Best writers/showrunners in television

by air-man77 | created - 24 Sep 2012 | updated - 20 Jan 2018 | Public

No particular order.. but they so damn good

1. Chris Carter

Writer | The X Files

Born and raised in Bellflower, California, Chris Carter graduated from the California State University at Long Beach with a degree in journalism. Formerly a freelance journalist and editor of "Surfing" magazine, Carter began his career as a screenwriter in 1985 at The Walt Disney Studios. In 1992 ...

The creator of "The X-Files", "Millennium", "The Lone Gunmen" and "The After".

2. Joss Whedon

Writer | Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Joss Whedon is the middle of five brothers - his younger brothers are Jed Whedon and Zack Whedon. Both his father, Tom Whedon and his grandfather, John Whedon were successful television writers. Joss' mother, Lee Stearns, was a history teacher and she also wrote novels as Lee Whedon. Whedon was ...

The creator of "Buffy the vampire slayer", "Angel", "Firefly", "Dollhouse" and "Agents of Shield".

3. 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 Creator of "The Corner", "The Wire", "Treme", "Generation Kill", "Show Me A Hero" and "The Deuce".

4. Shawn Ryan

Producer | The Shield

Shawn Ryan was born on October 11, 1966 in Rockford, Illinois, USA. He is a producer and writer, known for The Shield (2002), S.W.A.T. (2017) and Timeless (2016). He has been married to Cathy Cahlin Ryan since April 25, 1998. They have two children.

The creator of "The Shield", "The Chicago Code", "Last Resort", "Timeless" and "S.W.A.T.". Showrunner of "Terriers" and "Mad Dogs".

5. Rob Thomas

Writer | Veronica Mars

Rob Thomas was born on August 15, 1965 in Sunnyside, Washington, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for Veronica Mars (2004), Veronica Mars (2014) and iZombie (2015).

The creator of "Veronica Mars" and "iZombie".

6. J.J. Abrams

Producer | Lost

Jeffrey Jacob Abrams was born in New York City and raised in Los Angeles, the son of TV producer parents. Abrams planned on going to dental school, but decided to study film at Sarah Lawrence College. At 15, he wrote the music for Don Dohler's Nightbeast (1982). In his senior year, he and Jill ...

The creator of "Alias", "Lost" and "Fringe".

7. David Shore

Producer | House M.D.

David Shore was born on July 3, 1959 in London, Ontario, Canada. He is a producer and writer, known for House (2004), The Good Doctor (2017) and Law & Order (1990).

The creator of "House M.D", "Battle Creek", "Sneaky Pete" and "The Good Doctor".

8. Damon Lindelof

Writer | Lost

Damon Lindelof was born on April 24, 1973 in Teaneck, New Jersey, USA as Damon Laurence Lindelof. He is a writer and producer, known for Lost (2004), The Leftovers (2014) and Star Trek (2009). He has been married to Heidi Fugeman since May 28, 2005. They have one child.

The creator of "Lost" and "The Leftovers".

9. Eric Kripke

Writer | Supernatural

Eric Kripke was born on April 24, 1974 in Toledo, Ohio, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for Supernatural (2005), The Boys (2019) and The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018).

The creator of "Supernatural", "Revolution" and "Timeless".

10. Shaun Cassidy

Producer | Cover Me: Based on the True Life of an FBI Family

Shaun Cassidy has written and/or produced a number of critically acclaimed television series over the last two decades including "American Gothic" (produced with Sam Raimi), "Roar" (starring a then unknown Heath Ledger), "Cold Case," "Cover Me," "The Agency," and "Invasion." Shaun recently wrote ...

The creator of "American Gothic" and "Invasion". Co-showrunner of "Emerald City".

11. Vince Gilligan

Producer | The X Files

George Vincent Gilligan Jr. (born February 10, 1967) is an American writer, producer, and director. He is known for his television work, specifically as creator, head writer, executive producer, and director of Breaking Bad and its spin-off Better Call Saul. He was a writer and producer for The ...

The creator of "Breaking Bad", "Battle Creek" and "Better Call Saul".

12. Kurt Sutter

Writer | Sons of Anarchy

Raised in the shadow of Rahway prison, Sutter spent most of his New Jersey childhood indoors, away from people, three feet from a TV screen. That's where he learned the essentials of storytelling and the comic significance of anvils.

After graduating from Rutgers University with a BA in Film, Kurt ...

The creator of "Sons of Anarchy" and "The Bastard Executioner".

