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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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Better Call Saul is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing

Season 4 - Rotten Tomatoes score 99%

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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
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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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The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing

Season 9 - Rotten Tomatoes Score 91%

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South Park is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
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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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Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
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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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Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
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Criminal Minds (CBS, 2005) is an American police-procedural television program. The series follows a team of profilers from the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit based in Quantico, Virginia. The ...more

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The Good Place is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
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Season 3 - Rotten Tomatoes Score 98%

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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
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Season 8 - Rotten Tomatoes Score 95%

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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
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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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True Detective is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
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Season 3 - Rotten Tomatoes Score 84%

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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
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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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Black Mirror is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
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Season 5 - Rotten Tomatoes Score 68%

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Vikings is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
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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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The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing

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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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Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
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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) 16 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
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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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Brooklyn Nine-Nine is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
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Season 6 - Rotten Tomatoes Score 100%

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox, NBC 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 ...more

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The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing

Season 29 - Rotten Tomatoes Score 99%

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Archer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing

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Season 7 - Rotten Tomatoes Score 100%

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Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing

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Law & Order: Special... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing

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How to Get Away with Mur... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing

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BoJack Horseman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
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Bob's Burgers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing

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