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List of famous television writers, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top television writers in the world? This includes the most prominent television writers, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable television writers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic television writers were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned television writers.

This list features people like Ricky Gervais and Seth Rogen.

From reputable, prominent, and well known television writers to the lesser known television writers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the television writer field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous television writers ever?" and "What are the names of famous television writers?" then you're in the right place. (657 items)

Ricky Gervais is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Television Writers
Ricky Gervais Ricky Dene Gervais is an English comedian, actor, voice actor, film director, producer, musician, screenwriter, and radio presenter. Gervais worked initially in the music industry, attempting a ...more

Seth Rogen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Television Writers
Seth Rogen Seth Rogen is a Canadian actor, screenwriter, producer, director, and comedian. Rogen began his career performing stand-up comedy during his teenage years, winning the Vancouver Amateur Comedy ...more

Wanda Sykes is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Television Writers
Wanda Sykes Wanda Sykes is an American writer, comedian, actress, and voice artist. She earned the 1999 Emmy Award for her writing on The Chris Rock Show. In 2004, Entertainment Weekly named Sykes as one of ...more

John Cleese is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Television Writers
John Cleese John Marwood Cleese is an English actor, comedian, writer and film producer. He achieved success at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and as a scriptwriter and performer on The Frost Report. In the ...more

Sara Gilbert is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Television Writers
Sara Gilbert Sara Gilbert is an American actress, best known for her role as Darlene Conner on the ABC sitcom Roseanne from 1988 to 1997, as co-host and creator of the daytime talk show The Talk and for her ...more

Alan Alda is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Television Writers
Alan Alda Alan Alda is an American actor, director, screenwriter, and author. A six-time Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award winner, he is best known for his starring roles as Hawkeye Pierce in the TV ...more

Graham Chapman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Television Writers
Graham Chapman Graham Arthur Chapman was an English comedian, writer, actor, and one of the six members of the surreal comedy group Monty Python.

Stephen Merchant is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Television Writers
Stephen Merchant Stephen James Merchant is an English writer, director, radio presenter, comedian, and actor. He is best known for his collaborations with Ricky Gervais, as the co-writer and co-director of the ...more

Terry Jones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Television Writers
Terry Jones Terence Graham Parry "Terry" Jones is a British comedian, screenwriter, actor, film director and author. He is best known as a member of the Monty Python comedy team.

Eric Idle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Television Writers
Eric Idle Eric Idle is an English comedian, actor, author, singer, writer and comedic composer. Idle is a member of the English surreal comedy group Monty Python, a member of the Rutles on Saturday Night ...more

Michael Palin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Television Writers
Michael Palin Michael Edward Palin CBE FRGS is an English comedian, actor, writer and television presenter. He was one of the members of the comedy group Monty Python and later made a number of travel ...more

Ben Elton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Television Writers
Ben Elton Benjamin Charles "Ben" Elton is an English comedian, author, playwright, actor and director. He was a part of London's alternative comedy movement of the 1980s and became a writer on ...more

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Douglas Adams is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Television Writers
Douglas Adams Douglas Noel Adams was an English writer, humorist, and dramatist. Adams is best known as the author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which originated in 1978 as a BBC radio comedy ...more

Aaron Sorkin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Television Writers
Aaron Sorkin Aaron Benjamin Sorkin is an American screenwriter, producer, and playwright. His works include the Broadway plays A Few Good Men and The Farnsworth Invention; the television series Sports Night, ...more

Marty Feldman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Television Writers
Marty Feldman Martin Alan "Marty" Feldman was an English comedy writer, comedian and actor, easily identified by his bulbous and crooked eyes. He starred in several British television comedy series, ...more

Peter Kay is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Television Writers
Peter Kay Peter John Kay is an English comedian. His last stand-up comedy tour was officially inaugurated into the Guinness World Records as the most successful of all time, playing to over 1.2 million ...more

Dave Thomas is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Television Writers
Dave Thomas David William "Dave" Thomas is a Canadian comedian, actor and television writer. He is best known for portraying Doug McKenzie on SCTV as well as in the film Strange Brew, which he

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Russell Howard is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Television Writers
Russell Howard Russell Joseph Howard is an English comedian and presenter best known for his TV show Russell Howard's Good News and his appearances on the topical panel TV show Mock the Week. He won "Best ...more

Richard Curtis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Television Writers
Richard Curtis Richard Whalley Anthony Curtis, CBE is an English screenwriter, producer and film director, who was born in New Zealand to Australian parents. One of Britain's most successful comedy ...more

Matt Berry is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Television Writers
Matt Berry Matthew Charles "Matt" Berry is an English actor, writer, comedian and musician. Berry is perhaps best known for his role as Douglas Reynholm in The IT Crowd, from 2007 until the final ...more

Griff Rhys Jones is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Television Writers
Griff Rhys Jones Griff Rhys Jones is a Welsh comedian, writer, actor and television presenter. He starred in a number of television series with his comedy partner Mel Smith. Rhys Jones came to national attention ...more

Peter Cook is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Television Writers
Peter Cook Peter Edward Cook was an English actor, satirist, writer and comedian. An extremely influential figure in modern British comedy, Cook is regarded as the leading light of the British satire boom ...more

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Ryan Murphy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Television Writers
Ryan Murphy Ryan Murphy is an American film and television screenwriter, director and producer. Murphy is best known for creating/co-creating a number of television series including Popular, Nip/Tuck, Glee, ...more

