Lately it has struck me how incredible the writing is for many TV shows. Often, it's nothing short of brilliant, and like novels there are some shows where the writers excel at certain areas (plot, dialogue, storytelling, characterization) and there are some where the focus is obviously in a different place.
There are shows where the focus is on the twists, turns and surprises in the plot. Some of those that jump immediately to my mind are Lost, Heroes and Alias.
Others are focused on dialogue and character. The most obvious of these to me is Friends or perhaps The Office.
Other writers are excellent at dragging us into a foreign environment and making us experience it with them. Grey's Anatomy, 24, and Lie To Me are good examples. Every time I watch an episode I'm convinced I'd fit in perfectly in the O.R., the FBI, or that I'd be excellent at reading peoples' faces. (Just make sure no one hands me a scalpel)
The one I saw last night, Glee, was unlike anything I've seen lately. It brought on such intense nostalgia that my husband told my I'm not allowed to watch it in bed anymore. Apparently it's difficult to sleep when the person next to you is singing along with the TV.
What are your favorite shows? What do you enjoy the most about the way they are written?