Welcome back to Pilot Inspectors. In today's episode, we take a look at the 1997 Fox legal drama/comedy Ally McBeal. Download the episode and listen to what we thought of the show that put the word dramedy on everybody's lips in the late 90's.
Welcome back to Pilot Inspectors. In another example illustrating that we are right on the cutting edge of the television zeitgeist, in today's episode we take a look at the Amazon original series Transparent. It's been over a year since the first season was that show that everyone was talking about. And now that the second season has been dumped on an eagerly awaiting audience, we thought it was about time we finally took a look to see just what everyone has been talking about.
Welcome back to Pilot Inspectors. Sometime in the early 2010's, formerly musically oriented MTV decided to take time out of Real World and Teen Mom seasons to start making some scripted television that people thought was actually halfway decent. In today's episode, we take a look at one of the first entries in this genre, 2011 MTV teen comedy Awkward. Download today's episode and listen to find out if we might actually start tuning into MTV for good television for the first time since they reran old episodes of My So Called Life almost twenty years ago.
Welcome back to Pilot Inspectors. In today's episode, we watch the British Channel 4 anthology series Black Mirror, available in America on Netflix streaming. Special warning regarding this episode: please do not listen to this podcast episode if you have not watched the first episode of Black Mirror. We understand that many people listen to our podcast without watching the episodes first. However, we feel that this episode in particular can harm your viewing experience if you have not already watched the episode of Black Mirror. You have been warned: listen at your own risk.
Welcome back to Pilot Inspectors. To commemorate the release of JJ Abram's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we have made the obvious decision to discuss the 1998 WB college drama Felicity. Though he is now known for directing every movie beginning with Star, we wanted to talk a look back at Abram's not so humble beginnings. Download and listen to find out why Felicity is one of our favorite TV shows ever made.
Welcome back to another commemorative edition of Pilot Inspectors. In honor of our 30th episode, we have watched the pilot episode for the 2006 NBC sitcom 30 Rock, starring Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin. When the show premiered, there were a lot of comparisons made with the Aaron Sorkin series Studio 60, which premiered the same year. Download and listen to our thoughts on the subject, almost ten years later.
Welcome back to Pilot Inspectors. America Ferrera returns to television in January 2016 in the new NBC sitcom Superstore. As a sneak peek, NBC aired the first two episodes, and in today's episode we will take a look at the pilot. Watch the episode, then join us as we wonder if Ben Feldman will get to keep all of his nipples on this show.
Welcome back to Pilot Inspectors. After an unfortunately extended delay, we are finally back with a new episode. No plague can keep the Pilot Inspectors down forever, even if they have to cough into the microphone the whole time. In today's episode, we take a look at the 1998 HBO series Sex and the City. Watch the pilot episode, then listen to find out what we thought of this seminal (wink wink) show.
Welcome back to Pilot Inspectors. Amazon has just released the first season of The Man in the High Castle, based on the Philip K. Dick novel. The show is set in 1962, in an alternate timeline in which the US lost World War II to Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan. Watch the pilot episode on Amazon, then listen to hear us talk about everything from the Simpsons superfans to Trump's presidential run, and a little bit about the show as well.
Welcome back to Pilot Inspectors. In today's episode we are excited to take a look at the new Netflix original series Marvel's Jessica Jones. Following on the heels of Daredevil, Marvel's first foray into Netflix original programming, Jessica Jones will attempt to repeat the formula of providing us a more personal, small scale superhero story. Watch the pilot episode, then listen to find out if we thought they were successful.
Welcome back to Pilot Inspectors. In 1993, with the long enduring hit series Cheers finally coming to an end, NBC attempted to ride that success into a spinoff that would follow Cheers character Frasier Crane as he moved home from Boston to Seattle to start a new life after his divorce. Frasier would go on to become one of the few cases of a spinoff enjoying the same level of popular and critical success as the original series. Watch the pilot episode, then listen as we try to decide if we’re even smart enough to watch this show.
