My favorite TV pilots
Disclaimer: I'm not a writer or actor or critic or anyone in the entertainment industry. I've got no credentials to back up my claim. I just really like TV.
- •The West WingSorkin dialogue, idealistic and committed characters, drama punctuated by humor and spectacularly smart people doing really dumb things (see: falling off a treadmill and riding your bike into a tree). The pilot hooks you immediately.
- •The Mindy ProjectIntroduced us to this smart, hilarious, but very, very flawed character. It also gave us the great line: "Maybe I'll do one of those Eat, Pray, Love things. Ugh, forget it. I don't want to pray; I'll just die alone."
- •Arrested DevelopmentHilarious from the get go. Immediately set up the characters and the story. Also set up the "next time on Arrested Development," which I always loved.
- •Last Man on EarthI learned that I could happily watch Will Forte talk to himself for half an hour. That is not an easy feat, and this show pulled it off spectacularly.
- •LeverageDark horse! This is a charming and highly underrated show. Fun and not too serious, it has fabulous characters who challenge stereotypes and tropes. The extended pilot is available on Netflix.
- •GirlsHannah getting high on opium tea and telling her parents "I really think I might be the voice of my generation. Or at least a voice. Of a generation." Hands down one of the funniest lines I've seen said on TV.