failed/unaired pilots.

by horrorfan000 | created - 04 Oct 2015 | updated - 15 Jun 2018 | Public

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1. CBS Summer Playhouse (1987–1989)
Episode: B-Men (1989)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

The "B Men" are high-schoolers who take up bounty hunting after "relying on their wits" to nab a serial killer.

Director: Steve Miner | Stars: James MacDonald, David Arnott, Kimberly Foster, John Vernon

2. Fearless (2004 TV Movie)

Drama, Action

A girl without the gene for fear becomes an FBI agent.

Director: Blair Hayes | Stars: Rachael Leigh Cook, Bianca Lawson, Eric Balfour, Erich Anderson

Votes: 167

3. CBS Summer Playhouse (1987–1989)
Episode: Kung Fu: The Next Generation (1987)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A modern-day descendant of Caine hopes to turn his estranged son away from a life of crime.

Director: Tony Wharmby | Stars: Brandon Lee, David Darlow, Miguel Ferrer, Paula Kelly

Votes: 64

It's probably best that this didn't take.Otherwise we may not have had Carradines return a few years later in Kung fu:the legend continues.

4. Marlowe (2007 TV Movie)

Crime, Drama

Legendary private eye Philip Marlowe takes on new cases.

Director: Rob Bowman | Stars: Ara Anton, Sherman Augustus, Michael Patrick Breen, Jessica A. Caesar

Votes: 46

5. Men of the Dragon (1974 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 74 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Two men and a woman, all friends and martial arts experts, visit Hong Kong, where they grew up. When the woman disappears, the men find out that she has been kidnapped by white slavers, and... See full summary »

Director: Harry Falk | Stars: Jared Martin, Katie Saylor, Robert Ito, Joseph Wiseman

Votes: 50

6. Mr. and Mrs. Smith (2007 TV Short)

43 min | Short, Action

Newly relocated to the suburbs, married assassins John and Jane Smith have re-established their respective businesses, though the marital issues that plagued them in the past have returned.

Director: Doug Liman | Stars: Martin Henderson, Jordana Brewster, Lauren Birkell, Shane Brolly

Votes: 3,137

7. Mulholland Dr. (1999 TV Movie)

88 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

After a car wreck, an amnesiac woman sets out to learn what happened to her with the help of a wannabe actress.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Justin Theroux, Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, Ann Miller

Votes: 5,261

8. Samurai (1979 TV Movie)

70 min | Action, Fantasy

Lee Cantrell, a young San Francisco attorney by day, at night becomes a samurai warrior, and battles a crazed multi-millionaire who is planning to destroy the city with an earthquake machine.

Director: Lee H. Katzin | Stars: Joe Penny, Dana Elcar, Beulah Quo, James Shigeta

Votes: 47

9. See China and Die (1981 TV Movie)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A maid who reads detective stories finds herself embroiled in a real life mystery involving her dead boss and a mysterious statue he brought back from China.

Director: Larry Cohen | Stars: Esther Rolle, Kene Holiday, Frank Converse, Paul Dooley

Votes: 43

10. Sneaky Pete (2015–2019)

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama

A con man on the run from a vicious gangster takes cover by assuming the identity of his prison cellmate, Pete, reuniting with his estranged family, that threatens to drag him into a world just as dangerous as the one he's escaping.

Stars: Giovanni Ribisi, Marin Ireland, Shane McRae, Libe Barer

Votes: 26,264

11. Tagteam (1991 TV Movie)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Tricky Rick MacDonald and Billy The Body Youngblood are two of the best wrestlers in the country. They are told to take a dive by the wife of a promoter. If they don't, she will make sure ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Krasny | Stars: Jesse Ventura, Roddy Piper, Phill Lewis, Raymond O'Connor

Votes: 87

12. The Art of Being Nick (1986 TV Movie)

30 min | Comedy

A one-off spinoff pilot attempt at making Nick from Family Ties viable in his own show. He plays a struggling artist. It had little of the charm and humor that made Family Ties s hit.

Director: Sam Weisman | Stars: Scott Valentine, Kristine Sutherland, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, John Daman

Votes: 27

13. The IT Crowd (2006 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

Failed US pilot of a popular British show about two computer geeks, who work in the IT department of a major company, and their female supervisor who's actually a grifter.

Stars: Rocky Carroll, Shea Curry, Jessica St. Clair, Joel McHale

Votes: 1,749

14. The Owl (1991 TV Movie)

84 min | Action

After the violent murder of his family, a man becomes a vigilante dispensing his own kind of justice to people in need.

Director: Tom Holland | Stars: Adrian Paul, Patricia Charbonneau, Brian Thompson, Erika Flores

Votes: 217

15. The Return of the World's Greatest Detective (1976 TV Movie)

74 min | Comedy, Mystery, Crime

A Los Angeles cop falls off his motorcycle, strikes his head and wakes up believing himself to be Sherlock Holmes. Along with the social worker who is treating him, he sets out to solve the murder of an embezzler.

