a completely different design and personality with a chipper high pitched voice, and Meatwad, looking closest to the actual character is less naive and much more an exaggerated TheEeyore.
* The pilot for ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' is "Big House Blues". Unlike most pilot episodes, pretty much everything, from Ren and Stimpy's designs, voices and personalities to the animation is fine-tuned from the get-go. {{Creator/Nickelodeon}} aired it several times, albeit with some sexually-suggestive footage removed.
* The Pilot Episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheDrinkyCrowShow'' is the only episode not in HD.

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** Following ATHF's success, the shelved ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhostCoastToCoast'' script ''Baffler Meal,'' "Baffler Meal", featuring the original conception of the Aqua Teens was dusted off and made into WhatCouldHaveBeen a PoorlyDisguisedPilot had the script been used when it was originally written. Shake is even bossier (but humorless), Frylock is a completely different design and personality with a chipper high pitched voice, and Meatwad, looking closest to the actual character is less naive and much more an exaggerated TheEeyore.
* The pilot for ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' is "Big House Blues". Unlike most pilot episodes, pretty much everything, from Ren and Stimpy's designs, voices and personalities to the animation is fine-tuned from the get-go. {{Creator/Nickelodeon}} aired it several times, albeit with some sexually-suggestive footage removed.
* The Pilot Episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheDrinkyCrowShow'' is the only episode not in HD.
TheEeyore.



* ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'': Did not have a pilot because of the expense of CGI hardware back then. It was an entire season or nothing.
* ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'''s pilot had the inspector himself with a mustache and a British accent (provided by GaryOwens). When the show was picked up as a series, they had to throw in a HandWave in the aired version explaining the mustache. US tropers, however, can see the aired version [[http://www.hulu.com/watch/83128/inspector-gadget-original-series-winter-olympics#s-p5-so-i0 here]].
* The pilot episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', "The Terrible Secret of Turtle Bay", is markedly different from those that follow. The larger budget allotted to pilots typically allows for better visual effects compared to those found in "normal" episodes; that is inverted here, as "Turtle Bay" is the only episode of the series to be animated using Adobe Flash. As a result, animation appears choppy and uneven when compared to later episodes, which are hand-drawn. Some characters are drawn in a different style or act with different personalities than in the main series; Dr. Venture, for example, is depicted as a successful, competent scientist rather than a neurotic failure. Several supporting characters from the series also appear, although they are [[NoNameGiven unnamed]] at this point. The Venture Brothers themselves also have a pet dog named Scamp (based upon Jonny Quest's dog Bandit), which is never seen outside the pilot; a later episode mentions in passing that Scamp has since died.

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* ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'': Did not have a The original and unaired pilot because for ''{{WesternAnimation/Ben 10}}'' had Gwen as Ben's friend instead of his cousin and depicts her sporting a ponytail and a pink shirt. One scene from the expense of CGI hardware back then. It was an entire season or nothing.
* ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'''s
pilot had the inspector himself managed to appear in "Washington B.C.", though with a mustache Pilot Gwen replaced by her finalized version.
* ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'' had two pilots, but only one exists. "The Mystery Of The Lost Chord" featured different voices for the characters
and a British accent (provided by GaryOwens). When the show was picked up would be retooled in 1980 as a series, they had to throw in a HandWave in the aired version explaining the mustache. US tropers, however, can see the aired version [[http://www.hulu.com/watch/83128/inspector-gadget-original-series-winter-olympics#s-p5-so-i0 here]].
series 1 episode "Who Lost The Bagpipes?"
* The pilot episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', "The Terrible Secret of Turtle Bay", for ''{{WesternAnimation/Doug}}'' was "Doug Can't Dance", which is markedly noticeably different from those that follow. the series proper, specifically, the SquiggleVision animation style. Nickelodeon aired it as the second episodes of the series, with a new scene added in to extend its length from 7 to 11 minutes.
*
The larger budget allotted to pilots typically allows for better visual effects compared to those found in "normal" episodes; that is inverted here, as "Turtle Bay" Pilot Episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheDrinkyCrowShow'' is the only episode of the series to be animated using Adobe Flash. As a result, animation appears choppy and uneven when compared to later episodes, which are hand-drawn. Some characters are drawn not in a different style or act with different personalities than in the main series; Dr. Venture, for example, is depicted as a successful, competent scientist rather than a neurotic failure. Several supporting characters from the series also appear, although they are [[NoNameGiven unnamed]] at this point. HD.
*
The Venture Brothers themselves also have a pet dog named Scamp (based upon Jonny Quest's dog Bandit), which is never seen outside the pilot; a later episode mentions original short to pilot ''WesternAnimation/{{DuckTales}}'' was "Sport Goofy in passing that Scamp has since died.Soccermania".
* ''WesternAnimation/{{The Fairly Oddparents}}'' had a few of these on ''WesternAnimation/OhYeahCartoons''.



* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' had a pilot episode which originally shown in theaters with Nickelodeon's first movie, Harriet the Spy. This episode would later be remade into "24 Hours To Live".
* The finale for ''WesternAnimation/HongKongPhooey'' was a full half-hour episode ("Comedy Cowboys"), a thinly disguised pilot which featured characters that Hanna-Barbera hoped to groom for a separate series. One set of characters, Posse Impossible, would become a segment of ''WesternAnimation/CBBears'' three years later.
* ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'''s pilot had the inspector himself with a mustache and a British accent (provided by Creator/GaryOwens). When the show was picked up as a series, they had to throw in a HandWave in the aired version explaining the mustache. US tropers, however, can see the aired version [[http://www.hulu.com/watch/83128/inspector-gadget-original-series-winter-olympics#s-p5-so-i0 here]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Invader Zim}}'' had a pilot episode which never aired on Nickelodeon, but was aired on Nicktoons on December 24, 2011 as part of Nicktoons' Winter Funderland.
** But interestingly, the pilot was never aired in its original state. [[TheOtherDarrin Zim was originally voiced by Billy West in the pilot,]] [[ExecutiveMeddling but Nickelodeon had many lines redubbed by Zim's official actor Richard Horvitz in the version aired on Nicktoons.]] However, the original version of the pilot with all of Billy West's lines is up in its original 1999 version as a bonus feature on the Invader Zim: Vol 1 - Doom Doom Doom DVD release.



* Sniz and Fondue's REAL pilot is a rarely-seen short called "Psyched For Snuppa", directed by [[WesternAnimation/CouragetheCowardlyDog Jon R. Dilworth]]. Aside from starring Snuppa and Bianca and featuring Sniz and Fondue (called "Squeaky") as supporting characters, it pretty much is identical to the eventual show. The pilot can be viewed [[http://www.stretchfilms.com/ here]].

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* ** Sniz and Fondue's REAL pilot is a rarely-seen short called "Psyched For Snuppa", directed by [[WesternAnimation/CouragetheCowardlyDog Jon R. Dilworth]]. Aside from starring Snuppa and Bianca and featuring Sniz and Fondue (called "Squeaky") as supporting characters, it pretty much is identical to the eventual show. The pilot can be viewed [[http://www.stretchfilms.com/ here]].



* The pilot for ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' ("Trash-O-Madness") aired as the sixth episode. [[WordOfGod According to the creator]] he wanted the pilot to be just another episode that can be placed in any order without continuity issues. That said, the animation style is very different due to it being animated in-house rather than being outsourced to Korea.
** Joe Murray intended for Rocko to be a light yellow, and animated him as such in the pilot. However, MerchandiseDriven-based ExecutiveMeddling forced him to change him to his final beige color, which required the pilot to be recolored digitally.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'': Did not have a pilot for ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' ("Trash-O-Madness") aired as because of the sixth episode. [[WordOfGod According to the creator]] he wanted the pilot to be just another episode that can be placed in any order without continuity issues. That said, the animation style is very different due to it being animated in-house rather than being outsourced to Korea.
** Joe Murray intended for Rocko to be a light yellow, and animated him as such in the pilot. However, MerchandiseDriven-based ExecutiveMeddling forced him to change him to his final beige color, which required the pilot to be recolored digitally.
expense of CGI hardware back then. It was an entire season or nothing.



