For a long time, it seems like the title for the first episode of a television series is "Pilot", the main exception being if the title appears on-screen (though the first episode of The Muppets 2015 series was Pig Girls Don't Cry).
But in the old days of television, it seems like the pilots/first episodes often did have a more proper title than just "pilot".
Anybody know when it became the standard for "Pilot" to be the title of the shows pilot?
Reminds me of when I was in school, I decided if I did a television series, I wanted the first episode to be titled "The First Episode".
Of course back in the old days of television, most episodes of shows were self-contained, and the first episodes often did not have to be the first episode (and could easily air as, say, the fifth episode without continuity issues). I guess giving the first episode a more proper title back then made it less confusing for if somebody read the broadcast order titles later (though back then they didn't expect many to see the titles). Of course The Bob Newhart Show pilot was titled "P-I-L-O-T" and ended up airing as the ninth episode (and most episode listings - on DVD and Nick at Nite's Classic TV Companion and website - still list it as the ninth, Nick at Nite's ordering for episodes seems different than most DVDs and wikipedia guides list).
Can anybody determine when it became a lot more common for first episodes to properly set up the series, or when it became more common for planned series finales to clearly be the last episode?
Recently, I've been watching video recordings of things I taped off television, as recent as 1997, and in so many of those, I actually don't see the channel logo in the corner (same with a lot of uploads of 1990s programming I see on YouTube). Anybody know when stations began showing their logo in the corner of the screen during the programs?