Director: Dean Hargrove | Stars: Larry Hagman, Jenny O'Hara, Nicholas Colasanto, Woodrow Parfrey

Votes: 78

17. Young MacGyver (2003 TV Movie)

Action, Adventure, Comedy

Angus MacGyver's nephew Clay quits school and joins the Phoenix Foundation. However, he finds it difficult to follow in the shoes of his famous uncle.

Director: Stephen Herek | Stars: Jared Padalecki, Alan Loayza, Lee Burns, Ron Canada

Votes: 162

18. Zero Effect (2002 TV Movie)


This television pilot was based upon the quirky 1998 detective film of the same name (Zero Effect (1998)). Ultimately, NBC chose not to pick up this series.

Director: Jake Kasdan | Stars: Alan Cumming, David Julian Hirsh, Krista Allen, Andy Brewster

Votes: 59

20. Annihilator (1986 TV Movie)

99 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Humanoid killer robots stalk a newspaperman who has knowledge of their existence. One of the robots is made to look like his girlfriend.

Director: Michael Chapman | Stars: Mark Lindsay Chapman, Susan Blakely, Lisa Blount, Brion James

Votes: 299

21. Aquaman (2006 TV Short)

42 min | Short, Action, Adventure

A young twenty-something diver living in the Florida Keys discovers he has the power to breathe underwater.

Director: Greg Beeman | Stars: Justin Hartley, Lou Diamond Phillips, Denise Quiñones, Rick Peters

Votes: 1,855

Included as an extra in the Smallville complete series box set.

22. Area 57 (2007 TV Movie)


A comedy about the employees for the U.S. government, who work in a remote facility in the Nevada desert, which houses an alien creature.

Director: Dean Parisot | Stars: Paul Reubens, Jack Hallett, Kelly Hu, Ravi Kapoor

Votes: 43

23. Assassin (1986 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 74 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

A retired Agent from an Intelligence Agency is contacted by the Agency in order to stop an ultra-secret robot that is killing some government officials. That will be not an easy task, ... See full summary »

Director: Sandor Stern | Stars: Robert Conrad, Karen Austin, Richard Young, Jonathan Banks

Votes: 272

On Amazon instant video.

24. Babylon Fields (2007 TV Movie)

Drama, Horror

The dead return to Earth in an attempt to restore old wounds.

Director: Michael Cuesta | Stars: Leila Arcieri, Kathy Baker, Jason CanneLongo, Kevin Cannon

Votes: 183

25. Being Human (2008–2013)
Episode: Pilot (2008)

TV-14 | 60 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Two twentysomethings, George (a werewolf) and Mitchell (a vampire), move into a flatshare only to discover that their new home is haunted by Annie, the ghost of a previous tenant.

Director: Declan O'Dwyer | Stars: Guy Flanagan, Andrea Riseborough, Russell Tovey, Adrian Lester

Votes: 837

26. Darkman (1992 TV Movie)

Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

A 30-minute unaired television pilot based on the original Sam Raimi's 1990 Darkman movie.

Director: Brian Grant | Stars: Christopher Bowen, Larry Drake, Kathleen York

Votes: 114

27. Doorways (1993 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 120 min | Sci-Fi

Cat, a fugitive from a parallel Earth ruled by aliens, lands on "our" Earth in the middle of a freeway, causing an accident. She is slightly injured, and wakes up in the emergency room of a... See full summary »

Director: Peter Werner | Stars: George Newbern, Anne Le Guernec, Robert Knepper, Kurtwood Smith

Votes: 194

On Amazon instant video.

29. Exo-Man (1977 TV Movie)

95 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

A professor, who has been paralyzed in an attack by mob hitmen, builds a suit that enables him to walk and fight crime.

Director: Richard Irving | Stars: David Ackroyd, Anne Schedeen, A Martinez, José Ferrer

Votes: 129

30. Generation X (1996 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 87 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

A group of young mutants--humans with a genetic variation that gives them superpowers and makes them feared by the population at large--begin training at a school for heroes. Their studies ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Sholder | Stars: Matt Frewer, Finola Hughes, Jeremy Ratchford, Heather McComb

Votes: 1,556

31. Genesis II (1973 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 74 min | Sci-Fi

A scientist who has been preserved in suspended animation wakes up to find himself in a primitive society in the future.

Director: John Llewellyn Moxey | Stars: Alex Cord, Mariette Hartley, Ted Cassidy, Percy Rodrigues

Votes: 761


32. Global Frequency (2005 TV Movie)

45 min | Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Detective Sean Flynn and scientist Kate Finch are the latest recruits of The Global Frequency, a secret rogue spy agency that handles threats to global security. They must find a man who's somehow been melting people with his mind.

