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What TV show do you think has the best writing?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on November 6, 2007

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“I’m going to have to go with either ‘The Wire’ or ‘Entourage.’ They’re definitely better than anything on network TV.”

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Desperate Housewives.’ The dialogue and story line complement each other, and I like how the narrator ties everything together.”

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Family Guy.’ I think it’s genius. It’s intelligent, and they are fast to incorporate current events. The humor is quick, witty and unbiased. They make fun of everybody.”

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Flight of the Concords.’ The writing is unpredictable and very quirky.”


DonnieDarko 10 years, 6 months ago

For pure, unadulterated fiction: Anything on the FOX "News" Channel.

Mike Edson 10 years, 6 months ago

I would say Dexter, and My Name is Earl.

acg 10 years, 6 months ago

Family Guy, because its so wonderfully wrong. Boston Legal is done really well. I also love That 70's Show and Two & 1/2 Men.

badger 10 years, 6 months ago

Dexter's a pretty fine show.

Of course, when it first came out, I thought they were talking about the cartoon "Dexter's Laboratory," and I couldn't figure out why the little red-haired kid was killing people.

I don't watch much TV, but I've gotten to kind of like the Las Vegas CSI. The other two, not so much but something about the pacing of the Las Vegas version works really well.

Bassetlover 10 years, 6 months ago

Damages on Fx. Most riveting series we have ever watched. Each episode kept you on the edge of your seat. Sometimes you had to watch an episode twice just to catch every little thing that happened. And it had some of the best one-liners ever.

tyger_lily 10 years, 6 months ago

I agree with Dexter also, gotta love America's favorite serial killer. I also really enjoyed Six Feet Under when it was on.

deskboy04 10 years, 6 months ago

Major League Baseball. The script is already in...Yankees and Red Sox spend more than everyone else and one of them wins the World Series.

nekansan 10 years, 6 months ago

The Daily show. Written every day, consistently funny and topical. And employs at least 1 KU grad.

Shayntel Harris 10 years, 6 months ago

Penn & Teller Bullsh*t! Fun and Educational!

ontheotherhand 10 years, 6 months ago

"Frasier" was the best well-written comedy ever and I miss it! "Cheers" had great writers, too. Geez, I feel pretty old today . . . .

H_Lecter 10 years, 6 months ago

I only look at the pictures.

Who knows, but "According to Jim" makes me chuckle.

Kyle Neuer 10 years, 6 months ago

Yeah, I know it's probably over, but "Deadwood".

alm77 10 years, 6 months ago

TOB, I agree. Curb Your Enthusiasm is awesome and I do love The Office, but both of these shows have a fair amount of impromptu that wasn't originally in the script, but came to pass as the actors ad libbed until they got something great, or awkward, which also makes for great comedy. Flight of the Conchords is also well written, we love that show.

Grundoon Luna 10 years, 6 months ago

The Daily Show, Colbert Report and My Name is Earl. Ooh, and The Shield.
Sheweeeee!!! What an intense show!!!

acg 10 years, 6 months ago

Pywacket I also loved Twin Peaks. What a quirky, funky mess, eh? I also loved this show they had on called Picket Fences. That was also a great show. So was Northern Exposure.

Flap Doodle 10 years, 6 months ago

Pywacket, Twin Peaks was just released in a boxed set that contains the pilot and all episodes. There goes my evenings for a while.

sgtwolverine 10 years, 6 months ago

Woohoo! Detroit!

Anyway, I enjoy House. Also, Py, I just got to start watching Arrested Development, and I can't believe how great it is.

(I have to be honest: when the news came out about the writers going on strike, my first reaction was something along the lines of, "So ... does it really matter? The world will go on.")

Linda Aikins 10 years, 6 months ago

Northern Exposure - always be my favorite! Lost was pretty good, but now we will need to Netflix Twin Peaks and watch those - thanks Snap!!!

Love me some log.

Bubarubu 10 years, 6 months ago

The Office is great, everyone's spot on there. No one has mentioned Pushing Daises yet, which either means you haven't seen it or you have seen and don't have a soul. The writing is great, plus a unique visual style (at least among TV shows currently on the air).

chewyfally 10 years, 6 months ago

Family Guy is the sorriest excuse for a television show I've ever SEEN! It's pathetic, the creator is completely self-centered, and can hardly be called entertainment. It was okay before the comeback, but now my dog could sh*t out a better program.

KS 10 years, 6 months ago

There is a reason that network TV viewing is down. In part, it is called poor writing.

Grundoon Luna 10 years, 6 months ago

South Park lost me. I just don't think they're funny anymore.

Stone and Parker's movie, Orgasmo, now there is a celluloid masterpiece!!

acg 10 years, 6 months ago

OMG Orgasmo was hysterical!! That was one of the funniest movies ever, A_A. Choda boy was awesome.

oldvet 10 years, 6 months ago

Rats, bcman, you beat me to that line!!!

