Often a pilot episode will have a different title credit sequence than the resulting show. This can be the result of many factors - Sometimes a pilot is presented as a TV movie with movie style credits, sometimes an element that will become common knowledge during the show is kept hidden to keep the surprise; sometimes an actor will be replaced between filming of the pilot and the series.

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!!Shows with unique pilot title sequences:

* ''Series/TheGreatestAmericanHero'' shows the murder of Bill's partner by skinheads, then leads into the credits over a number of night shots of (presumably) LA.
* ''Series/CharliesAngels'' started as a T.V. Movie with a different opening, as well as different bumpers showing the three Angels standing side by side.
* ''Series/TheFlyingNun'' shows Sister Bertrille walking with her welcoming party back to the convent.
* ''Series/{{MASH}}'' starts with the title "Korea 1950 - 100 Years Ago" as Hawkeye and Trapper John play golf with "My Blue Heaven" playing in the background. Radar gets tossed a football and stops as he hears the choppers coming, which then leads into the standard opening.
* ''Series/RemingtonSteele'' has Laura tell a slightly different story since at this point she hasn't met the man who would take over Remington Steele's persona.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' second pilot "Where No Man Has Gone Before" didn't have Creator/WilliamShatner's "Space, the final frontier" voiceover. This was 'corrected' for the HD remastered version of the episode.
** It could have been worse. The original concept for the titles lacked the typographic appearance now associated with this particular incarnation.
** The opening of the first pilot is also completely different: the shots are solely the ''Enterprise'' on a starfield, Creator/LeonardNimoy's name doesn't appear (although he plays a major part in the episode), the special guest's name ''does'' appear, and the credits themselves lack the typographic appearance of the later series.
* The 2 hour pilot to ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' doesn't feature the wormhole opening as it hadn't been introduced in the story yet. The syndicated two part version has no wormhole in the first half and the regular opening for the second.
* The opening credits of the first ''Series/ThirtyRock'' episode feature Liz in a ''Series/ThatGirl''[=/=]''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow''-type opening, but this ends up as a LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn gag and actually they're singing about the ShowWithinTheShow character "Pam, the Overly-Confident Morbidly Obese Woman". The second episode introduces the regular opening credits.
** Oddly enough, an instrumental version of the song from the pilot is occasionally used as a {{Leitmotif}} for Liz.
* The original pilot for ''Series/BuckRogersInTheTwentyFifthCentury'' was originally released as a theatrical film. The opening credits featured not only a unique version of the theme music with lyrics, but also Fanservice images of the female leads lounging about in swimsuits! The televised version of the pilot ditches the swimsuits, but retains the vocal version of the theme for the closing credits.
* The opening credits for the first episode of ''Series/DowntonAbbey'' follow the news of the ''Titanic'' sinking toward the main characters; all the other episodes use a more domestic credit sequence.
* The opening credits for ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'' pilot begin with music by Richard Gibbs. The second episode, "33", begins with the now-familiar Bear [=McCreary=] theme. It also has the quick cuts of upcoming scenes from the episode after the theme music.
* The pilot episode of ''Series/TheXFiles'' has no title or end credits and is the only ''X-Files'' episode (including the two movies) not to include the iconic theme song. The episode opens with a title card stating that the plot is based on real events and that's all.
* The pilot of ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' originally had a very different tune than later episodes and the rest of the series. The pilot was rescored a few weeks later and resyndicated. The pilot in its original form is no longer aired.
* ''TrapperJohnMD'' opened with a title sequence in the font of ''TheGreatestAmericanHero'' style type and Pernell Roberts dreaming via clips of ''Series/{{MASH}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''[='=]s unaired pilot had [[Music/{{Primus}} Les Claypool]] walking across town as he sings a slow-tempo version of the theme song (in fact, the version played during the credits of almost every episode), with the boys popping up from the bottom of the screen long enough to sing their verses. The aired version is the same as the Season 1 opening, but the instrumentation of the music has inferior quality -- this version is replaced with the more standard version a few episodes in.
