Not every pilot lands. Co-hosts Dan Brioux and Aidan D’Aoust dig through the graveyard of terrible TV pilots, unearthing some of the most ill-conceived, poorly executed, lowbrow, prematurely axed, or bafflingly offensive shows ever made.
Rock of Love with Bret Michaels
When VH1 launched their "Celebreality" programming block in 2005, they kicked off what we here at Bad Pilots would consider to be worst era of television history — a period saturated with exploitative reality series starring D-list celebrities trading in the last of their cultural currency for a few bucks. But hey, we also got some pretty sweet gifs out of it. Filmmaker and trash TV lover Jamie Hurcomb joins us for Rock of Love, a Bachelor-style dating show starring former Poison frontman, Bret Michaels.
Are You Hot? The Search for America's Sexiest People
This one needs no explanation. Not because it's super famous—but because the title of the show is also quite literally the premise. "Are You Hot? The Search for America's Sexiest People" is very much a product of its time (2003), a post American Idol primetime landscape in which networks were scrambling to find the next reality hit, however base it may be. Special guest and known hottie, Eddie Majnemer, helps us digest this nauseating shit-show.
Parks and Recreation
No show has been recommended with the caveat "but you should skip the first two seasons" more than Parks and Recreation. While we may remember it now as one of the most beloved and enduring sitcoms of the 2010s—with one of the most impressive ensemble casts ever assembled—it certainly didn't start out that way. Special guests Ally Cabrera-Aragon and Mark Foster join us as we take a sobering look at the NBC classic's awkward start.
Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee
Sandra Lee is perhaps the most overlooked and utterly fascinating celebrity chef to come from the Food Network. Anthony Bourdain once called her cooking "a war crime on TV". You may also recognize her from the now infamous "2 shots of vodka" meme. Off screen, she's equally controversial. Aunty Sandy dated New York governor Andrew Cuomo for over a decade. Special guest & YouTube baker, Lauren McGowan, joins us as we chart Sandra Lee's unlikely rags to riches story. DISCLAIMER: preparing and eating any of Sandra Lee's recipes WILL result in immediate cardiac arrest—do not attempt.
Eli Stone is truly the cards against humanity of TV shows. It's about a Wall Street bro who gets a brain aneurysm that causes hallucinations of singer/songwriter George Michael, who then convinces Eli to become a religious prophet and take an anti-vaxxer stance against big pharma. We had no idea this show even existed, but our special guest, Tom Schenck, is still traumatized by it. Also included: we completely lose our minds while trying to figure out what color a fart is.
Game of Thrones (Bad Finales)
Like [redacted] plunging a dagger through [redacted]'s heart, the Game of Thrones finale felt like the ultimate betrayal to perhaps the most fervent television audience of all time. We are joined by news and culture writer Sharine Taylor, as we roast the GoT finale like Drogon himself. We also discuss the upcoming spinoff and fantasize about what we would do with the franchise (Dan gets ridiculed for wanting a steampunk GoT).