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Piloting Error

Piloting Error

By Piloting Error

Come with us as we crash full force into abandoned media, so strange and bizarre, seen by millions and forgotten like some terrible fever dream fit during a childhood ailment. Not dead, but still alive though emaciated by the ravages of time and tape decay, in the purgatory of internet video sharing sites. We don't just review, we take you through every confounding moment to try and piece together the mysteries that are failed television pilots.
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Episode 14 - Christmas in Tattertown
Episode 14 - Christmas in Tattertown
Oh BOY! Exactly what you wanted for Christmas, a rerun of your new favorite episode of your least favorite podcast! Cool! We are heading back to Tattertown, an extremely confusing animated story about a tyrannical little girl who wants to force religion on literal trash, and that's not even the weirdest part. It's the very first Nicktoon and created by Ralph Bakshi, the father of modern cartooning. We will be back in January with all new episodes!
01:38:04
December 19, 2022
Episode 8 - Lookwell
Episode 8 - Lookwell
This month we offer up a classic favorite episode, the Quixotic adventures of actor turned annoyance to police work, Lookwell, written by Conan O'Brien and Robert Smigel and starring the one and only Adam West! This is one we bring up quite a bit as an example of a failed TV Pilot that is actually worth watching. We will be back soon with new episodes, but for now enjoy this old one. (Chances are, judging by our downloads, you've never listened to it anyway!)
01:17:49
November 28, 2022
Episode 21 - The Elvira Show
Episode 21 - The Elvira Show
Things are getting super spooky but also super horny on the podcast this episode, as we watch a 1993 pilot starring national treasure, Elvira. Unfortunately it doesn't live up to her movie, but we were dying laughing anyway. We also welcome horror and Elvira expert Miguel Myers from My Horror Confessional (https://allmylinks.com/myhorrorconfessional) and we all three learn the true manifestation of evil: sassy talking animals.   
01:46:27
October 30, 2022
Episode 20 - Loose Ends #2
Episode 20 - Loose Ends #2
So it's come this, a Piloting Error clip show? No, not quite, but close. We talk out of asses so much we actually have to dedicate entire episodes to correcting ourselves. We also find time to host an award show complete with slapping, and Native American protestors. Two years, and 20 episodes later, we have yet to put a dent in abandoned TV pilots that were uploaded to the internet. 
01:09:58
October 07, 2022
Episode 19 - Mermaids
Episode 19 - Mermaids
Oh boy! What a sopping wet pilot this is. We spend way too much time with three sisters/mermaids as they avenge the death of their father, at the hands of a bizarre fisherman who uses explosives to fish in this 2003 annoyance. Who would have thought there were so many mer-rules?! And we break all of them, except the one about nipples on television. You can't even do that in Australia.    
01:42:56
August 24, 2022
Episode 18 - There Goes The Neighborhood
Episode 18 - There Goes The Neighborhood
In our hoboiest episode yet, your humble podcast hosts of meager means set out on a journey across the US by riding the rails to visit Big city ROB (robkschulte.com) in California and learn of his big city podcast ways. Then on to Bel Air where news has it Hobos have inherited the entire wealth and estate of a possibly confused but definitely deceased multi-millionaire. The neighborhood, or at least one annoying person who basically lives on the same property, are upset about where this is all going. Are there really no more than 1 episodes worth of hobo jokes? We find out when we watch this 1983 waste of server space.  
01:51:00
July 04, 2022
Episode 17 - The Questor Tapes
Episode 17 - The Questor Tapes
You know what, fuck it! Let's just talk about Star Trek for two hours. Why else would we drudge up this Gene Roddenberry 1974 slog of a pilot about an android searching for his creator? Every single interesting idea has been extracted and put to better use some where else. Yet we go boldly where many have gone before!  Also we welcome special guest ED from the Bro Trek Podcast! https://anchor.fm/bro-trek
01:46:28
May 20, 2022
Episode 16 - Higher Ground
Episode 16 - Higher Ground
