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. 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. The Boys
  42. Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan “Pilot”
  43. Castle Rock “Severance”
  44. Manifest “Pilot”
  45. Cobra Kai
  46. Lost
  47. Sopranos
  48. Boy Meets World
  49. Married with Children
  50. Good Omens “In the Beginning”
  51. I Feel Bad “Pilot”
  52. Law and Order SVU
  53. Freaks and Geeks
  54. Dawson’s Creek
  55. Altered Carbon “Out of the Past”
  56. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt “Kimmy Goes Outside”
  57. Vader Episode 1: Shards of the Past
  58. Deadly Class “Pilot”
  59. Huge in France “Episode Un”
  60. Cloak and Dagger “First Light”
  61. Glee
  62. Supernatural
  63. Justified “Fire in the Hole”
  64. Single Parents
  65. Doom Patrol “Pilot”
  66. Firefly
  67. One Tree Hill
  68. Wonderfalls
  69. The Cool Kids “Pilot”
  70. Rel “Pilot”
  71. Batman Beyond
  72. New Amsterdam “Pilot”
  73. Ally McBeal
  74. DC Titans “Titans”
  75. The Rookie “Pilot”
  76. Six Feet Under “Pilot”
  77. PEN15 “First Day”
  78. Alex Inc
  79. Dream On “The First Episode”
  80. Sons of Anarchy “Pilot”
  81. Spawn “Burning Vision”
  82. 7th Heaven
  83. 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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