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Newer Shows with the Most Impressive Writing 

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Updated February 21, 2020 2k votes 341 voters 2.9k views 33 items

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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The Good Place is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Newer Shows with the Most Impressive Writing
Kristen Bell, Ted Danson, William Jackson Harper

Premiered: 2016

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Fantasy

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

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Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Newer Shows with the Most Impressive Writing
Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard

Premiered: 2016

Number of Seasons: 3

Network: Netflix

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Horror, Supernatural, Period drama

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

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Mindhunter is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Newer Shows with the Most Impressive Writing
Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Anna Torv

Genres (Tv): Drama

Key Writers:
John Douglas
Mark Olshaker
Joe Penhall
Jennifer Haley
 

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The Haunting of Hill Hou... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Newer Shows with the Most Impressive Writing
Luke Albright added Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino, Henry Thomas

Genres (Tv): Supernatural horror

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 first season, The Haunting of ...more

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The Handmaid's Tale is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Newer Shows with the Most Impressive Writing
Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski

Premiered: 2017

Network: Hulu

Genres (Tv): Drama, Dystopian fiction

Key Writers:
Nina Fiore
John Hererra
Bruce Miller

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6
Ozark is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Newer Shows with the Most Impressive Writing
Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, Sofia Hublitz

Premiered: 2017

Network: Netflix

Genres (Tv): Crime drama, Thriller

Key Writers:
Bill Dubuque
Mark Williams
Paul Kolsby
Martin Zimmerman

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7
Westworld is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Newer Shows with the Most Impressive Writing
Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright

Premiered: 2016

Number of Seasons: 3

Network: HBO

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Drama, Western

Key Writers:
Jonathan Nolan
Lisa Joy

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Better Call Saul is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Newer Shows with the Most Impressive Writing
Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn

Premiered: 2015

Number of Seasons: 4

Network: AMC

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Drama, Comedy

Key Writers:
Vince Gilligan
Peter Gould
Gordon Smith
Ann Cherkis

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Big Little Lies is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Newer Shows with the Most Impressive Writing
Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley

Genres (Tv): Comedy

Key Writers:
David E. Kelley
Liane Moriarty

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10
The Marvelous Mrs. Maise... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Newer Shows with the Most Impressive Writing
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Rachel Brosnahan, Michael Zegen, Alex Borstein

Premiered: 2017

Number of Seasons: 3

Network: Amazon Video

Genres (Tv): Comedy-Drama, Period drama

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

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The Crown is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Newer Shows with the Most Impressive Writing
Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Vanessa Kirby

Premiered: 2016

Network: Netflix

Genres (Tv): Historical drama

Key Writers:
Edward Hemming
Peter Morgan
Tom Edge

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American Gods is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Newer Shows with the Most Impressive Writing
Ricky Whittle, Emily Browning, Crispin Glover

Premiered: 2017

Network: Starz

Genres (Tv): Fantasy, Drama

Key Writers:
Bryan Fuller
Neil Gaiman
Michael Green
Maria Melnik

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13
Mr. Robot is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Newer Shows with the Most Impressive Writing
Rami Malek, Carly Chaikin, Portia Doubleday

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Drama, Thriller

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

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Barry is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Newer Shows with the Most Impressive Writing
Barry Bill Hader, Stephen Root, Sarah Goldberg

Premiered: 2018

Network: HBO

Genres (Tv): Comedy

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

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15
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmid... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Newer Shows with the Most Impressive Writing
Ellie Kemper, Jane Krakowski, Tituss Burgess

Premiered: 2015

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 51

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom

Key Writers:
Tina Fey
Robert Carlock
Sam Means

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Killing Eve is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Newer Shows with the Most Impressive Writing
Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, Fiona Shaw

Premiered: 2018

Network: BBC America

Genres (Tv): Drama

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

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This Is Us is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Newer Shows with the Most Impressive Writing
Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown

Premiered: 2016

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Family drama

Key Writers:
Dan Fogelman
Kay Oyegun
Aurin Squire
Jas Waters

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Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Newer Shows with the Most Impressive Writing
Donald Glover, Brian Tyree Henry, Lakeith Stanfield

Premiered: 2016

Network: FX

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Drama

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

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GLOW is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Newer Shows with the Most Impressive Writing
Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Marc Maron

Premiered: 2017

Network: Netflix

Genres (Tv): Comedy-drama

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

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BoJack Horseman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Newer Shows with the Most Impressive Writing
Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie

Premiered: 2014

Network: Netflix

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Animation

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Fleabag Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Hugh Skinner, Sian Clifford

Premiered: 2016

Genres (Tv): Comedy

Key Writer:
Phoebe Waller-Bridge

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22
Big Mouth is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Newer Shows with the Most Impressive Writing
Nick Kroll, John Mulaney, Jessi Klein

Genres (Tv): Animation, Adult, Comedy

Key Writers:
Nick Kroll
Jennifer Flackett
Andrew Goldberg
Mark Levin

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The Expanse is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Newer Shows with the Most Impressive Writing
Luke Albright added Thomas Jane, Steven Strait, Cas Anvar

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Mystery, Sci-Fi

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Master of None is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Newer Shows with the Most Impressive Writing
Aziz Ansari, Noël Wells, Eric Wareheim

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Comedy

Key Writers:
Aziz Ansari
Alan Yang
Lena Waithe

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Twin Peaks is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Newer Shows with the Most Impressive Writing
Twin Peaks (Revival) Kyle MacLachlan, Russ Tamblyn, Sherilyn Fenn

Premiered: 1990

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 48

Network: ABC, Showtime

Genres (Tv): Drama, Crime, Mystery

Key Writers:
Mark Frost
David Lynch

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