Writers Guild of America Award for Television: Episodic Comedy

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Writers Guild of America Award for Television: Episodic Comedy
Awarded for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
Country United States
Presented by Writers Guild of America
Currently held by Jack Burditt & Robert Carlock
30 Rock (2013)
Official website http://www.wga.org/

The Writers Guild of America Award for Television: Episodic Comedy is an award presented by the Writers Guild of America to the best written comedy episodes of television series. It was first presented at the 13th annual Writers Guild of America awards in 1961 and has been presented annually since the 17th annual Writers Guild of America awards in 1965.

The years denote when the episode first aired. Though, due to the eligibility period, some nominees could have aired in a different year. The current eligibility period is December 1st to November 30th. The winners are highlighted in gold.


1960s[edit]

Year Show Episode Writer(s) Network
1960 Father Knows Best "Margaret's Old Flame" Dorothy Cooper CBS
The Danny Thomas Show "Linda Wants to Be a Boy" Charles Stewart & Jack Elinson CBS
My Three Sons "Chip off the Old Block" George Tibbles ABC
No Award 1961-1963
1964 The Andy Griffith Show "The Shoplifters" Bill Idelson & Sam Bobrick CBS
The Dick Van Dyke Show "My Husband is the Best One" Martin Ragaway
The Danny Thomas Show "Bowling Partners" Jerry Belson & Garry Marshall CBS
The Dick Van Dyke Show "October Eve" Bill Persky & Sam Denoff
"Turtles, Ties and Toreadors" John Whedon
1965 The Dick Van Dyke Show "Br-room, Br-room" Dale McRaven & Carl Kleinschmitt CBS
The Beverly Hillbillies "Dash Riprock, You Cad" Paul Henning & Mark Tuttle ABC
The Dick Van Dyke Show "4½" Garry Marshall & Jerry Belson CBS
"Romances, Roses and Rye Bread" Garry Marshall & Jerry Belson
Dr. Kildare "Maybe Love Will Save My Apartment House" Boris Sobelman NBC
1966 The Dick Van Dyke Show "You Ought to Be in Pictures" Jack Winter CBS
The Dick Van Dyke Show "Go Tell the Birds and the Bees" Rick Mittleman CBS
Gidget "The Great Kahuna" Albert Mannheimer & Frederick Kohner ABC
Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. "Opie Joins the Marines" Aaron Ruben CBS
1967 The Jackie Gleason Show "Movies are Better than Ever" Marvin Marx, Walter Stone, Rod Parker CBS
Get Smart "Bronzefinger" Lila Garrett & Bernie Kahn NBC
"Where-What-Who Am I?" Barry Blitzer & Raymond Brenner
That Girl "Rain, Snow and Rice" James L. Brooks ABC
1968 Get Smart "Viva Smart" Bill Idelson & Sam Bobrick NBC
He & She "Before You Bury Me, Can I Say Something?" James Parker & Arnold Margolin CBS
"Knock, Knock...Who's There? Fernando!...Fernando Who?" Chris Hayward & Allan Burns
"The Old Man and the She" Leonard Stern & Arne Sultan
1969 Room 222 "Funny Boy" Allan Burns ABC
The Bill Cosby Show "Growing, Growing, Grown" Kenny Solms & Gail Parent NBC
Get Smart "The Apes of Wrath" Lloyd Turner & Gordon Mitchell CBS
"Ice Station Siegfried" Arne Sultan & Chris Hayward
The Jackie Gleason Show "Play it Again, Norton" Walter Stone & Rod Parker & Robert Hilliard
My World and Welcome to It "Little Girls are Sugar & Spice, and Not Always Nice!" Rick Mittleman NBC

1970s[edit]

