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And the Best TV Pilot of the Last 15 Years Is...

We've come to the end, ladies and gentlemen. After four weeks and thousands of votes, you've helped crown the best pilot of the last 15 years. The results of the final round aren't especially surprising, but the deserving pilot came through victorious. 

You winner is... Lost, of course. Breaking Bad's cinderella run came to an end, and it wasn't even close. Lost tallied about 3,000 more votes than Breaking Bad, which means that Lost blew through this competition from start to finish. Counting all the rounds together, Lost defeated its opponents (AliasThe Walking DeadHow I Met Your Mother, and BrBa) by a total of about 15,000 votes. Of course, Breaking Bad was no slouch in toppling The SopranosThe Shield, and Pushing Daisies on its way to the championship. There's no doubt that Breaking Bad is a much better show than Lost, and BrBa was certainly aided in this competition by its currently airing final season, but as we've discussed repeatedly over the last month, this was all about the first episode and the first episode only. In that regard, Lost is better, and I would argue that it's much better. It deserved to win this competition, as it deserves to win most pilot-focused competitions. Thank you for doing the right thing. 

In the battle for third place, you crazy How I Met Your Mother fans came out big-time, helping the the CBS comedy stomp Pushing Daisies by about the same margin as Lost defeating Breaking BadHIMYM's run in this competition surprised me, particularly its victory over Arrested Development in the second round, but that's what happens in competitions like this. And to be fair, the HIMYM pilot is very, very good—especially for a comedy pilot. Is it better than Pushing Daisies' first episode? In my opinion no, but the shows are so different on a fundamental level that there's no real reason to get worked up about the results. It's third place. 

As we come to the end of the competition, I want to thank you for voting and commenting along the way. Your participation here makes it more likely that we'll do more competitions like this in the future. 

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Yay Lost the deserving winner. I should add that even though I prefer HIMYM to Pushing Daisies, I think Pushing Daisies was a much better pilot. Arrested Development was about ten times better than both those pilots but people voting on this poll have short term memories.
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how did I miss the results!?! LOST always and 4ever.
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So glad the hype didn't push BrBa all the way through. Hooray for Lost. Maybe now I can stop being offended by and actually start seriously watching Breaking Bad.
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Lost is the best show ever.I would never even consider watching Breaking Bad,never have,never will.
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that is an absolute shame
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Actually I consider it my business what I spend my time and money on.I can decide for myself what I enjoy watching without outside influences.So I don't consider it a shame because due to what I know of the show I know I wouldn't enjoy it.
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For me Lost is the greatest TV series EVER!!! Breaking Bad is around 3/4 after Lost, The Wire and The X-Files.
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I would have 1.LOST 2.Breaking bad, 3.The Sopranos 4.The Wire 5.The X-Files 5.OZ 6.The Shield......
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"There's no doubt that Breaking Bad is a much better show than Lost"

WRONG! That's your opinion, Many would disagree.

Breaking Bad is an incredible TV show, and maybe its quality has been more consistent throughout its run, But Lost broke new ground in TV, No TV show before or since has sparked so much intrigue, and discussion. Lets also not forget Lost had to make double the episodes of BrBa, And they had to deal with a writers strike mid show.

Here's how I break down rating LOST Vs BrBa.

--------------------Season 1--Season 2--Season 3--S4---S5----S6--Total----Avge
LOST--------------9.4/10-------9.5/10------9.6/10-----9.4---8.8--8.9---55.6-----9.26
BrBa---------------9.0/10-------9.0/10------9.0/10-----9.2---9.4---------45.6-----9.12

So, As you can see IMO, There's not much difference between the shows all things considered, But LOST will always have a bigger part of my heart and my mind.
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Totally agree man, Most of the people that "Hate" on Lost still believe the myth that "They didn't answer questions" or "They were dead all along" LOL..
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Pushing Daisies should definately have made it into the finale, although only to lose to Lost. Breaking Bad's pilot should have never made it this far although the shows is brilliant. I dont really get the repeated mentioning of AD in this context. Its one of my favourite shows of all time but I just didnt think the pilot wasnt anything out of the ordinary other than matching the quality of the show in general.
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The most hilarious TV pilot I recall was Reaper.. Too bad the show only lasted for 2 seasons. Ray Wise as the devil.. Dust Devil to suck up evil? :)
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Maybe we should do a "worst finale" poll next? Lost would probably win it too but I'd vote for Dexter. The whole last season was a slap in the face but the finale was a proper boot in the gonads :(
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LOST's Finale was excellent on so many levels, Shame many people misunderstood it.
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LOL for a start, I was perfectly content with the finale, so you're barking at the wrong guy. With that being said, you should deal with the fact that it wasn't "excellent" for everyone. You can't just say that anyone unhappy with the ending simply misunderstood it.
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LOL.. I never said "anyone unhappy with the ending simply misunderstood it." BUT it is a fact that most people that were unhappy DID MISUNDERSTAND IT.

PS I agree with you on Dexter, That ending was a true cop out, Showing a lack of balls, Dexter should have died or been found out by the people in his life.
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"the deserving pilot came through victorious..."

