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Reno 911!
Jul 19 • 44 min
"Reno 911!," the cult "Cops" spoof, is the subject of Episode 68 of Pilot Study. This begins a dive into some of the more memorable programming choices in the history of Comedy Central. Chris and Grimes talk the unaired pilot and the program's history at…
Alex, Inc.
May 28 • 41 min
"Alex, Inc.," the (loose) adaptation of Alex Blumberg's "StartUp" podcast, is the newest series opening to be dissected on Pilot Study. Chris and Grimes discuss Zach Braff's return to network TV, the utilization of real-life investor Chris Sacca, and…
Mulaney
Apr 15 • 49 min
Pilot Study returns with a look at "Mulaney," the John Mulaney Fox pilot that was cancelled following its first season. Chris and Grimes discuss a poorly written female lead, botched sitcom stereotypes and the Pilot Study categories of Title Talk, Pilot…
Breaking Bad
Jan 15 • 61 min
On its 10-year anniversary, the Pilot Study crew talks "Breaking Bad" and its depiction of Walter White's first steps into anti-hero territory. Assisted by Andrew Bloom (The Andrew Blog, Consequence of Sound), we talk the show's inception and pitch…
Profit
Dec 26, 2017 • 66 min
"It's a show for no one." The newest episode of Pilot Study takes on the short-lived Fox drama, "Profit." An attempt at Peak TV before Peak TV, the title character of Jim Profit (really giving away his goals with that fake moniker) attempts to scheme his…
Halt and Catch Fire
Nov 26, 2017 • 48 min
Podcasts aren't the thing. They're the thing that gets us to the thing. The spiritual successor to AMC's "Mad Men" wasn't a ratings bonanza, but grew into a critically-adored, cult hit. The pilot for "Halt and Catch Fire" is the next to be dissected on…
Clone High
Nov 10, 2017 • 46 min
Tonight, on a "very special" Pilot Study. Chris and Grimes welcome comedian and writer Brock Wilbur to the program to discuss the pilot of "Clone High." From its all-timer of a theme song, to the crazy circumstances surrounding its cancellation, we dive…
Ghosted
Oct 26, 2017 • 49 min
If you're gonna rip off X-Files, you better do it right. Craig Robinson and Adam Scott get their long-awaited "Hot Tub Time Machine 2" reunion (thank you IMDB trivia) in "Ghosted," the new Fox half-hour comedy. Alan Miller, horror superfan joins us,…
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Oct 9, 2017 • 46 min
You better listen to this podcast….by sundown. On the newest episode of Pilot Study, Chris and Grimes talk "Curb Your Enthusiasm," the long-running, recently restarted HBO comedy. Beginning with the mockumentary before the show, the hosts also talk the…
The Deuce
Sep 22, 2017 • 57 min
Step into a world where twins cannot simply look alike, but where twins have the exact same mustache. Step into the world of "The Deuce." Chris and Grimes talk the newest HBO drama from David Simon, along with the idea of Franco twins, a pilot without the…
On The Air
Sep 13, 2017 • 50 min
Podcast listeners. Take your position in our roped off "Podcast Listeners" section. In the newest Pilot Study, the crew talks David Lynch and Mark Frost's "Twin Peaks" follow-up, "On The Air." Alan Miller joins to talk the quickly canceled sitcom, what…
The Tick (2017)
Sep 10, 2017 • 37 min
The Pilot Study chums, joined by Nick Spacek (From & Inspired By), talk the newest iteration of "The Tick," which recently premiered its first 6 episodes on Amazon. The Flag 3 compare it to the previous Fox live action series, talk the increased attention…
South Park
Sep 1, 2017 • 39 min
Chris and Grimes dive into South Park's debut episode, "Cartman Gets An Anal Probe." It begins with a story about Grimes' high school popularity (it was very situational, let's be honest), while then getting into the program's history, some of the weird…
Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later
Aug 29, 2017 • 38 min
The Pilot Study crew discusses the newest addition to the "Wet Hot American Summer" mythology, the "10 Years Later" Netflix sequel. Here we talk how successful each character has become in their "Wet Hot" lives (and if that's a good thing), we obsess over…
54: How I Met Your Mother
Aug 24, 2017 • 40 min
Pilot Study is back with an episode on the long-running CBS series "How I Met Your Mother." We dig into the first 20 minutes for the 5 main characters, tackling who gets the best pilot and why Ted is so annoying. As usual, you'll get some history of the…
53: Land Of The Lost
Jul 11, 2017 • 30 min
Today's episode features our discussion on the 1974 "Land of The Lost" pilot. We talk its unexpectedly required theme, if the show is weird enough to actually revisit, and much, much more. This concludes our "Saturday Morning" theme month.