* The pilot for ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' is "Big House Blues". Unlike most pilot episodes, pretty much everything, from Ren and Stimpy's designs, voices and personalities to the animation is fine-tuned from the get-go. {{Creator/Nickelodeon}} aired it several times, albeit with some sexually-suggestive footage removed.
* ExecutiveMeddling forced the Pilot Episode of ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' to be broadcast as the 11th Episode.
* The pilot for ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' ("Trash-O-Madness") aired as the sixth episode. [[WordOfGod According to the creator]] he wanted the pilot to be just another episode that can be placed in any order without continuity issues. That said, the animation style is very different due to it being animated in-house rather than being outsourced to Korea.
** Joe Murray intended for Rocko to be a light yellow, and animated him as such in the pilot. However, MerchandiseDriven-based ExecutiveMeddling forced him to change him to his final beige color, which required the pilot to be recolored digitally.



* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' had a pilot episode which originally shown in theaters with Nickelodeon's first movie, Harriet the Spy. This episode would later be remade into "24 Hours To Live".

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* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' has three pilots. In the first one (''Jesus vs. Frosty'', 1992), Cartman is called Kenny, [[NoNameGiven no name is given to the other three]], and both "Kenny" (Cartman) & Nameless Kenny die. In the second pilot (''Jesus vs. Santa'', 1995), the town of South Park is firmly established and the characters have personalities, to the point where Kyle is Jewish. All of the characters have the names they currently have (all except Wendy, who didn't have a name yet), and Kenny's the only one who dies. This could be considered {{Canon}}, but in Season 4, the kids made it themselves, to provide example of something kids would make. Creator/ComedyCentral saw the second pilot, and they asked Trey Parker & Matt Stone to make a 22-minute pilot. They made it with cutout animation just like the previous two, and it was accepted (although alterations were made before it actually aired, such as dropping Kenny's BackFromTheDead stunt from the ending). Later episodes used Maya instead for ConspicuousCG.
* The
pilot episode which originally shown of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', "The Terrible Secret of Turtle Bay", is markedly different from those that follow. The larger budget allotted to pilots typically allows for better visual effects compared to those found in theaters with Nickelodeon's first movie, Harriet "normal" episodes; that is inverted here, as "Turtle Bay" is the Spy. This only episode would of the series to be animated using Adobe Flash. As a result, animation appears choppy and uneven when compared to later be remade into "24 Hours To Live".episodes, which are hand-drawn. Some characters are drawn in a different style or act with different personalities than in the main series; Dr. Venture, for example, is depicted as a successful, competent scientist rather than a neurotic failure. Several supporting characters from the series also appear, although they are [[NoNameGiven unnamed]] at this point. The Venture Brothers themselves also have a pet dog named Scamp (based upon Jonny Quest's dog Bandit), which is never seen outside the pilot; a later episode mentions in passing that Scamp has since died.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{The Fairly Oddparents}}'' had a few of these on ''OhYeahCartoons''.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Invader Zim}}'' had a pilot episode which never aired on Nickelodeon, but was aired on Nicktoons on December 24, 2011 as part of Nicktoons' Winter Funderland.
** But interestingly, the pilot was never aired in its original state. [[TheOtherDarrin Zim was originally voiced by Billy West in the pilot,]] [[ExecutiveMeddling but Nickelodeon had many lines redubbed by Zim's official actor Richard Horvitz in the version aired on Nicktoons.]] However, the original version of the pilot with all of Billy West's lines is up in its original 1999 version as a bonus feature on the Invader Zim: Vol 1 - Doom Doom Doom DVD release.
* The original short to pilot ''WesternAnimation/{{DuckTales}}'' was "Sport Goofy in Soccermania".
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' had a pilot (known as "[[http://theamazingworldofgumball.wikia.com/wiki/Early_Reel Early Reel]]"), in which Gumball and Darwin had markedly different designs. The pilot was on YouTube for quite a while before the show was made, but Cartoon Network pulled it in 2010.
* ''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.
* ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'' had two pilots, but only one exists. "The Mystery Of The Lost Chord" featured different voices for the characters and would be retooled in 1980 as series 1 episode "Who Lost The Bagpipes?"
* The pilot for ''{{WesternAnimation/Doug}}'' was "Doug Can't Dance", which is noticeably different from the series proper, specifically, the SquiggleVision animation style. Nickelodeon aired it as the second episodes of the series, with a new scene added in to extend its length from 7 to 11 minutes.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'' originally had the pilot short "Runaway Rocketboy", but Nickelodeon was so impressed by it that they funded a whole [[WesternAnimation/JimmyNeutronBoyGenius feature length film]] based on it. But unlike the film or the series, the short had stiffer CGI, the characters had four fingers instead of five, and Jimmy wore a red and white stripped shirt instead of his red atom symbol shirt.
* The finale for ''WesternAnimation/HongKongPhooey'' was a full half-hour episode ("Comedy Cowboys"), a thinly disguised pilot which featured characters that Hanna-Barbera hoped to groom for a separate series. One set of characters, Posse Impossible, would become a segment of ''WesternAnimation/CBBears'' three years later.
* The original and unaired pilot for ''{{WesternAnimation/Ben 10}}'' had Gwen as Ben's friend instead of his cousin and depicts her sporting a ponytail and a pink shirt. One scene from the pilot managed to appear in "Washington B.C.", though with Pilot Gwen replaced by her finalized version.
* 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.