False.
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I am glad Lost won. I have watched both shows but I remember I did not even know the Lost pilot was on since it was on a night there is not usually anything worth watching so I was playing on my computer in another room. My husband, who had gone to the store had left theTV on the station the show was playing on. I happened to come into the room to get something just after it started and was immediately drawn to the show. I had to sit there and see what happened with the plane crash and I never left until the show was over. I told my husband he would have to finish watching it with me because I was not going to let him change the channel when he got back from the store. What an opening! I don't remember feeling that way about Breaking Bad.
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Oh guys ! LOST !! i JUST fucking miss it :(
And am going to miss Breaking Bad , how the fuck am gonna handle this ?!!
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best pilot has got to be prison break
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Best pilot, worst finale :(
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The Lost finale was EPIC, If you understood it. LOL
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I liked the finale as vague as it was.
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I think we have been blessed to live in this television era. The quality and choice of shows that are on the air now is mind boggling. I am having a hard time just trying to keep up.

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I remember watching the pilot for LOST back in 2004 (yikes!). I was hooked from the first fifteen minutes and watched every second of every episode for six seasons. Best line from season 1: Charlie, "Guys, where are we?" That summed it up for me because I had never seen anything like it before.

The pilot for Fringe wasn't bad either. The weird shit on the plane.
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Go Lost!
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way off... again the best pilot was last resort you effing dummies.
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Last Resort had the best pilot for a ridiculously stupid show sporting near perfectly bad acting...i"ll give you that. Only slightly edging out Revolution.
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I think the 3 to none thumbs up ratio says otherwise
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maybe now best season finales? in that case shall i present the winner right now: Sopranos!
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I think I'd go with Six Feet Under
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yeah, that one was a good one too...
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Also the Supernatural pilot.That pilot was perfect in every way imaginable.I also really like the Alias pilot.Deff. in my top 5.
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Pushing daisies has been a strange choice of a candidate for me from the start, but don't want to hurt anybody's feelings with that - I just didn't find the pilot (or the series) any interesting.
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I like Pushing Daisies, but its pilot wasn't the best. Lost's pilot was way better.
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Ok, so next time. Lets do the best Show Finale of the last 15 years. That's a far harder one to judge! (We'll maybe, depends if BB faceplants on Sunday, otherwise it's a given.)
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Well that ideas blown it. BB didn't only nail the landing, it pulled out the Jazz Hands to follow!
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Like that idea!I love lost but I don't think it is the best Finale of the last 15 years.
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How can you know? It hasn't even aired yet...
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Somehow I suspect these results aren't scientifically strong enough to hold up under scrutiny. ;-)
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You know what? I think you are dead right! LOL! Half the "losers" got robbed LOL! But I think this is like a little experiment that shows precisely how come some excellent shows get nipped in the bud... ;-)
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It was a great pilot, however, you're probably right JT...
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Not surprised that LOST won but I have to say that Last Resort should have a mention - especially for a excellent show killed off way too early
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...can't possibly be serious.
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For me it will always be The Shield. The Shield really kind of brought in the era of gritty TV and made it ok to watch anti heroes. Without The Shield there is no first couple seasons of SOA, Breaking Bad, Justified etc. None of them.

For me that is what a best pilot does. It isn't just good, it is something other pilots strive for and often attempt to mimic.
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I agree that Lost had an incredible pilot.
Pretty bummed about HIMYM beating Pushing Daisies... but the shows are nothing alike- it's like comparing Friends and Desperate Housewives.
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Pretty sad about Pushing Daisies. Their pilot was pretty good, better that HIMYM's imo.

I like the idea of a best series finale contest that's been proposed below.
A best season finale/cliffhanger could work too I think.
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I only revenge voted for HIMYM because Awake had one of the best pilots I've ever seen.
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Lost was amazing in the first season or two, I really loved the sow but after that ending I can never look at the show the same again. Pushing Daisies is one of my all time favourite shows and still fills me with irrational anger when I think about how it was killed before its time!
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wow. Lost won. I may have to watch....lol. No.
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Don't sell it short no matter the length it was still the top pilot and everyone knew it would win. The first two seasons are great but it gets a little weird in the 3rd.
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You really *should* at least watch the two-part pilot.
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No wonder it won. 2-hr Pilot.
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It won for the best opening scene in TV history.


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The island broke the plane mid-flight, not even Matt Parkman's powers could've prevented that crash.
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Oh yeah ionee? Then why the crash if he's such a great pilot? Hiyo!!!
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Best pilot, ever!
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Shame Pushing Daisies lost to a mediocre show... It was one of the best shows ever!
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Now, if next week you ask about the best TV series finale, no doubt the results are gonna be the exact opposite.
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great idea! of those shows that i watched and those which were lucky enough not to get cancelled, house and chuck endings come to mind - those maybe weren't the most mind-blowing finales, but they made the fans happy at the very least. not many shows could 'say' that.
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I really like the idea of doing best series finale (worst might be fun too). Right now my vote for best series finale would go to The Shield, but let's see what Breaking Bad does next week.
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six feet under!
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Oh God, yes, especially the last 8 minutes with {SPOILERS} Claire driving away and we see everyone's end. To the tune of Sia's Breathe Me. Gets me EVERY. TIME. Cue peacock sobbing.
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yes!
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The idea about the best series finale is good.
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