Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Day 27: 30 Days of TV - Best Pilot Episode

Day 27: Best Pilot Episode

A pilot episode really is just an introduction to the characters, voice, and scope of the world that you will be visiting week to week on a television show. They can feel clunky if it's just introducing character after character and stating what it is they do or how they're related to your lead character.

There is a reason that most shows take a while to win you over or gain their footing. While I love Parks and Recreation the entire first season felt like they were introducing the viewers to the style, characters, and storytelling... which isn't bad since it is different than the normal way of storytelling on a show, but it's not the best.

The best pilot episode that I can remember?

Gilligan's Island.

And here's why they did all the hub bub that takes the first thirty minutes of meeting people, giving the situation, and style of the story all in theme song. Brilliant. Now they're able to delve into the hilarity and hijinks.

The close second. Scrubs. Oh show, how lovely you are.

Apologies for no clips or pictures. It's quite hard to find Gilligan's Island stuff that uses the actual opening of the first season on the youtubes.

Ceasing Ramble.

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