45 Best TV Writers of ALL TIME

by christian94 | created - 02 Jan 2018 | updated - 4 months ago | Public

Listed in Order from Best to excellent

Runner Ups: Carter Bays & Craig Thomas for 67 episodes of How I Met Your Mother

1. Ronald D. Moore

Producer | Battlestar Galactica

Ron Moore was a member of the Kappa Alpha literary society during his time at Cornell University. He dropped out of college during his senior year, after which he moved to Los Angeles, California, with a friend in hopes of becoming a working writer. He was two weeks away from joining the United ...

16 rated 10/10 17 rated 9/10 59 Star Trek 15 Battlestar Galactica / Caprica 1 Electric Dreams 6 Outlander

Star Trek: Voyager Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - 9 rated 10/10 (+7 rated 9/10) out of 30 Star Trek: The Next Generation - 3 rated 10/10 (+4 rated 9/10) out of 27 Battlestar Galactica - 4 rated 10/10 (+3 rated 9/10) out of 12 Caprica

+Feature Films including 2 Star Trek and I, Robot 2

2. Ira Steven Behr

Producer | Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Graduate of Lehman College in New York City, Behr studied Mass Communications and Theater, and was offered a playwriting scholarship at Brandeis University. Instead, Behr elected to move to Los Angeles and pursue a career in writing comedies for television and film. However, instead of comedies, ...

15 episodes rated 10/10 10 episodes rated 9/10 60 Star Trek episodes written (57 for DS9)

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Star Trek: The Next Generation - 1 eposode rated 9/10

I Claudius (1976) - 13 of 13 episodes rated 10/10 War and Peace (1972) - 20 episodes The Golden Bowl (1972) - 6 episodes

4. Aaron Sorkin

Writer | The West Wing

Aaron Sorkin grew up in Scarsdale, a suburb of New York City where he was very involved in his high school drama and theater club. After graduating from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater, Sorkin intended to pursue a career in acting. It took him only a short time to ...

The Newsroom - BEST PILOT EVER The West Wing Sports Night Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip

+Feature Films Steve Jobs (2015) Moneyball (2011) The Social Network (2010)

5. Beau Willimon

Writer | The Ides of March

Beau Willimon is a writer and producer, known for The Ides of March (2011), House of Cards (2013) and The First (2018).

House of Cards - 23 episodes -13 episodes 10/10 The First - 3 episodes +Feature Film The Ides of March (2011)

6. David Benioff

Writer | Game of Thrones

David Benioff was born on September 25, 1970 in New York City, New York, USA as David Friedman. He is a writer and producer, known for Game of Thrones (2011), The Kite Runner (2007) and 25th Hour (2002). He has been married to Amanda Peet since September 30, 2006. They have three children.

Game of Thrones = 12 episodes rated 10/10 (7 seasons)

+Feature Films 25th Hour The Kite Runner

7. D.B. Weiss

Writer | Game of Thrones

D.B. Weiss was born on April 23, 1971 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Daniel Brett Weiss. He is a writer and producer, known for Game of Thrones (2011), Dirty White Boys and Untitled Star Wars Project (2022). He is married to Andrea Troyer.

Game of Thrones - 12 episodes rated 10/10 (7 seasons)

8. Sam Esmail

Writer | Mr. Robot

Sam Esmail was born on September 17, 1977 in Hoboken, New Jersey, USA. He is a writer and director, known for Mr. Robot (2015), Homecoming (2018) and Comet (2014). He has been married to Emmy Rossum since May 28, 2017.

Mr Robot - 7 episodes rated 10/10 (3 seasons)

9. René Echevarria

Producer | Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

After graduating with a degree in History from Duke University in 1984, Rene Echevarria moved to New York City to pursue a career in theater. He joined the Circle Repertory Lab Company in 1985, where he assistant directed a production of Victor Muniz' play "Darts", and acted in a production of ...