52: Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventures
Jun 29, 2017 • 33 min
We continue our "Saturday Morning" theme month with a look at CBS's animation version of the Bill & Ted franchise. The two season show, starring the real Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter, begins with an episode titled "One Sweet and Sour Chinese Adventure to…
51: Saved By The Bell
Jun 14, 2017 • 39 min
We continue our "Saturday Morning" theme month with a look at NBC's "Saved By The Bell." We talk the history of the show, and its beginnings with "Good Morning, Miss Bliss," along with the pilot's Zack/Jessie relationship and of course, some title talk.…
50: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
Jun 5, 2017 • 57 min
Today we kick off both season 3 and our "Saturday Morning" theme month with "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers." Joined by guest Michael Escanuelas (@missingartwork), we talk the show's numerous connections to "Zyuranger," Zack's constant dancing and of…
49: The Life & Times of Tim/The Leftovers
Apr 30, 2017 • 60 min
The newest episode of Pilot Study and our season finale features talk on both "The Life & Times Of Tim" and "The Leftovers." In this finale, the co-hosts each suggest a show for one another, while Chris and Grimes then talk the pilots. Will either of them…
48: Louie
Apr 7, 2017 • 39 min
The newest episode of Pilot Study and our finish of "Heightened" theme month centers on the FX series "Louie." We discuss the lead-up to the show, how the stand-up is cleverly worked into the plotlines, and the program's music. Stay tuned next week for…
47: Flight Of The Conchords/Tenacious D (Live)
Mar 28, 2017 • 52 min
Our SXSW live episode talks both "Flight Of The Conchords" and "Tenacious D." We discuss how each show looks in 2017 — with Flight on its 10-year anniversary and Tenacious on its 20th — and how music assists narrative in each. We end with a live round of…
46: Maron
Mar 10, 2017 • 38 min
The newest episode of Pilot Study takes on "Maron," in our first entry of "Heightened" theme month. We discuss the WTF podcast origins, being afraid of silence, and the title sequence/blues riffs. We end with a round of "Spin Out" where Grimes pitches an…
45: Riverdale
Feb 28, 2017 • 52 min
The newest episode of Pilot Study takes on "Riverdale," and its "Archie Got Hot" tagline. Chris is joined by Modern Vinyl staffers James Cassar and Meghin Moore, while they discuss the Ms. Grundy conundrum, Josie & The Pussycats, female friendship and…
44: Legion
Feb 16, 2017 • 69 min
The newest episode of Pilot Study takes on "Legion," the new FX series set within the "X-Men" universe. Noah Hawley (Fargo) serves as showrunner and the cast is led by Dan Stevens (The Guest). Garth Watson of Film Brew guests and plays a round of The IMDB…
43: Greenmount
Feb 3, 2017 • 26 min
The newest episode of Pilot Study is our first "Pilot Preview" episode. Here, we look at "Greenmount," a 14-minute proof of concept that stars Shane Kippel and Samantha Munro (Degrassi: The Next Generation). You can watch the pilot, here:…
42: The Young Pope
Jan 25, 2017 • 41 min
The newest episode of Pilot Study takes on the recent premiere of "The Young Pope" on HBO. We talk the opening dream sequence, the "meme culture" surrounding the show, and how the present day Pope affects this show.