13. Dan Harmon

Producer | Rick and Morty

Dan Harmon was born on January 3, 1973 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. He is best known as the creator, writing, and producer for Community (2007) and Rick and Morty (2013). He also is known for writing and producing earlier works such as Computerman (2003), and Laser Fart (2004). He was previously ...

The creator of "Community" and "Rick and Morty".

14. Graham Yost

Producer | Justified

Graham Yost was born on September 5, 1959 in Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada as Graham John Yost. He is a producer and writer, known for Justified (2010), From the Earth to the Moon (1998) and Speed (1994).

The creator of "Boomtown" and "Justified". The showrunner of "Sneaky Pete".

15. Frank Darabont

Writer | The Green Mile

Three-time Oscar nominee Frank Darabont was born in a refugee camp in 1959 in Montbeliard, France, the son of Hungarian parents who had fled Budapest during the failed 1956 Hungarian revolution. Brought to America as an infant, he settled with his family in Los Angeles and attended Hollywood High ...

The creator of "The Walking Dead" and "Mob City".

16. Adam F. Goldberg

Writer | Fanboys

Adam F. Goldberg was born on April 2, 1976 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Adam Frederick Goldberg. He is a producer and writer, known for Fanboys (2009), Schooled (2019) and Day Watch (2006).

The creator of "Breaking In", "The Goldbergs" and "Imaginary Mary".

17. Jonathan Nolan

Writer | The Dark Knight

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, "...

The creator of "Person of Interest" and "Westworld".

The Creator of "Awake" and "Mind Games".

19. Kevin Williamson

Writer | Scream

As a child Williamson was a fond fan of movies, epically those or Steven Spielberg. After high school, Williamson went to college for a future in acting. Though he landed very small parts on T.V shows and movies nothing had happened. Williamson moved out to L.A in 1990 in hope it would aid his ...

The Creator of "The Vampire Diaries", "The Following", "Stalker" and "Time After Time".

20. Rockne S. O'Bannon

Writer | Defiance

Rockne S. O'Bannon was born on January 12, 1955 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for Defiance (2013), Farscape (1999) and Cult (2013).

The creator of "Farscape" and "Cult".

21. Carlton Cuse

Producer | Lost

Born in Mexico City, Cuse grew up in Boston, Massachusetts and Orange County, California. He attended Harvard University, graduating with a degree in American History.

Cuse along with Damon Lindelof served as writer and showrunner for all six seasons of Lost for ABC. He also wrote, directed, and was...

Co-Creator of "Bates Motel", "The Returned" and "Colony". Also showrunner of "The Strain".

22. Bryan Fuller

Writer | Star Trek: Discovery

Self professed Star Trek geek who watched and loved the Trek series "Deep Space Nine" and set out to write for them. At the time, Star Trek had an open script submission policy and Fuller contributed a spec, leading to a pitching opportunity. When he had sold a couple of stories to Deep Space Nine,...

The creator of "Dead Like Me", "Hannibal" and "American Gods".

23. J.H. Wyman

Producer | Fringe

J.H. Wyman was born on January 5, 1967 in Oakland, California, USA as Joel Howard Wyman. He is a producer and writer, known for Fringe (2008), Almost Human (2013) and Dead Man Down (2013).

The creator of "Almost Human". Co-Showrunner of "Fringe".

24. Kevin Biegel

Writer | Cougar Town

Kevin Biegel is a writer and producer, known for Cougar Town (2009), Scrubs (2001) and Shallow Hal (2001).

The creator of "Enlisted".

25. Noah Hawley

Writer | Fargo

Award-winning Noah Hawley is one of the most accomplished auteurs and versatile storytellers working in television, film and literature. Hawley balances the art of telling cinematic, unforgettable character-driven stories that linger along after you've been immersed in them.

Over the course of his ...

The creator of "Fargo" and "Legion".

26. John Logan

Writer | Skyfall

John Logan was a playwright in Chicago for ten years before writing, on spec, his first screenplay, "Any Given Sunday." He won the 2010 Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle awards for his play RED, which premiered at the Donmar Warehouse in London and the Golden Theatre on ...

The creator of "Penny Dreadful".

27. Courtney A. Kemp

Producer | The Good Wife

Courtney A. Kemp is a producer and writer, known for The Good Wife (2009), Power (2014) and My Own Worst Enemy (2008).

The creator of "Power".

28. Sam Esmail

Writer | Mr. Robot

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

The creator of "Mr. Robot".



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