Broadcast Quality:
The Top 20 Best Written TV Series

Broadcast QualityAs a follow up to the 101 Greatest Screenplays announced in 2006, the Writers Guild of America recently revealed the 101 Best Written TV Series, “honoring the most outstanding television writing of the past seven decades and spotlighting the writers who crafted the acclaimed TV shows that helped shape our lives.”

The Writers Guild Foundation Library and Archive are thrilled to join the commemoration with Broadcast Quality — an online exhibit featuring script excerpts and development materials from the top 20 of the Guild’s 101 Best.

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4 thoughts on “Broadcast Quality:
The Top 20 Best Written TV Series

  1. Picking a favorite show or episode can be like choosing a favorite child. For my money, the “Chuckles Bites the Dust” episode of Mary Tyler Moore still makes me laugh out loud uproariously. “A little song, a little dance, a little seltzer down your pants!”

    What’s your favorite TV show or episode?

    Joanne Lammers
    Director of the Archive, WGA Archivist

  2. It’s definitely a tough choice, but I always have to split TV into comedy and drama. “The Chicken Roaster” from Seinfeld cracks me up every time. On the flip side, “Shut the Door. Have a Seat.” has easily been my favorite episode of Mad Men thus far.

    Thanks for checking out the exhibit everyone. Hope you enjoy it. If you’d like to see more, let us know!

    Stephen Danley
    Rosenthal Fellow
    Writers Guild Foundation

  3. I was so excited to see the choice of “The Monsters are Due on Maple Street” for Season One of The Twilight Zone. This was my dad’s favorite episode because he used to live on Maple Street as a kid, so I’ve seen it countless times! Knowing the aliens are just called “Figure One” and “Figure Two” makes it even creepier.

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