The first episode of a TV show is called the pilot episode.
Writing a pilot is one of the toughest things a TV scribe can do. In it, you have to introduce your central character and core cast, build enough of your show's world without overwhelming the audience with backstory, create an episode "template," and communicate the show's tone.
Oh, and you have to tell a really good story as well, or no-one will come back for episode two!
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