10 of the Best Fictional TV Writers

As a writer, it’s always great to see actors and actresses portraying writers on TV. They don’t necessarily have to be writers of books or working journalists, but just someone who embraces writing and is passionate about his/her job. Here are some of the best fictional TV writers that are great at giving advice, writing mysteries, solving murders, creating television shows, writing prophecies and even gathering followers to craft the next big serial murder activity across the nation.

1. Carrie Bradshaw
Carrie Bradshaw on Sex and the City

Women and men across the world fell in love with Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) when she first appeared on HBO’s “Sex and the City. Not only is she popular for her fashion sense, love life, relationship advice and friendships with Miranda (Cynthia Nixon), Samantha (Kim Cattrall) and Charlotte (Kristin Davis), but she’s also recognized for her writing. Carrie worked as a columnist for a New York City publication and gave all sorts of love advice with help from her own experiences and those of her friends. Eventually, she became a published author and a freelance writer for Vogue. If you miss Carrie, don’t fret because you can always catch her on reruns or tune into The CW’s “The Carrie Diaries,” which tells the story of young Carrie (AnnaSophia Robb).

2. Richard Castle
Richard Castle on Castle

The hilarious, handsome and charming Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) is a force to be reckoned with on ABC’s “Castle.” He’s a writer and NYPD consultant wrapped into one who uses his crime solving skills to create bestselling books. Can you say superhero? Castle is loved for his “Nikki Heat” novels, which are actually based on his one true love and NYPD Detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic). The best part is fans can purchase Castle’s books in real life anywhere online and in stores. How cool is that?

3. Jessica Fletcher
Jessica Fletcher on Murder, She Wrote

Here’s another reason to love Angela Lansbury. Like Richard Castle, Lansbury portrayed a murder-mystery novelist who moonlighted as a crime solver named Jessica Fletcher on “Murder, She Wrote.” Whenever she wasn’t behind her typewriter, Jessica was solving crimes. Murder seemed to follow the former high school English teacher around, and she was quite good at closing the case. If you want to give Jessica’s books a test run, head on over to Amazon where you can purchase some of her thrilling novels!

4. Rob Petrie
Rob Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show

Dick Van Dyke can do it all. He sings. He dances. He tells jokes. He solves crimes. Oh, and he writes, at least he did as Rob Petrie on “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” Rob wasn’t just husband to Laura (Mary Tyler Moore) and father to Ritchie (Larry Matthews), he was also a writer for the comedy/variety program “The Alan Brady Show.” FYI - Carl Reiner played Alan Brady. Alongside his writing team that consisted of Buddy (Morey Amsterdam) and Sally (Rose Marie), Rob would come up with all sorts of skits for the famous fictitious show. The ‘60s comedy provided a fun “inside look” at a how TV show is written and produced.

5. Chuck Shurley
Chuck on Supernatural

Chuck Shurley (Rob Benedict) is not your typical writer. He first showed up on “Supernatural” in Season 4 as a prophet of the Lord, who is responsible for writing the “Winchester Gospels.” At first, Chuck just thought he was a drunk with good ideas that formed from crazy dreams. He even had his epiphanies published into books titled “Supernatural” under the pen name Carver Edlund referencing two of the writers from The CW hit (Ben Edlund and Jeremy Carver).

6. Joe Carroll
Joe Carroll on The Following

FOX’s new creepy, yet thrilling drama “The Following” continues to entice viewers weekly with serial killer Joe Carroll’s (James Purefoy) group of followers that follow in his murderous footsteps. As an unsuccessful author and psychopath, Joe is out for revenge against Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) who slept with his wife (Natalie Zea) by emulating Edgar Allan Poe and “writing”a story. In this sense, words are expressed by actions and each of Joe’s crazy cult members get a chapter to tell their story. Nevermore.

7. Rory Gilmore
Rory Gilmore on Gilmore Girls

The adorable, fast talking Rory Gilmore (Alexis Bledel) put her words to good use throughout “Gilmore Girls.” As an avid reader, fans could tell Rory was destined to be a journalist. While attending Yale, Rory wrote for the school’s newspaper, Yale Daily News. She committed plenty of her time to the paper, and eventually became the editor at the end of the series. Even though she didn’t get a newspaper job after graduation like she wanted, Rory did score a job as a reporter covering Senator Barack Obama’s presidential campaign.


8. Clark Kent & Lois Lane
Clark Kent and Lois Lane from Smallville

Any list about writers cannot exclude Clark Kent/Superman and Lois Lane. For years, the DC Comics characters have been played by a ton of TV actors including Dean Cain, Teri Hatcher, George Reeves, Noel Neill and, as the photo above depicts, Tom Welling and Erica Durance. In addition to Superman saving the world, he always manages to report and write for the Daily Planet, alongside the love of his life Lois. As we saw on “Smallville,” Clark (Tom Welling) got his start as a writer early on by writing for his high school paper. A man who can save the world and write all at once; and a woman who manages her career and keeps a handle on Superman is awesome in my book.

9. Murphy Brown
Murphy Brown

Candice Bergen made a name for herself as the eponymous Murphy Brown in the ‘80s and ‘90s. For 10 seasons, viewers saw Murphy’s career grow as an investigative journalist for the fictional newsmagazine FYI. She was strong, hardworking, determined and at times not the warmest of the bunch. Murphy definitely portrayed the independent woman who didn’t need a man in her life and solely focused on her career. In between Murphy becoming a single mother and battling breast cancer, she balanced her writing career and became a role-model for women everywhere.

10. Ray Barone
Ray Barone on Everybody Loves Raymond

Besides being a bad husband - at times - to wife Debra (Patricia Heaton), a father to his three kids, the favorite son to Marie (Doris Roberts) and Frank (Peter Boyle) and the hated brother to Robert (Brad Garrett,) Ray Barone (Ray Romano) was busy being a successful sports columnist at New York Newsday. When he wasn’t slacking off, playing golf or having lunch at Nemo’s, Ray worked hard and managed to earn the title of “Sportswriter of the Year.”

Who is your favorite fictional TV writer?


Message Posted On Mar 28th, 2013, 4:41 pm
Murray from the Mary Tyler Moore Show was a TV news writer. Does that count?

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Message Posted On Mar 28th, 2013, 1:36 pm

Definitely think Hank Moody from Californication should have made this list too but other than that Castle is my favorite


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Message Posted On Mar 28th, 2013, 11:03 am

Joe Carroll is definitely one of my favorite TV authors as well as Rick Castle, obviously for wildly different reasons. I was disappointed one of my old favorite journalists, Carl Kolchak, didn't make the cut. 


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Message Posted On Mar 28th, 2013, 9:56 am

I am the prophet, CHUCK!


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Message Posted On Mar 28th, 2013, 9:51 am

Joe Carroll and Hank Moody. On the top of my head.



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Message Posted On Mar 28th, 2013, 9:10 am

Great calls on Joe Carroll and Chuck Shurley.