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List Rules Vote up the television series with the most consistently great writing

What are the best written TV shows of all time? The Writers Guild of America (WGA) and TV Guide recently compiled its list of the 101 Best Written TV Shows ever, and the results left things wide open for debate. So, do you agree with the choices? Was there a show left off? Vote for the TV programs that you believe featured the strongest writing. Add any shows that you believe deserve votes, and of course, feel free to re-rank this list of TV series with the greatest writing in any order you choose.

Many of the television shows listed here are considered among the best TV shows of recent memory, and with good reason: They are wonderfully scripted, featuring diverse characters and compelling storylines that made us want to keep watching, week after week. They are excellent dramas, outstanding comedies and awesome science fiction TV shows. Some of the programs here are older, but they were considered by many to be groundbreaking.

What should be the number one best written TV show ever? Certainly outstanding shows like 'The Sopranos,' 'Mad Men' and 'Breaking Bad' could be considered. They are, after all, some of the greatest TV dramas of all time.
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The Sopranos is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The TV Shows with the Best Writing
The Sopranos James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco

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2
+ - 589 383
Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The TV Shows with the Best Writing
Breaking Bad Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn

3
+ - 483 377
Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The TV Shows with the Best Writing
Seinfeld Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards

4
+ - 474 423
Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The TV Shows with the Best Writing
Game of Thrones Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington

5
+ - 357 376
The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The TV Shows with the Best Writing
The Simpsons Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

6
+ - 354 271
The Twilight Zone is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The TV Shows with the Best Writing
The Twilight Zone Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts

7
+ - 259 253
Cheers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The TV Shows with the Best Writing
Cheers Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger

8
+ - 287 308
M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The TV Shows with the Best Writing
M*A*S*H Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi

9
+ - 294 305
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The TV Shows with the Best Writing
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan

10
+ - 245 296
Mad Men is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The TV Shows with the Best Writing
Mad Men Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser

11
+ - 328 337
Arrested Development is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The TV Shows with the Best Writing
Arrested Development Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi

12
+ - 256 283
Monty Python's Flying Circus is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The TV Shows with the Best Writing
Monty Python's Flying Circus Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam

13
+ - 279 267
Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The TV Shows with the Best Writing
Sherlock Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

14
+ - 275 330
The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The TV Shows with the Best Writing
The X-Files David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

15
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House is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The TV Shows with the Best Writing
House Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard

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Downton Abbey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The TV Shows with the Best Writing
Downton Abbey Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern

17
+ - 245 336
The Daily Show is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The TV Shows with the Best Writing
The Daily Show Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver

18
+ - 210 258
The West Wing is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The TV Shows with the Best Writing
The West Wing Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe, Allison Janney

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+ - 224 336
30 Rock is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The TV Shows with the Best Writing
30 Rock Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan

20
+ - 214 249
The Wire is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The TV Shows with the Best Writing
The Wire Dominic West, Lance Reddick, Sonja Sohn

21
+ - 261 364
Dexter is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The TV Shows with the Best Writing
Dexter Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas

22
+ - 101 97
The Mary Tyler Moore Show is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The TV Shows with the Best Writing
The Mary Tyler Moore Show Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod

23
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South Park is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The TV Shows with the Best Writing
South Park Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Isaac Hayes

24
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Six Feet Under is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The TV Shows with the Best Writing
Six Feet Under Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall, Frances Conroy

25
+ - 122 117
House of Cards is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The TV Shows with the Best Writing
House of Cards Kevin Spacey, Michel Gill, Robin Wright

26
+ - 261 295
Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The TV Shows with the Best Writing
Modern Family Ed O'Neill, SofĂ­a Vergara, Julie Bowen

27
+ - 140 150
All in the Family is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The TV Shows with the Best Writing
All in the Family Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner

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The Dick Van Dyke Show is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The TV Shows with the Best Writing
The Dick Van Dyke Show Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie

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+ - 128 174
Taxi is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The TV Shows with the Best Writing
Taxi Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito

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+ - 304 297
Friends is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The TV Shows with the Best Writing
Friends Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

31
+ - 151 223
Saturday Night Live is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The TV Shows with the Best Writing
Saturday Night Live Darrell Hammond, Kenan Thompson, Seth Meyers

32
+ - 117 177
Northern Exposure is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The TV Shows with the Best Writing
Northern Exposure Rob Morrow, Janine Turner, Barry Corbin

33
+ - 136 150
Columbo is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The TV Shows with the Best Writing
Columbo Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan

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+ - 174 261
Deadwood is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The TV Shows with the Best Writing
Deadwood Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker

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+ - 181 207
Band of Brothers is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The TV Shows with the Best Writing
Band of Brothers Scott Grimes, Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston

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+ - 113 168
Hill Street Blues is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The TV Shows with the Best Writing
Hill Street Blues Daniel J. Travanti, Michael Warren, Bruce Weitz

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+ - 153 215
Star Trek: The Original Series is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The TV Shows with the Best Writing
Star Trek: The Original Series William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley

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+ - 214 238
The Office is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The TV Shows with the Best Writing
The Office Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer

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+ - 167 222
The Wonder Years is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The TV Shows with the Best Writing
The Wonder Years Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Daniel Stern

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+ - 86 71
True Detective is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The TV Shows with the Best Writing
True Detective Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams

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+ - 155 205
Law & Order is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The TV Shows with the Best Writing
Law & Order Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin, Dennis Farina

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+ - 134 167
Star Trek: The Next Generation is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The TV Shows with the Best Writing
Star Trek: The Next Generation Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes

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Lost is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The TV Shows with the Best Writing
Lost Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia

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+ - 113 199
Late Night with David Letterma... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The TV Shows with the Best Writing
Late Night with David Letterman David Letterman, Paul Shaffer, Jerry Seinfeld

45
+ - 111 142
The Bob Newhart Show is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The TV Shows with the Best Writing
The Bob Newhart Show Bob Newhart, Suzanne Pleshette, Bill Daily

46
+ - 59 97
L.A. Law is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The TV Shows with the Best Writing
L.A. Law Corbin Bernsen, Jill Eikenberry, Alan Rachins

47
+ - 164 150
Frasier is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The TV Shows with the Best Writing
Frasier Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce

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+ - 125 126
Orange Is the New Black is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The TV Shows with the Best Writing
Orange Is the New Black Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning

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+ - 59 81
Outlander is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The TV Shows with the Best Writing
Outlander Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies

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+ - 104 147
Fawlty Towers is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The TV Shows with the Best Writing
Fawlty Towers John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs