THE PILOT // TAKE 113 - CARNIVAL ROW vs THE DARK CRYSTAL

This episode is probably the spiciest one yet! We discuss two new fantasy shows, on rival streaming platforms. Up first we have Carnival Row (Amazon Prime) starring Cara Delavigne and Orlando Bloom (don’t laugh) and Rob discusses why he thinks this deserves to be considered to rise up the league table. Thats up against the nostalgic-tastic The Dark Crystal (Netflix) which stars… well literally everybody.

We genuinely nearly come to blows on this one. What is it about fairies and puppets that make two grown men so divided? Find out on this week’s episode of the pilot podcast!

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THE PILOT // TAKE 112 - THE BOYS vs SONS OF ANARCHY

Yeah, we can’t believe we haven’t done Sons of Anarchy yet either. Last week’s realisation meant that this week we get to explore the first episode of one of the most loved (and dense) TV shows of recent years. I remember watching this when it first aired and it took me 4 attempts to complete, so has it faired any better in the subsequent years? We pit SOA against a brand new show that appeared under the radar and very quickly filled that very same radar with a million dots. Those dots are people whatsapping me asking if I’ve seen it. Yes. Yes I have. All of it… but that doesn’t mean that the pilot episode is any good does it? We often cite the pilot episode of The Wire as an example of a TV show that is essentially the best show ever made, but starts off with one of the worst pilots.

Get in touch on twitter @jedshepherd and @theejellyman!

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THE PILOT // TAKE 111 - Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee vs Masterchef Australia

The connective tissue this week is food! Well sort of. If you consider coffee a food. It’s COMEDIANS IN CARS GETTING COFFEE starring Jerry Seinfeld once again playing Jerry Seinfeld, interviewing co-creator of SEINFELD Larry David in a car… while getting coffee. Its an odd one for us to cover on the Pilot podcast because its barely a story; but then Seinfeld is a show about nothing so he has previous. Up against this weird nugget, we have an equally oddball pick. It’s Masterchef Australia! Everyone knows the Australian version of Masterchef is the best one. Prettier people, Prettier weather and of course prettier food. Will this transfer to a pretty damn good pilot episode?

Find out this week on THE PILOT PODCAST!

Let us know what you think on twitter by hitting us up on @jedshepherd and @theejellyman.

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THE PILOT // TAKE 110 - ALF vs SCOOBY DOO WHERE ARE YOU?

Here on the PILOT it doesn’t always have to be intense 6 season long story arcs. It doesn’t need even need have a human as the central protagonist. Sometimes it can be an alien from the planet Melmac, with a penchant for eating pets. Sometimes it can be a pet themselves as the main character… and animated!

This week we see if two TV shows with the aforementioned characters, can reach the top of the charts. First up we have ALF (Jed’s choice of course!) and Scooby Doo Where Are You (Rob’s choice naturally!). Which of these beautiful and bonkers shows has the best pilot though? Find out on this week’s episode of The Pilot Podcast!

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

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THE PILOT // TAKE 109 - OJ: MADE IN AMERICA vs MAKING A MURDERER

We are not gonna lie. This episode contains copious amounts of murder. It’s depressing. Even the Jellyman wont be his usual jolly self (for about 30 seconds!). This week we delve into the grim underbelly of the American criminal justice system. The goods and bads (mostly bads) and how it can be SO injust!

Not only that, but we have to decide which episode is the better one! Is it the slick storytelling of an American hero gone bad - OJ: MADE IN AMERICA… or is it the verite style rawness of Making a Murderer that gets the thumbs up from our jury of 2?

Find out on this week’s episode of THE PILOT! You can let us know what you think by hitting us up on twitter @jedshepherd and @theejellyman.

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THE PILOT // TAKE 108 - LOUIS THEROUX'S WEIRD WEEKENDS vs GOGGLEBOX

Its only a matter of time before Rob Jelly reboots Weird Weekends. The show would consist of Rob Jelly investigating weird communities of people around the world and then SINGING AT THEM. I will of course be there too, sometimes joining in, but mostly just standing off to the side, watching him dance. So watching Louis Theroux’s Weird Weekends is very good practice. I often think “what would the Jellyman do in this situation?” and the answer is always “oh he would do a dance and then sing…”. The other pilot episode we look at this week is Gogglebox. I was very much against this show, until I watched and it and now I can see the appeal. It highlights my fave thing in the world. Sitting down. Any show where its mostly sitting down gets points in my book.

But how do these shows stack up when pitched against each other? Find out this week on THE PILOT!

let us know what you want us to watch on twitter @jedshepherd and @theejellyman

THE PILOT // TAKE 107 - MANIAC vs RUSSIAN DOLL

We’re knee deep into our second hundred lot of TV pilots. The first 100 were good, but I reckon this second 00 will be the ones that dominate. What do you think? We have so many big hitters left, its only a matter of time before the top topples! This time around our challengers for the crown come at us from a little left-field. They’re both high-concept sci-fi instant classics and it’s going to be hard to determine which one is better!

