The Quest: Best & Worst Pilots Ever


Pilots and Petards Podcast is on a quest. We are determined to find the best and worst pilots ever. We will keep a running list of pilots as we review and analyze.

Below is the running list of pilots from best to worst:

  1. End of the Fing World
  2. This Is Us
  3. Breaking Bad
  4. One Punch Man
  5. True Detective “The Long Bright Dark”
  6. Black-ish
  7. Better Call Saul “Uno”
  8. Dexter “Dexter”
  9. Pose “Pilot”
  10. The Handmaid’s Tale “Offred”
  11. The Shield
  12. Killing Eve
  13. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel “Pilot”
  14. My Name Is Earl
  15. X-Men the Animated Series
  16. Game of Thrones “Winter Is Coming”
  17. The Wonder Years
  18. This Close
  19. Russian Doll “Nothing in This World Is Easy”
  20. Barry “Chapter One: Make Your Mark”
  21. Rick and Morty
  22. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
  23. The Good Place “Everything Is Fine”
  24. Dead to Me “Pilot”
  25. The Leftovers
  26. Umbrella Academy “We Only See Each Other at Weddings and Funerals”
  27. Big Little Lies “Somebody’s Dead”
  28. You “Pilot”
  29. Young Justice “Independence Day”
  30. A Million Little Things “Pilot”
  31. The Punisher
  32. Friday Night Lights
  33. Bodyguard “Episode 1”
  34. Westworld “The Original”
  35. South Park
  36. The Crown
  37. Cheers
  38. Sex Education “Episode 1”
  39. Alias Grace
  40. The Haunting of Hill House “Steven Sees a Ghost”
  41. Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan “Pilot”
  42. Castle Rock “Severance”
  43. Manifest “Pilot”
  44. Cobra Kai
  45. Lost
  46. Sopranos
  47. Boy Meets World
  48. Married with Children
  49. I Feel Bad “Pilot”
  50. Law and Order SVU
  51. Freaks and Geeks
  52. Dawson’s Creek
  53. Altered Carbon “Out of the Past”
  54. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt “Kimmy Goes Outside”
  55. Deadly Class “Pilot”
  56. Cloak and Dagger “First Light”
  57. Glee
  58. Supernatural
  59. Justified “Fire in the Hole”
  60. Single Parents
  61. Doom Patrol “Pilot”
  62. Firefly
  63. One Tree Hill
  64. Wonderfalls
  65. The Cool Kids “Pilot”
  66. Rel “Pilot”
  67. Batman Beyond
  68. New Amsterdam “Pilot”
  69. Ally McBeal
  70. DC Titans “Titans”
  71. The Rookie “Pilot”
  72. Six Feet Under “Pilot”
  73. PEN15 “First Day”
  74. Alex Inc
  75. Dream On “The First Episode”
  76. Sons of Anarchy “Pilot”
  77. Spawn “Burning Vision”
  78. 7th Heaven
  79. Buffy the Vampire Slayer

7 thoughts on “The Quest: Best & Worst Pilots Ever

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  1. I agree!

    Unfortunately Mo has a raging NB for Glee. So Supernatural will unlikely advance, but for future rankings it would help to swing that split decision.


  2. End of the Fucking world is a mini-series adaptation of a novel, and it’s so short and focused it’s really just a movie cut up. There was no pilot, a pilot is a testing grounds, so I don’t really think it belongs here.

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  3. Hmm, Jzakko that is a fair point. None of our other pilots fit that description. It did air as the first episode of a series and it ended with room for another season. I’ll discuss it with the gang.

    I think that could be said about a lot of shows. Does it matter that they stretch a story out? Friday Night Lights was a movie retold as a series, same with Buffy.


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