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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
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D. B. Weiss, David Benioff

Actors: Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Sophie Turner, + more

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 73

Producers: D. B. Weiss, Mark Huffam, Frank Doelger, George R. R. Martin, Carolyn Strauss, + more

Network: HBO

Genres (Tv): Medieval fantasy, Drama, Adventure film, Epic, Action, + more

Characters: Cersei Lannister, Daenerys Targaryen, Joffrey Baratheon, Tyrion Lannister, Arya Stark, + more

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
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Actors: Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro, D. B. Woodside, Lesley-Ann Brandt, + more

Genres (Tv): Police procedural, Comedy-drama, Mystery, Crime, Horror, + more

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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Better Call Saul is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Peter Gould, Vince Gilligan

Actors: Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn, Patrick Fabian, Michael Mando, + more

Premiered: 2015

Number of Seasons: 4

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Drama, Comedy

Characters: Saul Goodman, Mike Ehrmantraut, Dr. Thurber

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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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
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Actors: Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks, Martin Freeman, Kirsten Dunst, + more

Premiered: 2014

Number of Seasons: 1

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Drama, Crime

Characters: Lorne Malvo, Molly Solverson, Gus Grimly, Lester Nygaard, Lou Solverson, + more

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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Black Mirror is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
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Charlie Brooker

Actors: Daniel Kaluuya, Toby Kebbell, Rory Kinnear

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 6

Network: Channel 4

Genres (Tv): Drama, Thriller, Science Fiction, Fantasy

Characters: Sex worker, Passerby

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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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
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Eric Kripke

Actors: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Katie Cassidy, Lauren Cohan, Misha Collins, + more

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 158

Producers: Eugene Ross-Leming, Jerry Wanek, Richard Hatem, Adam Glass, Matt Witten, + more

Network: The WB Television Network, The CW Television Network

Genres (Tv): Supernatural drama, Black comedy, Drama, Horror Film, Mystery, + more

Characters: Dean Winchester, Bobby Singer, Sam Winchester, Castiel, John Winchester, + more

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) 7 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Frank Darabont

Actors: Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden, Jeffrey DeMunn, + more

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 35

Producers: Gale Anne Hurd, Robert Kirkman, Frank Darabont

Network: AMC

Genres (Tv): Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Suspense, Drama, Horror Film, Thriller, + more

Characters: Rick Grimes, Shane Walsh, Michonne, Lori Grimes, Beth Greene, + more

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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Brooklyn Nine-Nine is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
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Actors: Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz, Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero, Joe Lo Truglio, + more

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Characters: Detective Jake Peralta, Detective Rosa Diaz, Captain Ray Holt, Detective Amy Santiago, Gina Linetti, + more

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
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Actors: Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Monaghan, Michael Potts, Tory Kittles, + more

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 8

Network: HBO

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Drama

Characters: Rustin Cohle, Lisa Tragnetti, Thomas Papania, Detective Lutz, Maggie Hart, + more

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

Actors: Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 234

Producers: Danny Zuker, Jeffrey Richman, Steven Levitan, Brad Walsh, Dan O'Shannon, + more

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Mockumentary, Family, Comedy, Family Film

Characters: Gloria Delgado-Pritchett, Claire Dunphy, Cameron Tucker, Phil Dunphy, Alex Dunphy, + more

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 Good Place is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
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Actors: Kristen Bell, Ted Danson, William Jackson Harper, D'Arcy Carden, Jameela Jamil, + more

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Fantasy

Season 3 - Rotten Tomatoes Score 98%

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The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Matt Groening

Actors: Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

Premiered: 1989

Number of Seasons: 24

Number of Episodes: 528

Producers: Brian Scully, Jonathan Collier, Joel H. Cohen, Dana Gould, Brian Kelley, + more

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Animation, Television comedy, Comedy, Family Film

Characters: Homer Simpson, Lisa Simpson, Mr. Burns, Bart Simpson, Marge Simpson, + more

Season 29 - Rotten Tomatoes Score 99%

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The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing

Actors: James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff

Premiered: 2013

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Drama

Characters: Raymond 'Red' Reddington, Elizabeth Keen, Dembe, Tom Keen, Harold Cooper, + more

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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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
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Brad Falchuk, Ryan Murphy

Actors: Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Evan Peters, Taissa Farmiga, Denis O'Hare, + more

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 20

Producers: Brad Falchuk, Ryan Murphy, Alexis Martin Woodall, Tim Minear, Dante Di Loreto