* ''Virtuality'' is an ''unfinished'' MindScrew of a pilot which one can only describe as ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' meets ''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain'' meets ''Series/BigBrother'' [[RecycledInSpace IN SPACE]] (with some ''Anime/GhostInTheShell'' and ''Film/{{eXistenZ}}'' for flavor) from the producers of ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}''. It's bad enough the crew has to pilot an experimental ship ''and'' be RealityTV stars in space for 10 years, but then mysterious "malfunctions" kick in, the VR goggles start to blur the lines between fantasy and reality [[spoiler: the captain gets killed yet his consciousness seems to have survived; a crew member gets raped in her own simulation by a man who may or may not be a computer virus]]. Notable in that it was aired despite the show itself being cancelled.

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* ''Virtuality'' is an ''unfinished'' MindScrew of a The pilot for ''ComicBook/TheAmazingScrewOnHead'' animated series. Though the series was not picked up, the (awesome) pilot is avaliable online and on DVD.
* ''Series/BabylonFive: Legend of the Rangers'',
which was intended to be the lead-in to a new spinoff series (similar to the earlier TV film ''A Call To Arms'', which led into ''Series/{{Crusade}}'').
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Bamimation}}'', a cartoon starring and created by Bam Margera, was pitched to MTV in 2006.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Battletoads}}'', an animated pilot based on [[VideoGame/{{Battletoads}} the video game]] which aired in 1993.
* The unsold shows of Creator/CartoonNetwork's ''Big Pick'':
** The first one, in 2000, had ''Trevor!'', ''Nikki'', ''Foe Paws'', ''Uncle Gus'', ''Lucky Lydia'', ''Longhair and Doubledome'', ''Lost Cat'', and ''Prickles''. At least ''Longhair and Doubledome'' can [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes can currently be found on YouTube]]. Its two competitors were both picked up for series: ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' and ''WesternAnimation/WhateverHappenedToRobotJones''
*** ''Longhair and Doubledome'' has two pilots, "Good Wheel Hunting" and "Where There's Smoke, There's Bob," released a couple years apart[[note]]resulting in a noticable AnimationBump: the first short used painted cels and the second
one can only describe as ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' meets ''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain'' meets ''Series/BigBrother'' [[RecycledInSpace IN SPACE]] (with some ''Anime/GhostInTheShell'' was colored digitally.[[/note]] and ''Film/{{eXistenZ}}'' for flavor) was one of two pitches from Gavrilo Gnatovich, the other being "Maktar." Gnatovich apparently really liked these characters, as he's been trying to [[https://www.facebook.com/LonghairDD/ get a graphic novel funded on Kickstarter]].
