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 them each week.

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. Umbrella Academy “We Only See Each Other at Weddings and Funerals”
  24. Big Little Lies “Somebody’s Dead”
  25. You “Pilot”
  26. Young Justice “Independence Day”
  27. A Million Little Things “Pilot”
  28. The Punisher
  29. Friday Night Lights
  30. Bodyguard “Episode 1”
  31. Westworld “The Original”
  32. South Park
  33. The Crown
  34. Cheers
  35. Sex Education “Episode 1”
  36. Alias Grace
  37. The Haunting of Hill House “Steven Sees a Ghost”
  38. Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan “Pilot”
  39. Castle Rock “Severance”
  40. Manifest “Pilot”
  41. Cobra Kai
  42. Lost
  43. Sopranos
  44. Boy Meets World
  45. Married with Children
  46. I Feel Bad “Pilot”
  47. Law and Order SVU
  48. Freaks and Geeks
  49. Dawson’s Creek
  50. Altered Carbon “Out of the Past”
  51. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt “Kimmy Goes Outside”
  52. Deadly Class “Pilot”
  53. Cloak and Dagger “First Light”
  54. Glee
  55. Supernatural
  56. Single Parents
  57. Firefly
  58. One Tree Hill
  59. Wonderfalls
  60. The Cool Kids “Pilot”
  61. Rel “Pilot”
  62. Batman Beyond
  63. New Amsterdam “Pilot”
  64. Ally McBeal
  65. DC Titans “Titans”
  66. The Rookie “Pilot”
  67. Six Feet Under “Pilot”
  68. PEN15 “First Day”
  69. Alex Inc
  70. Dream On “The First Episode”
  71. Sons of Anarchy “Pilot”
  72. Spawn “Burning Vision”
  73. 7th Heaven
  74. 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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