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Episode list by writer
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Jul 5th 2006 edited
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Greg Daniels
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Pilot
Basketball
Halloween
Booze Cruise
Conflict Resolution

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B.J. Novak
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Diversity Day
Sexual Harassment
The Fire
Boys and Girls

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Paul Lieberstein
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Health Care
The Client
The Carpet
Dwight's Speech

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Mindy Kaling
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Hot Girl
The Dundies
The Injury
Take YDTWD

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Michael Schur
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The Alliance
Office Olympics
Christmas Party
Valentine's Day

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Lee Eisenburg & Gene Stupinsky
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The Fight
The Secret
Michael's Birthday

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Jennifer Celotta
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E-mail Surveilence
Drug Testing

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Larry Wilmore
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Performance Review

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Steve Carell
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Casino Night

I noticed Greg Daniels' episode list seems especially solid. As mentioned in another thread or two, Mindy Kaling has also written a few good ones. B.J. and Paul Lieberstein(Toby) are clearly a key part of the writing team, but I don't care as much for their written episodes. Of course, a lot changes after the script is written, and maybe some of the writers could have input on any episode. Still, looking for patterns is fun.
Jul 5th 2006

Thanks for the list. I was actually going to make one myself.

Jul 5th 2006

I dont think one person writes an episode. From waht I understand, it's a team process, and whoever comes up with the core idea gets credit. Then the rest edit the hell out of it.

Jul 5th 2006

I personally think Mindy Kaling wins the prize for best episodes. The Dundies and The Injury can pretty much top anything else.
Casino Night was also amazing, but mostly because of the confession/kiss... which I doubt were something Steve wrote in there on his own. But a good ep, nonetheless.

Jul 6th 2006

Kaling and the Eisenburg/Stupinsky lists are impressive. I would probably rank their combined seven episodes in my top ten. I would have to rank Lieberstein last, didn't like The Carpet or Dwight's Speech that much.

I wonder how much control Carrell had over the content in Casino Night. Did he decide for the confession/kiss to happen? Or did the producers tell him now was the time and it was up to him to determine how it would take place? Anybody know? Any articles out there on the subject?

Oct 2nd 2006 edited

Wanted to bump this thread because, as no points for pants said, it's interesting to look at the patterns of the writers.

Greg Daniels wrote Gay Witch Hunt. Most of his episodes feature a lot of conflict and uncomfortable moments in the office.

Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupinsky wrote The Convention. Personally I like their list the best. The Secret is my favorite episode, and I loved the other three they did. Their episodes are a little more light-hearted and have a lot of laugh out loud moments. The S2 episodes they did were heavy on Jim/Pam moments with some Jim/Pam angst. Even though Jim & Pam weren't together in The Convention, much of the episode dealt with them in a roundabout way. They also continued a tradition of having Michael mention Pam's breasts:
* The Secret - In Hooters Michael says "Her boobs, definitely" when Michael & Jim are saying what they like best about Pam.
* Michael's Birthday - Michael tells Pam at the skating rink she should check herself out in the shower because "those things are ticking time bags".
* The Convention - "Unbutton that top button, let those babies breathe."

Haven't seen who wrote this week's episode, anyone know? My DVR description for the October 12th episode says the writer is B.J. Novak.

Oct 2nd 2006

I've never paid close attention to which writers wrote which episodes. You've inspired me to change that policy. I like your analysis of each writer's tendencies, and I want to check that out some more.

Oct 3rd 2006

I dont think one person writes an episode. From waht I understand, it's a team process, and whoever comes up with the core idea gets credit. Then the rest edit the hell out of it.

I can't cite sources, but I remember reading somewhere that they all sit around and pitch ideas and jokes, then one person pulls it together into a screenplay, then the team reconvenes and hits the script like a pinata till they get all the funny out of it.

So the individual writer who actually types the physical screenplay doubtless affects the tone of the episode in a thousand subtle ways, but everything we see on TV is really the result of group effort.

Oct 12th 2006

Anyone think Steve Carell should write more episodes? He's probably too busy...but I think that would be awesome. I have really high hopes for B.J.'s episode next week.

Oct 13th 2006

Anyone think Steve Carell should write more episodes?

Yes, but I agree, he's probably too busy. They probably only bring him out for special occasions.