** The second ''Big Pick'' produced these unsold shows: ''Captain Sturdy'', ''Yee-Haw and Doo-Dah'', ''Imp, Inc.'', ''My Freaky Family'', ''Major Flake'', ''Utica Cartoon'', ''Swaroop'', ''WesternAnimation/FerretAndParrot'', and ''A Kitty Bobo Show''.
** ''WesternAnimation/WhatACartoonShow'', aside
from the producers successful pilots that ended up becoming CN's signature shows, ended up with a series of ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}''. It's bad enough unsold pilots as well, including ''Gramps'', ''Yoink of the crew has Yukon'', ''The Fat Cats'', ''The Adventures of Captain Buzz Cheeply'', and ''Tales of Worm Paranoia''.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Bubsy}}''.
* Both Creator/CartoonNetwork and Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} irregularly upload various pilots onto their websites
to gauge interest. Most of these pilots naturally end up in this category.
* Micah Wright, a writer for ''WesternAnimation/TheAngryBeavers'', created a
pilot an experimental ship ''and'' be RealityTV stars in space for 10 years, but then mysterious "malfunctions" kick in, the VR goggles start to blur the lines between fantasy and reality [[spoiler: the captain gets killed yet his consciousness seems to have survived; a crew member gets raped in her own simulation by a man who may or may not be a computer virus]]. Notable in called ''WesternAnimation/ConstantPayne'' that it was aired despite the show itself being cancelled.never sold.



* Micah Wright, a writer for ''WesternAnimation/TheAngryBeavers'', created a pilot called ''WesternAnimation/ConstantPayne'' that never sold.

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* Micah Wright, a writer for ''WesternAnimation/TheAngryBeavers'', created a The ''ComicBook/GlobalFrequency'' pilot called ''WesternAnimation/ConstantPayne'' episode was leaked online after the series was shelved, where it garnered widespread rave reviews. Unfortunately, the leaking pissed off the executives so much that any chance of greenlighting the series, or releasing the pilot properly, went up in smoke. You'd think that, the illegality of the leaking aside, the fact the show had such good and widespread word-of-mouth would give it a better chance of success as a series than most other untested pilots, but given the execs' response to the leaking it seems they never sold.wanted to make the series in the first place.
* {{WebVideo/Googlebrains}}' The Nonsense Show. He probably just didn't feel like expanding it.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheGroovenians''.



* ''Lookwell'', a sitcom pilot written by Conan O'Brien in 1991 starring Adam West.
* ''Lupin VIII'' was a potential France-Japan studio teamup featuring the great-great-great-grandson of Lupin III. Negotiations with Maurice Leblanc's estate failed, and Creator/{{DiC}} ended up making ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'' instead.
* Creator/AlexTrebek was the host of an unsold GameShow pilot called ''Malcolm'' that was meant to be sold to NBC. The real star was the titular animated character who would sometimes help the contestants answer questions whose answers always had two parts to them. Malcolm would often make wisecracks at the questions a la ''Series/TheHollywoodSquares'' before giving the right answer (though he always gives the right one in the end). A review can be seen [[http://gameshowgarbage.com/ind098_malcolm.html here.]]



