THE PILOT // TAKE 93 - COBRA KAI vs MIKE TYSON MYSTERIES

Being skilled martial artists, myself and Rob Jelly are always keen to see our fellow fighters in action. This episode we picked two action-packed fight shows, that is very apt seeing as Rob and I are duking this out to see which one is the best Pilot! First up we have Cobra Kai which (spoilers) is one of the best TV shows I (Jed) saw last year. We then have the weirdness of Mike Tyson Mysteries which is surprisingly a really entertaining watch in the most bonkers of ways.

BUT WHICH ONE IS BETTER? Find out on this week’s THE PILOT!

If you want us to pick a show that you love, find us on twitter at @jedshepherd and @theejellyman.

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THE PILOT // TAKE 92 - NIGHTFLYERS vs LOST IN SPACE

Imagine being in space. Cool right? Now imagine you’re busy going about your space day, doing your zero-g space laundry and eating popping candy, when all of a sudden you get LOST. Not so cool now right? Well throw in a homicidal maniac and youve got yourself one traumatic space trip. IMAGINE NO MORE as that is essentially the premise for both the pilot episodes we have for you today!

First up is the George RRRRRRR Martin penned NIGHTFLYERS (not quite as bad as the film of the same name from the 90s) up against LOST IN SPACE (not quite as bad as the film of the same name from the 90s). Both on Netflix and both designed to make you worried about going back to space. I know I am anyway.

Find out if any of these made our Top 50 pilot episodes ever and let us know what you want us to watch next on twitter @jedshepherd and @theejellyman!

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THE PILOT // TAKE 91 - SKINS vs MISFITS

This week on The Pilot podcast we tackle two of the biggest shows aimed at teens… or are they shows aimed at an older generation whose ideas of teens are solely constructed from television? These are certainly not any experiences most of us will have dealt with, especially with the sci-fi tinged MISFITS, but there may be a few unfortunate among us that have experienced the hyper-reality of Skins.

But which one has the better pilot episode? Have a guess then listen in to see which one reigns supreme this week!

You can catch us on twitter @jedshepherd and @theejellyman. See you later alligator!

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THE PILOT // TAKE 90 - CRACKER vs BAD BLOOD

We’ve had some great episodes but this one is… looks around nervously… A CRACKER! Yes that’s right guys, this week I (Jed) foist the 90s crime show Cracker onto my partner in rhyme, Rob Jelly. He parried with a brand new show to Netflix, BAD BLOOD. Did they make a TV show out of that Taylor Swift song? I asked myself. No, no they didnt, Rob replied, somehow hearing my inner thoughts.

But which one is the better pilot episode? Are any of them good enough to break the Top 50 Pilot Shows ever? Find out by listening in this week and let us know what you think by swinging by twitter and finding us @jedshepherd and @theejellyman. If there are any shows you want us to put on the list, we will put it right to the top! (in most cases!)

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THE PILOT // TAKE 89 - HORRIBLE HISTORIES vs ONCE UPON A TIME... LIFE

We’ve gone immature again and picked shows specifically designed for kids…. or are they? Horrible Histories is a show that could teach many of us a thing or two. Once Upon A Time… Life taught us more in 20 minutes about the human body than in our entire lifetimes. Just because they are educational doesnt mean they are any good though does it?

Find out in this week’s episode of THE PILOT!

If you have an idea for a TV show you want us to watch, please let us know on twitter @jedshepherd and @theejellyman.

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THE PILOT // TAKE 88 - ROBOTECH vs TRANSFORMERS

Finally. Finally we get to talk about massive robots. Every week I (Jed) say to Rob off air “Rob, you know what I love most in the world?” Rob answers “Yes, but that’s banned in 14 countries and I can’t get a dwarf this late at night…” “No Rob, Im talking about BIG Robots. Massive ones. Flying ones. Ones that can jump really high, and leap really far…” I respond. “and ones that can change into cassette tapes?” “yeah those ones too Rob, those ones too”.

So this week we have two big robot animations from Japan via America! It’s Robotech vs Transformers and it doesnt get much bigger. This is an episode that will SURPRISE and AMAZE you as one of us gives one of these shows, the highest mark ever given on the podcast!

Find us on twitter @jedshepherd & @theejellyman

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THE PILOT // TAKE 87 - LITTLE BRITAIN vs JAM

Its the best of British today. No, not the TV pilots we discuss in this week’s show. I’m talking about myself and Rob. We hardy boys are taking on the unenviable task of finding the greatest Pilot episode of all time as we think it is key to working out the best TV show of all time! We have watched over 170 TV shows and STILL haven’t found it! Could it be this week?

