Category Archives: Television

Episode 51 – Rescue Me

Another episode, another Denis Leary joint. This time out, Jeff and Cory discuss Denis Leary’s second series, Rescue Me. It’s a bit of a departure for Leary, as the show is a serious drama sprinkled with dark comedy. As you … Continue reading

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Episode 49 – Moone Boy

What’s better than an imaginary friend? Chris O’Dowd being your imaginary friend, that’s what! This time out, Jeff and Cory discuss the first episode of Moone Boy, a sitcom created and co-written by Pilot Episode favorite O’Dowd. It’s set in … Continue reading

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Pilot Episode 44 – Home Movies

We’re baaaaaa-aaaaack!!!! After a more-than-brief hiatus, Cory and Jeff are back in a big way! To celebrate their triumphant return, they sat down to discuss one of their favorite animated sitcoms, Home Movies. You may have heard of it, you … Continue reading

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Episode 41 – The Dukes of Hazzard

Yeeeeeeeeeeeeee-Haaaaaaaw!!!! YES! It’s finally here, Josh and Cory agreed to discuss Jeff’s favorite, The Dukes of Hazzard! Jeff is VERY excited. Josh and Cory, not so much. But that doesn’t mean the discussion isn’t lively, it just means Jeff has … Continue reading

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Episode 40 – Sons Of Anarchy

This time out, The Pilot Episode gets raw, real, and very,very violent. That’s right, it’s another comedy! But seriously, this time we are discussing one of Jeff and Cory’s current favorites, Sons Of Anarchy. DON’T call it a “gang”….it’s a … Continue reading

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Episode 39 – Bosom Buddies

So, you think the Brits have cornered the market on men-in-drag comedy? Well think again! In 1980, 2 relative unknowns named Peter Scolari and Tom Hanks starred in a show that sought to tear down the walls of sexism, to … Continue reading

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Episode 38 – My Secret Identity

You’ll never guess the show we discuss this time! Well, if you read the title, you will have a GOOD guess, but I stand by my joke. Anyway, Josh, Jeff, and Cory take a look at a show from our … Continue reading

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Episode 37 – The Critic

It stinks! Not really, actually it does the exact opposite! This time out, the guys are VERY excited to re-introduce you all to the pilot episode of The Critic! Remember when Jon Lovitz was funny? We do! Plus, we get … Continue reading

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Special Bulletin 1

Did you hear? Pilots are dying!!! Well, if Fox has its way, Pilot Season will be a thing of the past. What do our TV experts think of this news? Listen and find out!

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Episode 36 – Top 5 TV Theme Songs

It’s yet another Pilot Episode first, kids! This time out, your friends at The Pilot Episode discuss their top 5 favorite TV Theme Songs of all time, complete with song snippets! Listen in and find out how inspired Josh’s list … Continue reading

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Episode 35 – Kolchak, The Night Stalker

This time out, The Pilot Episode goes back. WAY back. Back to a simpler time, a time that even predates Cory: 1974. The late, great Darren McGavin was a leading man back then, and he carried a series for a … Continue reading

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Episode 34 – Clerks – the 4th episode, the one that aired first but wasn’t really supposed to, but it did so we’re discussing it…

Judge Reinhold as an actual Judge?!?! BRILLIANT! This time out, The Pilot Episode revisits Clerks The Animated Series to discuss the episode that actually AIRED first. In this case, it’s Episode 4, in which Dante gets taken to court by … Continue reading

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Episode 33 – Clerks

The voice of a generation (or at least the voice of a generation of slackers and fat guys), Kevin Smith brought his cult hit “Clerks” to television in animated form back at the turn of the century. It did not … Continue reading

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Episode 32 – The Wire

After last time’s VERY serious episode, we decide to go a little lighter this time, so we’re discussing an opus about drugs, violence, police corruption, and murder. That’s right, we’re talking about The Wire! If you haven’t watched this show, … Continue reading

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Episode 31 – Law & Order: SVU

This time out, it gets a little heavy on The Pilot Episode. We are discussing the first episode of the first Law & Order spinoff, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. This show deals almost exclusively with sexual assault cases. … Continue reading

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Episode 30 – Breaking Bad

A friend of mine recently said “All actors want to be Daniel Day-Lewis. Daniel Day-Lewis wants to be Brian Cranston.” After watching the pilot episode of Breaking Bad, we’re inclined to agree. Seriously. If you haven’t seen it, stop reading … Continue reading

