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* ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' started as a seven-minute pilot produced entirely in America. The pilot doesn't have an overarching story and is more like a series of ''Looney Tunes''-esque vignettes of Sonic foiling Robotnik, but the animation style and slapstick comedy is fairly close to the finished series. It even includes a "Sonic Sez" segment and Jaleel White provides Sonic's voice, but there are some sequences clearly inspired by the games and Jim Cummings provides Robotnik's voice instead of Long John Baldry. Some segments of footage from the pilot were integrated into the series itself, most notably the show's credits sequence.


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* ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'''s pitch pilot could be more accurately described as a proof-of-concept; it's only about four minutes long, has no voice acting and basically no plot, but it does establish the series' look, tone and style. Notably though, Peter Venkman's design is quite different from the finished series and Slimer is treated as a villain. Though unreleased for a while, parts of the pilot were used in some of the show's merchandise and advertising.


Most pilots fall into the category of the WelcomeEpisode or EveryoneMeetsEveryone. It'd make more sense to list the exceptions than the examples. They may also contain a FirstEpisodeSpoiler. See FailedPilotEpisode for an index of pilots that have pages but not full shows.

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Most pilots fall into the category of the WelcomeEpisode or EveryoneMeetsEveryone. It'd make more sense to list the exceptions than the examples. They may also contain a FirstEpisodeSpoiler.FirstEpisodeTwist. See FailedPilotEpisode for an index of pilots that have pages but not full shows.


* ''Anime/SonicTheHedgehogTheMovie'' is two back-to-back pilot episodes of an anime that never got off the ground. Ironically enough, a large contingent of Sonic fans consider it better than [[WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog the]] [[WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM other]] [[WesternAnimation/SonicUnderground four]] [[Anime/SonicX shows]] that ''did'' get picked up.

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* ''Anime/SonicTheHedgehogTheMovie'' is two back-to-back pilot episodes of an anime that never got off the ground. Ironically enough, a large contingent of Sonic fans consider it better than [[WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog the]] than]] [[WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM other]] the]] [[WesternAnimation/SonicUnderground four]] other]] [[Anime/SonicX five]] [[WesternAnimation/SonicBoom shows]] that ''did'' get picked up.


* The original short to pilot ''WesternAnimation/{{DuckTales}}'' was "Sport Goofy in Soccermania".

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* The original short to pilot ''WesternAnimation/{{DuckTales}}'' ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'' 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 Website/YouTube for quite a while before the show was made, but Cartoon Network pulled it in 2010.
* The Pilot Episode of ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' was 16Min instead of the usual 11. Frylock was more robotic & subservient to Shake.

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* ''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 Website/YouTube for quite a while before the show was made, but Cartoon Network pulled it in 2010.
2010. Several years later, the show's creator reposted it.
* The Pilot Episode of ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' was 16Min 16 minute instead of the usual 11. Frylock was more robotic & subservient to Shake.


* A number of Creator/{{Cartoon Network}}'s original series have debuted as pilots on ''WesternAnimation/WhatACartoonShow'', including ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'', ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'', ''WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken'', ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'', ''WesternAnimation/MikeLuAndOg'', and ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog''. In 2000 came "The Big Pick", which was where ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'', ''WesternAnimation/WhateverHappenedToRobotJones'' and ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' got their start. For more ''Big Pick'' shows that never came to be, see "Never got beyond pilot stage" below.
** A similar project called ''The Cartoonstitute'' was planned, but it never got off the ground and only a few shorts were completed. However, ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' was spawned from the failed project. The ''Regular Show'' pilot was {{Re Tool}}ed into the Season 2 episode "First Day". In 2013, ''WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa'' became the second show to rise from ''The Cartoonstitute'''s ashes.
* ''WesternAnimation/ChalkZone'' was one of several Nickelodeon series to begin as a pilot on ''WesternAnimation/OhYeahCartoons''. Like ''The Fairly Odd Parents'', it actually had several of these on ''Oh Yeah! Cartoons''. Most of them were adapted as episodes for Season 1.



* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'''s pilot was adapted into the first act of the first episode "Death has a Shadow". It is largely identical except that Lois has blonde hair.



* 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.

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* The finale for ''WesternAnimation/HongKongPhooey'' was a full half-hour episode ("Comedy Cowboys"), a thinly disguised pilot PoorlyDisguisedPilot 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 pilot for ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot'' was shown on ''WesternAnimation/OhYeahCartoons''. It was known as ''My Neighbor Was a Teenage Robot'' and had a different art direction. It was eventually remade as the episode "It Came from Next Door".

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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.
* The first episode of ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' is simply titled "Pilot", although it's more of a typical first episode than anything else.
* The pilot for ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot'' was shown on ''WesternAnimation/OhYeahCartoons''. It was known as ''My Neighbor Was a Teenage Robot'' and had a different art direction. It was eventually remade as the first episode of the series, "It Came from Next Door".



* A number of Creator/{{Cartoon Network}}'s original series have debuted as pilots on ''WesternAnimation/WhatACartoonShow'', including ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'', ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'', ''WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken'', ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'', ''WesternAnimation/MikeLuAndOg'', and ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog''. In 2000 came "The Big Pick", which was where ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'', ''WesternAnimation/WhateverHappenedToRobotJones'' and ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' got their start. For more ''Big Pick'' shows that never came to be, see "Never got beyond pilot stage" below.
** A similar project called ''The Cartoonstitute'' was planned, but it never got off the ground and only a few shorts were completed. However, ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' was spawned from the failed project. The ''Regular Show'' pilot was {{Re Tool}}ed into the Season 2 episode "First Day". In 2013, ''WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa'' became the second show to rise from ''The Cartoonstitute'''s ashes.
* ''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.


