Strong Episodic Concepts

Matt Bird talks about how he measures the strength of a TV show’s basic concept.

Mentioned in the episode:

Matt’s Ultimate TV Pilot Checklist (using 24 as an example)

Breaking Bad
Chicago Fire
Code Red
Rescue Me
Mad Men
The Knick
Slings and Arrows


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