* ''WesternAnimation/TheModifyers''.



* ''Lookwell'', a sitcom pilot written by Conan O'Brien in 1991 starring Adam West.
* 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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* ''Lookwell'', a sitcom pilot written ''Pass the Line'' is an abysmal 1954 "game show" created and hosted by Conan O'Brien Cliff Saber in 1991 starring Adam West.
* There
which a professional artist drew something which was copied line by line by several panelists. Possibly the only redeeming quality is the presence of a 21-minute long pilot for very young Jonathan Winters.
* Creator/DavidLetterman hosted two pilots of
a ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' television series game show called "Winter Dragon" that aired ''The Riddlers'' in February 2015 but the ensuing legal issues with the author's estate make November 1977. The first pilot was shown on {{GSN}}, and Dave talks about it exceedingly unlikely as of this writing that it's going to continue.[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHJDu-hPhDo here.]]



* The pilot for ''ComicBook/TheAmazingScrewOnHead'' animated series. Though the series was not picked up, the (awesome) pilot is avaliable online and on DVD.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Battletoads}}'', an animated pilot based on [[VideoGame/{{Battletoads}} the video game]] which aired in 1993.
* The unsold shows of Creator/CartoonNetwork's ''Big Pick'':
** The first one, in 2000, had ''Trevor!'', ''Nikki'', ''Foe Paws'', ''Uncle Gus'', ''Lucky Lydia'', ''Longhair and Doubledome'', ''Lost Cat'', and ''Prickles''. At least ''Longhair and Doubledome'' can [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes can currently be found on YouTube]]. Its two competitors were both picked up for series: ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' and ''WesternAnimation/WhateverHappenedToRobotJones''
*** ''Longhair and Doubledome'' has two pilots, "Good Wheel Hunting" and "Where There's Smoke, There's Bob," released a couple years apart[[note]]resulting in a noticable AnimationBump: the first short used painted cels and the second one was colored digitally.[[/note]] and was one of two pitches from Gavrilo Gnatovich, the other being "Maktar." Gnatovich apparently really liked these characters, as he's been trying to [[https://www.facebook.com/LonghairDD/ get a graphic novel funded on Kickstarter]].
** The second ''Big Pick'' produced these unsold shows: ''Captain Sturdy'', ''Yee-Haw and Doo-Dah'', ''Imp, Inc.'', ''My Freaky Family'', ''Major Flake'', ''Utica Cartoon'', ''Swaroop'', ''WesternAnimation/FerretAndParrot'', and ''A Kitty Bobo Show''.
** ''WesternAnimation/WhatACartoonShow'', aside from the successful pilots that ended up becoming CN's signature shows, ended up with a series of unsold pilots as well, including ''Gramps'', ''Yoink of the Yukon'', ''The Fat Cats'', ''The Adventures of Captain Buzz Cheeply'', and ''Tales of Worm Paranoia''.
* Both Creator/CartoonNetwork and Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} irregularly upload various pilots onto their websites to gauge interest. Most of these pilots naturally end up in this category.
* Creator/AlexTrebek was the host of an unsold GameShow pilot called ''Malcolm'' that was meant to be sold to NBC. The real star was the titular animated character who would sometimes help the contestants answer questions whose answers always had two parts to them. Malcolm would often make wisecracks at the questions a la ''Series/TheHollywoodSquares'' before giving the right answer (though he always gives the right one in the end). A review can be seen [[http://gameshowgarbage.com/ind098_malcolm.html here.]]
* ''Pass the Line'' is an abysmal 1954 "game show" created and hosted by Cliff Saber in which a professional artist drew something which was copied line by line by several panelists. Possibly the only redeeming quality is the presence of a very young Jonathan Winters.
* 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.]]
* ''Series/BabylonFive: Legend of the Rangers'', which was intended to be the lead-in to a new spinoff series (similar to the earlier TV film ''A Call To Arms'', which led into ''Series/{{Crusade}}'').
* ''Lupin VIII'' was a potential France-Japan studio teamup featuring the great-great-great-grandson of Lupin III. Negotiations with Maurice Leblanc's estate failed, and Creator/{{DiC}} ended up making ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'' instead.
* The ''ComicBook/GlobalFrequency'' pilot episode was leaked online after the series was shelved, where it garnered widespread rave reviews. Unfortunately, the leaking pissed off the executives so much that any chance of greenlighting the series, or releasing the pilot properly, went up in smoke. You'd think that, the illegality of the leaking aside, the fact the show had such good and widespread word-of-mouth would give it a better chance of success as a series than most other untested pilots, but given the execs' response to the leaking it seems they never wanted to make the series in the first place.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Bamimation}}'', a cartoon starring and created by Bam Margera, was pitched to MTV in 2006.
* {{WebVideo/Googlebrains}}' The Nonsense Show. He probably just didn't feel like expanding it.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheGroovenians''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheModifyers''.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Bubsy}}''.

