When people often think of TV, they are consumed by whether it is good or not. Was it enjoyable? Was it ridiculous? Did you spend the entire movie trying to figure out why the characters are doing such silly things. Unfortunately, many people conflate a bad episode with the actors being bad. Certainly that can be the case, but what I’ve also found is fairly common is the fact that the show is just poorly written. If your favorite characters are saying something ridiculous or doing something that doesn’t quite make sense in the context of the story, you can generally blame the writing. The actors are simply tasked with bringing the story set forth to life in the best way possible. If the writing isn’t sufficient, audiences notice, even if they don’t realize it’s the writing causing the problem.
A show that is fairly well regarded will usually have a team of writers on staff that are there to bring out not just the story in the best way possible, but to highlight their actors. Good writing will elevate an actor. If that actor is elevated to a place where they can shine with all their potential and are paired with a director who has a good vision for a script, a show begins to transcend. A great show makes you want to see the story come to life without you questioning every little thing. Good writing is key to a good show, without it a show will flounder.
Bad writing can drag down everything else. If the writing isn’t up to par with an actor’s skill or a director’s vision, the entire story will suffer. A good premise can crumble under these conditions. Writing is what an entire show is made of. The script defines the show and everyone else brings it to life. No matter how much anyone tries a bad script will not blossom. It will flounder and people will find themselves frustrated watching a show.
When it comes to TV the audience is the final say. If a show is watched it will return. It will get more money. It will become profitable and likely people will see the writers grow with the show. It can make a show thrive. So all shows, new and old, rely on the writing to stay crisp. If that fails then any efforts put forth by the rest of the crew won’t mean anything. The entire production needs to be on board and as often as writing is swept under the rug, it can make or break a show because it is the backbone. People may love characters, but if it wasn’t for the writing the actors would stand around doing nothing. Essentially there would be no characters. No story. No plot line.