TV Current TV Shows with the Best Writing  

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List Rules Current TV shows with great lines, plot twists, scenes - just great writing overall. Shows must be on TV or streaming platforms and either in season or expected to return.

This list of current TV shows with the best writing ranks all the series that are sure to impress and entertain audiences. From brilliant dialogue to memorable character arcs, the people in the writer’s rooms of these 2016-2017 series deserve their accolades. In fact, several shows on this list have been nominated or received awards from the Writers Guild of America, the Emmys, or the Golden Globes. For instance, the writing on Veep and the writing on Louie have consistently received praise and nominations.

Current TV shows with good writing can be found on subscription channels (like Episodes on Showtime), on cable channels (like The Americans on FX), and on broadcast networks (like New Girl on FOX). The best writing currently on TV can be seen in hilarious sitcoms and tearjerking dramas. The Good Wife has an amazing writing team, as does Orange Is the New Black on Netflix. Archer and Bob’s Burgers are great examples of animated TV shows that are written with supreme excellence and a refreshing sense of humor. Of course, the writing on The Simpsons has launched the careers of people like Conan O’Brien. In fact, O’Brien left the writing staff on Saturday Night Live in order to join the brilliant team at The Simpsons.

So which current television shows have the best writing teams and the best overall writing? Cast your votes below and add any other well-written TV series currently airing new episodes.

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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Game of Thrones D. B. Weiss, David Benioff

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Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Sherlock Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss

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Better Call Saul is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Better Call Saul Peter Gould, Vince Gilligan

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The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
The Walking Dead Frank Darabont

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Sense8 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing

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Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Modern Family Steven Levitan, Christopher Lloyd

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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing

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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Supernatural Eric Kripke

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The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing

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South Park is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
South Park Trey Parker, Matt Stone

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The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
The Simpsons Matt Groening

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Homeland is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Homeland Howard Gordon, Gideon Raff, Alex Gansa

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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Doctor Who Sydney Newman, C. E. Webber, Donald Wilson

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Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Criminal Minds Jeff Davis

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Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing

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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
American Horror Story Brad Falchuk, Ryan Murphy - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Orange Is the New Black is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing

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Daredevil is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing

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Louie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Louie Louie - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Vikings is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Vikings Michael Hirst

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Veep is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Veep Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing

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Once Upon a Time is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Once Upon a Time Adam Horowitz, Edward Kitsis

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House of Cards is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
House of Cards Beau Willimon

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The Flash is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing

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Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing

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Arrow is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Arrow Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, Marc Guggenheim

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Gotham is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Gotham Bruno Heller

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True Detective is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing

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Orphan Black is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Orphan Black Graeme Manson, John Fawcett

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Archer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Archer Adam Reed - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Grey's Anatomy Shonda Rhimes

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Scandal is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Scandal Shonda Rhimes

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The Americans is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
The Americans Joe Weisberg - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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How to Get Away with Murder is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Maurissa Tancharoen, Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon

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The Tonight Show Starring Jimm... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing

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The Originals is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
The Originals Julie Plec

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Black Mirror is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Black Mirror Charlie Brooker

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Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing

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Travelers is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing

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Legends of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing

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Rick and Morty is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Rick and Morty Justin Roiland, Dan Harmon

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Nashville is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Nashville Callie Khouri

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Suits is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Suits Aaron Korsh - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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The Office is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
The Office Greg Daniels, Stephen Merchant, Ricky Gervais

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Transparent is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Transparent Jill Soloway - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Bob's Burgers is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Bob's Burgers Loren Bouchard, Jim Dauterive

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Ray Donovan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Ray Donovan Ann Biderman

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Madam Secretary is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Madam Secretary Barbara Hall