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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 or 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 Tokyo 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 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: Right Back at Ya!, 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 Team. The first episode of each series, as Taro becomes the new head of the Hanaukyo family and meets the mansion's maids.
  • Sound of the Sky'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.

     Comic Books  
  • 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.
  • X-Men debuted with Jean Grey being added to the previously all male team.



  • The first several chapters of The Maze Runner start with Thomas having amnesia and being unkindly welcomed by the surviving group in the maze.
  • Discworld:
    • Guards! Guards!, the first City Watch novel, has Naïve Newcomer Carrot arrive in the city and meet the rest of the Watch.
    • Going Postal, the first Moist von Lipwig novel, has Moist become the Postmaster and meet the rest of the team at the Ankh-Morpork Post Office. The second Moist novel, Making Money, while it features characters from Going Postal, would involve him becoming Master of the Mint and be introduced to an entirely different team at the Royal Bank of Ankh-Morpork. (He changes jobs again in Raising Steam, but that involves the invention of an entirely new industry, so there isn't a pre-existing team.)
  • Harry Potter going to Hogwarts.

     Live-Action TV  

  • Mr Parker in McHale's Navy
  • Kyle in Kyle XY.
  • Sally in Sesame Street.
  • PC Carver in The Bill.
  • ER:
    • Carter
    • 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.
  • Captain Holt in Brooklyn Nine-Nine. He's a new commanding officer of the 99th Precinct of New Work Police Department in Brooklyn. Sergeant Jeffords introduces his squad of detectives.
  • 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).
  • Ricky in The Office (UK).
  • 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 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 too.
    • First with Lindsay. She kept getting all the messy jobs, even after her first ep, and eventually remarked to Mac that it was getting a little old.
    • When Jo joined the team in the season 7 opener, she arrives at the lab while everyone else is attending Lindsay's medal ceremony and finds a dead body in the lobby. She's standing over the young woman when Mac walks in:
    Jo: My first thought was it's a practical joke. You know, "Welcome to the New York Crime Lab."
    Mac: We usually sabotage a pair of latex gloves or have a tech pose as a dead body in Autopsy, then suddenly pop to life. But murder? Not our style.
    Jo: Good to know.
    • In "Epilogue," Sid reveals to the team that he'd had someone do the fake dead body prank to Angell when she had attended her first autopsy.
  • 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 and Rose in the 2005 relaunch. How they get introduced differs though. Ian and Barbara find the TARDIS at the beginning of the episode and immediately get introduced to time travel as the Doctor tries to run away. Rose slowly gets introduced to aliens and the Doctor and makes the decision herself to travel with him in the TARDIS at the end of the episode, setting up the time travel elements for the next episode.
  • Gwen in Torchwood.
  • Simon, Book and River in Firefly. They are just passengers in the pilot but decide to join the crew of Captain Mal's ship Serenity.
  • 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.
  • How I Met Your Mother: Robin is 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
  • Castle, the eponymous writer in Castle. He's a part of police investigation and because he knows how to pull strings, he's allowed to tag along and shadow the team during their investigation of open cases.
  • 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. She's a new neighbour who moves across the hall and meets a group of geeky friends who know each other from university.
  • Jess in New Girl. She moves in with three guys who are already friends and roommates.
  • Kate in NCIS. Only around for the first two seasons.
  • Fran in The Nanny. Fran becomes a nanny at the Sheffields.
  • Winnie in Free Spirit.
  • Alex becoming a Division recruit on Nikita.
  • Todd on Outsourced.
  • Bates in Downton Abbey. He's a new servant starting to work in the titular Big Fancy House.
  • Josie in London's Burning
  • Skye and Grant on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..
  • Emma on Once Upon a Time.
  • George in Dead Like Me.
  • Det. Lily Rush in Cold Case.
  • Michael in Burn Notice.
  • Reddington in The Blacklist
  • Cookie in Empire.
  • Wallace in Veronica Mars.
  • Aquí no hay quien viva starts with Roberto and Lucía moving to apartment 3A.
  • Pretty Little Liars has Aria coming back to Rosewood after a year away.
  • Stephanie and, separately, Sportacus, in LazyTown.
  • Deborah in Men Behaving Badly.
  • Probe's "Computer Logic": Michelle Castle is newly hired for Serendip to be Austin James' secretary. Being sent to his warehouse/home/laboratory kicks off the two-character Ensemble series.
  • Geraldine Granger, the titular Vicar of Dibley.
  • Kate and DJ explore The Noddy Shop in its' first episode. They discover two boxes that unleash the goblins and contain dolls of the characters in the Noddy's Toyland Adventures segments.
  • Mimpi Metropolitan starts with Bambang, a Country Mouse from Wonosari, first arriving in the city of Jakarta. The first episode shows how he finds a dorm to live and how he, one by one, meets Alan, Melani, Prima and Mami Bibir who already knew each other and has lived in Jakarta for months or years.


  • 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).

     Web Comics  

  • 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.
  • Downplayed in Stand Still, Stay Silent: The story starts out with the original crew of five meeting each other, and establishing a working dynamic on their first actual mission in Chapter 5. Chapter 6 gets entirely dedicated to them getting an unexpected addition in the form of a young sheep herder who hid in one of the food crates that got delivered to them by boat, and that they have to keep around because he's not The Immune and considered in a Contamination Situation merely from being in the The Plague-ridden Forbidden Zone they are exploring.


     Western Animation  

  • Theodore Tugboat.
  • Sam Dullard in Rocket Power.
  • Doug Funnie in Doug.
  • Blaze and AJ in Blaze and the Monster Machines.
  • 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:
  • Fry in Futurama had 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.
  • Twilight Sparkle in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. This gets coupled with Twilight and her newly formed friends gathering the elements and defeating Nightmare Moon.
  • Dudley Puppy in T.U.F.F. 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.
  • 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 Stōked.
  • Blythe in Littlest Pet Shop (2012).
  • Though he was a one-shot character rather than part of the main cast, Yipper fulfilled this role in "The Yipper Caper", the premiere episode of Pound Puppies (2010). After ending up at Shelter 17, he meets Lucky, who introduces him to the rest of the Pound Puppies and fills him in on the Pound Puppies' mission of ensuring that every dog has an owner and a loving home.
  • Zack Underwood in Milo Murphy's Law.
  • The first episode of Galaxy High had Milo de Venus give Doyle and Aimee a tour of the high school while also introducing them to the other characters. The episode was even titled "Welcome to Galaxy High".
  • The first episode of Star Wars Rebels has Ezra Bridger joining the crew of the Ghost and becoming Kanan Jarrus' padawan.
  • Daria and Quinn in Daria.
  • The first episode of Time Squad has orphan from 2001 Otto Osworth beg to be kidnapped by Buck Tuddrussel and Larry 3000 after they explain who they are and what Time Squad is. They even give him a tour of their space station.
  • Monster Farm had this occur in the first episode "Back to the Roots", where Jack Haylee first met the monster animals after inheriting the farm from his great uncle. Count Cluckula is the first of the monsters Jack encounters, with the rest of them being introduced to Jack by Cluckula afterwards.


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