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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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Mindhunter is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Newer Shows with the Most Impressive Writing
Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Anna Torv

Key Writers:
John Douglas
Mark Olshaker
Joe Penhall
Jennifer Haley
 

Mindhunter (Netflix, 2017) is an American drama series based on the book written by Mark Olshaker and John E. Douglas. Set in the late '70s and early '80s, the series revolves around two FBI ...more
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The Good Place is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Newer Shows with the Most Impressive Writing
Kristen Bell, Ted Danson, William Jackson Harper

Key Writers:
Michael Schur
Daniel Schofield
Andrew Law
Kate Gersten
Cord Jefferson

Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell) wakes up to discover she has entered the afterlife. When she is told by Michael (Ted Danson), her facilitator, that she is in "The Good Place" because ...more
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Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Newer Shows with the Most Impressive Writing
Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard

Key Writers:
Matt Duffer
Ross Duffer
Paul Dichter
Jessie Nickson-Lopez
Kate Trefry

Stranger Things (Netflix, 2016) is an American science fiction-horror web television series created by The Duffer Brothers. When a young boy (Noah Schnapp) disappears, his mother (Winona Ryder), ...more
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Ozark is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Newer Shows with the Most Impressive Writing
Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, Sofia Hublitz

Key Writers:
Bill Dubuque
Mark Williams
Paul Kolsby
Martin Zimmerman

Ozark (Netflix, 2017) is an American crime drama series created by Bill Dubuque. Financial planner Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman) must suddenly relocate his family (Laura Linney) from Chicago to a ...more
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The Haunting of Hill House is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Newer Shows with the Most Impressive Writing
Luke Albright added Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino, Henry Thomas
The Haunting of Hill House (Netflix, 2018) is an American supernatural horror television series created by Mike Flanagan, based on the novel by Shirley Jackson. The story of five siblings who ...more
6
Better Call Saul is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Newer Shows with the Most Impressive Writing
Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn

Key Writers:
Vince Gilligan
Peter Gould
Gordon Smith
Ann Cherkis

Better Call Saul (AMC, 2015) is an American television drama series created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, and a spinoff prequel of Breaking Bad. The trials and tribulations of lawyer, Jimmy ...more
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The Handmaid's Tale is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Newer Shows with the Most Impressive Writing
Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski

Key Writers:
Nina Fiore
John Hererra
Bruce Miller

The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu, 2017) is an American web television series created by Bruce Miller, based on the 1985 novel by Margaret Atwood. In a dystopian future where women are brutally ...more
8
Big Little Lies is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Newer Shows with the Most Impressive Writing
Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley

Key Writers:
David E. Kelley
Liane Moriarty

Big Little Lies (HBO, 2017) is an American dramatic miniseries created by David E. Kelley, based on the novel by Liane Moriarty. While Madeline (Reese Witherspoon) and Celeste (Nicole Kidman) ...more
9
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Newer Shows with the Most Impressive Writing
Ellie Kemper, Jane Krakowski, Tituss Burgess

Key Writers:
Tina Fey
Robert Carlock
Sam Means

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is an American sitcom created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock and starring Ellie Kemper that has streamed on Netflix since March 6, 2015. Originally set for a 13-episode ...more
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This Is Us is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Newer Shows with the Most Impressive Writing
Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown

Key Writers:
Dan Fogelman
Kay Oyegun
Aurin Squire
Jas Waters

This Is Us (NBC, 2016) is an American television series created by Dan Fogelman. Follows a unique ensemble, as their paths cross and their life stories interwine, from sharing the same birthday, ...more
11
Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Newer Shows with the Most Impressive Writing
Donald Glover, Brian Tyree Henry, Lakeith Stanfield

Key Writers:
Donald Glover
Stephen Glover
Jamal Olori
Stefani Robinson
Fam Udeorji

Atlanta (FX, 2016) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Donald Glover. College dropout Earn (Donald Glover) navigates through life with his ex-girlfriend (Zazie Beetz), his ...more
12
The Crown is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Newer Shows with the Most Impressive Writing
Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Vanessa Kirby

Key Writers:
Edward Hemming
Peter Morgan
Tom Edge

The Crown (Netflix, 2016) is an American-British biographical drama series about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom. The series begins with the 1947 wedding of young Elizabeth ...more
13
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Newer Shows with the Most Impressive Writing
Rachel Brosnahan, Michael Zegen, Alex Borstein

