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    "Perfection From The First Episode": 16 TV Pilots That Folks Utterly Adored

    The Brooklyn Nine-Nine pilot is precious to me.

    Earlier this month, we shared the TV pilots that redditors think are among the greatest ever produced. The BuzzFeed commenters contributed their own thoughts on the subject and shared the first episodes that won them over for many seasons to come (or set a high bar that later episodes struggled to reach). Here are 16 of the pilots that exceeded all of their expectations.

    Responses may have been edited for length and/or clarity. 

    1. "The West Wing. Aaron Sorkin brilliantly sets the vibe and introduces all the characters so perfectly on a 'typical' day at the White House. Jed Bartlet's intro is absolutely stellar."

    Screenshot from "The West Wing"

    2. "The Walking Dead pilot was amazing. We get the background of Rick's character very quickly without it being drawn out: He's a family man, holds high respect with his colleagues, literally takes a bullet for his best friend, and is willing to face danger to help a stranger. Then, you get to the eerie empty vibe of the world when he wakes up, and the episode holds that feeling of unease for a good 20 minutes of just being alone in the world and you only have your wits to figure out what the fuck happened. Then, it all goes downhill after Season 1 when it turns into another generic zombie show about trying to keep the peace between your own camp/found family and trying to survive."

    Screenshot from "The Walking Dead"

    3. "A League of Their Own! Established the tone of the show quickly, gave great glimpses into each character, and immediately left me wanting more!"

    Screenshot from "A League of Their Own"

    4. "Game of Thrones. I know no one likes to talk about the last couple of seasons, but the pilot was amazing. White Walkers, wolves, incest, tense family and friend dynamics, wrapping up with attempted child murder?! I screamed when Jaime pushed Bran out the window."

    Screenshot from "Game of Thrones"

    5. "Freaks and Geeks. I can watch the first episode over and over."

    The cast of "Freaks and Geeks"

    6. "Trial & Error had me hooked from the very beginning of the pilot episode! Such a criminally underrated show that deserved more seasons."

    Screenshot from "Trial & Error"

    7. "Lost. The pilot still scares me."

    Screenshot from "Lost"

    8. "In my opinion, I think Desperate Housewives had one of the best pilots I've seen. The style of the show allowed them to quickly introduce the characters efficiently and jumped right into the action and drama."

    Screenshot from "Desperate Housewives"

    9. "This Is Us needs to be on this list. You start getting to know a bunch of characters celebrating their birthdays, and then boom! ... You realize you're in two different timelines."

    Screenshot from "This Is Us"

    10. "That '70s Show! I recently rewatched the pilot after binging That '90s Show, and all actors hit the ground running."

    The cast of "That '70s Show"

    11. "I'd say The Legend of Vox Machina has a really good pilot. It hooked me immediately and made me want to binge the rest."

    Screenshot from "The Legend of Vox Machina"

    12. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine was perfection from the first episode. All of the characters were set, and it was hilarious."

    Screenshot from "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"

    13. "Peaky Blinders! It was so good. I only watched half of the pilot before I had to turn it off. I was hooked, just from the first half of the pilot. I have since finished the series, and it was so, so good."

    Screenshot from "Peaky Blinders"

    14. "Revenge. It started out with a takedown and just set up the whole first season so well. I was doing a rewatch and was a little bit surprised how quickly it fell apart, to me, after the first half of the season."

    Screenshot from "Revenge"

    15. "The O.C. The rest of the show varies in quality, but the pilot is excellent. It’s dramatic, but not melodramatic (as some other plot lines are), establishes the characters really well, and ends on the perfect emotional beat that really draws the viewer in to watch the next episode."

    Screenshot from "The O.C."

    16. And finally: "Heroes would be on this list for me. The hype of that first season had so many people hooked instantly. Before Season 2 was ruined by the writers' strike (to no fault of the writers, just the money hungry stations), everyone I knew was obsessed with that show."

    Screenshot from "Heroes"