10 TV Shows With Unforgettable Pilot Episodes

A TV show's pilot episode is often considered as most critical. It's the first chance for a show to make a lasting impression on its audience and convince them to keep watching.

Some TV shows have delivered iconic and unforgettable pilot episodes that have gone down in history as some of the best made.

Sherlock (2010)

The first episode of BBC's Sherlock left a strong impression on one viewer, who remarked that the on-screen graphics were particularly memorable.


True Detective (2014)

Captivated and trapped by the pilot episode of True Detective, the second viewer lavishes praise upon the skillful storytelling that held their rapt attention.


The X-Files (1993)

The episode introduced the iconic characters of Fox Mulder and Dana Scully and set up the series' overall premise of investigating paranormal phenomena.


Chappelle's Show (2003)

In a spirited tribute to the loud debut of The Chappelle Show, a commentator commends the irreverent and unforgettable skit showcasing Clayton Bigsby, the paradoxical KKK member who happens to be both black and blind.


Nostalgia takes hold as a wistful individual recalls the enchanting and idiosyncratic pilot episode of Pushing Daisies, a fanciful series that once held their heart captive.


Pushing Daisies (2007)