First up is Little Britain, which is incredibly popular yes…. but is it any good? One of us seems to think so! Then we have Jam and as you may know, its a little surreal. Will this be up either of our streets or did it duck down an alley never to return? Find out on the latest episode of the Pilot!

@jedshepherd & @theerobjelly

THE PILOT // TAKE 86 - THE MARVELOUS MRS MAISEL vs KIDDING

Back for a new year and we haven’t let up for a second! After the happy new year/how have you been stuff, we get cracking on another fight to the death between two streaming giants. First up is the multi-award winning The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel which is pitched against the underdog Kidding (starring Jim Carrey!).

Knowing what you know about us, have a guess now which one you think will get the highest score. Go on. Got it? WRONG.

Let us know what you thought if the episode and if you have any suggestions, please get in touch on twitter @jedshepherd and @thejellyman.

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THE PILOT // TAKE 2019 - TOP 50 COUNTDOWN

HELLO 2019!

We start the year by giving you a full rundown of the best Pilot episodes we have covered since episode 1 with an epic 50 tv show pilot rundown! This is the perfect place to catch up with what we have been doing (the Lord’s work) and a great place for newcomers to jump in.

We plan to have another 52 episodes of The Pilot this year, so join us on this adventure beyond compare. Hope you have a great 2019 from Jed (me!) and Rob (not me!).

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THE PILOT // TAKE 84 - SOUTH PARK (MR HANKEY THE XMAS POO) vs GAVIN & STACEY (XMAS SPECIAL)

Its the first of our XMAS specials. TWO brilliant Xmas themed episodes, pitched against each other to see which one is the best Xmas special! Up first we have the crude, rude but entertaining dude, South Park’s 1st Xmas special, ‘Mr Hankey the Xmas Poo’. Up against the poo-smeared festive frivolity comes a rather more down to earth, kitchen sink comedy Gavin & Stacey. The Xmas special to be exact and it’s Jed’s first time watching anything remotely G&S so its interesting to dive straight in on a special.

See which one wins and then come back next week for another XMAS episode! Catch us @jedshepherd and @theejellyman on twitter and let us know which shows you want us to cover!

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THE PILOT // TAKE 83 - THE OUTER LIMITS (1995) vs THE OUTER LIMITS (1963)

This week Jed & Rob take from the inner mind to… The Outer Limits! Not just once, but twice! Yes thats right, this week we take a look at the 60s version of the popular anthology show, against the fancy-pants 90s version. Will the original bear the greatest pilot episode, or will 30 more years of knowledge make the more recent version come out top?

Find out this week on The Pilot!

let us know what you think and any ideas of pilot episodes to watch @jedshepherd and @theejellyman

THE PILOT // TAKE 82 - M*A*S*H vs THAT 70S SHOW

We’ve discussed this phenomena before. The phenomena of being forced to watch a TV show against your will for the sole purpose of entertaining others. The swedish would probably have a very specific word for it. The germans would probably use that word in every day conversation. In english we don’t have that word, but what we do have is a podcast that embodies the very soul of that word. The Pilot!

This week we watch one of the most watched TV shows of all time, MASH, which is a 70s show set in the 50s. And after that we watch That 70s Show which is a 90s show set in the 70s. Got that? Good! Both extremely popular, but which one has the better pilot episode? Stay tuned to find out!

let us know what you think and to suggest new shows @jedshepherd and @theejellyman on twitter.

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THE PILOT // TAKE 81 - THE KILLING vs OZARK

 

This week Jed and Rob dive into the murky world of murder and intrigue, but enough about their personal lives, they also have two pilot episodes to chat about! Ozark is that Netflix TV show that they REALLY want you to watch so it must be good right?  You might be browsing Japanese animations and all of a sudden you’ll hear a trailer for Ozark starting. Thanks Netflix genie! (I assume a genie runs everything). Up against Ozark we have the equally as popular The Killing (US) with its cosy-winter style tv-noir that set the world on fire back in 2011.

 

But which one is good enough to reach the top of the Pilot charts? Find out in this week’s episode! You can let us know what you think and what shows you want us to do in the future by hitting us up on twitter @jedshepherd & @theejellyman.

