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Buzz In: Which TV Shows Had Great First Episodes?

The fall TV season is officially upon us, with the first new drama of the season — Fox's "K-Ville" — premiering Monday night. Finally, everyone will get to see the pilot episodes I've been watching all summer! One thing about pilots is that they can be misleading: Some series with bad pilots have gone on to be great shows, while some shows with great pilots never really worked as series.

So, in honor of all the first episodes we'll be watching over the next couple of weeks, I wanted to ask about your favorite first episodes — the ones that really sucked you in and made you know the show would be one for you to watch. Last fall's premiere of "Friday Night Lights" was like that for me, as was the first episode of "Grey's Anatomy," which is still one of my top five sob-inducing TV moments. What are yours?


Fab_Kitty Fab_Kitty 10 years
Awesome call on Twin Peaks, Boosh! I think my other faves were Arrested Development, Veronica Mars, and the West Wing.
beingtazim beingtazim 10 years
i agree with others about the grey's anatomy pilot! I really liked the first Veronica Mars as well - it really pulled me in! what else...arrested development, Battlestar Galactica...
boosh-bitch boosh-bitch 10 years
Twin Peaks. Best pilot ever!
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 10 years
LOST and Friends, hands down!
yyam084 yyam084 10 years
Phil Phil 10 years
without a doubt, Lost! Scrubs had an incredible pilot episode as well
Adrianne Adrianne 10 years
Ugly Betty!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
Six Feet Under, Friday Night Lights and Grey's Anatomy
amers230 amers230 10 years
i feel that west wing had one of the best pilots ever. lost was pretty good too. i have to say, i hated the gilmore girls pilot, but ended up loving the series.
mominator mominator 10 years
I missed the first episode of Jericho? OH no! :(
i-heart-monster i-heart-monster 10 years
Jericho Gilmore Girls V-Mars X-Files Pretender Profiler
Imabeliever Imabeliever 10 years
Lost and Men In Trees. I really wanted to hate those two shows (I thought the concepts were lame and that it would immeadiately be canceled..was I half right?)and then got suckered by the first episode.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 10 years
Friends, Ugly Betty, The O.C, Will and Grace, Arrested Development and House.
lawnwranglergirl lawnwranglergirl 10 years
Arrested Development had a brilliant pilot - it did a great job of introducing a rather large cast of characters while managing to be hysterically funny at the same time.
kelleylocke kelleylocke 10 years
LOST had the most incredible Pilot I've ever seen.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 10 years
The OC pilot was great.
alynn alynn 10 years
babache babache 10 years
Prison Break
esk4 esk4 10 years
yeah your right californiagirl... the friends pilot was really well done...
schnappycat schnappycat 10 years
I loved The OC pilot, as well as Veronica Mars and Gilmore Girls. I knew immediately that all three were shows I wanted to watch.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 10 years
Grey's Anatomy, Lost, and Gilmore Girls all had great pilot episodes. Friends also had a pretty good pilot and it certainly set the stage for the rest of the series (The history between them all, Ross and Rachel's relationship).
gruaig_rua gruaig_rua 10 years
Definitely agree with Greys and Lost. Also loved Prison Break pilot
esk4 esk4 10 years
def the grey's anatomy pilot...
LaBelleDame LaBelleDame 10 years
The Grey's Anatomy pilot was great... But I think LOST was fantastic.
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