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A "television pilot" (also known as a "pilot", "pilot episode") is a standalone episode of a television series that is used to sell the show to a television network. At the time of its creation, the pilot is meant to be the testing ground to gauge if a series will be successful, and is therefore a test episode of an intended television series. It is an early step in the development of a television series, much like pilot lights or pilot studies serve as precursors to the start of larger activity, or pilot holes prepare the way for larger holes. Television networks use pilots to discover whether an entertaining concept can be successfully realized. After seeing this sample of the proposed product, networks will then determine whether the expense of additional episodes is justified. They are best thought of as prototypes of the show that is to follow, because elements often change from pilot to series. Variety estimates that only a little over a quarter of all pilots made for American television proceed to the series stage, although the figure may be even lower.
Listed here are the pilot episodes of television shows that were picked up by .
|Doug||"Doug Can't Dance"||Was aired as part of the second episode of the series.|
|Rugrats||"Tommy Pickles and the Great White Thing"||Was never aired as an episode of the show, but the scene at the end where Tommy and Spike are watching TV was repurposed for a station ID. The full pilot was eventually included as a bonus feature on the Rugrats: Decade in Diapers - Volume 1 VHS and the Decade in Diapers DVD.|
|The Ren & Stimpy Show||"Big House Blues"||Was later aired as part of the eighth episode of the series, but with some scenes cut out. Clips from this pilot made up all of the clips used in the intro sequence. Both versions of the pilot can be seen on The Ren and Stimpy Show: The First and Second Seasons DVD set.|
|Rocko's Modern Life||"Trash-O-Madness"||Was later as part of the sixth episode of the series, with some new scenes added in. The original version was included as a bonus feature on the Rocko's Modern Life: Season 2 DVD set.|
|Aaahh!!! Real Monsters||"Monsters, Get Real"||Was aired and expanded as part of the show's second episode.|
|Hey Arnold!||"Arnold"||Originally made in 1994, this pilot was shown in theaters in front of Harriet the Spy. It was remade as the episode "24 Hours to Live", and some clips were also used in the Helga montage at the end of "Stuck in a Tree". Unfortunately, the original version has never been released on video.|
|CatDog||"Dog Gone"||Was aired as part of the first episode of the series.|
|The Wild Thornberrys||Untitled||Aired on during the Big Help-a-thon in 1998. Unfortunately, it has never been released on video.|
|SpongeBob SquarePants||"Help Wanted"||Later aired as part of the first episode of the series. The opening was completely different from the final one, featuring an "action theme" soundtrack, composed by Brad Carow.|
|Rocket Power||"Rocket Beach"||Clips from this pilot were prominently used in the show's first opening sequence.|
|ChalkZone||"ChalkZone"||Originally aired as part of the first episode of Oh Yeah! Cartoons. It was later integrated into the first episode of the ChalkZone series, "Rudy's First Adventure".|
|As Told by Ginger||"The Party"||Was included as a bonus feature on the As Told by Ginger: Far From Home DVD, and eventually aired on TeenNick's The Splat on October 9, 2015.|
|The Fairly OddParents||"The Fairly OddParents!"||Originally aired as part of an episode of Oh Yeah! Cartoons. It was later aired as part of an episode of the series itself, with Timmy's lines redubbed by Tara Strong. The original version was included as a bonus feature on The Fairly OddParents: School's Out! The Musical DVD.|
|Invader Zim||Untitled||Was included as a bonus feature on the Invader Zim: Volume 1 - Doom Doom Doom DVD set, and eventually aired on NickToons on December 24, 2011.|
|The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius||"Runaway Rocketboy!"||Was included as a bonus feature on The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Confusion Fusion DVD.|
|Barnyard||"The Barnyard"||Parts of it were seen on the very first teaser trailer for the movie..|
|My Life as a Teenage Robot||"My Neighbor was a Teenage Robot"||Originally aired as part of an episode of Oh Yeah! Cartoons. It was later remade as the series' first episode, "It Came From Next Door".|
|Avatar: The Last Airbender||Untitled||Was included on the Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Complete Book 1: Water Collection DVD set, with an audio commentary by creators by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko. The pilot was also made available for purchase with and without the commentary on iTunes.|
|El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera||"A Fistful of Nickels"||Was aired as part of the 18th episode of the series.|
|Fanboy & Chum Chum||"Fanboy"||Was originally aired as part of an episode of Random! Cartoons.|
|Breadwinners||"Breadwinners"||Has never aired as an episode of the series, but is still shown on YouTube.|
|Harvey Beaks||"Bad Seeds"||Was later remade as the show's first episode, "Pe-Choo!"|
|The Loud House||"Bathroom Break!!"||Originally titled "The Loud House" and produced as part of 's 2013 Animated Shorts Program. It was later featured on Nick.com with its current title.|
|Sky Rat||"No Tickling"|
Nick Jr. pilots
|Blue's Clues||Blue Prints||This pilot did not air on Nick Jr., because it was a test pilot being shown to some preschool kids to see if the show would get the green light. Although clips of it can be shown on Behind the Clues: 10 Years With Blue, the full pilot was never released on video and cannot be watched online.|
|The Backyardigans||Me and My Friends|