Why the first episode of a TV show called pilot?
Why the first episode of a TV show named Pilot?

Why the first episode of a TV show called pilot?

Pilot. Now I am guessing you are one of those people who develop a sudden urge to answer the 3 A.M. conspiracies that are probably the result of too much smoothie. Or maybe you are fine. After scrolling by dozens of pages stating different facts you came across my blog. SPLENDID!

And You cannot deny the fact ” Why first episode called pilot ” is one of those weird questions that pops into your tiny brain out of nowhere. At least that’s the case for me! So yeah! To the point! Why do you think the first episode of your favorite tv show you are binging on has its 1st episode’s name as Pilot? Why?

There are various explanations about why our favorite TV shows have their first episode named ‘Pilot’ and how this turned into a tradition almost every TV show follows. You have probably noticed a lot of site publishing different facts. Maybe not anymore because I have written a blog about it and every one got enlightened out of emptiness to agree on one statement. SED LYF!


There are answers like ‘It is because it’s the first time it went on AIR’ or ‘It has a relevance with “taking off”.’ It sounds too convincing but is not correct. I even saw a TikTok stating this very thing while was doing regular research. “Oh baby! No baby! You got me all wrong baby!” As you have probably guessed my sense of humor is broke cause I find that funny. Any ways after scratching most of the pages I could find on the internet about this which was by the way very tiring. I settled on this one.

What Pilot means?

The term itself has been used since the 1920s to mean “serving as a prototype”. An episode is produced, to present before Television Networks. After a Network Decides to buys the show, the rest of the shoot starts
They didn’t have a particular name in their mind for the sample episode, so they decide to go with this. Not all first episode are pilots and not all pilots are the first episode.
Some shows go with this name as their first episode whereas others like House Of Cards don’t.

According to this answer on Quora

One of the definitions of “pilot” is “1. Serving as a tentative model for future experiment or development: a pilot project.” And it is this meaning that applies to a TV series. The pilot episode is made on its own as a test for whether a show might work. Then the executives at the network decide if they’re going to “pick up” the show. Often, the pilot serves as the first episode, but not always. Sometimes the pilot has to be thrown out – usually due to casting issues, sometimes locations. Game of Thrones is a recent example of this.

It pretty much says the same thing.

I found this answer on my search which was not able to convince me after I have watched that TikTok video that was giving away false information straight away. You need to be safe from such people.


There is no relevance between an airplane or auto-mobile pilot and this pilot. This pilot means “serving as a prototype” . It’s a Homograph. So don’t get confused.

I am Shashwatt Nigam. I hope you like this article loveable and if you do, show some to me! pls! I’m desperate *wink*

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Shashwatt Nigam

Hi! I am Shashwatt Nigam. I am a storyteller. I inspire people telling my stories about learning new stuff and challenging myself.

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  1. Govind

    Loved this article man , helped me alot . No need need to look somewhere else.

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