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??

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