I have really high hopes for B.J.'s episode next week.

Me too, his epsiodes have all been good.

Paul Lieberstein wrote The Coup. His epsiodes seem to be the ones that focus on Dwight - Health Care, Dwight's Speech, The Coup. And, (IMO) he writes the weakest episodes. I would place The Carpet, Dwight's Speech, and The Coup in my bottom five.

Jennifer Celotta wrote Grief Counseling in addition to Email Survelliance and Drug Testing, can't see any patterns there.

Hopefully we'll see an episode from Mindy Kaling soon, I really like her list.

Oct 13th 2006

Jennifer Celotta wrote Grief Counseling in addition to Email Survelliance and Drug Testing, can't see any patterns there.

I do. They all have darker elements, darker themes.

Oct 13th 2006

What was the darker element or theme in Email Survelliance? I'm not seeing it.

Oct 13th 2006

Actually, I don't think Drug Testing was all that dark either...sad maybe, that Dwight renounced his volunteer sheriff deputy duties.

Jan 5th 2007

Is "Back from Vacation" the first episode written by Justin Spitzer?

Bravo!

Jan 5th 2007

We got a few new writers this year. Brent Forrester and Justin Spitzer.

Jan 15th 2007

Putting their names through IMDB, Brent Forrester seems to have a very logical link to the show (King of the Hill, most obviously) and a long track record of writing.

Justin Spitzer seems to only have two years of TV writing under his belt. Anyone know anything about him? I'm curious.

If I only had two years of TV writing under my belt and I got brought onto an Emmy-winning comedy, I'd be simultaneously peeing myself out of glee and fear.

Jan 19th 2007

For the second week in a row, Lee Eisenberg/Gene Stupinsky and Michael Schur were the writers for the episode. Pretty sure writers haven't done back-to-back episodes before. I was already a huge fan of Eisenberg/Stupinsky for writing The Fight, The Secret, Michael's Birthday, and The Convention, and the last two weeks have convinced me that they are geniuses.

The writing credits seem be spread out a little more this year, most of the writers only have one or two. I'll bet Mindy Kaling writes at least of the episodes for February sweeps, maybe that's why we haven't seen her on screen as much lately.

Jan 19th 2007

For the second week in a row, Lee Eisenberg/Gene Stupinsky and Michael Schur were the writers for the episode. Pretty sure writers haven't done back-to-back episodes before.

That makes sense; the two episodes form a natural arc.

Jan 19th 2007

Very good point Nathan.

Feb 8th 2007 edited

Tonight was Caroline Williams's first episode. Hate to pick on a newcomer, but...the Titanic had a better debut.

Feb 8th 2007

You need to go write your paper, Nathan. Just trying to help you out...

Feb 8th 2007

Thanks.

Feb 9th 2007

Why do people dislike The Carpet so much? I loved that episode. There is a ton of character development in it, particularly Jim (We see the real reason he still works at Dunder Mifflin), Michael (A lot of his past is revealed) and Kelly (Because she picks up a new character trait...although one might argue that she wasn't featured prominently enough in previous episodes so maybe it just wasn't shown). And it features one of my favorite closing segments ever, which really wraps the entire episode together.

May 18th 2007 edited

I've said it on here before, and I'll say it again, Mr. Paul Lieberstein is a great, great writer.

The Carpet
Dwight's Speech
Health Care
The Client
The Coup
Cocktails
The Job

Well done with the last one, Mr. Lieberstein. Well done!

May 29th 2007

Saw elsewhere on the Interwebs that there are two new writers next year - Anthony Farrell and Ryan Koh. iMDB has almost no information on them so they must be relative newcomers. Good gig. Also Caroline Williams will not be back. I doubt many people will lose sleep over that one, as the one episode she wrote (Phyllis' Wedding) is widely considered one of the worst of the series.

May 29th 2007

Whoa, Im about ninety percent sure Michael Schur wrote "The Job" as well, let me go check.

May 29th 2007

Yeah, it at least says that at the beginning of "The Job" thread.

May 30th 2007

I love The Carpet. It has the best Creed line EVER, in my opinion. When everyone is standing around in the beginning, gagging over the smell, Creed walks in and says,

*"Is somebody making soup?"

Apr 12th 2010

I love The Carpet.

TWHS.

Apr 12th 2010

Or she said.

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