Print out two copies of this checklist. They are usually broken up in those above acts. The following outline is brief and neglects act outs, which are essential to keeping the viewer hooked, though it should provide enough for a rough draft. Click to tweet this article to your friends and followers!
This is part of in my opinion what makes coming up with a strong pilot so difficult. Act One: Depending on how you've divided up your acts, act one can be used solely for introduction purposes in a half-hour, or it can also be used to build tension, therefore ending on a cliffhanger.
However, if you are writing an episodic or serial show, this decision can shape a lot of things later on. They appear to be strangers at first but we realise they are actually flirting.
This is where you introduce the current story at hand. But we know you're up to the task.