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* The ''Virtuality'' is an ''unfinished'' MindScrew of a pilot which one can only describe as ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' meets ''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain'' meets ''Series/BigBrother'' [[RecycledInSpace IN SPACE]] (with some ''Anime/GhostInTheShell'' and ''Film/{{eXistenZ}}'' for flavor) from the producers of ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}''. It's bad enough the crew has to pilot an experimental ship ''and'' be RealityTV stars in space for 10 years, but then mysterious "malfunctions" kick in, the VR goggles start to blur the lines between fantasy and reality [[spoiler: the captain gets killed yet his consciousness seems to have survived; a crew member gets raped in her own simulation by a man who may or may not be a computer virus]]. Notable in that it was aired despite the show itself being cancelled.
* There was a 21-minute long
pilot for ''ComicBook/TheAmazingScrewOnHead'' animated series. Though the a ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' television series was not picked up, the (awesome) pilot is avaliable online and on DVD.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Battletoads}}'', an animated pilot based on [[VideoGame/{{Battletoads}} the video game]] which
called "Winter Dragon" that aired in 1993.
* The unsold shows of Creator/CartoonNetwork's ''Big Pick'':
** The first one, in 2000, had ''Trevor!'', ''Nikki'', ''Foe Paws'', ''Uncle Gus'', ''Lucky Lydia'', ''Longhair and Doubledome'', ''Lost Cat'', and ''Prickles''. At least ''Longhair and Doubledome'' can [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes can currently be found on YouTube]]. Its two competitors were both picked up for series: ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' and ''WesternAnimation/WhateverHappenedToRobotJones''
*** ''Longhair and Doubledome'' has two pilots, "Good Wheel Hunting" and "Where There's Smoke, There's Bob," released a couple years apart[[note]]resulting in a noticable AnimationBump:
February 2015 but the first short used painted cels and the second one was colored digitally.[[/note]] and was one of two pitches from Gavrilo Gnatovich, the other being "Maktar." Gnatovich apparently really liked these characters, as he's been trying to [[https://www.facebook.com/LonghairDD/ get a graphic novel funded on Kickstarter]].
** The second ''Big Pick'' produced these unsold shows: ''Captain Sturdy'', ''Yee-Haw and Doo-Dah'', ''Imp, Inc.'', ''My Freaky Family'', ''Major Flake'', ''Utica Cartoon'', ''Swaroop'', ''WesternAnimation/FerretAndParrot'', and ''A Kitty Bobo Show''.
** ''WesternAnimation/WhatACartoonShow'', aside from the successful pilots that ended up becoming CN's signature shows, ended up
ensuing legal issues with a series of unsold pilots as well, including ''Gramps'', ''Yoink of the Yukon'', ''The Fat Cats'', ''The Adventures of Captain Buzz Cheeply'', and ''Tales of Worm Paranoia''.
* Both Creator/CartoonNetwork and Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} irregularly upload various pilots onto their websites to gauge interest. Most of these pilots naturally end up in this category.
* Creator/AlexTrebek was the host of an unsold GameShow pilot called ''Malcolm'' that was meant to be sold to NBC. The real star was the titular animated character who would sometimes help the contestants answer questions whose answers always had two parts to them. Malcolm would often make wisecracks at the questions a la ''Series/TheHollywoodSquares'' before giving the right answer (though he always gives the right one in the end). A review can be seen [[http://gameshowgarbage.com/ind098_malcolm.html here.]]
* ''Pass the Line'' is an abysmal 1954 "game show" created and hosted by Cliff Saber in which a professional artist drew something which was copied line by line by several panelists. Possibly the only redeeming quality is the presence of a very young Jonathan Winters.
* 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.]]
* ''Series/BabylonFive: Legend of the Rangers'', which was intended to be the lead-in to a new spinoff series (similar to the earlier TV film ''A Call To Arms'', which led into ''Series/{{Crusade}}'').
* ''Lupin VIII'' was a potential France-Japan studio teamup featuring the great-great-great-grandson of Lupin III. Negotiations with Maurice Leblanc's
author's estate failed, and Creator/{{DiC}} ended up making ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'' instead.
* The ''ComicBook/GlobalFrequency'' pilot episode was leaked online after the series was shelved, where
make it garnered widespread rave reviews. Unfortunately, the leaking pissed off the executives so much exceedingly unlikely as of this writing that any chance of greenlighting the series, or releasing the pilot properly, went up in smoke. You'd think that, the illegality of the leaking aside, the fact the show had such good and widespread word-of-mouth would give it a better chance of success as a series than most other untested pilots, but given the execs' response it's going to the leaking it seems they never wanted to make the series in the first place.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Bamimation}}'', a cartoon starring and created by Bam Margera, was pitched to MTV in 2006.
* {{WebVideo/Googlebrains}}' The Nonsense Show. He probably just didn't feel like expanding it.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheGroovenians''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheModifyers''.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Bubsy}}''.
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'''Jules:''' Well, the way they pick the shows on TV is they make one show, and that show's called a pilot. And they show that one show to the people who pick the shows, and on the strength of that one show, they decide if they want to make more shows. Some get accepted and become TV programs, and some don't, and become nothing.