 

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THE PILOT // TAKE 80 - FRIDAY NIGHT DINNER vs THE ROYALE FAMILY

Every week we try our darn best to come up with a theme, no matter how loose. We have had weeks where both TV pilots are spooky, or where both shows are set in a police station, and I suspect there will come a time where we both suggest TV shows that have magic dogs. While I’m googling “TV Shows With Magic Dogs”, let me tell you about this week’s theme! It’s DINNER! One show has a classic sit down meal at a table - and comedy ensues, while the other eat their dinner around the TV!

but which method of ingesting food with your family = the best ever pilot? Tune in and find out!

DONT FORGET TO CHECK BELOW FOR THE 10 COMMANDMENTS OF WHAT MAKES A PERFECT PILOT AND ALSO AN UP TO DATE LEAGUE TABLE.

The Pilot - League Table


Planet Earth (19)

The A-Team (19)

Cowboy Bebop (19)

Stephen Spielberg’s Amazing Stories (19)

Sesame Street (18.5)

Lost (18.5)

The Office (UK) (18.5)

Breaking Bad (18.5)

Sopranos (18.5)

Treasure Hunt (18.5)

The Haunting of Hill House (18.5)

The Walking Dead (18)

The Good Place (18)

Westworld (18)

Battlestar Galactica (18)

Halt! And Catch Fire (18)

Dawson’s Creek (18)

Dungeons & Dragons (18)

Mr.Bean (18)

Stranger Things (17.5)

X-Files (17.5)

Downton Abbey (17.5)

Buffy The Vampire Slayer (17.5)

24 (17.5)

Crystal Maze (17.5)

RuPaul’s Drag Race (17.5)

Bodyguard (17.5)

Daredevil (17)

Sherlock (17)

Orange Is The New Black (17)

The Young Ones (17)

The Simpsons (17)

Blindspot (17)

Luther (17)

Twilight Zone (17)

The Prisoner (17)

Hill Street Blues (17)

Fraggle Rock (17)

Animaniacs (17)

Jessica Jones (17)

People Just Do Nothing (17)

Taskmaster (17)

Flash Forward (17)

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (17)

Royal Family (17)

American Gods (16.5)

Knight Rider (16.5)

Black Books (16.5)

Gotham (16.5)

Billions (16.5)

Fringe (16.5)

Columbo (16.5)

American Horror Story (16.5)

Black Mirror (16.5)

Arrested Development (16.5)

Atlanta (16.5)

The Flash (16)

Oz (16)

Seinfeld (16)

Homeland (16)

The Crown (16)

Garth Marengie’s Dark Place (16)

Six Feet Under (16)

Grey’s Anatomy (16)

Blackadder (16)

Line Of Duty (16)

Mad Men (15.5)

Star Trek (15.5)

Porridge (15.5)

GLOW (15.5)

Green Wing (15.5)

South Park (15.5)

The Americans (15.5)

Rainbow (15.5)

Krypton (15.5)

Friday Night Dinner (15.5)

Cheers (15)

Knowing Me, Knowing You (15)

Hard Knocks (15)

The Exorcist (15)

Mork & Mindy (15)

Marvels Agents of Shield (15)

The Flintstones (15)

Beverley Hills 90210 (15)

Modern Family (15)

Allo Allo (15)

Timeless (15)

Disenchantment (15)

End of the Fing World (15)

Series of Unfortunate Events (14.5)

Attack On Titan (14.5)

Bottom (14.5)

Family Guy (14.5)

Peaky Blinders (14.5)

Ren & Stimpy (14.5)

Bojack Horseman (14.5)

Scrubs (14.5)

True Detective (14.5)

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire (14.5)

Jonathan Creek (14.5)

Murder In Successville (14.5)

Luke Cage (14.5)

Big Little Lies (14.5)

Tom & Jerry (14.5)

Dr.Who (reboot) (14.5)

Man v Food (14.5)

W1A (14)

Supergirl (14)

Red Dwarf (14)

Baywatch (14)

Dr.Who (14)

curb your enthusiasm (14)

Deadwood (14)

Chocky (14)

Saved By The Bell (13.5)

The Jetsons (13.5)

Murder, She Wrote (13.5)

Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) (13.5)

Scrapheap Challenge (13.5)

The Office (US) (13)

Twin Peaks (13)

House (13)

Only Fools & Horses (13)

The Wire (13)

Futurama (13)

Smallville (13)

GBBO (12.5)

Pugwall (12.5)

CSI: Las Vegas (12.5)