Welcome back to Pilot Inspectors. To commemorate our 24th episode, we take a look at the 2001 Fox action thriller 24. Watch the pilot episode, then listen as we look fondly back on a show that in the early 2000's it seemed everyone was watching, even if we do find ourselves constantly wondering, "where's Chloe?"
Welcome back to Pilot Inspectors. Over the last 10 years, the USA network has aired several shows (Psych, White Collar, Royal Pains, Burn Notice) that you've probably heard about, you might know someone who watches it, but you don't actually watch any of them yourself. In today's episode, we took a look at the 2011 USA legal drama Suits to find out for ourselves if we should have been watching USA all along.
Welcome back to Pilot Inspectors. In today's episode, we watched the 1993 Fox supernatural drama The X-Files. With the return of Fox Mulder and Dana Scully to our television sets in the 2016 revival series only a couple of months away, watch the pilot episode, then listen to find out whether it's worth your time to go back and check out the original.
Welcome back to Pilot Inspectors. On a dark and stormy night in 2005, a night just like this one in fact, a show premiered on the now defunct WB network about a pair of brothers who fight ghosts and monsters. Over 10 years and a network change later, Supernatural is still showing up on our TV screens every season. Watch the pilot episode, then listen as we relive the origin story of the famous Winchester brothers.
Welcome back to Pilot Inspectors. Stand up comedian and Parks and Recreations alumnus Aziz Ansari premiered his new Netflix original series Master of None this week. Watch the pilot episode, and then listen in to find out how we responded to a much more subdued, toned down version of the famously frenetic comedian.
Welcome back to Pilot Inspectors. In 2013, every person in the world started talking about the Canadian sci-fi thriller Orphan Black: how it was the best show ever, how lead actor Tatiana Maslany deserved all of the Emmy's, how if you weren't watching it, you weren't truly alive. Two years and three seasons later, Dylan and Jen finally get around to checking it out. Watch the pilot episode of Orphan Black, then come listen to find out if the show can live up to the hype.
Welcome back to Pilot Inspectors. In 1981, the small, independently financed movie Evil Dead was released. This legendary horror classic introduced us to director Sam Raimi and cult icon Bruce Campbell. Now, 34 years later, Raimi and Campbell have joined forces again for a return to the world that launched their careers. Watch the pilot for the new Starz horror comedy Ash vs Evil Dead, then listen to at least one of us become unable to contain their joy.
Welcome back to Pilot Inspectors. In today's episode, we look at the 1999 NBC political drama The West Wing. Watch the pilot episode, then listen to find out what Dylan and Jen think in our second Aaron Sorkin-centric episode in as many weeks.
Welcome back to Pilot Inspectors. In today's episode, we continue our look at this season's crop of new shows with the ABC anthology series Wicked City. Watch the pilot episode, then listen to find out which one of us thought the show was wicked good, and which one thought it was wicked boring.
Welcome back to Pilot Inspectors. The last time DC Comics tried to bring a superheroine to a major network, it ended up as the 2011 never-aired disaster Wonder Woman. Four years later, DC has teamed up with CBS to try once again to bring a strong, female super hero to our television screens. Watch the pilot episode of the new CBS comic book adaption Supergirl, then listen and find out whether they've done any better this time around.
Welcome back to Pilot Inspectors. In today's episode, Dylan would rather be anywhere other than trying to be watching the pilot for the 2003 CW teen drama One Tree Hill. Watch the episode, then listen and find out how we feel about it.
Welcome back to Pilot Inspectors. In anticipation of the release this week of the Aaron Sorkin film Steve Jobs, in today's episode we look at Sorkin's first foray into television, the 1998 ABC workplace sitcom Sports Night. Watch the pilot episode, then join us as we take a look at Sorkin's least patronizing show ever.
Welcome back to Pilot Inspectors. In today's episode, we take a look at the pilot for the new CW musical comedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Can Dylan look past his aversion to all things musical? Can Jen cope with YouTube stars on her television screen? Watch the episode, then listen and find out.