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Newer Shows with the Most Impressive Writing  

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List Rules Only series that premiered Season 1 on or after January 1, 2015. Vote up the series that feature the best writing on television, even if they aren't your favorite overall shows.

While fantastic acting and sky-high production value can make a show pleasant enough to watch, the TV shows with good writing as well are the ones that truly shine. Where would Stranger Things be without the smart writers crafting such intricate plots? Could all the issues tackled on This Is Us feel authentic with melodramatic dialogue? Some of the best writing on TV today gets viewers invested and engaged with high quality programs. This list catalogs some of the best writing on TV today. 

What are some of the most well-written new TV shows? Twin Peaks: The Return includes supernatural elements, in-depth character studies, and abstract storylines. Aziz Ansari's unique humor is a constant thread throughout his series Master of None. Big Little Lies brings the outstanding writing from the bestselling novel of the same name to the small screen. Other current TV shows with great writing include The Handmaid's TaleThe Crown, and American Gods.

Which current TV shows do you watch for the writing? Give your favorites a thumbs up and please add any well-written series we may have missed.

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Catastrophe is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Newer Shows with the Most Impressive Writing
Sharon Horgan, Rob Delaney

Key Writers:
Rob Delaney
Sharon Horgan

Catastrophe (Channel 4, 2015) a British sitcom created by Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan. Sharon Morris (Horgan) and Rob Norris (Delaney) get together after she becomes pregnant following a brief ...more
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Better Things is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Newer Shows with the Most Impressive Writing
Pamela Adlon, Mikey Madison, Hannah Alligood

Key Writers:
Pamela Adlon
Louis C.K.
Cindy Chupack
Gina Fattore

Better Things (FX, 2016) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Pamela Adlon and Louis C.K. An actress (Pamela Adlon) raises her three daughters while juggling the pressures of ...more
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Big Mouth is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Newer Shows with the Most Impressive Writing
Nick Kroll, John Mulaney, Jessi Klein

Key Writers:
Nick Kroll
Jennifer Flackett
Andrew Goldberg
Mark Levin

Big Mouth (Netflix, 2017) is an American adult animated sitcom created by Nick Kroll, Andrew Goldberg, Mark Levin, and Jennifer Flackett, based on Kroll and Goldberg's tweenage years in the New ...more
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Insecure is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Newer Shows with the Most Impressive Writing
Issa Rae, Jay Ellis, Yvonne Orji

Key Writers:
Issa Rae
Larry Wilmore
Natasha Rothwell

Insecure (HBO, 2016) is an American comedy-drama series created by Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore, based on the web series Awkward Black Girl. Black female friends Issa (Issa Rae) and Molly (Yvonne ...more
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SMILF is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Newer Shows with the Most Impressive Writing
Frankie Shaw, Miguel Gomez, Rosie O'Donnell

Key Writers:
Frankie Shaw
Jess Dweck
Zach Strauss

SMILF (Showtime, 2017) is an American television comedy series based on Frankie Shaw's short film. A single, 20-something mom (Shaw) struggles to find a happy work-life balance.
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Riverdale is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Newer Shows with the Most Impressive Writing
KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes

Key Writers:
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
James DeWille
Michael Grassi
Britta Lundin

Riverdale (The CW, 2017) is an American teen drama television series developed by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, based on the characters of Archie Comics. The series follows Archie Andrews' (KJ Apa) ...more
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The Expanse is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Newer Shows with the Most Impressive Writing
Luke Albright added Thomas Jane, Steven Strait, Cas Anvar
The Expanse (Syfy, 2015) is an American science fiction television series developed by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, based on the novels by James S. A. Corey. In a future where humanity has ...more