* The first episode of the 1990s ''WesternAnimation/IronMan'' animated series lacked the green wire bits in the beginning seen in the other episodes of the first season.
* For its pilot episode "Children of the Gods", ''Series/StargateSG1'' used a variation on the title sequence of [[Film/{{Stargate}} the movie]]: A long pan over Ra's mask, then zooming out to show the whole thing, followed by fade-out. The rest of the series uses cut-together clips.
** Although oddly enough, the DVD versions of seasons 4 and 5 used the "Children of the Gods" title. This was probably a mistake.
*** Actually, that's the credits it had in the TV show, at least when those seasons first aired in Australia.
** The ''Series/StargateUniverse'' pilot didn't use what little of a title sequence the show had.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'''s first episode in 1963 features an extended version of the opening theme which runs over the first scene of the episode (normally it gets faded out). The rejected pilot version of the first episode, which was not aired until the 1990s, adds a thunderclap sound effect to the opening credits, which is not heard thereafter.
* ''Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan'' had three pilot movies before the weekly series began. The first had no real title sequence, just the credits played out over the opening scenes. The second and third films featured a recounting of Steve's accident (which differed completely from the first pilot!) and a theme ''song'' performed by Dusty Springfield. The famous "Steve Austin...astronaut" opening wasn't introduced until the weekly series began.
* The first episode of ''Series/CaptainScarletAndTheMysterons'' features a unique opening monologue by Captain Blue which begins with the phrase "The finger is on the trigger..." and ends by introducing Scarlet with "This will be our hero for fate will make him indestructible."
* The intros for the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' has a slight variant in Katara's exposition, since she had yet to meet Aang.
* Its sequel, ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', has Tenzin relate to the audience the basics of what has happened since the end of the original series, providing the necessary backstory. All other episodes have him simply recite the basic lore of the Avatar.
* ''Series/{{Victorious}}'' forgoes the theme song altogether, since Tori has yet to actually perform it.
* ''Series/{{Elementary}}'s'' pilot uses a splashscreen and a few bars from the theme song. The rest of the series goes with a RubeGoldbergDevice that ends with dropping a cage on a figurine.
* The 2004-05 series ''Series/JackAndBobby'' had simple on-screen titles for the pilot, because it wasn't until late in the episode that it was revealed which brother would grow up to be President. [[spoiler: Bobby]].
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': The PilotMovie only has standard text credits and does not feature the TitleSequence with the InstrumentalThemeTune as in all other episodes.
* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'s'' title sequence for its pilot episode omits the footage if the girls using their powers so as not to spoil it for first time viewers as to what exact abilities each of them. The pilot was also the only episode in which ''only'' the original set of Charmed Ones / Halliwell Sisters appear in the episode opening.
* ''Series/TheWestWing'' : The Pilot features a long single-take of Leo arriving at work in the morning, introducing most of the rest of the cast.
* The pilot episode of ''Series/{{Sliders}}'' uses a completely different title sequence to the rest of the series, presumably to avoid explaining the premise they spend most of the episode introducing.
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' left out the opening narration that usually runs over the title sequence, to avoid spoiling the entire plot of the pilot.
* The first episode of ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget''--"Winter Olympics"--had at least ''three'' variations, each with its own unique "edit" of the main title sequence. Also, the episode had unique closing credits!
* If you listen closely in the opening of the pilot of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', you can hear that the main theme has a flute added during the newspaper CouchGag that gets dropped in the second episode.
* During the FiveEpisodePilot of ''WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower'', before Adora does her HeelFaceTurn and becomes the titular herione, a male announcer reads the OpeningNarration. After Adora becomes She-Ra, she reads a new version of the narration.
* ''WebAnimation/GEOWeasel'''s pilot has a theme song accompanied by polaroid-style photographs of the main characters and framed pictures of the supporting characters, while the main episodes of the first season have a different theme song accompanied by scenes that never occur in the series itself.

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