Victoria Wood is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Television Writers
Victoria Wood Victoria Wood CBE is an English comedian, actor, singer-songwriter, screenwriter and director. Wood has written and starred in sketches, plays, films and sitcoms, and her live comedy act is ...more

Patrick McGoohan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Television Writers
Patrick McGoohan Patrick Joseph McGoohan was an American-born actor, writer and director who was brought up in Ireland and Britain, where he established an extensive stage and film career. His most notable roles ...more

Alan Bennett is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Television Writers
Alan Bennett Alan Bennett is an English playwright, screenwriter, actor and author. He was born in Leeds and attended Oxford University where he studied history and performed with the Oxford Revue. He stayed ...more

Greg Berlanti is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Television Writers
Greg Berlanti Greg Berlanti is an American film and television writer, producer and director. He is well known for his work on the television series Dawson's Creek, Everwood, Political Animals, Arrow and The

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Andy Borowitz is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Television Writers
Andy Borowitz Andy Borowitz is an American writer, comedian, satirist, and actor. Borowitz is a New York Times-bestselling author who won the first National Press Club award for humor. He is known for ...more

Mark Gatiss is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Television Writers
Mark Gatiss Mark Gatiss is an English actor, comedian, screenwriter and novelist. He is a member of the comedy team The League of Gentlemen alongside Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton and co-writer Jeremy ...more

Greg Daniels is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Television Writers
Greg Daniels Gregory Martin "Greg" Daniels is an American television comedy writer, producer, and director. He is known for his work on several television series, including Saturday Night Live, The ...more

Harry Enfield is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Television Writers
Harry Enfield Henry Richard "Harry" Enfield is a BAFTA award-winning English comedian, actor, writer and director.

Russell T Davies is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Television Writers
Russell T Davies Stephen Russell Davies, OBE, better known by his pen name Russell T Davies, is a Welsh television producer and screenwriter whose works include Queer as Folk, Bob & Rose, The Second Coming, ...more

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Eric Sykes is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Television Writers
Eric Sykes Eric Sykes CBE was an English radio, television and film writer, actor and director whose performing career spanned more than 50 years. He frequently wrote for and/or performed with many other ...more

Ted Willis is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Television Writers
Ted Willis Edward Henry Willis, Baron Willis, commonly known as Ted Willis, was a British playwright, novelist and screenwriter who was also politically active in support of the Labour Party. He was listed ...more

Carlton Cuse is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Television Writers
Carlton Cuse Arthur Carlton Cuse is an American screenwriter, showrunner and producer, most famous as executive producer and screenwriter for the American television series Lost for which he made the Time ...more

Tim Brooke-Taylor is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Television Writers
Tim Brooke-Taylor Timothy Julian Brooke-Taylor OBE is an English comic actor. He became active in performing in comedy sketches while at Cambridge University, and became President of the Footlights club, touring ...more

Bill Oddie is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Television Writers
Bill Oddie William Edgar "Bill" Oddie OBE is an English writer, composer, musician, comedian, artist, ornithologist, conservationist and television presenter. He became famous as one of The ...more

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David Greenwalt is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Television Writers
David Greenwalt David Greenwalt is an American screenwriter, director and producer. He was the co-executive producer of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and co-creator of its spinoff, Angel. He is also co-creator of ...more

Noel Clarke is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Television Writers
Noel Clarke Noel Anthony Clarke is an English actor, screenwriter and director from London. He is known for playing Wyman Norris in Auf Wiedersehen, Pet and Mickey Smith in Doctor Who. Clarke appeared in ...more

Rob Buckman is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Television Writers
Rob Buckman Robert Alexander Amiel "Rob" Buckman was a British doctor of medicine, comedian and author, and president of the Humanist Association of Canada. He first appeared in a Cambridge ...more

Andy Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Television Writers
Andy Hamilton Andrew Neil "Andy" Hamilton is a British comedian, game show panellist, television director, comedy screenwriter, and radio dramatist.

Phil Redmond is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Television Writers
Phil Redmond Phil Redmond CBE is an English television producer and screenwriter from Huyton, Lancashire. He is well known for creating several popular television series such as Grange Hill, Brookside and ...more

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Alexandra Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Television Writers
Alexandra Cunningham Alexandra Cunningham is an American playwright, screenwriter, and television producer.

Stanley Baxter is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Television Writers
Stanley Baxter Stanley Baxter is an award winning Scottish actor and impressionist, known for his highly popular British television comedy shows The Stanley Baxter show, Baxter On..., Time For Baxter, The ...more

Lynda La Plante is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Television Writers
Lynda La Plante Lynda LaPlante is a 1993 Edgar Award winning screenwriter.

Armando Iannucci is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Television Writers
Armando Iannucci Armando Giovanni Iannucci, OBE is an Oscar and Emmy-nominated Scottish satirist, writer, television director and radio producer of Italian descent. Born in Glasgow, he studied at Oxford ...more

Donald Wilson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Television Writers
Donald Wilson Donald Boyd Wilson was a British television writer and producer, best known for his work on the BBC's adaptation of The Forsyte Saga in 1967 and co-creating the series Doctor Who. He attended ...more

Meg Kelly is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Television Writers
Meg Kelly Meg Kelly is an American television soap opera screenwriter who co-wrote Days of Our Lives with Hogan Sheffer from October 2006 to January 2008. She has a son named Thomas whose godfather is ...more

Graeme Garden is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Television Writers
Graeme Garden David Graeme Garden OBE is a British comedian, author, actor, artist and television presenter, best known as a member of The Goodies.

Judy Freudberg is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Television Writers
Judy Freudberg Judy Freudberg is an author and screenwriter.