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Woody Allen's 1968 Pilot Starring Alan Alda & Louise Lasser, 1959's "Dobie Gillis" Costarring Bob Denver of "Gilligan's Island", The 1967 Pilot That Became Paul Revere & The Raiders' "It's Happening" And 1963's Vehicle For A Dean Jones Television Series! 2 Hours Of Rarified Television Magic, Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD, MP4 Video Download Or USB Flash Drive! #TheLaughmakers #TheManyLovesOfDobieGillis #DobieGillis #PaulRevereAndTheRaiders #DeanJones #TVPilots #TelevisionPilots #PilotEpisodes #TV #Television #TVShows #TelevisionShows #DVD #VideoDownload #MP4 #USBFlashDrive
THE LAUGHMAKERS (Color, 1968 27:16)
A way-ahead-of-its-time tv production written by Woody Allen, starring Alan Alda, Louise Lasser, Sandy Baron and Louise Sorel, chronicling the travails of a troupe of improvisational actors onstage at "The Freudian Slip" and hanging out at "The Cafe Nervosa".
THE MANY LOVES OF DOBIE GILLIS (Black/White, 1959, 28:38)
Like all American boys of his day, Dobie wanted to be popular, rich and, especially, successful with the ladies. Each week, accompanied by Maynard G. Krebs, TV's first "beatnik" character played by Bob "Gilligan" Denver, beauties such as Tuesday Weld and Yvonne "Batgirl" Craig would be the object of his affections, as nemeses such as Warren Beatty got in the way.
PAUL REVERE AND THE RAIDERS (Color, 1967, 31:12)
The raucous & wonderful tv pilot for the series that was to become known as "IT'S HAPPENING" featuring their unique mix of music and comedy.
THE DEAN JONES SHOW (Black/White, 1965, 27:45)
A touching comedy chronicling the attempts of a playboy scientist to straighten up his life in order to assume responsibility for his 15 year old sister.
A Television Pilot, also known as a Pilot, TV Pilot or a Pilot Episode, and sometimes marketed as a Tele-Movie) 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 whether a series will be successful. It is, therefore, a test episode for the intended television series, an early step in the series development, much like pilot studies serve as precursors to the start of larger activity. In the case of a successful television series, the pilot is commonly the first episode that is aired of the particular series under its own name -- the episode that gets the series "off the ground". A "backdoor pilot" is an episode of an existing successful series that heavily features supporting character(s) or guest stars in previously unseen roles. Its purpose is to introduce the characters to an audience before the creators decide on whether or not they intend to pursue a spin-off series with those characters. Television networks use pilots to determine whether an entertaining concept can be successfully realized and whether the expense of additional episodes is justified. A pilot is best thought of as a prototype 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.