Entertainment 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
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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580 504
Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
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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570 499
Better Call Saul is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Peter Gould, Vince Gilligan
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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357 414
Fargo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
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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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211 127
Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
carolbou added
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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348 437
Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
melissa-collison added Eric Kripke
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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167 137
Black Mirror is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Hannawell added 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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The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
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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377 522
Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
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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481 597
The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Frank Darabont
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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246 270
Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
sciscano added
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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The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
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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294 300
Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
ConnorRichardson added 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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245 280
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
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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Brooklyn Nine-Nine is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
troy-fuhriman added
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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292 365
American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
ConnorRichardson added Brad Falchuk, Ryan Murphy
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial 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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South Park is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Milton Houten added Trey Parker, Matt Stone
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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180 207
True Detective is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
sciscano added
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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210 347
Homeland is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
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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197 246
Daredevil is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
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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The Good Place is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
TVscum added
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) 22 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
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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87 66
Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
cThaWzrd added
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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Vikings is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
SerafínGonzálezRedondo added Michael Hirst
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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165 213
Rick and Morty is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
sciscano added Justin Roiland, Dan Harmon
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