Jean-Claude Van Johnson: Pilot Season 1, Ep 1
Jean Claude Van Damme runs into an old flame and wants out of Retirement... but not out of the retirement we know him for. Watch one of the greatest 90s action stars to satirize himself in an unexpectedly entertaining action comedy. Get Ready to meet his secret identity Jean Claude Van Johnson. [more inside]
The Chi: Pilot Season 1, Ep 1
A fictional drama following the lives of several people growing up in contemporary South Side Chicago; available on Showtime and Amazon. [more inside]
Dynasty: I hardly recognized you Season 1, Ep 1
An heiress, her father, and his new fiance plot and scheme at work and at home. Everyone has something to hide, but they're ready to flaunt their wealth and oil barony.
Veronica Mars: Pilot Rewatch Season 1, Ep 1
Introductions all around! Veronica Mars is a junior at Neptune High, formerly popular with the rich kids, now an outcast. Her best friend was killed, her boyfriend dumped her, she was roofied. Her father used to be Sheriff, but now he's a private eye, and Veronica helps him while solving her own high-school drama mysteries. This week's episode introduces Wallace, a new student at Neptune who is targeted by the local biker gang. Veronica Mars was first broadcast in 2004, just after Buffy the Vampire Slayer ended, and in a lot of ways it directly took up the mantle of kick-ass blonde high school girl empowerment. Never a ratings success, it was a critical darling from the start. [more inside]
RuPaul's Drag Race: Your Pilot's On Fire Season 9, Ep 9
The queens are challenged to come up with an idea for a TV series and star in their pilots. [more inside]
Taken: Pilot Season 1, Ep 1
In the series premiere, young CIA operative Bryan Mills acquires a unique set of skills. [more inside]
Mystery Science Theater 3000: SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL Season 6, Ep 14
"Jet Packed Drama at a Giant Air Terminal!" Pilot for a TV show featuring the
wacky shenanigans dramatic occurrences at... (spins the Wheel of Television) ...a major airport. A staple of MST3K is the failed TV pilot that never went to series. Well ha ha, this one did make it to series, minus its whole cast except for Clu Galuger, whose name sounds like it should be sung by Huckleberry Hound. YouTube (1h33m) Premiered November 19, 1994. [more inside]
Frequency: Pilot Season 1, Ep 1
A detective discovers she's able to communicate via a ham radio with her estranged father who died decades earlier. She warns him of his untimely death, leading him to survive, but also dramatically changing the present. [more inside]
Timeless: Pilot Season 1, Ep 1
The trio chase Garcia Flynn to the Hindenburg disaster of 1937 in the series premiere of this sci-fi actioner about a professor, a soldier, and a scientist teaming up to travel through time to battle a master criminal out to alter human history. [more inside]
Homeland: Pilot First Watch Season 1, Ep 1
This Is Us: Pilot Season 1, Ep 1
The show follows four 36-year-old people with the same birthday. Jack's wife Rebecca goes into labor on his birthday. Kate attends a weight loss support group. Kevin quits his job as the lead on a bad sitcom. Randall meets his biological father for the first time. Major spoilers inside. [more inside]
Designated Survivor: Pilot Season 1, Ep 1
A low-level Cabinet member becomes President of the United States after a catastrophic attack kills everyone above him in the Presidential line of succession.
Longmire: Pilot Season 1, Ep 1
Sheriff Walt Longmire investigates a shooting in a sheep pasture with the help of his staff at the Absaroka County, Wyoming Sheriff's Department and an assist from long time friend Henry Standing Bear. [more inside]
In the late 19th century, a painting titled The Roll Call, by a virtually unknown artist, took England by storm.
Archer: Pilot: Mole Hunt Season 1, Ep 1
While his fellow agents search for a mole in their ranks, Archer hacks into the agency's computers to conceal discrepancies in his expense accounts.
Flaked: Palms Season 1, Ep 4
A trip to Palm Springs for a visit with his mother Jackie turns into an emotional roller coaster ride for Dennis and fellow travelers Chip and London.
Flaked: Rose Season 1, Ep 3
Chip visits his TV star ex-wife Tilly in an effort to save his store. Dennis and London have a dinner date. Chip disappoints Kara one time too many.
Flaked: Horizon Season 1, Ep 2
Finally confronting his landlord, Chip get some clarity on his store situation, then inadvertently helps Dennis and London's first date go smoothly.