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Episode 29.5 – Sleepy Hollow

I told you we’d do it! Don’t lose your heads, it’s just a Pilot Episode Special Edition!!! We watched the premier of the new Fox series Sleepy Hollow. Did the show knock us out like Rip Van Winkle, or did … Continue reading

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Episode 29 – Whites

In this day and age, it’s nice to know that race relations have come so far that we can all enjoy a show called “Whites.” It’s also good to know that Jeff is still very confused about why it’s called … Continue reading

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Episode 28 – Law & Order Part 2 – Everybody’s Favorite Bagman

When is a Pilot Episode NOT a Pilot Episode? That’s a great question. This week our intrepid podcasters attempt to answer that question. Join Cory, Jeff, and Josh as they discuss the Law & Order episode that was MEANT to … Continue reading

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Episode 27 – Law & Order

DUH-Duh!! This time out, we bring the Law, then we bring the Order. In THAT order. Ok, that was an awful joke, I apologize, but I do NOT apologize for this episode, as your friends at The Pilot Episode open … Continue reading

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Episode 26 – Wiseguy

Yo! It’s time for  your friends at The Pilot Episode to go undercover and become made men with the…um…Atlantic City mafia?  That’s right, it’s time for WISEGUY! This groundbreaking series doesn’t get much love from today’s viewers, but is it … Continue reading

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Episode 25 – Lost

Time to get LOST! Yeah, I know, but I had to make that joke, right? We thought about making this a 2-parter, but just couldn’t bear to break it up, so enjoy our epic-est show yet as the Josh takes … Continue reading

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Episode 24 – The IT Crowd (American Style)

So what happens when you take something great and try to do it with a different accent? Well…it’s seldom good, that’s for sure. If you want proof, look no further than this edition of The Pilot Episode.  This time out, … Continue reading

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Pilot Episode Special – Arrested Development Season 4

There’s always money in the banana stand. And thanks to Netflix, there’s new Arrested Development to watch! After Jeff and Josh discussed the pilot episode of the Ron Howard-narrated modern classic, they thought it would be fun to take a … Continue reading

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Episode 23 – The IT Crowd

Have you tried turning it off and back on again? If not, then you may have missed out on one of the greatest british sitcoms in the history of Britain or sitcoms! This time out, we finish up our Graham … Continue reading

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Episode 22 – Black Books

And it’s part 2 of our Graham Linehan trilogy (and part 3 of our Britcom series, but who’s counting?)!!! This time out, your fearless hosts discuss Black Books starring and co-created by Dylan Moran with Mr. Linehan. Will this literate … Continue reading

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Episode 21 – Father Ted

We had so much fun with our last Britcom, we decided to do it again! This marks the beginning of our Graham Linehan series, as we take a look at the 3 most popular Britcoms created by Mr. Linehan in … Continue reading

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Episode 20 – Spaced

Shaun of the Dead. Hot Fuzz. Paul. It ALL starts HERE. This time out, the guys tackle their first Britcom as they discuss SPACED, the pop-culture extravaganza directed by Edgar Wright and written by Simon Pegg and Jessica Stevenson. Are … Continue reading

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Episode 19 – It’s Garry Shandling’s Show

Would you listen to a podcast about a podcast? Well, this time out, we’re watching a sitcom about a sitcom! It’s Metariffic! After our foray into talk shows last week, we are dialing back the clock to revisit Garry Shandling’s … Continue reading

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Episode 18 – The Larry Sanders Show

“So, it’s a show about a show? Sort of. Actually, that’s exactly what it is. You know what, just watch it.” – that’s how Josh explained The Larry Sanders Show to Jeff. Not really, but it MIGHT have gone something … Continue reading

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Episode 17 – The Wonder Years

What would you think if I sang out of tune? Would you even care enough to tell me? Sure you would. And this time out, the guys at The Pilot Episode care enough to tell you EXACTLY what they think … Continue reading

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Episode 16 – Freaks & Geeks

This time out, Cory gets his first wish granted: He requested that The Pilot Episode tackled the cult hit Freaks and Geeks. Jeff had never seen Freaks & Geeks. Jeff now LOVES Freaks & Geeks. If you’ve seen the show, … Continue reading

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Episode 15 – Cheers

NORM! That’s right, kids! This time around, The Pilot Episode goes to a place where everybody knows your name, and they’re USUALLY glad you came. “Cheers” has been a much-beloved and well-respected sitcom since it debuted in 1982, but was … Continue reading

