Favourite TV Drama Pilots

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1. Lost (2004–2010)
Episode: Pilot: Part 1 (2004)

TV-14 | 42 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

Forty-eight survivors of an airline flight originating from Australia, bound for the U.S., which crash-lands onto an unknown island 1000 miles off course, struggle to figure out a way to survive while trying to find a way to be rescued.

Director: J.J. Abrams | Stars: Matthew Fox, Evangeline Lilly, Terry O'Quinn, Naveen Andrews

Votes: 9,474

2. The O.C. (2003–2007)
Episode: Pilot (2003)

TV-PG | 45 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A troubled teen boy's life is forever changed when, upon landing in jail for a crime his brother committed, a public defender from Orange County, California decides to take him into his home.

Director: Doug Liman | Stars: Peter Gallagher, Kelly Rowan, Ben McKenzie, Mischa Barton

Votes: 1,175

3. Prison Break (2005–2017)
Episode: Pilot (2005)

TV-14 | 42 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Michael Scofield is imprisoned in Fox River State Penitentiary. He finds his brother, Lincoln Burrows, who is a death row prisoner, and tells him that he is going to break them both out of the prison.

Director: Brett Ratner | Stars: Dominic Purcell, Wentworth Miller, Robin Tunney, Amaury Nolasco

Votes: 5,972

4. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
Episode: Pilot (2008)

TV-MA | 58 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, chemistry teacher Walter White teams up with former student Jesse Pinkman to cook and sell crystal meth.

Director: Vince Gilligan | Stars: Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris

Votes: 25,888

5. Suits (2011–2019)
Episode: Pilot (2011)

TV-14 | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

A "closer" for one of New York City's most successful law firms decides to hire an aloof genius who has passed the bar but never went to law school as his associate.

Director: Kevin Bray | Stars: Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Rick Hoffman, Meghan Markle

Votes: 4,578

6. Game of Thrones (2011–2019)
Episode: Winter Is Coming (2011)

TV-MA | 62 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Eddard Stark is torn between his family and an old friend when asked to serve at the side of King Robert Baratheon; Viserys plans to wed his sister to a nomadic warlord in exchange for an army.

Director: Timothy Van Patten | Stars: Sean Bean, Mark Addy, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Michelle Fairley

Votes: 40,967

7. Ozark (2017– )
Episode: Sugarwood (2017)

TV-MA | 58 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

After his business partner cheats a dangerous client, financial adviser Marty must devise a radical plan to save the lives of himself and his family.

Director: Jason Bateman | Stars: Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, Sofia Hublitz, Skylar Gaertner

Votes: 5,923

8. Billions (2016– )
Episode: Pilot (2016)

TV-MA | 59 min | Drama

U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades is tipped to a case of insider trading with links to billionaire hedge fund king Bobby "Axe" Axelrod, setting off a cat and mouse game where the stakes are high and intensely personal.

Director: Neil Burger | Stars: Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Maggie Siff, Malin Akerman

Votes: 1,917

9. Homeland (2011–2020)
Episode: Pilot (2011)

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A CIA case officer becomes suspicious that a Marine Sergeant war hero rescued after eight years of captivity in Afghanistan, has been turned into a sleeper agent by Al Qaeda.

Director: Michael Cuesta | Stars: Claire Danes, Damian Lewis, Morena Baccarin, David Harewood

Votes: 4,221

10. The Sopranos (1999–2007)
Episode: Pilot (1999)

TV-MA | 59 min | Crime, Drama

A mobster passes out at a family barbecue and seeks therapy to understand why.

Director: David Chase | Stars: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli

Votes: 5,686

11. Narcos (2015–2017)
Episode: Descenso (2015)

TV-MA | 57 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

Chilean drug chemist Cockroach brings his product to Colombian smuggler Pablo Escobar. DEA agent Steve Murphy joins the war on drugs in Bogota.

Director: José Padilha | Stars: Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook, Pedro Pascal, Joanna Christie

Votes: 7,562

12. House of Cards (2013–2018)
Episode: Chapter 1 (2013)

TV-MA | 55 min | Drama

Congressman Francis Underwood has been declined the chair for Secretary of State. He's now gathering his own team to plot his revenge. Zoe Barnes, a reporter for the Washington Herald, will do anything to get her big break.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Kate Mara, Corey Stoll

Votes: 7,377

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