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"Good Writing" Dec. 3rd, 2012 @ 06:16 PM Reply

You've heard or read comments about how a show has "bad writing" or how the writing suffers over the course of many seasons.

So what shows do you consider to have good, or at least consistently decent writing.


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Response to "Good Writing" Dec. 3rd, 2012 @ 06:17 PM Reply

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Response to "Good Writing" Dec. 3rd, 2012 @ 06:18 PM Reply

Boardwalk Empire, Breaking Bad, Peep Show.

I know there's more but that's all I can think of that's still on TV right now. Like, I'm talking basically faultless writing. None of that 'good at times' Walking Dead shit.


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Response to "Good Writing" Dec. 3rd, 2012 @ 06:19 PM Reply

Breaking Bad and Eastbound and Down are pretty well written.

At least I think so, anyways.

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Response to "Good Writing" Dec. 3rd, 2012 @ 06:20 PM Reply

Game of thrones.


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Response to "Good Writing" Dec. 3rd, 2012 @ 06:22 PM Reply

Friends.

Everytime they mention pornography or make some crude sexual innuendo I just shit my pants with laughter.

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Response to "Good Writing" Dec. 3rd, 2012 @ 06:22 PM Reply

Joss Whedon shows, Bones.

That's about it.

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Response to "Good Writing" Dec. 3rd, 2012 @ 06:32 PM Reply

I think ( At the risk of sounding cliche ) B.B. has good writing.

I can't think of any others off the top of my head.

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Also Omega Team.

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Response to "Good Writing" Dec. 3rd, 2012 @ 06:39 PM Reply

Life on Mars (UK version) and Ashes to Ashes are amazing the whole way through although the ending is quite mindfuck in a good way. Thats like 5 seasons of stuff.

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Response to "Good Writing" Dec. 3rd, 2012 @ 08:01 PM Reply

At 12/3/12 06:16 PM, Demonbrunch wrote: You've heard or read comments about how a show has "bad writing" or how the writing suffers over the course of many seasons.

So what shows do you consider to have good, or at least consistently decent writing.

House always had great writing. The issue that the show ran in to was that the formula was getting stale, so they tried to make it feel fresh with constant drama/main character replacements... but it ended up making the drama itself stale. So even though it was excellently written, I was completely turned off by the final season.

If you're so inclined, the finest episode that the show ever produced was Three Stories.

Yes, of course Breaking Bad is excellent. Game of Thrones is excellent as well, but it's young. Homeland, a fantastic 24-esque successor on Showtime has some of the most compelling storyline I've ever been exposed to on television (though also young). It may not be popular, but I always enjoyed this old show from the early/mid '90's called 'the Outer Limits' which is basically a modern Twilight Zone. Seinfeld was seriously GOLD, one of the funniest sitcoms ever, in my opinion, but the last episode was an unfortunate weak point.


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Response to "Good Writing" Dec. 3rd, 2012 @ 08:04 PM Reply

Breaking Bad.
Arrested Development.
Louie.
Community.
30 Rock.

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Response to "Good Writing" Dec. 3rd, 2012 @ 08:15 PM Reply

At 12/3/12 08:04 PM, AsthmaticHamster wrote: 30 Rock.

Ahahaha, good one.

Anyways, as been said, Breaking Bad is pretty really does well story wise, very compelling even through some of the more boring episodes. Apart from prime time dramas (which usually all of have ok to good writing) I think Gravity Falls and the Boondocks are two non-dramas that do a good job at having smart comedy and don't fall back on extremely obvious formulas or feel tiring just to watch.


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Response to "Good Writing" Dec. 3rd, 2012 @ 08:19 PM Reply

The Walking Dead
Lost (first season)
The Office (before the departure of Steve Carell)


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Response to "Good Writing" Dec. 3rd, 2012 @ 08:29 PM Reply

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Response to "Good Writing" Dec. 3rd, 2012 @ 08:34 PM Reply

At 12/3/12 06:22 PM, yurgenburgen wrote: Friends.

Everytime they mention pornography or make some crude sexual innuendo I just shit my pants with laughter.

friends is overrated as all fuck

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Response to "Good Writing" Dec. 3rd, 2012 @ 08:41 PM Reply

At 12/3/12 08:34 PM, Urban-Champion wrote:
At 12/3/12 06:22 PM, yurgenburgen wrote: Friends.

Everytime they mention pornography or make some crude sexual innuendo I just shit my pants with laughter.
friends is overrated as all fuck

he was being sarcastic


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Response to "Good Writing" Dec. 3rd, 2012 @ 08:43 PM Reply

Fairly Oddparents, Futurama, Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy


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Response to "Good Writing" Dec. 3rd, 2012 @ 11:43 PM Reply

Justified, Mad Men, Breaking Bad... you know the usual suspects.


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Response to "Good Writing" Dec. 3rd, 2012 @ 11:57 PM Reply

At 12/3/12 06:22 PM, FBIpolux wrote: Joss Whedon shows, Bones.

That's about it.

Completely agree.


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Response to "Good Writing" Dec. 4th, 2012 @ 12:26 AM Reply

Marvel comics, my good man. The whole anything goes craziness can make for a nice break away from the whole dark and edgey crap. Sure there are a lot of alternate timelines and general mindfuckery but hey anything goes


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Response to "Good Writing" Dec. 4th, 2012 @ 12:34 AM Reply

At 12/4/12 12:32 AM, The777Demon wrote: I can agree and disagree. A lot of things marvel has came out with lately have been pretty kick ass. The live action films are worth paying for and even their direct to video stuff is good. I enjoyed hulk vs wolverine, the new avengers show, and wolverine and the x men. Sadly we still got ultimate spiderman.

I meant the comics exclusively. A bunch of their movies are all over the place like a suicidal bungee jumper


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Response to "Good Writing" Dec. 4th, 2012 @ 12:56 AM Reply

At 12/4/12 12:45 AM, The777Demon wrote:
At 12/4/12 12:34 AM, dreaming-loudly wrote:
At 12/4/12 12:32 AM, The777Demon wrote: I can agree and disagree. A lot of things marvel has came out with lately have been pretty kick ass. The live action films are worth paying for and even their direct to video stuff is good. I enjoyed hulk vs wolverine, the new avengers show, and wolverine and the x men. Sadly we still got ultimate spiderman.
I meant the comics exclusively. A bunch of their movies are all over the place like a suicidal bungee jumper
Well the comics can be the same story. They go through many different writers. I'm less familiar with them but any form of media that goes through several creative teams rise and drops in quality.

That's a rather broad statement from someone unfamiliar with a lot of their work. They don't go through creative teams - they have a large amount of contracted writers leading different projects which all need to fit somewhere within the marvel timeline for consistency (they try).

I'm just say'n


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Response to "Good Writing" Dec. 4th, 2012 @ 01:54 AM Reply

At 12/3/12 06:17 PM, notYert wrote: it's always sunny in philadelphia

One wonders how they manage to cross the line like five or six times every single episode. It's pretty amazing how they do that actually.


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