Why is every TV show's first episode named 'Pilot'?

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In television, a "pilot" or "pilot presentation" is usually filmed being a program ordered to show the network how the concept/script would function as a filmed production. These often become the first episode of the series, with or without additional edits, although some pilots are completely reshot to function as the first episode (especially in the case of recasting).

So, the first episode of many TV series is called "Pilot" because the episode functions as a pilot for the series, and the writers aren't creative enough to think up a real title. Some show's have played on this, e.g., the first episode of Futurama was entitled "Space Pilot 3000."
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When was first Star Trek episode on TV?

The first episode of Star Trek (the original series) was shown as a "season preview" on NBC television on September 8, 1966. The episode "The Man Trap" was written by George Clayton Johnson. The first episode intended to be shown was the second pilot, called "Where No Man Has Gone Before" (with Gary Lockwood and Sally Kellerman), but it was switched with another episode called "The Man Trap." NBC liked the idea for Star Trek, but they feared it was too brainy for audiences. This was one problem with the first pilot in 1965 ( The Cage , with Jeffrey Hunter) and they ordered another pilot ( Where No Man Has Gone Before, with Shatner and Nimoy, but not DeForest Kelley ) . NBC bought the show, but later decided the second pilot was still "too brainy" to be the first episode seen. By this time other episodes were taped, so it was switched it with "The Man Trap" which had a space monster and was considered more accessible. Two other potential pilots, "Mudd's Women" and "The Omega Glory" were later taped as regular episodes, and many scenes from "The Cage" were reused for a two-part episode called "The Menagerie." Network showing of episodes out of order is a trick to grab ratings (in Star Trek's case, "Man Trap" easily beat reruns on other networks). Another example was on the CBS series "Kojak." The episode "Out of the Shadows" was intended to be the second-season opener, and it was a very intelligent episode. But it was switched with "Birthday Party," which was a standard cops-and-robbers episode. So although "The Man Trap" was not the first Star Trek episode made, it was the actually the first episode seen on television.

Why is the first episode in many series called Pilot?

\nit's not some shows...it's ALL shows (or all fictitious shows at least). The pilot is the episode they film to get approval from the network whether they're going to be signed or whatever. Not all pilots even air (sometimes not even the ones of successful shows). Sometimes they'll re-shoot the first episode, maybe even re-write it because the pilot is the "test". As to why they call it a pilot, I'm not exactly sure...it's probably a metaphor for a maiden voyage or something.

When was the first TV show on television?

The first television broadcasts were experimental, low resolution (30 line). The first "real" programme broadcast in 405 line resolution was by the BBC in 1936; broadcasting to around 100 viewers in the London area. It was a variety show starting with a song ("Here's looking at you"), which became the name of the programme.

Which songs were used in the first episode of fur tv?

One thing I do know is on the "Furry F***ing guide to metal" section, where Ed is using Mervyn's head to headbang, that's Pantera's "Yesterday don't mean sh*t" from the album "Reinventing the steel", 2001.. I wanna know the rest too, hopefully someone has listed them.

What is the name of the first tv?

The world's first fully functional television was called "The Televisor". It was the product of John Logie Baird who demonstrated it to the public in 1925 at a London department store. By 1929 it was adopted by the BBC as its new television broadcast platform and remained in use until 1936.

Name the first television show broadcast on tv?

The first television show broadcast on TV was in 1936 called "The Queens messenger". It was broadcast to just 4 television sets. The first television show broadcast on TV was in 1928 called "the Queens messenger" it was broadcast to just 4 television sets.

As Russian agent Illya Kuryakin David McCallum appeared for just five seconds in what TV show's pilot?

The Man From UNCLE . A Russian spy on The Man from U.N.C.L.E. , an American cult TV show from the 1960s. He was portrayed by David McCallum, who now plays Ducky on NCIS (another character on that show remarked that when Ducky was younger, he looked like Illya Kuryakin). He was the first Good-Guy Russian character on American primetime TV (and definitely not a defector: U.N.C.L.E. was a multinational organisation with agents from all over the world, including the Soviet Union).

What was the name of the Remington Steele Pilot Episode?

There were two pilots. The first pilot requested by NBC, which eventually aired with revisions as "Tempered Steele", depicted the agency six months after Laura Holt met the man who assumed Remington Steele's identity. After NBC scheduled the series for the 82-83 season, they requested a more traditional premise pilot, aired as "License to Steele", which showed how Holt and "Steele" met.

