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A television pilot (also known as a pilot or pilot episode) 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 if a series will be successful, and is therefore a test episode of an intended television series. It is an early step in the development of a television series, much like pilot lights or pilot studies serve as precursors to the start of larger activity, or pilot holes prepare the way for larger holes. Television networks use pilots to discover whether an entertaining concept can be successfully realized. After seeing this sample of the proposed product, networks will then determine whether the expense of additional episodes is justified. They are best thought of as prototypes of the show that is to follow, because elements often change from pilot to series.

Listed here are the pilot episodes of television shows that were picked up by Nickelodeon. Since production dates for most pilots are unclear, the list is ordered by the full shows' premiere dates.

Nicktoon pilots

Image Series Pilot title Notes
Doug "Doug Can't Dance" Was aired as part of the second episode of the series.
Rugrats "Tommy Pickles and the Great White Thing" Was never aired as an episode of the show, but the scene at the end where Tommy and Spike are watching TV was repurposed for a station ID. The full pilot was eventually included as a bonus feature on the Rugrats: Decade in Diapers - Volume 1 VHS and the Decade in Diapers DVD.
The Ren & Stimpy Show "Big House Blues" Was later aired as part of the eighth episode of the series, but with some scenes cut out. Clips from this pilot made up all of the clips used in the intro sequence. Both versions of the pilot can be seen on The Ren and Stimpy Show: The First and Second Seasons DVD set.
Title-TrashOMadness pilot version
Rocko's Modern Life "Trash-O-Madness" Was later as part of the sixth episode of the series, with some new scenes added in. The original version was included as a bonus feature on the Rocko's Modern Life: Season 2 DVD set.
Aaahh!!! Real Monsters "Monsters, Get Real" Was aired and expanded as part of the show's second episode.
Arnold pilot screenshot
Hey Arnold! "Arnold" Originally made in 1994, this pilot was shown in theaters in front of Harriet the Spy. It was remade as the episode "24 Hours to Live", and some clips were also used in the Helga montage at the end of "Stuck in a Tree". The original version will be included as a bonus feature on the Hey Arnold!: The Ultimate Collection DVD set.
Snowbound title card The Angry Beavers "Snowbound" Left unaired, but has been uploaded online.
CatDog "Dog Gone" Was aired as part of the first episode of the series.
The Wild Thornberrys pilot scene
The Wild Thornberrys Untitled Was aired once, during the Big Help-a-thon in 1998 (video here). It has never been released on video.
Help Wanted
SpongeBob SquarePants "Help Wanted" Later aired as part of the first episode of the series. The opening was completely different from the final one, featuring an "action theme" soundtrack, composed by Brad Carow.
Rocket Beach Main Cast
Rocket Power "Rocket Beach" Clips from this pilot were prominently used in the show's first opening sequence.
As Told by Ginger "The Party" Was included as a bonus feature on the As Told by Ginger: Far From Home DVD, and eventually aired on TeenNick's The Splat on October 9, 2015.
The Fairly Oddparents
The Fairly OddParents "The Fairly OddParents!" Originally aired as part of an episode of Oh Yeah! Cartoons. It was later aired as part of an episode of the series itself, with Timmy's lines redubbed by Tara Strong. The original version was included as a bonus feature on The Fairly OddParents: School's Out! The Musical DVD.
Invader Zim Untitled Was included as a bonus feature on the Invader Zim: Volume 1 - Doom Doom Doom DVD set, and eventually aired on NickToons on December 24, 2011.
ChalkZone "ChalkZone" Originally aired as part of the first episode of Oh Yeah! Cartoons. It was later integrated into the first episode of the ChalkZone series, "Rudy's First Adventure".
