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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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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
voting closed at #1 D. B. Weiss, David Benioff

Season 8- Rotten Tomatoes Score 60%

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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Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
carolbou added

Season 4- Rotten Tomatoes score 100%

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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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
analise.dubner added

Season 3- Rotten Tomatoes score 93%

Fargo (FX, 2014) is an American black comedy drama anthology television series created by Noah Hawley, and inspired by the 1996 film. Various chronicles of deception, intrigue and wrong doings ...more
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Better Call Saul is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Peter Gould, Vince Gilligan

Season 4- Rotten Tomatoes score 99%

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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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
melissa-collison added Eric Kripke

Season 14- Rotten Tomatoes score 90%

Supernatural (The CW, 2005) is an American fantasy horror television series created by Eric Kripke. Two brothers, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles), follow their father's ...more
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The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Frank Darabont

Season 9 - Rotten Tomatoes Score 91%

The Walking Dead (A&E, 2010) is an American post-apocalyptic horror television series developed by Frank Darabont, based on the comic book series by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie ...more
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Black Mirror is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Hannawell added Charlie Brooker

Season 5 - Rotten Tomatoes Score 68%

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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Brooklyn Nine-Nine is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
troy-fuhriman added

Season 6 - Rotten Tomatoes Score 100%

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox, 2013) is an American police television sitcom created by Dan Goor and Michael Schur. Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg), an immature but talented NYPD detective in Brooklyn's ...more
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True Detective is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
sciscano added

Season 3 - Rotten Tomatoes Score 84%

True Detective (HBO, 2014) is an American anthology drama television series created by Nic Pizzolatto. Each season focuses on detectives investigating violent offences.
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Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Steven Levitan, Christopher Lloyd

Season 5 - Rotten Tomatoes Score 90%

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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The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Matt Groening

Season 29 - Rotten Tomatoes Score 99%

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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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
ConnorRichardson added Brad Falchuk, Ryan Murphy

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Season 8 - Rotten Tomatoes Score 95%

American Horror Story (FX, 2011) is an American anthology horror television series created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. An anthology series centering on different characters and locations, ...more
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The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing

Season 6 - Rotten Tomatoes Score 100%

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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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
zeljana87 added Sydney Newman, C. E. Webber, Donald Wilson

Season 11 - Rotten Tomatoes Score 91%

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) 15 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
ConnorRichardson added Jeff Davis

Rotten Tomatoes Score- N/A

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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Homeland is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Howard Gordon, Gideon Raff, Alex Gansa

Season 7 - Rotten Tomatoes Score 76%

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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Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
voting closed at #18 sciscano added

Season 3 - Rotten Tomatoes Score 74%

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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South Park is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Milton Houten added Trey Parker, Matt Stone

Season 22 - Rotten Tomatoes Score 77%

South Park (Comedy Central, 1997) is an American adult animated sitcom created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone. In the small town of South Park, four boys get caught up in all sorts of bizarre ...more
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The Good Place is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
TVscum added

Season 3 - Rotten Tomatoes Score 98%

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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Orange Is the New Black is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
voting closed at #20 Jenji Kohan

Season 7 - Rotten Tomatoes Score 97%

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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Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
cThaWzrd added

Season 3 - Rotten Tomatoes Score 90%

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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Rick and Morty is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
sciscano added Justin Roiland, Dan Harmon

Season 3 - Rotten Tomatoes Score 96%

Rick and Morty (Adult Swim, 2013) is an American adult animated science-fiction sitcom created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon. Cynical mad scientist Rick Sanchez and his fretful, easily ...more
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Vikings is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
SerafínGonzálezRedondo added Michael Hirst

Season 5 - Rotten Tomatoes Score 91%

Vikings (History, 2013) is a historical drama television series created by Michael Hirst. A farmer (Travis Fimmel) rises to fame by successful raids into England, and eventually becomes a ...more
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Archer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Adam Reed

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Season 7 - Rotten Tomatoes Score 100%

Archer (FXX, 2009) is an American adult animated black spy sitcom created by Adam Reed. The adventures and mishaps of secret agent Sterling Archer (H. Jon Benjamin) and his colleagues, who are ...more
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Daredevil is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
voting closed at #26 sciscano added

Season 3 - Rotten Tomatoes Score 97%

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