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A television pilot has the power to make or break a network and its cast. These 15 single episodes broke the mold and went on to change TV history.

As we delve deeper into the fall TV season, we’ve already seen pilot episodes from ABC‘s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and NBC‘s The Michael J. Fox Show. Those are just a few of the many new series premieres designed to entice us, keep us engaged with our favorite networks, and bring us back for more enjoyment.

It is interesting just how powerful a TV pilot can have on the audience, too. The creation of a strong pilot can be an example in striking while the iron is hot (such is the case with S.H.I.E.L.D.), or just building an original character that becomes regarded as a work of art (Breaking Bad anyone?).

Some truly amazing shows even have weak starts, but for The 15 Greatest Television Pilot Episodes we’ve listed here—there are nothing but hits.

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