Before they can walk, TV shows must sometimes learn to crawl. And that’s exactly what pilots are – stories attempting to crawl out of the dark black of oblivion, to be born as a full-blown show that will make some big company (and some pretty faces) hundreds of thousands of millions of dollars. But the process is costly and messy and takes a while, and things get screwed up, stuff goes wrong, and some pilots need to be re-shot entirely -- if they even manage it to make it to your screen! If the pilot does come to air, expect it to be so radically different from the rest of the ensuing television show, it’s like a non-canon fan fiction -- but always very horrible.

So here is some early weirdness from your favorite shows. Don't be too judgmental of their awkwardness and their growing pains, please. Everyone goes through that.

South Park

PILOTS THAT WERE WILDLY DIFFERENT SOUTH PARK THE OF CHRISTMAS OM'S RHIN South Park's pilot: Way more musical, and designed to be the world's weirdest Christmas Card. CRACKED.COM

Source: YouTube

Ancient Aliens

PILOTS THAT WERE WILDLY DIFFERENT ANCIENTALIENS The show started as a documentary that did not held aliens responsible for the color green or the salt in the ocean, but dealt with the concept in an almost rational way. Then the hair got added in, and it all went to crap. CRACKED.COM

Source: Amazon

Heroes

PILOTS THAT WERE WILDLY DIFFERENT HEROES The unaired pilot featured a full terrorist plot, including a superpowered terrorist. CRACKED.COM

Source: Heroes Wiki

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