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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 2018-2019 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 Fargo has consistently received praise and nominations.

Current TV shows with good writing can be found on subscription channels, on cable channels, and on broadcast networks. The best writing currently on TV can be seen in hilarious sitcoms and tearjerking dramas. Archer and Bob’s Burgers are great examples of animated TV shows that are written with supreme excellence and a refreshzng 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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Daredevil is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
voting closed at #26 sciscano added
Daredevil (Netflix, 2015) is an American web television series created for Netflix by Drew Goddard, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. Blind lawyer Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) ...more
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Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
ConnorRichardson added Dick Wolf
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is an American police procedural, legal, crime drama television series set in New York City, where it is also primarily produced. In the style of the ...more
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How to Get Away with Murder is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Peter Nowalk
This television show is an American drama television series created by Peter Nowalk. A law professor (Viola Davis) at a prestigious Philadelphia university and five of her students become ...more
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BoJack Horseman is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
BoJack Horseman is an American animated sitcom created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg. The series stars Will Arnett as the eponymous character, BoJack Horseman. The supporting cast includes Amy ...more
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Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
troy-fuhriman added Shonda Rhimes
Grey's Anatomy is an American medical soap opera television series that premiered on American Broadcasting Company as a mid-season replacement on March 27, 2005. The series has aired eleven ...more
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Master of None is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
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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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Bob's Burgers is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Loren Bouchard, Jim Dauterive
Bob's Burgers is an American animated sitcom created by Loren Bouchard for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series centers on the Belchers—parents Bob and Linda, and their children Tina, Gene, ...more
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Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
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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
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Arrow is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, Marc Guggenheim
Arrow is an American superhero television series developed by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, and Andrew Kreisberg, based on the DC Comics character. Five years after being stranded on a hostile ...more
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The Flash is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Garret Hoffman added
The Flash (The CW, 2014) is an American superhero television series developed by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, and Geoff Johns, based on the DC Comics character. CSI Barry Allen (Grant ...more
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The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
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
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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Maurissa Tancharoen, Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., or simply Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., is an American television series created for ABC by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, and Maurissa Tancharoen, based on the Marvel ...more
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The Tonight Show Starring Jimm... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
redrunner911 added Sylvester Weaver
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon is an American late-night talk show hosted by Jimmy Fallon on NBC. The show premiered on February 17, 2014 and is produced by Broadway Video and Universal ...more
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Suits is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Aaron Korsh
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Suits is a USA Network legal drama created by Aaron Korsh that stars Patrick J. Adams as Michael "Mike" Ross and Gabriel Macht as Harvey Specter. The first episode debuted on June 23, ...more
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Barry is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
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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Dear White People is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
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Dear White People (2017, Netflix) is an American satirical comedy-drama television series based on Justin Simien's 2014 film of the same name. It follows a group of students of color at a ...more
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Ray Donovan is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Hannawell added Ann Biderman
Ray Donovan is an American television drama series created by Ann Biderman for Showtime. The twelve-episode first season premiered on June 30, 2013. The pilot episode broke records of ...more
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Fleabag is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Fleabag (BBC Three, 2016) is a British comedy series about Fleabag (Phoebe Waller-Bridge), a young woman attempting to navigate modern life in London.
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Legends of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Garret Hoffman added
DC's Legends of Tomorrow (The CW, 2016) is an American superhero action-adventure television series spin-off from Arrow and The Flash, existing in the same fictional universe. Intending to stop ...more
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Killing Eve is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
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
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The Haunting of Hill House is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
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
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Transparent is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Jill Soloway
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Transparent is an American comedy-drama television series produced by Picrow for Amazon Studios that debuted on February 6, 2014. The series was created and directed by Jill Soloway. The story ...more
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Madam Secretary is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Barbara Hall
Madam Secretary is an American political drama television series created by Barbara Hall and executive produced by Lori McCreary and Morgan Freeman. It stars Téa Leoni as Elizabeth ...more
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This Is Us is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
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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
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13 Reasons Why is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
13 Reasons Why (Netflix, 2017) is an American television series based on the 2007 novel Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher and adapted by Brian Yorkey. Told through a series of flashbacks, the ...more