Key Writers:
Amy Sherman-Palladino
Daniel Palladino
Sheila R. Lawrence

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon, 2017) is an American television series, created by Amy Sherman-Palladino and starring Rachel Brosnahan as a housewife in the 1950s who decides to become a ...more
14
American Gods is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Newer Shows with the Most Impressive Writing
Ricky Whittle, Emily Browning, Crispin Glover

Key Writers:
Bryan Fuller
Neil Gaiman
Michael Green
Maria Melnik

American Gods (Starz, 2017) is an American television series developed by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, based on the novel by Neil Gaiman. After being released from prison, Shadow Moon (Ricky ...more
15
Westworld is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Newer Shows with the Most Impressive Writing
Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright

Key Writers:
Jonathan Nolan
Lisa Joy

Westworld (HBO, 2016) is an American science fiction western thriller television series created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, and based on the 1973 film. In a technologically advanced Wild ...more
16
Mr. Robot is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Newer Shows with the Most Impressive Writing
Rami Malek, Carly Chaikin, Portia Doubleday

Key Writers:
Sam Esmail
Randolph Leon
Adam Penn
Courtney Looney
Kyle Bradstreet

Mr. Robot (USA Network, 2015) is an American drama–thriller television series created by Sam Esmail. Elliot (Rami Malek), a cybersecurity engineer and hacker who suffers from social anxiety ...more
17
Killing Eve is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Newer Shows with the Most Impressive Writing
Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, Fiona Shaw

Key Writers:
Phoebe Waller-Bridge
George Kay
Vicky Jones
Rob Williams

Killing Eve (BBC America, 2018) is a British drama television series developed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, based on the novels by Luke Jennings. Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh), a desk-bound MI5 Officer, ...more
18
GLOW is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Newer Shows with the Most Impressive Writing
Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Marc Maron

Key Writers:
Rachel Skukert
Kristoffer Diaz
Liz Flahive
Carly Mensch
Emma Rathbone

GLOW (Netflix, 2017) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch. Set in 1980s Los Angeles, Ruth Wilder (Alison Brie), a struggling actress, receives an ...more
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Master of None is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Newer Shows with the Most Impressive Writing
Aziz Ansari, Noël Wells, Eric Wareheim

Key Writers:
Aziz Ansari
Alan Yang
Lena Waithe

Master of None (Netflix, 2015) is an American comedy-drama web television series created by Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang. The personal and professional life of Dev (Aziz Ansari), a 30-year-old ...more
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Twin Peaks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Newer Shows with the Most Impressive Writing
Kyle MacLachlan, Russ Tamblyn, Sherilyn Fenn

Key Writers:
Mark Frost
David Lynch

Twin Peaks (Showtime, 2017) is a miniseries that follows FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) in a continuation of the original 1990 series, created by David Lynch.
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Catastrophe is listed (or ranked) 21 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
22
American Vandal is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Newer Shows with the Most Impressive Writing
Tyler Alvarez, Griffin Gluck, Jimmy Tatro

Key Writers:
Dan Perrault
Tony Yacenda
Kevin McManus
Matthew McManus

This series (Netflix, 2017) is a true satire mockumentary series. When senior class clown Dylan Maxwell (Jimmy Tatro) is accused and expelled from school, sophomore Peter Maldonado (Tyler ...more
23
Barry is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Newer Shows with the Most Impressive Writing
Bill Hader, Stephen Root, Sarah Goldberg

Key Writers:
Alec Berg
Bill Hader
Liz Sarnoff
Sarah Solemani
Ben Smith
Duffy Boudreau
Emily Heller

Barry (HBO, 2018) is an American television comedy series created by Bill Hader and Alec Berg. An ex-marine (Bill Hader) who is working as a low-rent hitman moves to Los Angeles and joins an ...more
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Big Mouth is listed (or ranked) 24 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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The Deuce is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Newer Shows with the Most Impressive Writing
James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gbenga Akinnagbe

Key Writers:
George Pelecanos
David Simon
Richard Price

The Deuce (HBO, 2017) is a television drama series set in and around Times Square, New York. It tells the story of the legalization and ensuing rise of the adult industry in New York beginning ...more