QI (12.5)

Sharp Objects (12.5)

Round The Twist (12.5)

The IT Crowd (12)

Friends (12)

Everybody Loves Raymond (12)

MacGyver (12)

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (12)

Robot Wars (12)

Betty Boop (12)

The Avengers (11)

Heat Vision & Jack (11)

Happy Days (11)

Archer (10)

Dad’s Army (9.5)

Quantum Leap (9)

Primeval (9)

Peep Show (8)

Snatch (7)

Big Bang Theory (5)



The 10 Pilot Commandments

  1. Do you want to watch episode 2??

  2. Does it have a memorable theme tune?? (mentions the title of the show)

  3. Does it introduce you to a new character/journey??

  4. Would you pause for a piss??

  5. Do you feel emotionally connected (love or hate) with one or more of the characters??

  6. Would you recommend it??

  7. Is there a mic drop??

  8. Does it defy expectations??

  9. Has it aged well??

  10. Is the hype real??

@jedshepherd @theejellyman

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THE PILOT // TAKE 79 - MAN v FOOD vs SCRAPHEAP CHALLENGE

We all love a challenge. Opening coffee jars when a loved one can’t quite do it. Answering that one crossword conundrum that’s been perplexing a friend all day. Creating a hovercraft out of rubbish and then racing it around a track for TV. Well that last one isn’t so common, but does appear on one of this week’s TV pilots!

This week we have Man V Food vs Scrapheap Challenge and theyre just two of the most surprisingly enjoyable shows out there… but are they good enough to reach the dizzy heights of our chart and prove itself to be the best ever pilot?

Find out on this week’s episode of THE PILOT!

@jedshepherd @theejellyman

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THE PILOT // TAKE 78 - THE END OF THE F***ING WORLD vs ROUND THE TWIST

Sometimes watching these pilot episodes can be a chore. We had to watch the pilot episode of Snatch. SNATCH! Im surprised we didn’t stop the podcast there. Im glad we didn’t though as we would never gave revisited the pilot episode of Round The Twist! Will an Aussie kids show stand up after all these years? More importantly how will it fare against a brand new show in The End of The F****ing World? Well, you don’t need to worry you weirdo, you can find out right now by clicking play!

Get in touch and let us know what you want us to pitch against each other by going to twitter and clicking on @jedshepherd and @theejellyman.

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THE PILOT // TAKE 77 - THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE vs THE CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA

Happy Halloween!

This episode we look to our darkest sides. In Rob’s case he looks over the picnic table in POST/POP HQ at Jed who is always lurking in the shadows. Its ying and yang but at this time of year, The Pilot Podcast is all about the sweet sweet yang! Two of Netflix’s most popular shows right now happen to be of the horror kind.

The Haunting of Hill House against The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina… which one of these very popular new shows will rise to the top of the Pilot league table and which one will live in that weirdo zone around the 14 mark? Tune in and find out!

Let us know what you think on twitter @jedshepherd and @theejellyman!

THE PILOT // TAKE 76 - RANDALL & HOPKIRK (DECEASED) vs CHOCKY

Is there anything as eerie as a child talking to himself and then suddenly stopping when their mother walks into the room? GET OUT OF THE HOUSE MOTHER, YOUR CHILD IS POSSESSED. What if that said child, wasnt a child at all but a detective whose partner had just died? What if you walked in on him talking to himself and he told you it was alright, it was just his dead partner telling him what to do. GET OUT OF THE POLICE STATION MOTHER, YOUR DETECTIVE IS POSSESSED.

If you hadn’t quite twigged, these are the almost exact storylines of each of our pilots. Listen to the episode to find out more!

@jedshepherd & @theejellyman

THE PILOT // TAKE 75 - PRIMEVAL vs DOCTOR WHO ft. EMMA WEBB

The Crown’s Emma Webb is back on the podcast because if you cast your mind back to that episode, she told us that she wanted back in if we ever did the reboot of Doctor Who. We are mean of our words and we say alot of them in this week’s podcast! Christopher Ecclestone’s Doctor is not without his flaws but his first appearance is as good as any across myriad seasons. On the other hand we have Primeval which tries its best to evoke that same time-travel sense of wonder, but you will have to listen to the ep to find out if we think it pulled it off.

Its always great to have Emma back, so enjoy the episode and remember, DON’T POO IN THE PORTAL.

@jedshepherd @theejellyman @emmalouisewebb3