9 episodes rated 10/10 (+9 rated 9/10) out of 40 Star Trek episodes written

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - 7 episodes rated 10/10 (+ 4 rated 9/10) Star Trek: The Next Generation - 2 episodes rated 10/10 (+ 5 rated 9/10)

10. Matthew Weiner

Writer | The Sopranos

Matthew Weiner was born on June 29, 1965 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for The Sopranos (1999), Mad Men (2007) and The Romanoffs (2018). He has been married to Linda Brettler since January 1991. They have four children.

Mad Men - 6 episodes rated 10/10 (73 episodes written out of 92 in 7 seasons) The Romanoffs - 2 episodes rated 10/10 (8 episodes)

11. Frank Pugliese

Producer | House of Cards

Frank Pugliese is a producer and writer, known for House of Cards (2013), Homicide: Life on the Street (1993) and Fallen Angels (1993).

House of Cards - 6 episodes rated 10/10

12. Charlie Brooker

Writer | Black Mirror

Charlie Brooker was born on March 3, 1971 in Reading, Berkshire, England. He is a writer and producer, known for Black Mirror (2011), Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (2018) and Dead Set (2008). He has been married to Konnie Huq since July 26, 2010. They have two children.

Black Mirror - 19 episodes 5 episodes rated 10/10

13. Noah Hawley

Writer | Fargo

Noah Hawley is an author, screenwriter, and producer. He has published four novels: A Conspiracy of Tall Men, Other People's Weddings, The Punch and The Good Father. He penned the script for the 2006 feature film Lies and Alibis and in television, Hawley created, executive produced, and served as ...

Fargo - 4 episodes rated 10/10 (2 seasons)

14. David Simon

Writer | The Wire

David Simon was born on May 13, 1960 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as David Judah Simon. He is a writer and producer, known for The Wire (2002), Homicide: Life on the Street (1993) and The Corner (2000). He has been married to Laura Lippman since October 3, 2006. They have one child.

The Wire - 52 episodes out of 60

15. Ed Burns

Writer | The Wire

Ed Burns is an American novelist, writer and producer. He was born in Baltimore, Maryland and was wild in his early years. This led his parents to move him and his brother Michael to the suburbs. He went to Catholic schools as a boy and graduated from Loyola College in Baltimore. He worked as a ...

The Wire - 51 episodes out of 60

16. Alan Ball

Producer | American Beauty

Alan Ball was born on May 13, 1957 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA as Alan E. Ball. He is a producer and writer, known for American Beauty (1999), Six Feet Under (2001) and True Blood (2008).

Six Feet Under - 4 episodes rated 10/10

+Feature Films American Beauty (1999) Towelhead (2007)

17. Jenji Kohan

Writer | Orange Is the New Black

Jenji Kohan was born on July 5, 1969 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Jenji Leslie Kohan. She is a writer and producer, known for Orange Is the New Black (2013), Weeds (2005) and Tracey Takes On... (1996). She has been married to Christopher Noxon since 1997. They have three children.

Weeds Orange is the New Black

18. David E. Kelley

Writer | The Practice

David Kelley might be described as living the American Dream, 1990s' style: write a screenplay, move to Hollywood, make millions and marry a movie star. A former Boston lawyer, in the last decade, he switched careers to become a successful television producer whose shows are recognized for their ...

Dirty Little Lies - 6 rated 10/10 (season 1) Goliath Boston Public Boston Legal Ally McBeal

19. Nic Pizzolatto

Writer | True Detective

An award-winning novelist and short-story writer, he is the author of the collection 'Between Here and the Yellow Sea' and the novel 'Galveston.' He is originally from Southwest Louisiana, and taught literature at several universities, including the University of Chicago, before going into ...

True Detective - 24 episodes 5 rated 10/10 and 4 rated 9/10 (2 seasons)

20. Semi Chellas

Writer | Ophelia

Semi Chellas is a producer and writer, known for Ophelia (2018) and Mad Men (2007).

Mad Men - 4 out of 6 episodes rated 10/10 The Romanoffs - 1 out of 1 episode rated 10/10

21. Andrew Davies

Writer | Bridget Jones's Diary

Andrew Davies was born on September 20, 1936 in Rhiwbina, Cardiff, Wales. He is a writer and producer, known for Bridget Jones's Diary (2001), Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004) and Bleak House (2005). He has been married to Diana Huntley since 1960. They have two children.