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius "Runaway Rocketboy!" Was included as a bonus feature on The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Confusion Fusion DVD.
All Growed Up Title Card
All Grown Up! "All Growed Up" A backdoor pilot produced as a special hour-length episode of Rugrats.
My Life as a Teenage Robot "My Neighbor was a Teenage Robot" Originally aired as part of an episode of Oh Yeah! Cartoons. It was later remade as the series' first episode, "It Came From Next Door".
Avatar: The Last Airbender Untitled Was included on the Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Complete Book 1: Water Collection DVD set, with an audio commentary by creators by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko. The pilot was also made available for purchase with and without the commentary on iTunes.
Catscratch Rough Draft Title
Catscratch Untitled A reel of test animations made to demonstrate the characters' personalities. It has been uploaded to Doug TenNapel's YouTube channel.
El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera "A Fistful of Nickels" Was aired as part of the 18th episode of the series.
Pre-School Daze title card
Rugrats Pre-School Daze "Pre-School Daze" A backdoor pilot aired as a double-length episode of Rugrats.
New Student
Making Fiends "New Student" A web short uploaded to on 2003, which later became a series.
Barnyard Pilot logo
Back at the Barnyard "The Barnyard" A test pitch that has not been fully released. Parts of the animation were used in the first teaser trailer for the Barnyard movie.[1][2]
So Happy Together title card
The Mighty B! "So Happy Together" Later aired as part of the first episode of the series. During the production of this pilot, the show was called SuperScout (see the pilot's model sheet).
Fanboy pilot
Fanboy & Chum Chum "Fanboy" Was originally aired as part of an episode of Random! Cartoons.
Red Acres concept (Planet Sheen prototype)
Planet Sheen "Red Acres" A pilot script has been confirmed by DNA Productions' Mike Gasaway here along with some concept art. "Red Acres" was pitched to several networks before eventually being retooled with Sheen as the protagonist (but with otherwise the same concept). Ego Plum, who later composed all of the music for Harvey Beaks, wrote several unused songs for the Planet Sheen pilot.[3]
Magic Bloom scene
Winx Club "Magic Bloom" Rainbow-Viacom released half a minute of footage at the Lucca Comics convention in 2018. Originally completed around 2001.
Robot and Monster Best Friends Forever (Dave Pressler concept)
Robot and Monster "Robot and Monster: Best Friends Forever" The pilot was greenlit in 2009,[4] following a long development period.
Sanjay and Craig pilot opening scene Sanjay and Craig Untitled A clip of the pilot was posted by Jim Dirschberger here.
Breadwinners "Breadwinners" Has never aired as an episode of the series, but was uploaded to YouTube.
Bad Seeds
Harvey Beaks "Bad Seeds" Was later remade as the show's first episode, "Pe-Choo!"
PIG GOAT BANANA MANTIS title card Pig Goat Banana Cricket "Pig Goat Banana Mantis" The pilot is available to watch on YouTube on Nick Cross' channel.
The Loud House "Bathroom Break!!" Originally titled "The Loud House" and produced as part of 2013's Animated Shorts Program. It was later featured on with its current title.
Mikey and Bunsen as they apper in pilot Bunsen is a Beast Untitled Only a short clip has been released on Butch Hartman's YouTube channel.
WTTW Chapter 1 Welcome to the Wayne "Chapter 1" A web short uploaded to on November 14, 2014.
Pinky Malinky Pilot Pinky Malinky "Pilot" This pilot was produced by Cartoon Network Development Studio Europe in 2009, and it was released as part of Cartoon Network's shorts program. The series was eventually picked up by Nickelodeon and Netflix.
The Loudest Mission - Relative Chaos The Casagrandes "The Loudest Mission: Relative Chaos" A backdoor pilot aired as a double-length episode of The Loud House.