It’s MANIAC vs RUSSIAN DOLL and I hope you join us by listening to this episode and letting us know what you think by hitting us up on twitter @jedshepherd and @theejellyman!

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THE PILOT // TAKE 106 - FRESH PRINCE OF BEL AIR vs KENAN & KEL

Who loves orange soda? The Pilot podcast loves orange soda! we do we do we doooo ooh!

Another thing we love are the two shows we are holding under a microscope this week. First up we have the TV show that almost defines the 90s in some people’s minds. The acting debut of a global superstar in Will Smith. It’s the ageless Fresh Prince of Bel Air! It has one of the best theme songs we have ever done BUT is the pilot episode any good? You’ll soon find out as we put it up against the first episode of the Nickleodeon classic Kenan & Kel. A show that remains as funny as the day it aired - and quotable - we will determine if the very first episode is as good as we remember!

find us on twitter @jedshepherd & @theejellyman and let us know what shows you want us to do next!

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THE PILOT // TAKE 105 - KILLING EVE vs DESIGNATED SURVIVOR

You can tell from the title of this podcast episode that this week we are taking a look at two shows, whose central premise is that of either killing or being killed. As humans, why does this entertain us so much? Why is the act of bringing death upon someone (or yourself) so entertaining in this format? The answer is ESCAPISM!

The best TV shows let us escape into their realities, LOST lets us escape onto a desert island with beautiful people brought together by fate; Blue Planet shows us what life is like at the bottom of the oceans, somewhere we will never go ourselves… and Killing Eve shows us what its like to dress up as a maid and stab someone repeatedly. Now there are times when Rob and I have dressed up like maids and infiltrated a Russian party but we never ended up killing anyone - Rob stopped me before I took it too far. It’s this kind of escapism that lets us take a holiday in our mind, away from all the trouble and bleakness of reality.

This week we pit Killing Eve against Designated Survivor - both shows achieve the perfect mix of escapism and entertainment… but which has the better pilot episode? Find out this week on THE PILOT!

Hit us up on twitter @jedshepherd and @theejellyman.

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THE PILOT // TAKE 104 - TIM & ERIC AWESOME SHOW GREAT JOB vs THE MIGHTY BOOSH

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And if you made sense of any of that, you’ll LOVE this week’s episode! Its mad!

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THE PILOT // TAKE 103 - BLACKLIST vs YOU

Psychopaths eh? When did they become so… charming? Well by the looks of it, this re-classification of serial killers/terrorists happened in the last couple of years… in pop culture anyway. This week we discuss two shows with right wronuns at its crux. First up we have Blacklist starring the charming by psychotic James Spader, followed by the all-conquering Netflix juggernaut of YOU. 

Are you psychotic enough to empathise with this protagonists? If so then you definitely aren’t a psychopath as they usually have no empathy. IT WAS A TRICK QUESTION! Anyway, find out which show we thought was best and let us know what you think @jedshepherd and @theejellyman on twitter!

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THE PILOT // TAKE 102 - YES MINISTER vs THE THICK OF IT

This week we dive into a double suggestion from a listener who, quite rightly, wanted us to do something that represented the current highly-charged political environment we find ourselves in. Both of the TV pilots we discuss today, previously exaggerated reality, but now they seem rather tame compared to real world events.

Jed steps forward as leader of the Yes Minister party, while Rob represents The Thick of It party. Who will get the most votes and emerge as surprise leader of in the polls? Give us a listen and if you want to canvas for us, you can find all of our material on twitter @jedshepherd and @theejellyman.

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THE PILOT // TAKE 101 - PRISON BREAK vs LIFE ON MARS

We start our next hundred shows with two absolute biggies. Shows that potentially have the ability to top the charts without even breaking a sweat. Shows that some people believe are the greatest examples of serialised television ever produced. This week we chat about the pilots of PRISON BREAK and LIFE ON MARS. 


Both of these shows have incredible endings, but did they start off well too? Lets find out on this week’s episode of The Pilot! Also, I promise we won’t sing this week.


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THE PILOT // TAKE 100 - THEME TUNE SPECIAL

ONE HUNDRED EPISODES!

Did you think we’d make it this far? 2 whole years of trying to find the best pilot episodes ever and we are closer than ever before. While we discuss why Pugwall isn’t number 1 on our chart, we have to first delve into one of the components that truly make a TV show great. Something that makes it memorable and gives it a longer shelf life than some of them truly deserve. Yes, we are talking THEME TUNES!

This week Rob and Jed bring 5 theme songs to the mic each and battle one by one until there can be only one winner. If WE can sing these theme songs, you know theyll be evergreen! We aren’t facing this challenge alone though, we have musician Kenny Lee on guitar to help us!!

We are back to normal next week, but for now, enjoy us singing earworms for an hour!!

