Can you guess the TV show from a description of the pilot episode? Quiz

Pilot episodes are like the opening lines of a novel. They set the tone, introduce us to a new TV world, and hopefully hook us to keep watching. They’re the beginning of stories that keep us entertained, captivated, and emotionally invested for seasons to come. Some pilots remain vivid in our minds, while others blur into the flurry of episodes that follow. How well do you remember these beginnings?

This quiz invites you to step back in time and remember the very first moments of some of the most popular TV shows that have ever been made.

We’ve selected 20 pilot episodes from various genres and periods, and your task is to guess the TV show from the given description.

This is a fun challenge for all television enthusiasts, from casual viewers to bona fide TV buffs. So, without further ado, let’s go back to where it all started and see how well you can guess the show from its pilot episode.

Can you guess the TV show from a description of the pilot episode?

  1. Two brothers embark on a cross-country trip to find their missing father and encounter supernatural beings along the way.
  2. A group of plane crash survivors find themselves on a mysterious, seemingly deserted island.
  3. A high school chemistry teacher turns to making methamphetamine to secure his family’s financial future.
  4. A New York City writer narrates his experiences and struggles with relationships through a series of flashbacks.
  5. A group of friends living in Manhattan navigate work, love, and life in their late 20s and early 30s.
  6. An alien infant is raised on Earth and uses his superhuman powers as an adult to protect his adopted home.
  7. A group of misfits attending a community college form an unlikely study group.
  8. A 1960s advertising executive balances work in the Madison Avenue advertising industry with his troubled personal life.
  9. A woman awakens from a coma after eight years to find the world dominated by zombies.
  10. A young woman moves into an apartment loft with three single men after a bad breakup.
  11. A seemingly typical suburban family is revealed to be undercover Soviet spies operating during the Cold War.
  12. A former CIA agent turned high school teacher is pulled back into the world of international espionage.
  13. A sheriff’s deputy awakens from a coma in a post-apocalyptic world overrun with zombies.
  14. A wealthy family loses their fortune and is forced to live in a town they once bought as a joke.
  15. A biker club deals with internal and external pressures in their illegally thriving arms business.
  16. An alien entity inhabits the body of a deceased FBI agent to solve gruesome murders.
  17. A troubled teenager moves to Beverly Hills and starts attending a new high school.
  18. The life of a home-shopping network executive turns upside down after a train derailment.
  19. A group of scientists working at a university have their lives disrupted by a free-spirited, uneducated woman who moves in next door.
  20. A woman trying to lead a normal life in New York City discovers she has a plethora of clones.

And the answers are…

  1. “Supernatural”
  2. “Lost”
  3. “Breaking Bad”
  4. “How I Met Your Mother”
  5. “Friends”
  6. “Smallville”
  7. “Community”
  8. “Mad Men”
  9. “The 4400”
  10. “New Girl”
  11. “The Americans”
  12. “Chuck”
  13. “The Walking Dead”
  14. “Schitt’s Creek”
  15. “Sons of Anarchy”
  16. “Fringe”
  17. “Beverly Hills, 90210”
  18. “Mr. Robot”
  19. “The Big Bang Theory”
  20. “Orphan Black”

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