Director: Nelson McCormick | Stars: Michelle Forbes, Aimee Garcia, Josh Hopkins, Jenni Baird

Votes: 253

33. Heat Vision and Jack (1999 TV Short)

30 min | Short, Action, Adventure

Astronaut on the run with special powers and his talking motorcycle must deal with a malevolent artificial life form that's possessing people and turning them into dust, as well as NASA's hitman and real life actor Ron Silver.

Director: Ben Stiller | Stars: Jack Black, Owen Wilson, Ron Silver, Christine Taylor

Votes: 1,479

34. Hollyweird (1998 TV Movie)

60 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Three fame chasers catalogue their attempts to solve murders while trying to become famous. Three reality tv makers film themselves solving murders while trying make a TV show in L.A.

Director: Jefery Levy | Stars: Bodhi Elfman, Fab Filippo, Melissa George, Ariel Llinas

Votes: 27

35. J.O.E. and the Colonel (1985 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 94 min | Sci-Fi, Action

Scientists create "the perfect soldier" in a lab experiment by recombining his molecules. He is then sent out on dangerous but vital missions.

Director: Ron Satlof | Stars: Terence Knox, Gary Kasper, Aimee Eccles, William Lucking

Votes: 71


36. Island City (1994 TV Movie)

95 min | Sci-Fi

A 21st-century genetic experiment goes chaotic, creating a race of genetically-violent mutants.

Director: Jorge Montesi | Stars: Kevin Conroy, Brenda Strong, Eric McCormack, Peter Koch

Votes: 319

37. John Doe (2002–2003)
Episode: Unaired Pilot

Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Add a Plot

Director: Mimi Leder | Stars: Dominic Purcell, John Marshall Jones, Elizabeth Lackey, Meat Loaf

38. Knight Rider 2010 (1994 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 91 min | Sci-Fi

Loosely based on the popular television series of the 80's, this movie brings the story into an apocalyptic time and a new "KITT".

Director: Sam Pillsbury | Stars: Richard Joseph Paul, Hudson Leick, Michael Beach, Don McManus

Votes: 767

39. Lost in Oz (2002 TV Movie)

45 min | Fantasy, Sci-Fi

A 20-something woman leads a revolt against the powers that be in the mythical otherworld Oz.

Director: Mick Garris | Stars: Melissa George, Colin Egglesfield, Mia Sara, Sandra Allen

Votes: 79

40. Minority Report (2015)

TV-14 | 42 min | Action, Crime, Drama

10 years after the end of Precrime in Washington DC one of the three PreCogs attempts to lead on a normal life while still suffering from visions of the future. Will they be able to hold it together or mentally breakdown and give up?

Stars: Meagan Good, Stark Sands, Nick Zano, Daniel London

Votes: 9,437

original unaired pilot.Not much different from the aired pilot.They just tweaked it a bit.

41. Northstar (1986 TV Movie)

90 min | Sci-Fi

An astronaut's ship passes through a strange magnetic field on its way back to Earth, and when he emerges from it after landing, he finds he has acquired superhuman powers and a super-genius IQ.

Director: Peter Levin | Stars: Greg Evigan, Deborah Wakeham, Mitchell Ryan, Mason Adams

Votes: 151

42. NYPD 2069 (2004 TV Movie)

Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi

NYPD detective Alex Franco is brain-dead after an "accident" arranged by wife-murderer Harlan Kroger. Taken off life support, his heart continues beating, and he is cryogenically frozen for... See full summary »

Director: Gregory Hoblit | Stars: Michael Reilly Burke, Kevin Dunn, Giancarlo Esposito, Fahim Fazli

Votes: 45

43. Out of Time (1988 TV Movie)

PG | 92 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

A cop from the future goes back in time to Los Angeles and teams up with his grandfather to capture a master criminal.

Director: Robert Butler | Stars: Bruce Abbott, Bill Maher, Rebecca Schaeffer, Kristian Alfonso

Votes: 152

44. CBS Summer Playhouse (1987–1989)
Episode: Outpost (1989)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Rachel Morgan is the marshal of a sleepy human "Outpost" on the planet Icarus, where a vicious alien leads a group of native Icari on the warpath.

Director: Tommy Lee Wallace | Stars: Joanna Going, Ben Marley, Jeremy Flynn, Neil Dickson

Votes: 8

45. Planet Earth (1974 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 74 min | Sci-Fi

A man awakens from suspended animation and finds himself in the 22nd century, where he finds that women rule the world and that men are slaves called Dinks. He is captured and sold as a ... See full summary »

Director: Marc Daniels | Stars: John Saxon, Janet Margolin, Ted Cassidy, Christopher Cary

Votes: 616

on DVD.

46. Rewind (2013 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 76 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller