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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 2017-2018 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 Veep and the writing on Fargo have 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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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Game of Thrones D. B. Weiss, David Benioff Game of Thrones (HBO, 2011) is an American fantasy drama television series created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, based on the series of fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin. Nine noble ...more

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Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Sherlock Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss Sherlock is a British television crime drama that presents a contemporary adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes detective stories. Created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, it ...more

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Better Call Saul is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Better Call Saul Peter Gould, Vince Gilligan Better Call Saul is an American television drama series created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould. It is a spin-off of Breaking Bad, which was also created by Gilligan. Set in 2002, Better Call ...more

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The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
The Walking Dead Frank Darabont The Walking Dead is an American horror drama television series developed by Frank Darabont. It is based on the comic book series of the same name by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie ...more

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Sense8 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Feniks added Sense8 Sense8 (Netflix, 2015) is an American science fiction drama web television series created by Lana and Lilly Wachowski and J. Michael Straczynski. A group of people around the world are suddenly ...more

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Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Modern Family Steven Levitan, Christopher Lloyd Modern Family is an American television sitcom that premiered on ABC on September 23, 2009, which follows the lives of Jay Pritchett and his family, all of whom live in suburban Los Angeles. ...more

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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
analise.dubner added Fargo Fargo is an American black comedy–crime drama television series created and written by Noah Hawley. The show is inspired by the 1996 film of the same name written and directed by the Coen ...more

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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
melissa-collison added Supernatural Eric Kripke Supernatural is an American fantasy horror television series created by Eric Kripke. It was first broadcast on September 13, 2005, on The WB and subsequently became part of successor The CW's ...more

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The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
The Blacklist The Blacklist is an American crime drama television series that premiered on NBC on September 23, 2013. Raymond "Red" Reddington, a former U.S Navy officer turned high-profile ...more

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South Park is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Milton Houten added South Park Trey Parker, Matt Stone South Park is an American adult animated sitcom created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone for the Comedy Central television network. Intended for mature audiences, the show has become famous for its ...more

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The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
The Simpsons Matt Groening The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series is a satirical depiction of a middle class American lifestyle epitomized by the ...more

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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
zeljana87 added Doctor Who Sydney Newman, C. E. Webber, Donald Wilson Doctor Who (BBC, 2005) is a British science-fiction television show created by Sydney Newman, C. E. Webber, and Donald Wilson. The further adventures in time and space of the alien adventurer ...more

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Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
ConnorRichardson added Criminal Minds Jeff Davis Criminal Minds is an American police-procedural television program that premiered September 22, 2005, on CBS. The series follows a team of profilers from the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit based ...more

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Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
sciscano added Jessica Jones Jessica Jones (Netflix, 2015) is an American web television series created by Melissa Rosenberg, based on the Marvel Comics character. Following the tragic end of her brief superhero career, ...more

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Homeland is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Homeland Howard Gordon, Gideon Raff, Alex Gansa Homeland is an American political thriller television series developed by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa based on the Israeli series Hatufim, which was created by Gideon Raff. The series stars ...more

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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
ConnorRichardson added American Horror Story Brad Falchuk, Ryan Murphy Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial American Horror Story is an American horror television series created and produced by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. Described as an anthology series, each season is conceived as a self-contained ...more

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Orange Is the New Black is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Orange Is the New Black Jenji Kohan Orange Is the New Black is an American comedy-drama series created by Jenji Kohan and first released on Netflix on July 11, 2013. The series, produced by Tilted Productions in association with ...more

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Daredevil is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
sciscano added Daredevil Marvel's Daredevil, or simply Daredevil, is an American web television series created for Netflix by Drew Goddard, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. It is set in the Marvel ...more

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Vikings is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
SerafínGonzálezRedondo added Vikings Michael Hirst Vikings is an Irish-Canadian historical drama television series written and created by Michael Hirst for the television channel History. It premiered on 3 March 2013 in the United States and ...more

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House of Cards is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Sebastian Wu added House of Cards Beau Willimon House of Cards is an American political drama television series developed and produced by Beau Willimon. It is an adaptation of the BBC's mini-series of the same name and is based on the novel ...more

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Veep is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Veep Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Veep is an HBO television comedy series, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, set in the office of Selina Meyer, a fictional Vice President, and subsequent President, of the United States. The series ...more

