TV’s 6 Most Talented Drama Screenwriters of All Time

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Trying to ascertain the writers with the most Emmys is trickier than you’d think. First of all, a show may win awards that don’t specifically go to a certain writer, but that writer may have been integral to whatever, or whoever, did win the award. For example, David Chase’s The Sopranos earned the most nominations of any drama in history, and even though his wasn’t the name credited for every nomination, he was involved with all of the writing, directing, and acting because everyone was following his guidelines and his schematics. And Chase, you could say, has vicariously been successful in the amount of writers who came away from The Sopranos and went on to create their own award-winning shows (Matthew Weiner, Terence Winter). Here, in chronological order, are the most successful TV drama writers.

1. Rod Serling

Serling earned an impressive six Emmys, each for writing. He won in 1956 for Kraft Television Theatre, the next two years for Playhouse 90, in 1960 and 1961 for The Twilight Zone, and in 1964 for Bob Hope Presents the Chrystal Theatre. Serling’s wins are all the more astounding considering that The Twilight Zone had a scant viewership, even at its peak. The show struggled for years; only its dedicated following and Serling’s determination kept it afloat. He’s now considered a master and one of the most important writers of any medium (he contributed the now-iconic ending to Planet of the Apes, altering the original novel on which the film is based), and his influence is felt everywhere.

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