Over the years I have enjoyed South Park, (It took me a while to get used to the graphics,) The Simpsons, American Dad, The Hill, Drawn Together, Family Guy and others because that writing is so damn good.
I don't watch crime shows, but my guess is some of the writing is clever and well constructed in them as well.
Many of the new documentaries with big budgets are informing better than ever because of highly skilled writers who can get complex ideas across to the general public.
Would you like to nominate a TV show or series that you love because of the writing so we can all share in your view?
J.J. Abrams gets my vote. Yes, the ending to lost was contrived and a little too convenient, but you have to acknowledge his genius. His ability to build suspense, develop characters, and weave such intricately converging and diverging plots just blows my mind.
I agree! Big Bang has some of the best writing from intellectual form to just down-right funny. Creating such quirky characters has a brilliance about it. Primarily when I'm in the mood for the ridiculous and non-thought provoking, I find just about anything Tina Faye writes to be hilarious--SNL, Mean Girls, 30 Rock, and Baby Mama. However the master of all things written for past TV and Big Screen, has to be Ron Howard.
It was in Fox in 2003. It's a show about a dysfunctional family and the son who had to keep them all together. It got cancelled after 3 seasons even though the critics loved it! It's hilarious! It is definetly a must see!
I recognised some good writing in friends, but being Australian i find a lot of American sitcom's almost embarrassing when it comes to the characters they develop. Going by the ratings, friends must have had good writers, just not my style I guess.
I thought the early series of Two and a Half men was very clever and tight but like most good shows they did not know when to stop. I'm surprised that no one has mentioned 'M.A.S.H.' the show that actually went longer than the war! It held it's standard right up to the end!
I usually think good comedy writers are the best, because they need to have their timing exactly right. Mr favourite comedy writer and performer has to be Victoria Wood. Her sketches are I think the funniest. Of American comedies, I think Will and Grace has the best writing. The comedy is fast paced, with one joke quickly following another. Some of the Monty Python sketches are also very well put together.
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