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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
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 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 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
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
Douglas Adams is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Television Writers
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 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
Martin Alan "Marty" Feldman was an English comedy writer, comedian and actor, easily identified by his bulbous eyes. He starred in several British television comedy series, including ...more
Peter Kay is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Television Writers
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
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
Russell Howard is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Television Writers
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 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
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 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 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
Ryan Murphy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Television Writers
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 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 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