41: It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia
Jan 17, 2017 • 28 min
The newest episode of Pilot Study takes on the first of "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia," a show now unexpectedly lasting into its 12th season. We talk the original, $200 pilot, how that evolved into the FX show, along with how the show's structure…
40: True Detective
Dec 23, 2016 • 56 min
We continue "Murder Month" with an hour-long discussion on True Detective. We dive into the Rust/Marty dynamic, some of Rust's more memorable musings on life, along with much, much more. Timeline 2:30, Specs for “The Long Bright Dark” 7:08, Title Talk…
39: Dexter
Dec 9, 2016 • 52 min
The beginning of "Murder Month" is all about "Dexter," the Michael C. Hall-led show that hit its 10-year anniversary earlier in 2016. We discuss if this show represents peak anti-hero in concept, how it'd be seen today and introduce a couple new segments:…
38: The Adventures Of Pete & Pete
Nov 22, 2016 • 32 min
Finishing up our ____ & ____ theme month, we talk the cult favorite "The Adventures of Pete & Pete." The Nickelodeon program, along with its indie scene roots, is explored by way of history, modern day comparisons, and the road trip concept being used in…
37: Kenan & Kel
Nov 9, 2016 • 31 min
Continuing our ____ & ____ theme month, we talk the pilot episode of "All That" spinoff, "Kenan & Kel." We get into the Coolio-penned title sequence, Kel's changes from episode 1 to 2, and the comedic stylings of '90s live action Nick. Timeline 2:14,…
36: Dharma & Greg
Nov 3, 2016 • 24 min
Continuing our ____ & ____ theme month, we talk the pilot episode of Dharma & Greg. From its charming first few minutes, to the avalanche of plot that follows, we come out with relative enjoyment of the '90s laugh track sitcom and its very '90s title…
35: Rick & Morty
Oct 14, 2016 • 32 min
Episode 35 of Pilot Study takes on the cult-favorite Adult Swim show, "Rick and Morty." It's show 1 in our Blank & Blank theme month (aka shows with two characters in the title). We start with its history and "cease and desist" inspiration, along with the…
34: Friday Night Lights (Hall Of Fame)
Oct 3, 2016 • 50 min
As part of its 10-year anniversary, we welcome "Friday Night Lights" to the Pilot Study Hall of Fame. Chris makes his case for the honor, while we also talk the changing state of football, a thankless Tami Taylor pilot role, and monkey studies (don't…
33: Spin City
Sep 27, 2016 • 26 min
As part of its 20-year anniversary, we welcome "Spin City" to Pilot Study. The Michael J. Fox series also stars Richard Kind, Connie Britton (more on her next episode), Carla Gugino and Alan Ruck, in a really stacked cast. We get into Fox's alternate…
32: Atlanta
Sep 16, 2016 • 32 min
The latest episode of Pilot Study is all about Donald Glover's new show, "Atlanta." Over at FX, Glover's put together something that avoids the Entourage "show about fame" pitfalls, gets by without using the musical talents of Childish Gambino, and that…
31: Untitled Kanye West HBO Project
Sep 9, 2016 • 35 min
"Unaired" month continues with a look at Kanye West's mysterious HBO pilot. The pilot has only been publicly displayed once, by co-star Wyatt Cenac, which makes for a fascinating dive into the history and lone 3 minutes available online. We talk its…
30: The IT Crowd (U.S.)
