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    Mar 31, 2020

    Here Are 35 First Episodes Of TV Shows That Will Hook You Instantly

    Mr. Robot has one of the best first episodes ever.

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    We recently asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us which first episodes of TV are their favorites. Here are some of the best responses:

    1. First, "Pilot" from You.

    Netflix

    "I couldn’t stop at just one episode. I had to continue."

    kathleenw46c840f1a

    Where to watch: Netflix.

    2. "Sweet Baby" from Scandal.

    ABC

    "I watched the pilot with my mom and we were hooked. Honestly, the entire first season was amazing. Our jaws would drop at the end of every episode."

    tracy110302

    Where to watch: Netflix.

    3. Season 1's "Episode 1" from Fleabag.

    Amazon Prime

    "I was hooked on this show immediately."

    lexia4ca317c5f

    Where to watch: Amazon Prime.

    4. "Human Flesh" from Bob's Burgers.

    Fox

    "Bob's Burgers had the best pilot. Every character was at their best and it really set the tone for the show. It's hilarious no matter how many times I watch it."

    uhlmanm211

    Where to watch: Hulu.

    5. "eps1.0_hellofriend.mov" from Mr. Robot.

    USA

    "Mr. Robot had a perfect pilot. The opening scene was shocking and also gratifying. I wish that the rest of the series lived up to this first episode."

    jenniferh94

    Where to watch: Amazon Prime.

    6. "Pilot" from Euphoria.

    HBO

    "I couldn’t stop watching after the very first episode."

    isek1980

    Where to watch: HBO Go.

    7. "Pilot" from This Is Us.

    NBC

    "It was so surprising, yet made so much sense. I love how they intertwined the stories."

    kates4eb4bc65e

    Where to watch: Hulu.

    8. "Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers" from Stranger Things.

    Netflix

    "The whole way through you knew something was up but weren't told what, so you could make guesses that changed as you watched the show. Genius."

    faithg4b4e351d0

    Where to watch: Netflix.

    9. "Pilot" from The X-Files.

    Fox

    "Watching the quick bond form between Mulder and Scully, the spooky plotline, the backstory, Mulder’s glasses, and the conspiracies was all so amazing."

    peace-joy-understanding

    Where to watch: Hulu.

    10. "It's Summer and We're Running Out of Ice" from Watchmen.

    HBO

    "I will say that most first episodes aren't great, but the Watchmen pilot was fantastic and really set the stage for an excellent show."

    elizabethg20

    Where to watch: HBO Go.

    11. "Pilot" from Desperate Housewives.

    ABC

    "The first episode of Desperate Housewives beautifully introduced all of the characters, set the soapy drama tone, and set up the central mystery of Mary Alice's suicide so well."

    bot2176

    Where to watch: Hulu.

    12. "A Hard Day's Night" from Grey's Anatomy.

    ABC

    "I have never been a huge television watcher, but this episode sucked me right in. The definition of 'TV magic' is definitely what was between the original Grey's characters."

    nicy2

    Where to watch: Netflix.

    13. "Pilot" from New Girl.

    Fox

    "Not only was it funny, but it also gave you insight into the characters and their personalities. The pilot was what I always rewatch when I’m in the mood for some New Girl."

    aztecwater

    Where to watch: Netflix.

    14. "My First Day" from Scrubs.

    NBC

    "The first episode had great world-building of the hospital and how it would work, amazing character depth, and genuinely hilarious jokes. Plus, it had an entire plotline revolving around a patient and not just the main characters."

    kyles42a44fe32

    Where to watch: Hulu.

    15. "Pilot" from Psych.

    USA

    "The pilot gave you perfect insight into who Shawn was and how he interacted with the people in his life. Also, it was hilarious."

    christineb4c1bf65af

    Where to watch: Amazon Prime.

    16. "Pilot" from Gossip Girl.

    The CW

    "I’ve seen the pilot so many times. It introduced the characters and the world so well. There was the mystery of Serena coming back, the tension between Serena and Blair and Nate, it showed Dan as an outsider, and I won’t even go there with Chuck. It's still perfect."

    jliz0801

    Where to watch: Netflix.

    17. "Pilot" from Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

    NBC

    "I fell in love with Jake and Amy the minute they stepped onscreen together. It was an incredible pilot."

    gitachitras

    Where to watch: Hulu.

    18. "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" from Mad Men.

    AMC

    "The pilot episode did a great job of introducing the show’s tone, setting, and the world of 1960s advertising. You can’t help but be charmed by the suave and sexy Don Draper."

    amiyam22

    Where to watch: Netflix.

    19. "Pilot" from The Mindy Project.