* ''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.

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* ''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 Website/YouTube for quite a while before the show was made, but Cartoon Network pulled it in 2010.


** In 1956, the show was originally called ''Auction-Aire'', but when the pilot proved disastrous NBC wanted to buy out the show's contract and cancel it. Creator Creator/BobStewart asked for a leap of faith 13 weeks, and if the show didn't click, NBC could cancel it. NBC agreed...and slotted ''Price'' at 10:30 AM Eastern, opposite CBS megastar Arthur Godfrey; barely a month later, on New Year's Eve 1956, ''Price'' was moved to 11AM against the second half of Godfrey's hour-long show (ABC had no programming in either slot). Despite negative initial reviews, ''Price'' managed to develop a following and was beating Godfrey pretty bad in the ratings by the end of February 1957.

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** In 1956, the show was originally called ''Auction-Aire'', but when the The 1956 pilot for the original series (initially developed as ''Auction-Aire'') proved disastrous a disaster: the bid displays malfunctioned and Creator/BillCullen almost strangled himself on his microphone cord as the turntable he stood on revolved. NBC wanted to buy out the show's contract and cancel it. Creator it outright, but Creator/BobStewart asked for a leap of faith -- 13 weeks, and if the show didn't click, NBC could cancel it. NBC agreed... and slotted ''Price'' at 10:30 AM Eastern, opposite CBS megastar Arthur Godfrey; barely a month later, on New Year's Eve 1956, ''Price'' was moved to 11AM against the second half of Godfrey's hour-long show (ABC had no programming in either slot). Despite negative initial reviews, ''Price'' managed to develop a following and was beating Godfrey pretty bad in the ratings by the end of February 1957.


Most pilots fall into the category of the WelcomeEpisode or EveryoneMeetsEveryone. It'd make more sense to list the exceptions than the examples. They may also contain a FirstEpisodeSpoiler. Se FailedPilotEpisode for an index of pilots that have pages but not full shows.

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Most pilots fall into the category of the WelcomeEpisode or EveryoneMeetsEveryone. It'd make more sense to list the exceptions than the examples. They may also contain a FirstEpisodeSpoiler. Se See FailedPilotEpisode for an index of pilots that have pages but not full shows.


Most pilots fall into the category of the WelcomeEpisode or EveryoneMeetsEveryone. It'd make more sense to list the exceptions than the examples. They may also contain a FirstEpisodeSpoiler.

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Most pilots fall into the category of the WelcomeEpisode or EveryoneMeetsEveryone. It'd make more sense to list the exceptions than the examples. They may also contain a FirstEpisodeSpoiler.
FirstEpisodeSpoiler. Se FailedPilotEpisode for an index of pilots that have pages but not full shows.


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* ''WesternAnimation/CarmenGotExpelled'' was pitched to Disney but it was declined. It has a similar aesthetic to ''El Tigre''. It is about a girl who is given one last chance at going to school after being suspended several times.


->''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.''
-->--'''Jules''', ''Film/PulpFiction''

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->''Well, ->''"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.''
-->--'''Jules''',
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-->-- '''Jules''',
''Film/PulpFiction''

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* ''Manga/DeathNote'' had the [[Manga/DeathNotePilot 2003 pilot]], which used a KidHero and played the Death Note's urban horror aspects up rather than the user's morality.


* ''Series/LittleMermaidsIsland'' was a canned series based off of Disney's ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' featuring a live-action Ariel alongside puppets by Creator/JimHenson. Only two pilot episodes were ever produced.


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* ''WesternAnimation/AKittyBoboShow'' was made for a Cartoon Network contest in 2001 but lost to ''Codename: Kids Next Door''.
* ''Series/LittleMermaidsIsland'' was a canned series based off of Disney's ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' featuring a live-action Ariel alongside puppets by Creator/JimHenson. Only two pilot episodes were ever produced.


* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' had two pilots, which was unusual back then. The first one ("The Cage") didn't sell because Gene Roddenberry produced a dramatic show instead of the action show he had promised. It was later worked into the two part "The Menagerie". The second pilot "Where No Man Has Gone Before" lacked Dr. [=McCoy=] and was aired (in a slightly re-edited version) as an early episode of the series.
** One of the things that changed between the pilot and the regular series was the design of the Enterprise - due to the high cost of special effects and the low resolution of 1960s televisions, many of the special effects shots from the pilot were reused in the series, even though the ship looked subtly different.

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''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' had two pilots, which was unusual back then. The first one ("The Cage") didn't sell because Gene Roddenberry produced a dramatic show instead of the action show he had promised. It was later worked into the two part "The Menagerie". The second pilot "Where No Man Has Gone Before" lacked Dr. [=McCoy=] and was aired (in a slightly re-edited version) as an early episode of the series.
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series. Before the series aired a producer took the two pilot episodes and showed them to an audience at a sci-fi convention (the most discerning audience possible), and when completed their was absolute silence... because they were in awe over what they saw. One of the things that changed between the pilot and the regular series was the design of the Enterprise - due to the high cost of special effects and the low resolution of 1960s televisions, many of the special effects shots from the pilot were reused in the series, even though the ship looked subtly different.different.
** ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' was greenlit for an entire first season off the bat, so their first episode was not a pilot. Reportedly, Roddenberry claimed the network wanted a telemovie to start the series and expanded "Encounter at Farpoint" into two episodes, but in reality wanted extra royalties for writing the first episode. Nobody really understood the episode because of that, the entire Q subplot came from Roddenberry and is very disconnected from the main story.

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* ''Series/LittleMermaidsIsland'' was a canned series based off of Disney's ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' featuring a live-action Ariel alongside puppets by Creator/JimHenson. Only two pilot episodes were ever produced.

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