4 episodes rated 10/10 War & Peace (2016) - 6 episodes Bleak House (2005) - 15 episodes Pride and Prejudice (1995) - 6 episodes The Final Cut (1995) - 1 of 4 episodes rated 10/10 To Play the King (1993) - 1 of 4 episodes rated 10/10 House of Cards(1990) - 2 of 4 episodes rated 10/10

22. Brannon Braga

Writer | Star Trek: Generations

Brannon Braga was born on August 14, 1965 in Bozeman, Montana, USA. He is a producer and writer, known for Star Trek: Generations (1994), Star Trek: First Contact (1996) and Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987).

24 Star Trek: Enterprise Star Trek: Voyager Star Trek: The Next Generation

23. André Jacquemetton

Producer | Mad Men

André Jacquemetton was born in Lyon, France. He is a producer and writer, known for Mad Men (2007), Star Trek: Enterprise (2001) and Jack of All Trades (2000).

(with Maria Jacquemetton) Mad Men - 2 episodes rated 10/10 and 3 episodes rated 9/10 Star Trek: Enterprise - 1 episode rated 9/10 The Romanoffs

24. Maria Jacquemetton

Producer | Mad Men

Maria Jacquemetton is a producer and writer, known for Mad Men (2007), Star Trek: Enterprise (2001) and Relic Hunter (1999).

(with André Jacquemetton) Mad Men - 2 episodes rated 10/10 and 3 episodes rated 9/10 Star Trek: Enterprise - 1 episode rated 9/10 The Romanoffs

25. Lance Gentile

Producer | ER

Lance Gentile is known for his work on ER (1994), State of Emergency (1994) and Something's Gotta Give (2003).

ER - 3 episodes rated 10/10

26. Gennifer Hutchison

Writer | Breaking Bad

Gennifer Hutchison was born on July 19, 1977 in Concord, Massachusetts, USA. She is known for her work on Breaking Bad (2008), Better Call Saul (2015) and The Lone Gunmen (2001).

Breaking Bad - 2 episodes rated 10/10 Better Call Saul - 1 episode rated 10/10

27. Gordon Smith

Writer | Better Call Saul

Gordon Smith is known for his work on Better Call Saul (2015), Breaking Bad (2008) and Outsiders (2016).

Better Call Saul - 4 episodes rated 10/10 (3 seasons)

Mr Robot - 3 episodes rated 10/10 (3 seasons)

29. Tom Hanks

Producer | Cast Away

Thomas Jeffrey Hanks was born in Concord, California, to Janet Marylyn (Frager), a hospital worker, and Amos Mefford Hanks, an itinerant cook. His mother's family, originally surnamed "Fraga", was entirely Portuguese, while his father was of mostly English ancestry. Tom grew up in what he has ...

From the Earth to the Moon - 2 episodes rated 10/10

30. Michael Taylor

Producer | Battlestar Galactica

Nominated for a 2002 Nebula Award (February 2003) for penning "The Dead Zone"'s (2002) fifth episode, "Unreasonable Doubt". Awarded by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, the Nebula Awards seek to recognise the very best in genre writing.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - 2 episodes rated 10/10 (out of 4) Star Trek: Voyager - 4 episodes rated 9/10 (out of 20) Caprica - 2 episodes rated 9/10 (out of 4) Battlestar Galactica- 1 episode rated 10/10 & 3 episodes rated 3/10 (out of 8)

31. Sam Vincent

Actor | Sausage Party

Sam Vincent was born on October 5, 1971 in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada as Samuel Vincent Khouth. He is known for his work on Sausage Party (2016), Mobile Suit Gundam Seed (2002) and My Little Pony: The Movie (2017).

Humans - 5 episodes rated 10/10 - 3 seasons

Humans - 5 episodes rated 10/10 - 3 seasons

33. Remi Aubuchon

Writer | From the Earth to the Moon

Remi Aubuchon was born on April 20, 1953 as Jacques Remi Aubuchon. He is a producer and writer, known for From the Earth to the Moon (1998), 24 (2001) and The Running Man (1987).

