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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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Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 1 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

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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

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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

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
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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Ozark is listed (or ranked) 5 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

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The Handmaid's Tale is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Newer Shows with the Most Impressive Writing
Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski

Key Writers:
Nina Fiore
John Hererra
Bruce Miller

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Big Little Lies is listed (or ranked) 7 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

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The Crown is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Newer Shows with the Most Impressive Writing
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The Marvelous Mrs. Maise... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Newer Shows with the Most Impressive Writing
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Rachel Brosnahan, Michael Zegen, Alex Borstein

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

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Better Call Saul is listed (or ranked) 10 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

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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

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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

Key Writers:
Bryan Fuller
Neil Gaiman
Michael Green
Maria Melnik

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Westworld is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Newer Shows with the Most Impressive Writing
Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright

Key Writers:
Jonathan Nolan
Lisa Joy

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Killing Eve is listed (or ranked) 14 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

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

Key Writers:
Tina Fey
Robert Carlock
Sam Means

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This Is Us is listed (or ranked) 16 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

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Mr. Robot is listed (or ranked) 17 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

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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

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Barry is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Newer Shows with the Most Impressive Writing
Barry
Bill Hader, Stephen Root, Sarah Goldberg

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

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Twin Peaks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Newer Shows with the Most Impressive Writing
Twin Peaks (Revival)
Kyle MacLachlan, Russ Tamblyn, Sherilyn Fenn

Key Writers:
Mark Frost
David Lynch

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Master of None is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Newer Shows with the Most Impressive Writing
Aziz Ansari, Noël Wells, Eric Wareheim

Key Writers:
Aziz Ansari
Alan Yang
Lena Waithe

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Feud is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Newer Shows with the Most Impressive Writing
Jessica Lange, Susan Sarandon, Alfred Molina

Key Writers:
Jaffe Cohen
Ryan Murphy
Michael Zam

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The Deuce is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Newer Shows with the Most Impressive Writing
James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gbenga Akinnagbe

Key Writers:
George Pelecanos
David Simon
Richard Price

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Fleabag
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Hugh Skinner, Sian Clifford

Key Writer:
Phoebe Waller-Bridge

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American Vandal is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Newer Shows with the Most Impressive Writing
American Vandal
Tyler Alvarez, Griffin Gluck, Jimmy Tatro

Key Writers:
Dan Perrault
Tony Yacenda
Kevin McManus
Matthew McManus

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