What brand name was the first tv?

The very first commercially available was the Baird Televisor by the Baird Television Company, set up by the inventor of television, John Logie Baird. The company began selling televisions in 1929 when the BBC began broadcasting television signals.

What is the name of the first brand name TV?

The earliest commercially made sets sold by Baird in the UK in 1928 were radios with the addition of a television device consisting of a neon tube behind a mechanically spinning disk (the Nipkow disk) with a spiral of apertures that produced a red postage-stamp size image, enlarged to twice that size by a magnifying glass. The Baird "Televisor" was also available without the radio. The Televisor sold in 1930-1933 is considered the first mass-produced set, selling about a thousand units. The first commercially made electronic television sets with cathode ray tubes were manufactured by Telefunken in Germany in 1934,followed by other makers in France (1936), Britain (1936), and America (1938). The cheapest of the pre-World War II factory-made American sets, a 1938 image-only model with a 3-inch (8 cm) screen, cost US$125, the equivalent of US$1,863 in 2007. The cheapest model with a 12-inch (30 cm) screen was $445 ($6,633).

What is the difference between a pilot and a first episode?

A pilot is the sample episode filmed to sell the show to a network. Many pilots become the first episode if the series is picked up as it has already been paid for. If there are major cast or character changes to the pilot then it is not shown and a new pilot episode is filmed. If accepted, that becomes the first episode. www.theseriouscomedysite.com

Did the original Star Trek TV show have a pilot episode that actually introduced everything?

Star Trek TOS ("The Original series") actually had two pilots. The first one, "The Cage", the critics felt were a little two cranial for the crowd at the time. The original "The Cage" only had Leonard Nimoy (Mr. Spock) and Majel Barrett (as the first officer), and none of the other "regular" cast. A second pilot was shot, with the full "regular" cast, called "Where No Man Has Gone Before", which included (if I remember correctly) Kirk in a fistfight, more cowboy style, which they felt would have a better reception in a television lineup with shows like "Gunsmoke".

What is the word phrase for the first and last episodes of a TV series?

Pilot or Premiere . &. Finale . Answer:. A pilot is a test episode. Most TV series in the USA start with a pilot which the network then tests with focus groups to see if they think it will be a popular show. Some shows get a series pick-up without shooting a pilot first. An example of this is the series "The Newsroom" which went immediately into production.. If a pilot goes to series, more often than not it is the first episode to air and therefore becomes the series premiere. Again, this is not always the case. The series "Firefly" aired the second episode first, making that the Series Premiere. The pilot was aired after the series was cancelled three months later. A season premiere is the first episode for that particular season only.. The series finale is the last episode of a series to be broadcast. There is also a season finale which is at the end of the show's broadcast season and will return next season. . And now there is the fall finale for series that air about half of their season in the late summer into late fall, but then take a hiatus from airing (they continue to shoot episodes, regardless) only to return in late winter/early spring. For some cable networks like USA Network, they will also split their season, starting to air in January or February, have a spring finale and hiatus of several months and return in the summer to finish the season. Or, the converse: air at least half of the season's episodes starting in June or July, have a summer finale , and return to air in January the following hear. The press tends to refer to these split seasons not as one (e.g.: Season 2), but as two half seasons (Season 2 & Season 2.5), however the production company, studio and network do not count them as separate seasons..

Why is the first episode of everyshow are call pilot?

When they start making a series, they don't know if it will be successful, so they broadcast a pilot and if that goes well, they make the rest of the series. I think some pilots do have proper names though, I don't think there's any rule that says it has to be called Pilot.

What was the first tv show to have a 2 part episode?

Excellent question. It might be I Love Lucy . After reading some of the episode descriptions, the episodes that aired April 1st & April 8th 1954... Tennessee Ernie Visits & Tennessee Ernie Hangs On may be the first 2 part episode. The plot of Tennessee Ernie Ford staying with the Ricardos lasts through both episodes.

Why are the first episodes of tv shows called Pilot?

Pilot is an adjective meaning experimental, trial, or prototypical.A pilot episiode of a show is the first episode recorded and isusually intended as a demonstration to a network or a test ofviewer response.

What is a TV show's share?

The number of people watching the show divided by the number of people watching television at that time

When did the first episode of Panico na TV air?

The first episode of Panico Na TV aired on September 28th, 2003. It was a Brazilian comedy program that is still going strong 10 years later. The show had an estimated 17 million listeners throughout its 10 years of being on air.