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Knight Rider: In which we learn that you get extra cheese with that cheese.

Sort of published this accidentally, but heigh-ho.

Pilot Era

First Aired:25th January 2016

Cast: Main

David Hasslehof                     Michael Knight (Michael Long in shadow)

Edward Mulhare                     Devon Miles

William Daniels                      K.I.T.T. (Voice)

Cast: Guess

Richard Basehart                    Wilton Knight

Larry Anderson                      Michael Long

Richard Anderson                 Doctor Ralph Welsey

Phyllis Davis                          Tanya

Pamela Susan Shoop           Maggie

Barrett Oliver                       Buddy

Plot: A man is gambling and winning big and around him a plan is being hatched. His…

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Reboots and Remakes: Hawaii 5-0 in which we learn that not liking the beach is apparently horrifying to islanders.

Reboots and Remakes Special

Pilot Era

First aired:20th September 2009

Cast (Main):

Alex O’Loughlin – Steve McGarrett

Scott Caan – Danny (Dano) Williams

Daniel Dae – Kim Chin Ho Kelly

Grace Park – Kono Kalakaua

Taylor Wily – Kamekona

Cast (Guest):

Jean Smart – Governor Pat Jameson

Will Yun Lee – Sang Min

Norman Reedus – Anton Hesse

William Sadler – Jack McGarrett

James Marsters – Victor Hesse

Reboot Specifics:

What and When was the Originial? Hawaii 5-0 (1968-1988)

What did they keep? The main cast names, setting and the iconic theme tune to Hawaii 5-0 (You have it in your head now, you’re welcome) and the overall police pocedural theme.

What did they change? Rather than completely retool it, they simply modernised it and put the emphasis on the buddy-cop relationship with McGarrett and Dano.

Are here nods to the past? To be honest, am not familiar enough with the original show to…

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How I Met your Mother, in which we learn that it has to be a Smurf Penis.

And it’s Thursday

Pilot Era

First Aired:25th January 2016


Josh Radnor                                 Ted Mosby

Colbie Smulders                           Robin Scherbatsky

Jason Segel                               Marshall Erickson

Alyson Hannigan                      Lily Aldren

Neil Patrick Harris                    Barney Stinson

Lyndsey Fonseca                       Ted’s daughter

David Henrie                          Ted’s son

Joe Nieves                              Carl  the Bartender

Marshall Manesh                 …

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Sherlock: In which we learn not to let Sherlock use your phone.

It must be Thursday

Pilot Era

First Aired: 25th July 2010


Martin Freeman                              Doctor John Watson

Benedict Cumberbatch                  Sherlock Holmes

Rupert Graves                               Detective Inspector LeStrade

Vinette Robinson                         Detective Sergeant Sally Donovan

Una Stubbs                                  Mrs. Hudson

Louie Brealey                              Molly Hooper

Phil Davies                                  Jeff the Cabbie 

Plot: Doctor John Watson is having nightmares. After discharge from the army, he’s…

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Killjoys: In which we learn that in the far future and the depths of space, brothers are still brothers.

Must be Thursday

Pilot Era

First Aired:25th January 2016


Hannah John-Kamen                     Dutch

Aaron Ashmore                            Johnny Jaqobis

Luke MacFarlane                          D’Avin Jaqobis

Rob Stewart                                Klyhen

Morgan Kelly                            Alvin Akari

Sean Baek                                Fancy Lee

Nora McLellan                        Bellus Haardy

Thom Allison                          Pree

Patrick Garrow                        

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Pokemon: In which we learn that I am a man of my word.

Pilot Era

First Aired: 29th March 1999


Veronica Taylor                              Ash Ketchum

Ikue Otani                                     Pikachu

Plot: The biggest thing in this world is the capturing, training and battling of the little creatures called Pokemon. The story starts with a televised match between a Nidorina and a Gengar. It’s being watched everywhere, but we’re watching through the eyes of 10 year old Ash Ketchum, a resolute but excited ten year old, from Pallett Town, with the ambition to be the greatest Pokemon trainer of all and reach the heady heights of Pokemon Master. It is the night before he gets his first Pokemon from the local expert Professor Oak and he’s having trouble sleeping. As is the way it goes in…

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Archer: In which we learn that’s how you get ants!

Another Pilot Era post

Pilot Era

First Aired:17th September 2009


H. Jon Benjamin Sterling Archer

Aisha Tyler Lana Kane

Jessica Walters Malory Archer

Chris Parnell Cyril Figgis

Judy Greer Cheryl Funt

Amber Nash Pam Poovey

Plot: Sterling Archer is being tortured and interrogated, well it’s a simulation, with fellow secret agents Crenshaw within the spy agency ISIS, headed by Sterling’s mother Malory Archer. It doesn’t go well. To make himself feel better, Archer ends up pulling a Swedish flight attendant and wakes to her dog and berates his butler Woodhouse for letting it in.

Archer goes to work, encountering mad scientist Krieger, receptionist Cheryl, HR head Pam, ex-girlfriend Lana and her rebound boyfriend Cyril Figgis, the accounts guy who points out that there are plenty of discrepancies in his operations account and he needs to square the account, a sentiment shared when Archer is in a meeting with his mother, who Archer walks…

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Green Wing: In which we learn that Caroline doesn’t know what a toilet brush is.

Because I needed something positive today, another Pilot Era Post

Pilot Era

First Aired:3rd September 2004


Tamsin Greig                                  Doctor Caroline Todd

Michelle Gomez                             Sue White

Stephen Mangan                          Doctor Guillame Secretan

Julian Rhind                                 Doctor McCartney

Karl Theobald                              Doctor Martin Deer

Oliver Chris                                 Doctor Boyce

Karl Theobald                              Doctor Martin Deer

Mark Heap               …

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The IT Crowd: In which we learn that your office isn’t that bad.

Another Pilot Era post

Pilot Era

First Aired:3rd February 2006


Chris O’Dowd                                Roy Trennerman

Richard Ayoade                            Maurice Moss

Katherine Parkinson                    Jennifer Barber

Chris Morris                              Denholm Renholm

Plot: Jen is starting work at Renholm industries under the eye of madman Denholm Renholm and is put in charge of the IT department, based on a lie on her CV.

Her new department is essentially two staff in the basement, lazy and antisocial Roy and uber-nerd Moss, who are unhappy about their lot in life. Jen is enchanted by the upper floors and equally horrified when sent down to the basement. The pair are horrified about a…

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