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
troy-fuhriman added Brooklyn Nine-Nine Brooklyn Nine-Nine is an American action comedy television series that airs on Fox. Set in the fictional 99th Precinct of the New York City Police Department in Brooklyn, the single-camera ...more

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Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
ConnorRichardson added Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 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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The Flash is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Garret Hoffman added The Flash The Flash is an American television series developed by writer/producers Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Geoff Johns, airing on The CW. It is based on the DC Comics character Barry Allen / ...more

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Once Upon a Time is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Once Upon a Time Adam Horowitz, Edward Kitsis Once Upon a Time is an American fairy tale drama series that premiered on October 23, 2011, on ABC. The show takes place in the fictional seaside town of Storybrooke, Maine, whose residents are ...more

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True Detective is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
sciscano added True Detective True Detective (HBO, 2014) is an American anthology crime drama television series created by Nic Pizzolatto. Each season focuses on detectives investigating violent crimes.

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Arrow is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Arrow Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, Marc Guggenheim After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the Pacific. When he returns home to ...more

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Archer is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Archer Adam Reed Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Archer is an American adult animated television series created by Adam Reed for the FX network. A preview of the series aired on September 17, 2009. The first season premiered on January 14, ...more

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Gotham is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
hhhgamer added Gotham Bruno Heller Gotham (Fox, 2014) is an American crime drama television series developed by Bruno Heller, based on the DC Comics characters from the Batman franchise. The story behind Detective James Gordon's ...more

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The Americans is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
The Americans Joe Weisberg Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The Americans is an American television period drama series created and produced by former CIA officer Joe Weisberg. The series premiered in the United States on January 30, 2013, on the cable ...more

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Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
troy-fuhriman added Grey's Anatomy 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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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 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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Black Mirror is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Hannawell added Black Mirror Charlie Brooker Black Mirror is a British television anthology series created by Charlie Brooker that features speculative fiction with dark and sometimes satirical themes that examine modern society, ...more

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Scandal is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
ConnorRichardson added Scandal Shonda Rhimes Scandal is an American political thriller television series starring Kerry Washington. Created by Shonda Rhimes, it debuted on ABC on April 5, 2012. Kerry Washington's character, Olivia Pope, is ...more

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How to Get Away with Murder is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
How to Get Away with Murder Peter Nowalk How to Get Away with Murder is an American television series that premiered on ABC on September 25, 2014. The series was created by Peter Nowalk, produced by Shonda Rhimes and distributed by ABC ...more

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The Originals is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
paulo-júnior added The Originals Julie Plec The Originals is an American television series that began airing on The CW during the 2013–14 American television season and is a spin-off of The Vampire Diaries. The series premiere aired after ...more

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The Tonight Show Starring Jimm... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
redrunner911 added The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 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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Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
carolbou added Lucifer Lucifer (Fox, 2016) is an American fantasy police procedural comedy-drama television series. It features a character created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, and Mike Dringenberg taken from the comic ...more

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Rick and Morty is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
sciscano added Rick and Morty Justin Roiland, Dan Harmon Rick and Morty is an American adult animated television series created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon for Adult Swim. The series follows the misadventures of alcoholic scientist Rick and his ...more

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Travelers is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Driskoll Xun added Travelers Travelers (Netflix, 2016) is a science fiction television series created by Brad Wright. Hundreds of years from now, surviving humans discover how to send consciousness back through time, into ...more

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Legends of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Garret Hoffman added The Legends of Tomorrow 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. When Vandal Savage ...more

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Bob's Burgers is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Bob's Burgers 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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Suits is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Suits 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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Nashville is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
aria2000 added Nashville Callie Khouri Nashville is an American musical drama television series. It was created by Academy Award winner Callie Khouri and produced by R.J. Cutler, Khouri, Dee Johnson, Steve Buchanan, and Connie ...more

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Ray Donovan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Hannawell added Ray Donovan Ann Biderman Ray Donovan is an American television crime 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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Madam Secretary is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Madam Secretary 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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Transparent is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Transparent 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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Last Man Standing is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Last Man Standing "Last Man Standing," the show follows Mike Baxter (Allen), a manly man and marketing director for an outdoors sporting goods company. While he's the king at work, he isn't within his ...more

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Master of None is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Hannawell added Master of None 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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The Last Man on Earth is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
The Last Man on Earth Will Forte The Last Man on Earth is an American post-apocalyptic comedy television series created by and starring Will Forte. The series premiered on the American broadcast network Fox on March 1, 2015. ...more