Flaked: Westminster Season 1, Ep 1
Will Arnett co-created, co-writes, and stars in this Netflix series that premiered on March 11. The story takes place in Venice, California, and centers on alcoholic Chip (Arnett), friend/housemate Dennis (David Sullivan), and possible love interest London (Ruth Kearney). Mitchell Hurwitz (Arrested Development) is executive producer of the series. [more inside]
Farscape: Incubator Rewatch Season 3, Ep 11
Hoping to gain access to the wormhole knowledge, Scorpius tells his life story to a neural clone of Crichton created by the chip that was once in Crichton's head.[via]
The Expanse: Dulcinea (Pilot) Season 1, Ep 1
The pilot for a new series on SyFy based on James SA Corey's series of books that begin with Leviathan Wakes. In the US, the show begins airing on 14 December but SyFy has put the pilot on youtube.
The Americans: Pilot First Watch Season 1, Ep 1
We are introduced to Elizabeth and Phillip, two KGB spies under deep cover as a married couple in suburban DC. They have an unexpected houseguest, and Phillip goes shopping for cowboy boots. Their new neighbor Stan takes an interest in their garage. [more inside]
Farscape: The Way We Weren't Rewatch Season 2, Ep 5
A datacam tape is uncovered showing Aeryn as part of a Peacekeeper firing squad that executed Moya's first pilot. The rest of the crew want answers but Aeryn is reluctant to revisit her past—especially her relationship with Velorek, the man who grafted the current Pilot into Moya's systems. Pilot refuses to communicate with the crew, not wanting to reveal his own complicity in the murky circumstances surrounding his installment as Moya's pilot. [via]
The Grinder: Pilot Season 1, Ep 1
When his long-running hit series comes to an end, Dean decides to move back to his small home town to take over his family's law firm.
Grandfathered: Pilot Season 1, Ep 1
Successful restaurateur Jimmy Martino is surprised by the appearance of his adult son, Gerald and his baby daughter, Edie.
Farscape: Vitas Mortis Rewatch Season 2, Ep 2
D'Argo takes part in a sacred ritual that helps a dying Luxan, an Orican, to pass on. During the ritual the Orican invokes a ritual of renewal, drawing from what she thinks is D'Argo's strength. Consequently Moya starts to age rapidly.
The Muppets: Pig Girls Don't Cry Season 1, Ep 1
In this, the first episode of the muppets. , the Muppets tackle some of the problems with the show, Up Late with Miss Piggy, and to find guest stars that Miss Piggy likes, after she shoots down Elizabeth Banks. Fozzie tries to get Becky's parents to see him as boyfriend material even though he is a bear. [more inside]
The Carmichael Show: Pilot Season 1, Ep 1
When Maxine moves in with her boyfriend, Jerrod, she wants to tell his parents right away and Jerrod prefers never telling them.
Dark Matter: Pilot (parts 1 and 2) Season 1, Ep 1
Six strangers wake up on a derelict ship with no memories. Who they really are will change them forever - and perhaps the universe, too.
Killjoys: Bangarang Season 1, Ep 1
Killjoys Dutch and John are in serious need of R&R after capturing a dangerous smuggler in the badlands of Westerley. But when a death warrant is posted for D'avin, John secretly takes the job to save his estranged brother. With a competing Killjoy also on the job, the team is in a race against time to clear D'avin's name and their own.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: STRANDED IN SPACE Season 3, Ep 5
STRANDED IN SPACE, a.k.a. The Stranger (1973, Color, TV Movie, Seventies, Sci-Fi, Dystopia) "The planet he uncovered was a twin to Earth... but so ominously different!" An astronaut goes up, but something seems weird about the planet he comes back down to. It's "Terra," a dystopia where everything is under the control of the "Perfect Order" and everyone lives in fear of being sent to the ominous "Ward E." As Crow points out to us, "lot of Chryslers on this planet." A TV movie salvaged from a failed series pilot, so don't expect an awful lot of resolution. As third season episodes go it's a bit of a sleeper, but that just means it's very funny. Has some classic host segments. Dust off your memories (if you're old enough to have them) of 70s TV stars for this one. YouTube (1h40m) First aired June 29, 1991. [more inside]
The 100: Pilot Rewatch Season 1, Ep 1
97 years after a nuclear war, human kind is living in space. 100 juvenile delinquents are sent down to Earth to see if the planet is habitable.
Game of Thrones: Pilot: "Winter Is Coming" First Watch Season 1, Ep 1
Welcome to the continents of Westeros and Essos. It is the end of a decade-long Summer.