Sep 4, 2016 • 44 min
"Unaired" month continues with our look at the U.S. version of "The IT Crowd." Starring Joel McHale, the show attempts to transition the UK property, utilizing one of the original lead actors in the process. We talk McHale's casting, a terrible pratfall…
29: Revenge Of The Nerds
Aug 25, 2016 • 45 min
The newest episode of Pilot Study continues our "Unaired" month with "Revenge Of The Nerds," the movie to TV adaptation. It's racist, sexist and well, probably a show written by white dudes. All this, plus a plot that makes little to no sense, gave us the…
28: Clerks
Aug 18, 2016 • 41 min
We kick off our "Unaired" theme month with the previously lost pilot for Clerks, the sitcom (+ laugh track) adaptation of the Kevin Smith film. Jim Breuer makes a pre-SNL appearance, the writers can't use Jay or Silent Bob and Keri Russell even makes an…
27: Vice Principals
Aug 2, 2016 • 39 min
The newest episode of Pilot Study takes on the new Danny McBride/Jody Hill project, "Vice Principals." Chris and Grimes discuss whether we've hit "McBride Saturation" and if his character here deserves the same sympathy given to Kenny Powers. Grimes also…
26: The West Wing
Jul 22, 2016 • 60 min
Episode 26 of Pilot Study centers on "The West Wing," premiering in 1999 and taking home a slew of Emmy awards for its first season and beyond. The pilot, by itself, was responsible for three Emmy wins and another nomination (somehow it didn't win for…
25: Full House & Fuller House
Jul 17, 2016 • 45 min
Pilot Study returns for its second season with a television endurance test of which no human should readily attempt. Yep, we're doing a "Full House"/"Fuller House" doubleheader. We talk the truly bizarre Olsen moment in the reboot, along with how both…
24: Lost (Hall Of Fame)
May 6, 2016 • 72 min
Episode 24 of Pilot Study (and the season 1 finale) has us inducting Lost into the Pilot Study Hall Of Fame. We talk the early script for the related Nowhere, the opening (expensive) beach scene and Michael Keaton turning down the lead role.
23: Eastbound & Down
Apr 29, 2016 • 47 min
Episode 23 of Pilot Study hits on "Eastbound & Down," in honor of baseball signaling the (hopeful) approach of warm weather. We talk who Kenny Powers was possibly based on, the direction of Jody Hill and an early pilot script. Next week, we'll be…
22: The Larry Sanders Show
Apr 21, 2016 • 39 min
Episode 22 of Pilot Study looks to honor Garry Shandling with a look at his landmark achievement, "The Larry Sanders Show." We talk guest hosting in today's late night landscape, the greatness that is "Artie" and much, much more. And stick around for a…
21: The Path
Apr 7, 2016 • 51 min
Episode 21 of Pilot Study is all about the newest addition to Hulu, The Path. Chris and Grimes discuss the stacked cast, why the journey needed to start elsewhere and what exactly the ending means.
20: Batman: The Animated Series
Mar 30, 2016 • 36 min
Theme Month: Superheroes Is Bruce Wayne a pimp? Chris and Grimes discuss one of the greatest animated/superhero shows of all time, Batman: The Animated Series. The pilot, titled "On Leather Wings," introduces villain Man-Bat to a general audience and…
19: Daredevil
Mar 24, 2016 • 57 min
Theme Month: Superheroes Is parkour a power? Chris and Grimes discuss Daredevil on the newest Pilot Study (numero 19), the first in the Marvel/Netflix extended universe. We talk Daredevil's power, the hatred of Foggy Nelson and much, much more. Next week,…
18: The Incredible Hulk
Mar 16, 2016 • 44 min
Theme Month: Superheroes David Banner loves juice, The Hulk can't swim and everyone needs to change their damn tires. Today we're talking the pilot episode/TV movie for The Incredible Hulk, which premiered in 1977. And stick around to the end for a…
17: The Tick
Mar 11, 2016 • 28 min
Theme Month: Superheroes Episode 17 of Pilot Study starts up Superhero Month in style with "The Tick." The Fox show, which only ran for a season, has become a cult treasure in recent years, so much so that a revival was just announced through Amazon. We…
16: Trailer Park Boys
Mar 1, 2016 • 28 min
Theme Month: Wrong Side Of The Tracks Episode 16 of Pilot Study focuses on the Canadian show, Trailer Park Boys, while finishing up our "Wrong Side Of The Tracks" month. Stick around for talk on the show's extensive pre-pilot history, Cyrus' great pilot…
15: Roseanne
Feb 26, 2016 • 28 min
Episode 15 of Pilot Study is all about Roseanne. We talk about Grimes' personal connection to the show, the great George Clooney making an appearance and much more. Make sure to check out EW's oral history of the show. And stay tuned at the end for a…
14: 11.22.63
Feb 23, 2016 • 83 min
TIMELY EPISODE ALERT The newest episode of Pilot Study is all about the brand new Stephen King adaptation, "11.22.63." The James Franco-led Hulu program is an 80-minute premiere (so an 80-minute pod, you get it by now), so we talk the time travel…
13: Orphan Black
Feb 15, 2016 • 48 min
Theme Month: Wrong Side Of The Tracks Episode 13 of Pilot Study focuses on Orphan Black, the Tatiana Maslany-led, Hot Topic-loved BBC American show. We talk the show's pitch perfect visual style, changes from the pilot script and "Vic The Dick." And stick…
12: The O.C.