Network: FX

Genres (Tv): Anthology, Horror, Supernatural

Characters: Constance Langdon, Tate Langdon, Lana Winters, Sister Jude Martin, Fiona Goode, + more

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Season 8 - Rotten Tomatoes Score 95%

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Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
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Jeff Davis

Actors: Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 186

Producers: Peter Schindler, Aaron Zelman, Mark Gordon

Network: A&E, CBS

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Crime, Suspense, Drama, + more

Characters: Penelope Garcia, Spencer Reid, Emily Prentiss, David Rossi, Aaron "Hotch" Hotchner, + more

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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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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
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Sydney Newman, C. E. Webber, Donald Wilson

Actors: Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith, Peter Capaldi, Jodie Whittaker, + more

Premiered: 1963

Number of Seasons: 26

Number of Episodes: 798

Producers: Sanne Wohlenberg, Mal Young, Caroline Skinner, Peter Bennett, Steven Moffat, + more

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC America, BBC One, S4C, BBC HD

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Adventure, Drama

Netflix Format: DVD

Netflix Genre: Television, Classic TV Sci-Fi & Fantasy, TV Sci-Fi & Fantasy, TV Action & Adventure, TV Classics, + more

Netflix Rating: NR

Characters: The Doctor, Sarah Jane Smith, K-9, The Master, Romana, + more

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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Orange Is the New Black ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
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Jenji Kohan

Actors: Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 13

Producers: Jenji Kohan, Liz Friedman

Genres (Tv): Drama, Comedy-drama, Comedy

Characters: Tasha "Taystee" Jefferson, Tiffany "Pennsatucky" Doggett, Alex Vause, Joe Caputo, Crazy Eyes, + more

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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Homeland is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Howard Gordon, Gideon Raff, Alex Gansa

Actors: Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 3

Producers: Avi Nir, Michael Klick, Ran Telem, Michael Cuesta, Howard Gordon, + more

Network: Showtime

Genres (Tv): Suspense, Drama, Psychological thriller, Mystery, Thriller

Characters: Nicholas Brody, Carrie Mathison, Dana Brody, Saul Berenson, Jessica Brody, + more

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) 19 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
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Actors: Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, Rachael Taylor, Wil Traval, Erin Moriarty, + more

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Action, Crime, Drama

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) 20 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
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Trey Parker, Matt Stone

Actors: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Mary Kay Bergman, Isaac Hayes, Eliza Schneider, + more

Premiered: 1997

Number of Seasons: 16

Producers: Bruce Howell, Brian Graden, Eric Stough, Pam Brady, Matt Stone, + more

Network: Comedy Central

Genres (Tv): Animation, Television comedy, Sitcom, Satire, Animated cartoon, + more

Characters: Eric Cartman, Kenny McCormick, Kyle Broflovski, Stan Marsh, Chef, + more

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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Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
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Actors: Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, + more

Premiered: 2016

Number of Seasons: 3

Network: Netflix

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Horror, Supernatural, Period drama

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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Vikings is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
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Michael Hirst

Actors: Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick, Clive Standen, Jessalyn Gilsig, Gustaf Skarsgård, + more

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 9

Network: History

Genres (Tv): War film, Drama, Historical fiction, Action

Characters: Lagertha Lothbrok, Ragnar, Bjorn Lothbrok, Floki, Siggy Haraldson, + more

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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Rick and Morty is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
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Justin Roiland, Dan Harmon

Actors: Justin Roiland, Chris Parnell, Spencer Grammer, Sarah Chalke, Dan Harmon

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 3

Network: Adult Swim, Cartoon Network

Genres (Tv): Adult animation, Sci-fi, Comedy, Adventure

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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Daredevil is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
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Actors: Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, Toby Leonard Moore, Vondie Curtis-Hall, + more

Premiered: 2015

Network: Netflix

Genres (Tv): Science Fiction, Action

Characters: Daredevil, Kingpin, Karen Page

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

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Archer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Adam Reed

Actors: H. Jon Benjamin, Judy Greer, Amber Nash, Chris Parnell, Aisha Tyler, + more

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 23

Producers: Eric Sims, Casey Willis, Matt Thompson, Adam Reed, Neal Holman, + more

Network: FX

Genres (Tv): Adult animation, Action, Comedy

Characters: Sterling Archer, Cheryl Tunt, Pam Poovey, Lana Kane, Malory Archer, + more

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Season 7 - Rotten Tomatoes Score 100%

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