From the Earth to the Moon - 2 episodes rated 9/10 24 - 2 episodes rated 9/10 Caprica (creator)

34. Lars Lundström

Writer | Äkta människor

Lars Lundström is a writer and producer, known for Real Humans (2012), Humans (2015) and Brotherhood (2002).

Äkta människor (Real Humans) - 15 episodes

35. Nancy Oliver

Writer | Lars and the Real Girl

Nancy Oliver was born on February 8, 1955 in Framingham, Massachusetts, USA. She is a producer and writer, known for Lars and the Real Girl (2007), True Blood (2008) and Six Feet Under (2001).

Six Feet Under - 5 episodes

+Feature Film Lars and the Real Girl (2007)

36. Lisa Joy

Writer | Westworld

Lisa Joy was born in New Jersey. Her writing career began on the ABC show Pushing Daisies. In 2011, she joined the staff of Burn Notice as a co-producer. She is co-creator and executive producer of the HBO show Westworld. Her spec script, Reminiscence, was on the Black List in 2013 and is in ...

Westworld - 3 episodes rated 10/10

37. Jonathan Nolan

Writer | The Prestige

Attended Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Illinois, graduating in 1994.

Graduated from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. in 1999. Majored in English.

Shortly after graduating from Georgetown University, Jonathan Nolan served as a production assistant on Memento (2000).

Wrote the short story, "...

Westworld 2 episodes rated 10/10

+Feature Film Memento (2000) Interstellar (2014)

38. Daisy Coulam

Writer | Grantchester

Daisy Coulam is known for her work on Grantchester (2014), Death in Paradise (2011) and Humans (2015).

Humans - 2 out of 2 episodes rated 10/10

39. Amy Sherman-Palladino

Writer | The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

An only child, Amy Sherman-Palladino is daughter to comedian Don Sherman & dancer Maybin Hewes.

Originally a dancer herself, Palladino had initially received a callback to the musical Cats, while also having a possible writing position on the staff of Roseanne in rotation. When she and writing ...

2 episodes rated 10/10 The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Gilmore Gilrs

40. Daniel Palladino

Producer | The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Daniel Palladino is a producer and writer, known for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017), Gilmore Girls (2000) and Family Guy (1999). He is married to Amy Sherman-Palladino.

2 episodes rated 10/10 The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

41. Bill Wrubel

Producer | Modern Family

Bill Wrubel was born as William Ferdinand Wrubel. He is a producer and writer, known for Modern Family (2009), Sports Night (1998) and Will & Grace (1998).

10/10 = "Door to Door" + "The Bicycle Thief" + "Moon Landing" Modern Family - 20 episodes Sports Night - 5 episodes

42. Jeffrey Richman

Producer | Modern Family

Jeffrey Richman is a producer and writer, known for Modern Family (2009), Frasier (1993) and Wings (1990).

Modern Family - 25 episodes 10/10 = "Halloween" + "Caught in the Act" + "Good Cop Bad Dog"

43. Steven Levitan

Producer | Modern Family

Steven Levitan was born on April 6, 1962 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Steven E. Levitan. He is a producer and writer, known for Modern Family (2009), Just Shoot Me! (1997) and Stark Raving Mad (1999). He has been married to Krista Schmuck since November 28, 1992. They have three children.

Modern Family - 15 episodes 10/10 = "Caught in the Act" + "Fifteen Percent"

44. Abraham Higginbotham

Producer | Modern Family

Abraham Higginbotham was born on December 14, 1969 in Los Angles, California, USA as Abraham Amedeo Higginbotham. He is a producer and writer, known for Modern Family (2009), Arrested Development (2003) and Will & Grace (1998).

Arrested Development - 5 episodes Modern Family - 25 episodes 10/10 = "Good Cop Bad Dog"

45. Danny Zuker

Producer | Modern Family

Danny Zuker is a producer and writer, known for Modern Family (2009), Off Centre (2001) and The Unusuals (2009).

Modern Family - 26 episodes 10/10 = See You Next Fall



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