The standard Premiere
plot, which makes up about 75% of TV premieres and pilots
, in which a single new member comes into an established group
. This gives the writers an easy way to introduce the characters and all the most relevant facts about them as the new member, as ignorant as we are, gathers information. If the group is a workplace, more often than not the new member is a Naïve Newcomer
See also Rookie Red Ranger
, Everyone Meets Everyone
, One We Prepared Earlier
, Debut Queue
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Anime and Manga
- Ranma Saotome in Ranma ½.
- Yukito in AIR comes into town and meets everyone in the first episode.
- Sasahara and Kosaka in Genshiken.
- Linna in Bubblegum Crisis 2040.
- Naïve Newcomer Ai Tanabe in the Planetes anime. The manga starts several months before her arrival.
- Contrast the above with Noa Izumi of Patlabor. Heck, Planetes is Patlabor IN SPACE!!.
- Guts in the second episode of Berserk, as the entire anime series is set up as a How We Got Here for the very first episode where Guts is the Black Swordsman, a Demon Slaying, BFS-wielding Badass out for revenge against his former best friend.
- Ebisu from Ebisu-san and Hotei-san is introduced this way when Ebisu transfers from a corporate city head office to a local suburban branch office.
- In the very first episode of the Kirby anime, Kirby crash-lands in Dreamland and is introduced to Cappy Town by Tiff, Tuff, Lololo and Lalala and welcomed to it by the Cappies. They even build him a new house for him to live in in the second episode.
- Hanaukyō Maid Tai. The first episode of each series, as Taro becomes the new head of the Hanaukyo family and meets the mansion's maids.
- Sora No Woto's first episode is about the main character meeting pretty much everyone and walking around the setting.
- The second episode of Fairy Tail starts with Natsu introducing Lucy to the rest of the Guild members and their quirky behavior.
- The first episode of Neon Genesis Evangelion features Shinji Ikari first arriving in Tokyo-3 to join NERV at the behest of his father and finding himself immediately thrust into the battle with the Angels
- In episode 2 of Eureka Seven, newcomer Renton Thurston becomes part of the Gekkostate. Unfortunately, the entire crew save Eureka seems to be locked into asshole mode and screw around with him for the next few episodes... until a handful of episodes later, it becomes clear pushing Renton will get you seriously messed up, just like the KLF squadrons found out the hard way.
- Haibane Renmei's early episodes have Rakka's cocoon dream, then her hatching, getting to know the other Haibane, and getting her wings and halo.
- Clark Kent in Legion of Super-Heroes.
- Toybox in the first issue of Top 10. Later played very differently when Joe Pi joins the team.
- In the very first issue of Sunnyville Stories, Rusty Duncan and his family are welcomed by Sam's family; Sam even introduces Rusty to many of the other children in town.
- The first several chapters of The Maze Runner start with Thomas having amnesia and being unkindly welcome by the surviving group in the maze.
Live Action TV
- Mr Parker in McHale's Navy
- Kyle in Kyle XY.
- Sally in Sesame Street.
- PC Carver in The Bill.
- Carter in ER.
- Also the reboot of sorts with Lucy Knight at the start of season 5.
- Rachel in Friends (although she already knew Monica and Ross — and was subsequently revealed to have already met Chandler a few times as well.)
- Elaine Nardo and John Burns in Taxi. Oddly enough, John only sticks around for one season.
- Diane in Cheers.
- Tim Bayliss in Homicide: Life on the Street.
- Buffy in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
- Jenny in The L Word.
- Ryan in The Office (US).
- Dave in NewsRadio.
- Lacey in Corner Gas.
- Dr. Fleischman in Northern Exposure.
- Carter in Spin City.
- Maya in Just Shoot Me!.
- Mary in The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
- Jeremy in Sports Night.
- CSI: Crime Scene Investigation subverted this trope in a major way by having a Welcome Episode premiere which ended with Naïve Newcomer Holly Gribbs getting shot dead.
- Then played straight when Sara Sidle is brought in to replace her/act as an independant investigator.
- Then played straight again when Ray Langston joined the team.
- CSI NY did it with Lindsay. She kept getting all the messy jobs, even after the first ep,and eventually remarked to Mac that it was getting a little old.
- Jack Carter in Eureka.
- Ty Davis and Carlos Nieto join the NYPD and FDNY respectively in the first episode of Third Watch.
- Beecher in Oz
- Ian and Barbara in Doctor Who. Rose in the 2005 relaunch.
- Gwen in Torchwood.
- Simon, Book and River in Firefly
- Dr. Caroline Todd in Green Wing.
- Vorlon Ambassador Kosh in Babylon 5 (Technically Lyta Alexander as well, but her character disappears for two seasons).
- Steve and Marcy Rhoades in Married... with Children.
- KC in Vengeance Unlimited.
- Agent Cooper in Twin Peaks.
- Betty Suarez in Ugly Betty.
- Andy Travis in WKRP in Cincinnati.
- Dick and Joanna in Newhart.