Buffy Summers arrives at Sunnydale High looking for a fresh start. Sunnydale, being a center of demonic energy known as a Hellmouth, has other ideas. [more inside]
Agent Carter: Now is Not the End Season 1, Ep 1
A spinoff from "Captain America" and "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and a prequel to the events of "Marvel One Shot: Agent Carter", Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) fights the good fight against the forces of evil as a member of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s predecessor the Strategic Scientific Reserve (the S.S.R) while maintaining her cover as a telephone operator for Ma Bell in 1946 New York. First up: Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper) is accused of selling arms to the enemies of the United States and he turns to Peggy for help in clearing his name. [more inside]
Galavant: Pilot/Joust Friends Season 1, Ep 1
A fairytale musical comedy from the writer of Tangled, Dan Fogelman, with songs by more Disney veterans, composer Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater, Galavant tells the story of the dashing namesake hero on a quest to win back his former lover Madalena, who left him for the evil King Richard. Bawdy jokes and anachronistic references follow.
State of Affairs: Pilot Season 1, Ep 1
Intelligence analyst Charleston "Charlie" Tucker prepares the President's Daily Brief on the anniversary of the death of Aaron Payton, her fiancee and the President's son, in an attack on their convoy in Kabul, using her editorial discretion to suppress shaky intelligence about the location of Omar Fatah, the terrorist responsible for the attack, in order to free up a Special Forces team to rescue an American doctor with an uncanny resemblance to Aaron.
Marry Me: Pilot Season 1, Ep 1
A long dating couple tries to get engaged, through a midst of bad timing and tirades.
Jane the Virgin: Chapter One Season 1, Ep 1
Through a series of plausible accidents, Jane gets pregnant through artificial insemination. Now she has to make some decisions. [more inside]
A to Z: A is for Acquaintances Season 1, Ep 1
The meet-cute start of Andrew & Zelda's eight month long relationship. [more inside]
The After: Pilot Season 1, Ep 1
A new Amazon Original Series: From Chris Carter, creator of The X-Files. Eight strangers are thrown together by mysterious forces and must help each other survive in a violent world that defies explanation.
Manhattan Love Story: Pilot Season 1, Ep 1
Yes, yes, yes -- "If I'm honest, it's half the reason I married her" -- "If you smash your phone, the internet disappears" -- New record -- Hip, ironic distance -- Number 72 -- Awarded for mediocrity
Selfie: Pilot Season 1, Ep 1
Rebranding -- "You'll discover that not all well-dressed, articulate, detail-oriented men are gay. Many of them are just... Asian."* -- Charmonique puts up a lot -- Ga ga, ooh la la -- "I can see you, you live in a glass house" -- "I rarely call my mother" -- "It's archaic, but it's dead-on" [more inside]
Chuck: Pilot First Watch Season 1, Ep 1
Join me as I watch, for the first time ever, the show known simply as Chuck, whom IMDB describes as "a computer geek who gets a computer full of information zapped into his brain...information that contains secrets that the federal government desperately needs to keep in Chuck's head...and keep Chuck, himself, intact." In this opening episode, Chuck meets a woman who agrees to go on a date with him, but she's one of the government agents who's interested more in his head than his body. [more inside]
Forever: Pilot Season 1, Ep 1
A medical examiner who's seen it all gets caught up in a train crash investigation. [more inside]
Scorpion: Pilot Season 1, Ep 1
A team of geniuses help out the government. [more inside]
Madam Secretary: Pilot Season 1, Ep 1
A look at the personal and professional life of a Secretary of State as she tries to balance her work and family life. [more inside]
Red Band Society: Pilot Season 1, Ep 1
Teenagers in a hospital get to know each other. [more inside]
I like watching a swath of new pilots each fall and then attempting to judge which of them will develop into watchable shows. Would anyone else like to have a "New Show" club to watch a number of these (whether we stick with the shows or not)? [more inside]
Murder, She Wrote: The Murder of Sherlock Holmes Season 1, Ep 1
Jessica Fletcher is a retired schoolteacher from Cabot Cove, Maine, is a retired English teacher who wrote a detective novel on a lark. Her nephew sent the manuscript to a publisher, who liked it enough to publish it, and now J.B. Fletcher is a notable author, with a publicity tour and the lot! But when someone dressed as Sherlock Holmes is murdered at a costume party, things get really complicated. [more inside]
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