Let us know what you think the best theme songs are on twitter @jedshepherd and @theejellyman.

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THE PILOT // TAKE 99 - ER vs LONDON'S BURNING

Take 99 is upon us. Or should I say Take… 999? Yes! Yes I should. This week we have an emergency service theme on the boil, with two very popular shows indeed. We have the glitz and glam of the beautiful people at ER, up against the grimy LONDON’S BURNING. I know which one I’d rather have save me in a sticky situation.

But which one would you choose? Listen to us natter and then decide yourself by letting us know on twitter @jedshepherd and @thejellyman!

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THE PILOT // TAKE 98 - ART ATTACK vs THE RAGGY DOLLS

A wise man once said, “raggy dolls, raggy dolls, dolls like you and me….”. Lets take that in for a second. These dolls are literally put together wrong (one of them even has his head on backwards), have serious emotional issues and literally live in a bin. Not to mention one of them is french. Besides this assumption, we have on our hands a much loved childrens TV show with real heart. Whats the pilot like though?

I think I have more in common with Neil Buchanan who single-handedly raided 90% of the british public throughout the 80s and 90s. Without him we’d be banging into walls and dribbling into our dinners. The man is a legend but we won’t let this sway us from deciding if Art Attack has a better pilot than Raggy Dolls.

If you want to find out which one won, listen in and give us some feedback @jedshepherd and @theejellyman on twitter!

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THE PILOT // TAKE 97 - TITAN GAMES vs THE GLADIATORS

Int. POST/POP Studio - Day

JED and ROB sit at the podcast table, push closer to the mics and give each other the nod.

TOGETHER:

Do you feel the power of the Gladiators? Can you face the challenge of the champions?
Do you have the courage of a hero? Do you have the will and the skill?

Do you have the speed, the strength, the heart to be a winner? It's not for beginners.
Deep down in your soul. Are you a Gladiator?

Gotta move like a streetwise fighter. Gotta face the fire of the tiger.
Gotta give your all to win. Ready or not, let the challenge begin.

Can you match the strength of the Gladiators? Do you have the fire within you?
Do you have the heart of a lion? Do you have the power in your soul?

Now it's time to race, it's face-to-face, get on the track now.
There's no turning back now. Your future's on the line. Are you a Gladiator?

Gotta move with lightning speed. Feel the strength for what you need.
Gotta take it on the chin. Gotta love it, love to fight and win.

Do you feel the power of the Gladiators? Can you face the challenge of the champions?
Show the stuff you're made of. Can you seal the fate of the Gladiators?
Can you challenge the Gladiators? Will you take on the Gladiators? Will you be the new champion?

The Gladiators

Jed and Rob collapse with emotion as Rob realises he never pressed record.

THE END.

oh and if you want to find out which pilot episode is better, The Gladiators or Titan Games, listen to this week’s show!

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THE PILOT // TAKE 96 - AFTER LIFE vs DEREK

It takes alot to make a grown man cry. Well Im talking about myself (Jed). On the other hand, there is Mr. Rob Jelly the Third who will blub like someone has trod on his favourite toe, the second you put on one of this week’s shows! Okay well maybe both of us get a little misty eyed, but at least I have the decency to lie about it! Yes, this week we have two shows from the oft-maligned Ricky Gervais that both deal with difficult subjects.

First up is the new Netflix show After Life which seems like it would be incredibly depressing but is in fact quite uplifting! Then we have Derek which most people seem to have missed, but it really is an overlooked gem. The question is, which one has the better Pilot episode? You’ll soon find out if you listen in!

You can contact us on twitter @jedshepherd and @theejellyman if you want to argue/agree with us! See you later alligators!

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THE PILOT // TAKE 95 - MID-MORNING MATTERS vs THIS TIME WITH ALAN PARTRIDGE

To celebrate the new Alan Partridge-based series on BBC1, we have decided to partner it with the last one. It’s MMM vs TTWAP and to be honest, both are so so good. Yes, I’m biased as I produce MONKEY TENNIS (currently the number 1 podcast in the country) and yes this is cross promotion at its most blatant, but these are genuinely some of the best British TV for years.

Deep dive with us and let us know what you think on twitter @jedshepherd & @theejellyman.

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THE PILOT // TAKE 94 - HOME AND AWAY vs NEIGHBOURS

Its the battle of the Australian soaps and there can only be one winner… DAYTIME PROGRAMMING! Does anyone ever remember a time before we had these shows? I assume the world was just hot ash and sulphur because these two slices of the lives of beautiful people feel as in-built to our society as dirty pigeons and racism on trains.

I’ve always been a Neighbours fan myself so was keen to see what madness episode 1 would bring me. I think Mr. Jelly has a penchant for Home & Away but our personal preferences don’t come into this. We have to find the best pilot episode of TV before we die, so we will debate, fight and question life itself until we do so!

If you have any suggestions of a show with a perfect pilot episode, please let us know on twitter @jedshepherd and @theejellyman.

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