Nick Jr. pilots

Image Series Name Notes
Blue Prints
Blue's Clues "Blue Prints" Clips of this pilot were shown as part of the Behind the Clues: 10 Years with Blue documentary, but the full pilot has not been released.
Dora pilot screenshot
Dora the Explorer "Pilot" This pilot has been uploaded by Funline Animation. It has not aired, but was test-screened.
LazyTown "Pilot" This was a series of short clips filmed by the LazyTown crew in 2002. The clips can be watched online.
Me + My Friends photo 1
The Backyardigans "Me and My Friends" A short clip of this live-action pilot, filmed in 1998, was featured in a Nickelodeon Studios Orlando retrospective.
"Animated Pilot" A clip of this pilot has been uploaded as part of an animator's demo reel.
Wonder Pets! Linny the Guinea Pig in Space
Wonder Pets! "Linny the Guinea Pig in Space" This was the first of several "Linny the Guinea Pig" interstitial shorts that eventually became the Wonder Pets! series.
Yo Gabba Gabba! pilot theme
Yo Gabba Gabba! Unknown titles Two pilot episodes were independently produced in 2006. Jared Hess (of Napoleon Dynamite fame) recommended the pilot to Nickelodeon executive Brown Johnson, who greenlit a full series.[5]
Ni-Hao, Kai-Lan "Downward Doghouse" Most of the characters remained the same between series minus some design changes, with the biggest change being that Hoho originally only talked in gibberish, although Rintoo and Lulu were not present at all (an earlier version of Lulu appears in "Dragon Dance" though). Three episodes of the short series are known to exist ("Follow That Slipper", "Where's Hoho?", and "Dragon Dance"). Of these three, "Dragon Dance" has been found and can be viewed below. Promotional screenshots using the Downward Doghouse designs are available on the Internet. Some storyboards for an episode featuring Rintoo, and using the final designs from Ni Hao, Kai-Lan, but still using the "Downward Doghouse" title have also surfaced.
Team Umizoomi "Pilot" It is about three mini-superheroes saving the day with their mighty math powers. Originally, in 2006, the show was picked up for production by Nickelodeon. They came up with a title which was The Umizumiz. In 2008, they completed the pilot. Premiering in 2008, in Noggin, the original idea was about a new animated interactive series for preschoolers about a miniture urban repair squad that solves everyday preschool problems in Metro City with the help of viewers at home. The 6 were, Milli, Geo, Bot, Zig Zag, and the Zipmobile. The orange character was unnamed but still got into the show. The original Milli and Geo were unknown before their debuts, though Milli would've probably have only the measurements talent. The original Geo represents a whistle. Bot made no vast changes but his mouth was green. Zig Zag, was known for patterns and was scrapped for Milli. The unnamed orange character was known for the "Super-shapes!" and was scrapped for Geo. And UmiCar was originally the Zipmobile. This pilot has never been aired on television or has it been uploaded worldwide anywhere. So it's considered as lost.
Bubble Guppies pilot scene
Bubble Guppies "Pilot" The show made it's first debut on January 24, 2011. There is a pilot that for Bubble Guppies that was completed in 2006. Team Umizoomi was in a competition with them but both series got picked up. The series was being produced at Nick Digital in 2006. In 2007, a complete episode, Happy Clam Day was finished and was ready to be produced. The character's had major differences and some were voiced by different voice actors. In the Fall of 2007, Nickelodeon said to air the show for their 2007-2008 season. But by mid-2008, only 10 episodes were produced. In November of 2008, Viacom fired approximately 720 staff members -- basically like the whole studio of Nick. After so many predicaments, the show gave up on production and Wild Brain heard about it. Wild Brain decided to make adjustments to the show. In December of 2010, the series had 20 episodes ready to launch and was picked up by Nickelodeon.
Dora and Friends: Into the City! "Dora's Explorer Girls: Our First Concert" This stand-alone special was released in 2009, serving as the pilot for the spinoff years later.
Shimmer and Zac Rough Designs 2013
Shimmer and Shine "Pilot" "Shimmer and Shine" follows the magical adventures of genie twin sisters Shimmer and Shine and their human best friend Leah, who, when needing help with various dilemmas, is granted three wishes after summoning the genies with a rub of her oil lamp pendant necklace. Misadventures ensue however when Shimmer and Shine often misinterpret what Leah wishes for and accidentally grant her the wrong wishes. Leah must then use non-magical problem-solving skills to fix her problems.
Nickelodeon Rusty Rivets - Guru Studio Pilot Scene 1
Rusty Rivets "Guru Studio Pilot" The concept for the show was vastly different at the time of its production. Rusty and Ruby were the only main characters from this pilot who were not scrapped or changed entirely.

Live-action pilots

Image Series Pilot title Notes
Drake & Josh unaired pilot scene
Drake & Josh "Pilot" Was aired as the first episode of the series. An earlier version of the episode was filmed in 2001, with Stephen Furst playing Walter Nichols instead of Jonathan Goldstein.
iCarly "iPilot" Was aired as the first episode of the series.


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