The Ultimate Pilot Story Checklist v4!Matt Bird
Welcome to version 4 of The Ultimate Pilot-Story Checklist! The list is rewritten, newly subdivided, and broadened to apply to more types of series (comics, webseries, book series, etc.)!
Part 1: Is this a strong concept for an ongoing series?
Part 2: Is this a compelling hero? (Note: some shows have two almost-co-equal heroes, who will tend to star in separate storylines in each episode, in which case each of these questions should be answered twice.)
Believe: Do we recognize the hero (or co-heroes) as human?
Does the hero have a moment of humanity early on? (A funny, or kind, or oddball, or out-of-character, or comically vain, or unique-but-universal “I thought I was the only one who did that!” moment?)
Care: Do we feel for the hero (or co-heroes)?