Why is the first episode in series called pilot?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    the whole point of the first show is to see if the show idea will fly, so they call it a pilot...

    If the idea works and the show flies, or gets decent interest from veiwers, then the network picks up the show and orders typically 13 or 26 more episodes.

  • 1 decade ago

    A television program produced as a prototype of a series being considered for adoption by a network or serving as a tentative model for future experiment or development

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