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A Very Special Pilot Episode Christmas

That’s right kids, with Santa’s visit just around the corner, the guys at The Pilot Episode have a special treat for everyone on the “Nice” list! We present A Pilot Episode Christmas! It’s a short little story about 3 guys … Continue reading

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Episode 14 – Sliders

This time out, the Pilot Episode boys leap, um, I mean, “slide” on into the first episode of the Jerry O’Connell series “Sliders”!!!! Listen in and find out if John Rhys Davies can out-act anyone on the planet, and listen … Continue reading

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Episode 13 – Heroes

Look! Inside your speakers! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, actually it’s just Jeff, Josh, and Cory, but THIS time out, they’re talking about real-live superheroes in the pilot episode of HEROES!!! Listen in and hear Jeff work his … Continue reading

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Episode 12 – Charles in Charge

There’s a new boy in the neighborhood….actually it’s still the same 3 guys from last time. This time out Jeff, Josh, and Cory dissect a pillar of pop culture, a touchstone of television history, a sitcom of epic proportions. That’s … Continue reading

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Episode 11 – Quantum Leap

BIG NEWS this time folks! Your fearless hosts are joined by a VERY special guest, CORY! Together, our brave trio dives into the first episode of Quantum Leap, arguably one of the greatest sci-fi shows of all time! Listen in … Continue reading

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The Pilot Episode #10 – Seinfeld

What is the deal??? This time out, the guys watched the pilot episode of one of the greatest sitcoms of all time: Seinfeld! Did The Seinfeld Chronicles give us a taste of the Seinfeldian goodness that would come later? Listen … Continue reading

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Pilot Episode SPECIAL #1 – Villains of Volturnus

That’s right, boys and girls, it’s a VERY special Pilot Episode! In this edition, you will hear Josh read an “Endless Quest” adventure, and Jeff will determine the paths that Josh’s story will take. Where will they end up? There’s … Continue reading

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The Pilot Episode #9 – Dungeons & Dragons

It’s another Pilot Episode first! This time around, the guys discuss a Saturday morning cartoon, the short-lived Dungeons & Dragons from 1983! It’s fitting that this is being released so close to Halloween, since it seems to have scared Jeff … Continue reading

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The Pilot Episode #8 – That 80’s Show

Well folks, we have a first: A pilot episode that is so awful that Josh AND Jeff both agree that it’s dreck. BUT that doesn’t mean their discussion is bad! Far from it, listen in and hear the guys rip … Continue reading

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The Pilot Episode #7 – That 70’s Show

In this edition of The Pilot Episode, Josh and Jeff go back in time to a simpler, more innocent time. Well, at least back to a time with more bell bottom jeans and Farrah hair. That’s right, this time your … Continue reading

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The Pilot Episode #6 – Simon & Simon

In this edition of The Pilot Episode, travel back in time to the early 80’s as Josh and Jeff discuss the first episode of Simon & Simon starring Jameson Parker and Gerald McRaney. Listen and be amazed at just how … Continue reading

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The Pilot Episode #5 – Arrested Development

In this edition of The Pilot Episode Josh and Jeff tackle the most recent show so far, Arrested Development. Listen in and find out if Josh is really an elitist blowhard, or if he just expects more from his media.

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The Pilot Episode #4 – Night Court

In this edition of The Pilot Episode, the guys discuss another of Jeff’s favorite shows, Night Court! Listen in and find out which character Jeff was often compared to during his awkward teenage years.

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The Pilot Episode #3 – King of the Hill

In this edition of The Pilot Episode, our hosts discuss one of Jeff’s all-time favorites, King of the Hill. Listen in and find out just why that boy ain’t right, and hear Josh show off his vocabulary.

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The Pilot Episode #2 – The X Files

In this edition of The Pilot Episode, our fearless leaders dive into the 1993 premiere episode of one of Josh’s favorite shows, The X Files. Listen in, and find out the precise moment in history when large glasses were sexy.

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The Pilot Episode #1 – Airwolf

In this episode, Josh and Jeff discuss the first episode of the greatest show to ever star a helicopter: AIRWOLF! Listen in and find out if Jan-Michael Vincent’s laconic portrayal of Stringfellow Hawke can make up for Ernest Borgnine’s casual … Continue reading

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