101 Best Written TV Series

Aired: NBC, 2005-Present

Adapting the British comedy by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, Greg Daniels gathered around him writer-performers B.J. Novak, Mindy Kaling, and Paul Lieberstein. "I love the idea of hiring writer-performers, whether I use them or not, because so much that's wonderful in comedy, like Monty Python or early Saturday Night Live, is that people wrote and performed," Daniels said during the show's second season. Unlike Gervais' lovably horrible boss David Brent, Steven Carrell's horrible boss Michael Scott was not strictly horrible. "I know mentally I was so concerned about not betraying the English show in the adaptation, that the first season of our show was maybe a little colder, because I felt that was the tone," Daniels said. "And now I'm writing more tonally, like King of the Hill, where it's very human people, and all the different characters sometimes have moments of doing the right thing."

Greg Daniels on scripting Steve Carell's final episode on The Office 

Credited Writers

Steve Carell
Jennifer Celotta
Daniel Chun
Greg Daniels
Lee Eisenberg
Owen Ellickson
Anthony Farrell
Brent Forrester
Ricky Gervais
Amelie Gillette
Charlie Grandy
Dan Greaney
Jonathan Green
Steve Hely
Jonathan A. Hughes
Mindy Kaling
Carrie Kemper
Jason Kessler
Ryan Koh
Lester Lewis
Paul Lieberstein
Warren Lieberstein
Stephen Merchant
Gabe Miller
B. J. Novak
Peter Ocko
Robert Padnick
Michael Schur
Aaron Shure
Allison Silverman
Justin Spitzer
Gene Stupnitsky
Halsted Sullivan
Jon Vitti
Caroline Williams
Larry Wilmore