But the Reba series has some great humor and and the facial/body expressions will leave you rolling.

jonas 10 years, 6 months ago

choda-boy: (Tying on dildo hat) For some reason, women don't seem to take me seriously.

I'm pretty fond of Heroes, but don't know if you'd consider it well-written. Pushing Daisies is pretty well written. Daily Show and Colbert Report are both fantastic. Past that, I pretty much just watch anime, and most of its not that well written, I imagine, but it helps me practice Japanese, and it's always entertaining.

Haiku_Cuckoo 10 years, 6 months ago

My vote goes to the UK version of "The Office". It was the funniest thing I have ever seen. The American version is pretty lame in comparison.

avaholic 10 years, 6 months ago

Here's my list:

Entourage Weeds West Wing The Office Daily Show Colbert Report Conan O'Brien Sports Night Boston Legal Californication (my curve ball) this show is great

All of them have great writing

moo 10 years, 6 months ago

if we are talking ever than definitely Daria. currently on TV: the Office, Pushing Daisies, Ugly Betty, Daily Show, Colbert Report, the Closer, and maybe My Boys

acg 10 years, 6 months ago

I had also forgotten about Daria. That was well done, too. I loved Jane. She was my hero.

Other women from tv that are my heroes:

Karen Walker--Will & Grace Grace-Grace Under Fire The two chicks from Ab Fab Cartman's Mom--Southpark

Gotta love it!

staff04 10 years, 6 months ago

Re: Orgasmo

"Well, you two boys can just fork right off."

"But I haven't slapped my ass yet!"

Melanie Birge 10 years, 6 months ago

I don't get into T.V much, but last season and this so far is Heros...

acg 10 years, 6 months ago

Do you guys remember a cartoon called the Tick? Then they made it into an actual show and Patrick Warburton was the Tick? I loved that show. But then, I love Patrick Warburton.

monkeyspunk 10 years, 6 months ago

Yes Firefly was an amazing show.

But hands down, one of the most "wrong" yet entertaining shows out there is Robot Chicken. If you haven't seen it and like stop motion animation, YouTube it. Ten minutes of "I can't believe they did that."

kansas778 10 years, 6 months ago

Pywacket--you do probably spend more money than an 18-24 year old male, but you're smarter than them too, and aren't so easily swayed to make purchases based on advertising. Also, they advertise to them to get that brand loyalty going at a young age, as eventually most of them will become heads of households and direct the spending.

sgtwolverine 10 years, 6 months ago

Ah, Firefly. You can't take the sky from me.

I did enjoy that show.

jonas 10 years, 6 months ago

Firefly tore me. On the one hand, it ended way too soon. On the other, it didn't end way too late.

acg 10 years, 6 months ago

Pywacket--"We're divided on Family Guy. My husband loves it. I find it occasionally witty, but peopled with the most loathsome characters in any cartoon." I will totally agree with you on Peter, but Stewie is awesome. I love it when he says stuff like "Some day your uppance will come!" That kills me.

Tony Kisner 10 years, 6 months ago

Hold on,

Are the pic's correct - Ty the cook and Jon the mutual fund rep?

I may be guilty of profiling.

jonas 10 years, 6 months ago

AAAaaaaaahhhhhhhhh!!!!! Noooooooo!! Robert Jordon died in September!

Rest in peace.

GretchenJP 10 years, 6 months ago

moo (Anonymous) says:

"if we are talking ever than definitely Daria."

I completely agree with that one. I was also highly entertained by Friends in the beginning but they lost me after the 4th season or so.

Then there's Three's Company... I loved the physical humor and the fact that there was never once any kind of misunderstanding on that show what-so-ever. :P

Echoes 10 years, 6 months ago

The old Rocky & Bullwinkle Show was excellent. My Name Is Earl is also on my list of favorite shows.

Rocky & Bullwinkle was as clever as any cartoon on TV today. It was funny, but clever enough to make some good points.

Marcus DeMond 10 years, 6 months ago

Weeds is hilarious. Doug and Andy crack me up. I kind of miss U-Turn.

South Park is great too.

bugmenot 10 years, 6 months ago

People who find Family Guy funny should probably be institutionalized for their own good and society's. What a stupid show. Its only moments of decency are all moments ripped off from other shows. I truly can't believe it still has a following.

thecuteone 10 years, 6 months ago

I got addicted to Big Love during their last season.

Godot 10 years, 6 months ago

The writers for CBS Evening News are quite creative.

QuackyPrincessLauren 10 years, 6 months ago

Arrested Development!!

Being a nurse, I think that Scrubs is a horribly demeaning show and I'm always disappointed when I hear that people really like it...

moo 10 years, 6 months ago

How could I forget Firefly??? That one ties for best ever.

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