- The first episode of 30 Rock featured both Jack Donaghy and Tracy Jordan meeting everyone else. This is a bit of an untraditional example in that Jack and Tracy are about the most insane characters on the show and everything was (relatively) pleasant before they came along.
- The eponymous Merlin.
- Annie, and, in a sense, the flat, in Being Human.
- Debatably: the pilot for Being Human is a classic Welcome Episode. George and Mitchell (who already know each other) move into the flat and meet its resident ghost, Annie. But while the pilot was broadcast, it was not within the main run of the show, and employs different actors for two of the main three characters. The programme creators made the perhaps unusual decision not to refilm or rewrite the pilot or write a new introductory story for the series itself, but to treat it as canon. The actual first episode of Being Human has the cast already established in their relationship to each other and settled in the flat, their jobs etc. Surprisingly, it works well as a first episode whether or not you were previously familiar with the pilot.
- Power Rangers uses this tactic with their Rookie Red Rangers in seasons 10 (Wild Force) and 13 (S.P.D., with slight modifications to the formula).
- Chuck in Pushing Daisies.
- Done in How I Met Your Mother, with whom is somewhat up to debate, with Robin being introduced to the existing group, but the kids being the ones who are getting the information about everyone. Robin herself doesn't really join their group until a few episodes later after she rebuffs Ted's advances a couple times and asks if they can just be friends instead.
- Will in the Brit Com The Inbetweeners.
- Amy in The A-Team
- The eponymous writer in Castle
- Elle in Criminal Minds. She only lasted one season and couple of episodes into season two, Prentiss was introduced in this manner.
- Dr. Will Zimmerman in Sanctuary.
- Josie in Strange Days At Blake Holsey High/Black Hole High.
- Frank in Are You Afraid of the Dark?.
- Penny in The Big Bang Theory.
- Jess in New Girl.
- Kate in NCIS. Only around for the first two seasons.
- Fran in The Nanny.
- Winnie in Free Spirit.
- Alex becoming a Division recruit on Nikita.
- Todd on Outsourced.
- Bates (episode 1), Isobel and Matthew (episode 2) in Downton Abbey.
- Josie in London's Burning
- Skye and Grant on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..
- Jeff on Community.
- In both the movie and the original Broadway production of 1776, Dr. Lyman Hall of Georgia is only a supporting character, but his arrival in Philadelphia provides an excuse for the rest of the cast to introduce themselves to him (and to the audience).
- Chapter One of Everyday Heroes, where Mr. Mighty and family meet the neighbors. Also in Chapter Three, where he finally gets around to meeting the rest of his teammates.
- In the Whateley Universe, the intro stories for Sara Waite (Carmilla), and then Chou Lee (Bladedancer), as they meet the rest of Team Kimba.
- Willow, new arrival to Earthsong.
- Theodore Tugboat.
- Sam Dullard in Rocket Power.
- Doug Funnie in Doug.
- With the exception of a Poorly Disguised Pilot episode of Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, the various animated incarnations of X-Men invariably use this technique:
- Kitty Pryde in the abortive animated pilot "Pryde Of The X-Men".
- Jubilee in the 1990 series.
- Kurt "Nightcrawler" Wagner in X-Men: Evolution.
- A new character was introduced in each of the first five episodes, making this a Debut Queue.
- Wolverine and Rogue in the first movie...
- ...and even Jean "Marvel Girl" Grey in the first issue of the original comic. The introduction of the "All-New, All-Different" team in the '70s, however, was Everyone Meets Everyone.
- Fry in Futurama (2 episodes worth of welcome! The first introduces him to the trio of other central characters while the second introduces the rest-Amy, Hermes, and Zoidberg)
- Firestorm in The Legendary Super Powers Team
- Cyborg in Galactic Guardians
- Green Arrow on Justice League Unlimited.
- Kevin in Mission Hill
- Mac and Bloo in Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends.
- Dipper and Mabel Pines in Gravity Falls
- Caitlin Cooke in 6teen.
- Hal Jordan especially in the animated adaptation, introduces the audience to the Green Lantern Corps this way.
- Dudley Puppy in Tuff Puppy.
- The Powerpuff Girls pilot "Meat Fuzzy Lumkins" has narrator Ernie Anderson entreating us to say hello to Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup.
- Gus Griswald in the Recess episode, "The New Kid". What's different is that it's episode 1B (following a Two Shorts format) instead of episode 1A.
- Twilight Sparkle in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. This gets coupled with Twilight and her newly formed friends gathering the elements and defeating an Eldritch Abomination.
- Willy Zilla in My Dad The Rock Star. Sure, the whole family obviously suffered this but, since Willy is the main character, the effects on him are what we see the most.
- Goof Troop's pilot, "Forever Goof" (which is made up of the two episodes "Everything's Coming Up Goofy" and "Good Neighbor Goof") involves the Goof family moving to Spoonerville next door to Goofy's high school classmates, Pete and Peg (and their children).
- Tim Drake in The New Batman Adventures.
- Emma, Reef and Fin in Stoked.
- Blythe in Littlest Pet Shop(2012).