Season 1
Episode 1
Written By Aaron Sorkin
Director Thomas Schlamme
Original Airdate September 22, 1998
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"Pilot" is the first episode of the first season and the first episode of the series overall. It originally aired on September 22, 1998. It was written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by Thomas Schlamme.


Already at odds with the network over Casey's recent lack of professionalism, the team is struggling to get the go-ahead to air a human interest feature on an African runner who's about to compete in his first major race since recovering from a potentially career-ending leg injury. Natalie finds herself attracted to Jeremy, a nerdy but knowledgeable applicant for an opening on the production team.





  1. Josh Charles as Dan Rydell
  2. Peter Krause as Casey McCall
  3. Felicity Huffman as Dana Whitaker
  4. Joshua Malina as Jeremy
  5. Sabrina Lloyd as Natalie
  6. and Robert Guillaume as Isaac Jaffe

Guest starring

  1. Kayla Blake as Kim
  2. Robert Mailhouse as J.J.
  3. Greg Baker as Elliott
  4. Timothy Davis-Reed as Chris
  5. Bernard Hocke as Dave
  6. Ron Ostrow as Will


  1. Nina Jane Barry as Claire


Opening credits

  1. Brian Grazer - Executive Producer
  2. Ron Howard - Executive Producer
  3. Tony Krantz - Executive Producer
  4. Aaron Sorkin - Executive Producer
  5. Rob Scheidlinger - Executive Producer
  6. John Amodeo - Produced by
  7. Aaron Sorkin - Writer
  8. Thomas Schlamme - Director

Closing credits

  1. Bonnie Zane - Casting
  2. Paula Rosenberg - Casting
  3. Stephen Putnam - Associate Producer
  4. Peter Smokler - Director of Photography
  5. Theo E. Azzari - Production Designer
  6. Janet Ashikaga - Editor
  7. Steve Burgess - Unit Production Manager and First Assistant Director
  8. Elena Santaballa - Second Assistant Director
  9. W.G. Snuffy Walden - Music