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. Here is the current list of the best pilots of all time.

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. Greenleaf
  16. X-Men the Animated Series
  17. Game of Thrones “Winter Is Coming”
  18. The Wonder Years
  19. This Close
  20. Russian Doll “Nothing in This World Is Easy”
  21. Barry “Chapter One: Make Your Mark”
  22. Rick and Morty
  23. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
  24. The Good Place “Everything Is Fine”
  25. Dead to Me “Pilot”
  26. The Leftovers
  27. Umbrella Academy “We Only See Each Other at Weddings and Funerals”
  28. Big Little Lies “Somebody’s Dead”
  29. You “Pilot”
  30. Young Justice “Independence Day”
  31. A Million Little Things “Pilot”
  32. The Punisher
  33. Friday Night Lights
  34. Bodyguard “Episode 1”
  35. Westworld “The Original”
  36. South Park
  37. The Crown
  38. Cheers
  39. Sex Education “Episode 1”
  40. Alias Grace
  41. The Haunting of Hill House “Steven Sees a Ghost”
  42. The Boys
  43. Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan “Pilot”
  44. Castle Rock “Severance”
  45. Manifest “Pilot”
  46. Cobra Kai
  47. Lost
  48. Sopranos
  49. Boy Meets World
  50. Married with Children
  51. Good Omens “In the Beginning”
  52. I Feel Bad “Pilot”
  53. Law and Order SVU
  54. Freaks and Geeks
  55. Dawson’s Creek
  56. Altered Carbon “Out of the Past”
  57. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt “Kimmy Goes Outside”
  58. Vader Episode 1: Shards of the Past
  59. Deadly Class “Pilot”
  60. Huge in France “Episode Un”
  61. Cloak and Dagger “First Light”
  62. Glee
  63. Supernatural
  64. Justified “Fire in the Hole”
  65. Single Parents
  66. Doom Patrol “Pilot”
  67. Firefly
  68. One Tree Hill
  69. Wonderfalls
  70. The Cool Kids “Pilot”
  71. Rel “Pilot”
  72. Batman Beyond
  73. New Amsterdam “Pilot”
  74. Ally McBeal
  75. DC Titans “Titans”
  76. The Rookie “Pilot”
  77. Six Feet Under “Pilot”
  78. PEN15 “First Day”
  79. Alex Inc
  80. Dream On “The First Episode”
  81. Sons of Anarchy “Pilot”
  82. Spawn “Burning Vision”
  83. 7th Heaven
  84. Buffy the Vampire Slayer

If you have any feedback about the best pilots of all time, leave us a comment below.

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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