2018 TV 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 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 (A&E, 2015) is an American television crime drama series created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, and a spinoff prequel of Breaking Bad. The trials and tribulations of ...more

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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
analise.dubner added Fargo Fargo (FX, 2014) is an American black comedy–crime drama anthology television series created by Noah Hawley, and inspired by the 1996 film. Various chronicles of deception, intrigue and murder ...more

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The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
The Walking Dead 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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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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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
melissa-collison added Supernatural 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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The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 8 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) 9 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Milton Houten added South Park 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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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 10 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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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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Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 12 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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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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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 14 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 (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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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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Orange Is the New Black is listed (or ranked) 16 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) 17 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
sciscano added Daredevil 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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Vikings is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
SerafínGonzálezRedondo added Vikings 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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Black Mirror is listed (or ranked) 19 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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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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Brooklyn Nine-Nine is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
troy-fuhriman added Brooklyn Nine-Nine 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) 22 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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Archer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Archer Adam Reed Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial 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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Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Veep is listed (or ranked) 25 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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The Flash is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Garret Hoffman added The Flash The Flash (The CW, 2014) is an American superhero television series developed by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, and Geoff Johns, based on the DC Comics character. Crime scene investigator ...more

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Once Upon a Time is listed (or ranked) 27 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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Gotham is listed (or ranked) 28 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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Arrow is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Arrow Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, Marc Guggenheim Arrow (The CW, 2012) is an American superhero television series developed by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, and Andrew Kreisberg, based on the DC Comics character. Five years after being ...more

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is listed (or ranked) 30 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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How to Get Away with Murder is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
How to Get Away with Murder Peter Nowalk How to Get Away with Murder (ABC, 2014) is an American drama television series created by Peter Nowalk. A law professor (Viola Davis) at a prestigious Philadelphia university and five of her ...more

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Rick and Morty is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
sciscano added Rick and Morty 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

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Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 33 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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The Tonight Show Starring Jimm... is listed (or ranked) 34 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) 35 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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Travelers is listed (or ranked) 36 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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Bob's Burgers is listed (or ranked) 37 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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Legends of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 38 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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Suits is listed (or ranked) 39 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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Ray Donovan is listed (or ranked) 40 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) 41 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) 42 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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The Good Place is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
TVscum added The Good Place (NBC, 2016) Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell) wakes up to discover she has been killed in an accident and entered the afterlife. When she is told by Michael (Ted Danson), her facilitator, that ...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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Master of None is listed (or ranked) 45 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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Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
cThaWzrd added Stranger Things 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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Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
cThaWzrd added Atlanta Atlanta (FX, 2016) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Donald Glover. College dropout Earn (Donald Glover) navigates through life with his ex-girlfriend (Zazie Beetz), his ...more

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Killing Eve is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Killing Eve Killing Eve (BBC America, 2018) is a British drama television series developed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, based on the novels by Luke Jennings. Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh), a desk-bound MI5 Officer, ...more

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BoJack Horseman is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
BoJack Horseman BoJack Horseman is an American animated sitcom created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg. The series stars Will Arnett as the eponymous character, BoJack Horseman. The supporting cast includes Amy ...more

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Love is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Current TV Shows with the Best Writing
Hannawell added Love Love (Netflix, 2016) is an American romantic comedy web television series created by Judd Apatow, Paul Rust, and Lesley Arfin. The series is a "down-to-earth look at dating," exploring ...more