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Who are the best Television show or series writers?

  1. earnestshub profile image88
    earnestshubposted 6 years ago

    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?

    1. emichael profile image82
      emichaelposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      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.

    2. Shinkicker profile image90
      Shinkickerposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Hill Street Blues. Main writing by Stephen Boshco but especially the earlier series when Anthony Yerkovich was also involved in the writing

      1. earnestshub profile image88
        earnestshubposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Of course! A great series!
        I did notice the writing was at it's best in the earlier episodes, and now I know why. Thank you. smile

  2. Uninvited Writer profile image82
    Uninvited Writerposted 6 years ago

    I think Big Bang Theory has great writing; witty and smart.

    1. earnestshub profile image88
      earnestshubposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I do watch that. I agree, very clever writing I would say. smile

    2. K9keystrokes profile image93
      K9keystrokesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      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.

  3. YadiraE profile image87
    YadiraEposted 6 years ago

    Arrested Development for me by far has the best writing I have ever seen on a television show. It was funny and smart! I miss that show! (Although I have my DVDs completely worn out!)

    1. earnestshub profile image88
      earnestshubposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I think I know that show, but can you give me a small nudge? smile

      1. YadiraE profile image87
        YadiraEposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        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!

        1. earnestshub profile image88
          earnestshubposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          I know I have seen it, but a lot has happened since. smile
          I still can't quite remember it. smile

          1. earnestshub profile image88
            earnestshubposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            Just Googled it. Now I remember, and you are right, it was very funny. lol

  4. Uninvited Writer profile image82
    Uninvited Writerposted 6 years ago

    Oh and Modern Family too...

  5. Lyla Day profile image77
    Lyla Dayposted 6 years ago

    FRIENDS was the best one, by far.

    1. earnestshub profile image88
      earnestshubposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      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. smile

      I thought Frazier was clever. smile

      1. Uninvited Writer profile image82
        Uninvited Writerposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        I didn't find Friend particularly great in terms of writing a lot of the time but I agree with Frazier.

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    Motown2Chitownposted 6 years ago

    I agree with everyone who said Frasier - one of the best American sitcoms ever produced.  In terms of drama, I would say House and Law and Order, SVU. 

    I also love Family Guy and Big Bang Theory.

    Lastly, I would say Northern Exposure.  Absolutely brilliant and underrated.

    smile

    1. earnestshub profile image88
      earnestshubposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Thank you! Another great piece of writing. smile
      I think I saw all of it.

  7. agvulpes profile image88
    agvulpesposted 6 years ago

    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!

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      Motown2Chitownposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      You're right!  I'm surprised we all forgot that one also!  M*A*S*H was genius!

    2. earnestshub profile image88
      earnestshubposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      How did we miss Mash?
      Brilliant in every way... writing, casting, sets. It was first class. Thanks ag........ I feel like a real mug for not listing it first, and I hate most war movies. smile

    3. earnestshub profile image88
      earnestshubposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I enjoyed that for a while, and thought some of the writing was very funny.

      Like yourself, I thought it fell over time. smile

  8. prettydarkhorse profile image63
    prettydarkhorseposted 6 years ago

    Steve Callaghan - Family Guy

    1. earnestshub profile image88
      earnestshubposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      A brilliant mind! smile

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    Sherlock221bposted 6 years ago

    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.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erMFqpfm … re=related

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZCIKjYDf1g

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajC4Az4wscc

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdRXliIO-Bw

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4v-q7Pdq … re=related

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0dWo31hwpI

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vecYnby … re=related

    1. earnestshub profile image88
      earnestshubposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Another brilliant comical mind. Does she write her own stuff?
      I couldn't help myself, I watched all of the videos you put up and laughed my left sock right off! lol

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        Sherlock221bposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Yes, Victoria Wood writes all her own stuff, including sketches, a musical, songs etc.  She is also a dramatist.

        A couple of links to Monty Python

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fRJ0T-y … re=related

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBqe5xvY … re=related

        1. earnestshub profile image88
          earnestshubposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Great episodes that I have not seen for ages. Thank you! smile

    2. K9keystrokes profile image93
      K9keystrokesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Victoria Wood is a brilliant "Punster" with very solid comedy timing. 'Will and Grace'-- perfect case in point!

 
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