Feb 9, 2016 • 66 min
Theme Month: Wrong Side Of The Tracks Could this be peak Pilot Study? Are we talking about the greatest television show of all time today? Possibly. Episode 12 takes on The O.C., including Ryan Atwood tanks, "Cool Sandy" and of course, Seth Cohen's wall…
11: Hannibal
Feb 2, 2016 • 47 min
Theme Month: Monster Hunters Episode 11 of Pilot Study (and our finale in Monster Hunter month) is all about Hannibal. Our first big disagreement centers around Will Graham's special powers, possible vegetarian propaganda and "procedurals." This is also a…
10: Scooby Doo, Where Are You!
Jan 26, 2016 • 25 min
Theme Month: Monster Hunters Episode 10 of Pilot Study (and the 3rd in our Monster Hunters series) focuses on the first Scooby Doo series, "Scooby Doo Where Are You!". Chris and Grimes talk the inability to define a set mystery in this first episode and…
9: Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Jan 18, 2016 • 46 min
Theme Month: Monster Hunters Episode 9 of Pilot Study takes on the Joss Whedon-penned series, "Buffy The Vampire Slayer." We discuss exactly how the concept went from film to television, along with Buffy being terrible at hiding her "slayer" status and…
8: The X-Files
Jan 11, 2016 • 50 min
Theme Month: Monster Hunters Episode 8 of Pilot Study is the start of "Monster Hunter Month." And with its Fox revival later this month, it was the perfect opportunity to talk The X-Files, which premiered in 1993. Stick around for talk on a key 3-minute…
7: Red Oaks
Dec 29, 2015 • 31 min
Theme Month: Amazon Originals Episode 7 of Pilot Study finishes out Amazon Month with "Red Oaks," an '80s-set comedy featuring big (behind the scenes) names such as Steven Soderbergh, David Gordon Green and Greg Jacobs. Stick around for talk about Grimes'…
6: The Man In The High Castle
Dec 23, 2015 • 63 min
Theme Month: Amazon Originals Episode 6 of Pilot Study takes aim at Nazis, bland leads and people who are really, really bad at being sneaky. Like….stop looking over your god damn shoulder all the time! The Man In The High Castle, which is streaming its…
5: Highston
Dec 20, 2015 • 29 min
Theme Month: Amazon Originals Episode 5 of Pilot Study centers on "Highston." The new Amazon pilot features a main character who interacts with random celebrities, making for a cameo fest. We talk about those cameos, what era this show is actually set in…
4: One Mississippi
Dec 15, 2015 • 28 min
Theme Month: Amazon Originals The newest episode of Pilot Study centers around One Mississippi, the possible Amazon series featuring Tig Notaro. The episode is part of our Amazon pack of shows, in which we'll look at two recently up for vote (Amazon lets…
3: The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air
Dec 10, 2015 • 37 min
The newest episode of Pilot Study is all about Will Smith's breakout role, Uncle Phil's words of wisdom and Carlton….well whatever he does in this pilot episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Stick around for talk about how the episode should have ended…
2: Ferris Bueller
Dec 3, 2015 • 27 min
The second episode of the Pilot Study launch centers around an inexplicable, highly unintelligible TV adaptation of Ferris Bueller's Day Off. In the opening minutes, our new Bueller (more just a dick than high school prophet) cuts the head off a Matthew…
1: The Twilight Zone
Nov 19, 2015 • 31 min
The pilot episode of Pilot Study starts us off in classic territory. The Twilight Zone, the legendary anthology series created by Rod Serling, premiered on October 2nd, 1959 on CBS. Being an anthology series, it avoids the pitfalls of traditional pilot…