Strange things are done in the midnight sun, but this isn't one of them, in fact it couldn't get more boiler plate and bland than John Denver flying his plane in fake Alaska. And yet, some how, we got lost in his little Dutch Boy turned Golden Retriever charm, as we roamed through the spruce stands, and dined on Oranges, moose burgers, and lamb stew, while he lulls us into submission with songs about nature and stuff. It's 1988, he's flying planes, performing search and rescue operations, and helping the local constabulary, Sheriff John Rhys-Davies, enforce draconian prohibition, and probably getting ready to move-in on his dead best friends widow! What more could you ask for? I guess a lot since this is all we got. 
01:09:32
April 09, 2022
Episode 15 - Cows
Episode 15 - Cows
In our first international episode, we visit 1997 BBC Four to admire the commercials of Great Britain, while occasionally also talking about an Eddie Izzard penned atrocity that asks the moosical question: "What if some uppity cows started asserting basic human rights?" Fear not, the natural social Darwinian order will eventually put them back in their place. It's a terrible lesson in British politics, and one we learned the hard way, by watching one of the worst pieces of garbage any of us has ever had to sit through... multiple times. 
01:27:13
March 07, 2022
Episode 14 - Christmas in Tattertown
Episode 14 - Christmas in Tattertown
It's a good old fashion Piloting Error Christmas when we watch the very first Nicktoon, and struggle to make sense of a collage of ideas that could only have come from the father of modern animation himself Ralph Bakshi, in this 1988 manic mess. Join us as we learn the true meaning of Christmas: appealing to the vanity of elderly Jewish shop keepers, so they will wear wreaths on their faces.
01:37:16
December 30, 2021
Episode 13 - Action Family
Episode 13 - Action Family
Chris Elliot bends genres with will power alone, in this absurd comedy experiment that isn't even a real TV Pilot. Luckily, we make the rules, and this is funny. Pure comedic genius is on full display in a whacked out schizophrenic intentional wreck from 1986, which may be the singular most perfect 28 minutes ever committed to celluloid.  
01:38:51
December 02, 2021
Episode 12 - Mockingbird Lane
Episode 12 - Mockingbird Lane
In this extra spooky Halloween special we travel back to the hay day of steampunk, 2012, and watch an abominable Munsters reboot made by two Bryans, and recoil at the sight of Eddie Izzard's old age make-up. 
01:45:45
October 28, 2021
Episode 11 - Doctor Strange
Episode 11 - Doctor Strange
In our two hour season premiere, we take a long strange trip into the depths of our own minds as we meet the most boring/hot doctor who ever lived, then recoil as he preys on young confused college students with his terrible magic powers in this grainy 1978 snooze fest. 
01:52:36
September 30, 2021
Episode 10 - Loose Ends #1
Episode 10 - Loose Ends #1
In the most derailed episode ever, we congratulate ourselves way too much for talking about trash and recording it ten times, while relying on fart sounds for laughs. We also look to the future and tour the vast graveyard of pilots we have yet to tap.  
01:10:06
August 23, 2021
Episode 9 - 1775
Episode 9 - 1775
In this very special Star Spangled Salute to America, we reconnect with our forefathers by watching a terrible 1992 pilot called 1775 and learn none of this is what they intended. 
01:04:51
July 24, 2021
Episode 8 - Lookwell
Episode 8 - Lookwell
We watch something good for a change, a 1991 quixotic cult classic starring Adam West and Written by Conan O'Brien and Robert Smigel. 
01:15:54
July 03, 2021
Episode 7 - Stick Around
Episode 7 - Stick Around
We peer deep into a possible future where Andy Kaufman robots serve us all, and we don't like what we see. 
01:24:04
May 30, 2021
Episode 6 - Dog Police and Poochinski
Episode 6 - Dog Police and Poochinski
It was so ruff getting through this 1990 Cop Dog Double Feature, we were howling for it to end. 
01:31:33
April 27, 2021
Episode 5 - Acting Sheriff
Episode 5 - Acting Sheriff
We do a pretty go job acting like we want to talk about this 1991 Robert Goulet groaner. 
52:04
March 21, 2021
Episode 4 - Area 57
Episode 4 - Area 57
We unlock the secrets of this 2008 Paul Reubens alien wreckage
59:44
February 20, 2021
Episode 3 - Doorways
Episode 3 - Doorways
We go to the other side with George RR Martin's bizarre S&M multidimensional adventure show from 1993.
01:30:40
January 18, 2021
Episode 2 - Knee High PI
Episode 2 - Knee High PI
We wade knee deep into this 2003 Comedy Central literal shit show.
01:16:51
November 10, 2020
Episode 1 - Pistol Pete
Episode 1 - Pistol Pete
In our pilot episode, we take a long hard look at this legendary 1996 John Swartzwelder pilot.
01:02:35
October 13, 2020