Test Pilot: File #34, Freaks and Geeks and #35, Undeclared

Test Pilot #34 and #35: Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared Debut date: September 25, 1999 and September 25, 2011 Series legacy(ies): Two of the most beloved and respected short series of all-time Welcome back to Test Pilot guys and gals! With that extra-special Joss Whedon Theme Week behind us, it’s time to fall back into…… Continue reading Test Pilot: File #34, Freaks and Geeks and #35, Undeclared

Test Pilot: File #8, Gossip Girl

Test Pilot #8: Gossip Girl Debut date: September 19, 2007 Series legacy: Shinning beacon in today’s slate of teen dramas Welcome to the newest regular feature here at TV Surveillance, the fantastically titled, Test Pilot. In this bi-weekly feature, I will be joined by a rotating batch of guest writers in an analysis of, you…… Continue reading Test Pilot: File #8, Gossip Girl

Test Pilot: File #7, The OC

Test Pilot #7: The OC Debut date: August 5, 2003 Series legacy: The pivot point for a new generation of teen dramas, a genuine cultural phenomenon that burned out very quickly and perhaps the most well-respect straight-up teen drama of all time. Welcome to the newest regular feature here at TV Surveillance, the fantastically titled, Test Pilot.…… Continue reading Test Pilot: File #7, The OC

Test Pilot: File #6, Dawson’s Creek

Test Pilot #6: Dawson’s Creek Debut date: January 20, 1998 on the WB Series legacy: The catalyst for the late ’90s second wave of teen dramas, the beacon of success for the middling WB network and seemingly, one of the most derided series in the teen drama genre. Welcome to the newest regular feature here…… Continue reading Test Pilot: File #6, Dawson’s Creek

Test Pilot: File #5, Beverly Hills, 90210

Test Pilot #5: Beverly Hills, 90210 Debut date: October 4, 1990 Series legacy: The first teen drama to really explode on television (and perhaps the remotely successful teen drama, period), the origin for countless series of similar ilk and one of the biggest television-related phenomenons of all-time. Welcome to the newest regular feature here at…… Continue reading Test Pilot: File #5, Beverly Hills, 90210