    Hulu

    "I’ve watched a lot of sitcom pilots, and this was a great one. I feel like it was genuine and authentic while being wildly funny and really allowed Mindy Kaling to shine. It was also a perfect introduction to the character of Mindy."

    calviny3

    Where to watch: Hulu.

    20. "We Just Decided To" from The Newsroom.

    HBO

    "The first episode of The Newsroom was perfection. It was funny and dramatic and the cast was phenomenal. I rewatch it all the time!"

    emilyj48bded056

    Where to watch: HBO Go.

    21. Season 1's "Episode 1" from Peaky Blinders.

    Netflix

    "I literally haven’t made it to Season 3 because I just keep watching this show from the beginning constantly. It's phenomenal."

    bamitsbeth79

    Where to watch: Netflix.

    22. "Episode 1" from Derry Girls.

    Netflix

    "The way they set up the episode and what life was like in Derry during the '90s was just *chef’s kiss*. Not to mention the show was funny as hell from the start!"

    violetvisionary

    Where to watch: Netflix.

    23. "Pilot" from Once Upon a Time.

    ABC

    "The first episode set us up for the most wonderful first season! It was incredible."

    braylies

    Where to watch: Netflix.

    24. "Nice Face" from Killing Eve.

    BBC America

    "It had the best pilot ever; in fact, it had the best opening scene ever. From the beginning, the show was completely different from anything I’ve ever watched. Also, Villanelle is like no other character you’ve ever seen before."

    sanahakhtar231

    Where to watch: Hulu.

    25. "Pilot" from The West Wing.

    NBC

    "I could watch this pilot over and over. Just the way it was done and the way it introduced the characters was flawless. I also liked how we went a full day without seeing Martin Sheen and there was so much mystery surrounding him."

    math4d2c97357

    Where to watch: Netflix.

    26. "Everything Is Fine" from The Good Place.

    NBC

    "It perfectly set everything up. I just rewatched it and I am shocked by how many hints there were to the twist. It was masterful and told you a lot about the rest of the show while giving absolutely nothing away. Also, it was super funny."

    tigresssss13

    Where to watch: Netflix.

    27. "Welcome" from Elite.

    Netflix

    "Elite has one of the best pilots I've ever seen. It introduced the characters, the show's mystery, and and who everyone clashed with instantly. It was amazing."

    nataliizavalaafloress

    Where to watch: Netflix.

    28. "Chapter 1: The Mandalorian" from The Mandalorian.

    Disney+

    "From the no words spoken by Mando in the opening scene to the wild twist at the very end, you just know it will be a great series. Every single second was riveting. I haven’t been that focused on a show in years."

    lastparismango22

    Where to watch: Disney+.

    29. "Pilot" from Veronica Mars.

    Warner Bros.

    "Damn, this show had an amazing pilot. It threw a lot of information and characters at you from the start but it was done really well through flashbacks and Veronica’s narrations. The show sucked you in right away with two mysteries. It's extremely binge-worthy."

    mysteria19

    Where to watch: Hulu.

    30. "Steven Sees a Ghost" from The Haunting of Hill House.

    Netflix

    "It was incredibly well done, scary but not gory, and gripped me right away by revealing just enough details. The actors are all incredibly talented and truly embodied their roles."

    nataliam465cf8ad5

    Where to watch: Netflix.

    31. "Episode 1" from Bodyguard.

    Netflix

    "Bodyguard had such a great pilot. I got maybe five minutes into the episode before I knew that I wasn't going to be able to stop after just one episode. The whole show was just so amazing I couldn’t stop watching it!"

    kallies46a7aa222

    Where to watch: Netflix.

    32. "Sassenach" from Outlander.

    Starz

    "You could feel the chemistry between Jamie and Claire from the first time they met. I was hooked."

    lhochman1991

    Where to watch: Netflix or Starz.

    33. "Tony" from Skins.

    E4

    "The pilot of Skins should absolutely be a pilot everyone watches. It was interesting and introduced all of the characters and their relationships with one another so seamlessly."

    bethbee

    Where to watch: Netflix.

    34. "Our Cup Runneth Over" from Schitt's Creek.

    Pop / CBC

    "The First scene of Schitt’s Creek when Moira lost her shit over her wigs hooked me immediately."

    titsell

    Where to watch: Netflix.

    35. And finally, "Chapter One: Make Your Mark" from Barry.

    HBO

    "It was so intriguing and it was so cool to see Bill Hader in such a different role than the ones he usually does. I knew that I was hooked with the way the episode ended. The pilot episode introduced us to the cast in such an interesting way and it was just amazing."

    ashtonh46c53b674

    Where to watch: HBO Go.

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