You should too. Skip the pilot and possibly you may want to miss out on the second half of the series, but definitely watch the first few episodes.
At the start of the series, the emphasis is on Matthew as an alien prince who was sent to Earth to grow up in safety when his world was invaded and is now waiting to go back to his own world and fight the intergalactic marauders. It's centered around his high school, his girlfriend Pam and his guardian and science teacher Walt Shepard (Louis Gossett Jr.)
Later on the school and Pam disappear and all Matt and Walt do is work assignments for some government agency.
I've even been inspired to do some writing.