10 greatest TV pilots ever

Part 2, comedy: From "Wonder Years" to "Arrested Development," the debut episodes that truly made America laugh


Matt Zoller Seitz
September 29, 2010 5:01AM (UTC)

A doctor hitting a golf ball into a minefield. A brassy dame imitating Jimmy Durante in her boss's living room. A couple of teenagers kissing in a shady grove while a war rages half a world away.

These are all scenes from some of the greatest comedy TV pilots American TV has produced. To mark the start of yet another fall season we've ranked the very best. (We covered the greatest dramatic pilots here.) As always, some caveats: The list is subjective. TV is a big medium. There were only 10 slots. We didn't include animated comedies: apples, oranges, etc. We couldn't list everything. Your mileage may vary.

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What comedy pilots would you have included?


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