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'''Jules:''' ->'''Jules:''' Well, the way they pick the shows on TV is they make one show, and that show's called a pilot. And they show that one show to the people who pick the shows, and on the strength of that one show, they decide if they want to make more shows. Some get accepted and become TV programs, and some don't, and become nothing.
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->'''Vincent:''' What's a pilot?\\
'''Jules:''' Well, you know the shows on TV?\\
'''Vincent:''' I don't watch TV.\\
'''Jules:''' Yes, but you're aware that there's an invention called television, and on that invention they show shows?\\
'''Vincent:''' Yeah.\\



-> At the dawn of every TV show, only one episode is produced. This is called a pilot. If a network approves, more episodes are funded. Rejected, [[OneEpisodeWonder only one episode it remains]].
-->--'''[[WebVideo/RebelTaxi Pan Pizza]]'''
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* The pilot for ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' is "Big House Blues". Unlike most pilot episodes, pretty much everything, from Ren and Stimpy's designs, voices and personalities to the animation is fine-tuned from the get-go. {{Nickelodeon}} aired it several times, albeit with some sexually-suggestive footage removed.

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* The pilot for ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' is "Big House Blues". Unlike most pilot episodes, pretty much everything, from Ren and Stimpy's designs, voices and personalities to the animation is fine-tuned from the get-go. {{Nickelodeon}} {{Creator/Nickelodeon}} aired it several times, albeit with some sexually-suggestive footage removed.
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