I will probably never buy into the marketing reasons behind this, but NBC is following in the footsteps of ABC and Fox by releasing the pilots of some of its new shows online, ahead of their actual premiere dates.
For your consideration from the Peacock are "new" drama Ironside and Mike O'Malley comedy Welcome to the Family. Oh, and look at that, I've made it easy for you by embedding the videos below. You can thank me (or yell at me, if you hate them, or can't watch them outside the U.S.) later.
Ironside (October 2 at 10pm)
Blair Underwood stars as Robert Ironside in this re-imagined version of the original series that ran on NBC from 1967 to 1975. He leads an elite, hand-picked team of good-looking actors pretending to be cops as they track down bad guys in NYC. But here's the catch: He's in a wheelchair, you see, so it's interesting and badass and not at all like other cop procedurals. The series also stars Kenneth Choi (Sons of Anarchy), Brent Sexton (The Killing, Justified), and Spencer Grammer (Greek).
Welcome to the Family (October 3 at 8:30pm)
Mike O'Malley (Glee) and Ricardo Chavira (Desperate Housewives) lead this new sitcom about the inevitable, reluctant joining of two families after their horny teenagers fail to pay attention in health class and end up pregnant before high school graduation. We've seen this story play out on TV several times before, but maybe Welcome to the Family will be the series to really make it? You know, just like the two teens believe they'll make it, because they're in love and no one in their position has ever been so in love and they'll be the exception and not the rule?
What'd you think? Did you like either of these enough to stick around for Episode 2?