Year Show Episode Writer(s) Network
1970 Room 222 "The Valedictorian" Richard DeRoy ABC
The Governor and J.J. "Check the Check" Arne Sultan & Earl Barret CBS
My World and Welcome to It "The Fourth Estate" Lila Garrett & Bernie Kahn NBC
Room 222 "Funny Money" Steve Pritzker ABC
1971 The Mary Tyler Moore Show "Thoroughly Unmilitant Mary" Martin Cohan CBS
All In the Family "Christmas at the Bunkers" Don Nicholl CBS
"Edith's Accident" Michael Ross, Bernie West, Tom August, Helen August
"Gloria has a Belly Full" Jerry Mayer
"Mike's Problem" Alan J. Levitt & Phil Mishkin
"Oh, My Aching Back" Stanley Ralph Ross
1972 M*A*S*H "Chief Surgeon Who?" Larry Gelbart CBS
All In the Family "Edith's Problem" Burt Styler & Steve Zacharias CBS
The Mary Tyler Moore Show "The Good-Time News" Allan Burns & James L. Brooks CBS
Maude "Flashback" Alan J. Levitt
The Odd Couple "The Pen is Mightier Than the Pencil" Jack Winter ABC
1973 Maude "Walter's Problem" (Parts I & II) Robert Weiskopf & Robert Schiller CBS
The Mary Tyler Moore Show "The Lars Affair" Ed. Weinberger CBS
M*A*S*H "Carry On, Hawkeye" Larry Gelbart, Laurence Marks and Bernard Dilbert
"The Incubator" Larry Gelbart & Laurence Marks
"Radar's Report" Laurence Marks & Sheldon Keller
"Sometimes You Hear the Bullet" Carl Kleinschmitt
"Tuttle" Bruce Shelly & David Ketchum
1974 M*A*S*H "O.R." Larry Gelbart & Laurence Marks CBS
The Mary Tyler Moore Show "Will Mary Richards Go to Jail?" Ed. Weinberger & Stan Daniels CBS
M*A*S*H "Private Charles Lamb" Sid Dorfman
Rhoda "Parents' Day" Charlotte Brown
"You Can Go Home Again" Pat Nardo & Gloria Banta
1975 M*A*S*H "Welcome to Korea" (Parts I & II) Everett Greenbaum, Jim Fritzell, and Larry Gelbart CBS
All in the Family "Archie the Hero" Lou Derman & Bill Davenport CBS
The Mary Tyler Moore Show "Chuckles Bites the Dust" David Lloyd
"Edie Gets Married" Bob Ellison
M*A*S*H "Big Mac" Laurence Marks
Rhoda "Ida's Doctor" Coleman Mitchell & Geoffrey Neigher
1976 M*A*S*H "Dear Sigmund" Alan Alda CBS
All In the Family "Joey's Baptism" Mel Tolkin, Larry Rhine and Milt Josefsberg CBS
Barney Miller "The Evacuation" Chris Hayward & Danny Arnold ABC
The Mary Tyler Moore Show "Mary's Insomnia" David Lloyd CBS
"My Son, the Genius" Bob Ellison
M*A*S*H "Hawkeye, Get Your Gun" Gene Reynolds & Jay Folb
1977 All In the Family "Archie Get the Business" (Parts I & II) Larry Rhine & Mel Tolkin CBS
All in the Family "The Joys of Sex" Erik Tarloff CBS
Barney Miller "Copy Cat" Douglas Wyman & Tony Sheehan ABC
"Goodbye Mr. Fish" (Part II) Reinhold Weege
The Bob Newhart Show "A Girl in Her Twenties" Laura Levine CBS
"A Jackie Story" Lloyd Garver
The Jeffersons "Once a Friend" Michael S. Baser & Kim Weiskopf
The Mary Tyler Moore Show "The Critic" David Lloyd
"The Last Show" James L. Brooks, Allan Burns, Ed. Weinberger, Stan Daniels, David Lloyd, Bob Ellison
M*A*S*H "Fade Out, Fade In" (Parts I & II) Jim Fritzell & Everett Greenbaum
1978 M*A*S*H "Baby, It's Cold Outside" Gary David Goldberg CBS
All In the Family "California Here We Are" (Parts I & II) Milt Josefsberg, Phil Sharp, Robert Schiller, Robert Weiskopf CBS
Barney Miller "The Ghost" Reinhold Weege ABC
M*A*S*H "Point of View" Ken Levine, & David Isaacs CBS
Mork & Mindy "Pilot" Dale McRaven ABC
Rhoda "Rhoda vs. Ida" Bob Ellison CBS
Taxi "Blind Date" Michael Leeson ABC
"Memories of Cab 804" (Parts I & II) Barry Kemp
1979 M*A*S*H "Are You Now, Margaret?" Thad Mumford & Dan Wilcox CBS
Taxi "The Reluctant Father" Ken Estin ABC
Barney Miller "The Indian" Judith Anne Nielsen, Richard William Beban, Reinhold Weege ABC
M*A*S*H "Goodbye Radar" (Parts I & II) Ken Levine & David Isaacs CBS
"Period of Adjustment" Jim Mulligan & John Rappaport
"The Young and the Restless" Mitch Markowitz
Mork & Mindy "Dr. Morkenstein" Bruce Kalish & Philip John Taylor ABC
"Mork's Mixed Emotions" Tom Tenowich, & Ed Scharlach
Taxi "Elaine's Secret Admirer" Barry Kemp
"Honor Thy Father" Glen Charles & Les Charles

1980's[edit]

Year Show Episode Writer(s) Network
1980 M*A*S*H "Heal Thyself" Dennis Koenig, Gene Reynolds CBS
The Associates "The Censors" Stan Daniels, & Ed. Weinberger ABC
Barney Miller "The Child Stealers" Frank Dungan & Jeff Stein
M*A*S*H "Bottle Fatigue" Thad Mumford & Dan Wilcox CBS
"Morale Victory" John Rappaport
Taxi "Alex Jumps Out of an Airplane" Ken Estin ABC
"Art Work" Glen Charles & Les Charles
United States "Sometimes" Larry Gelbart & Everett Greenbaum NBC
1981 Barney Miller "Stormy Weather" Nat Mauldin ABC
Barney Miller "Field Associate" Jordan Moffet ABC
The Greatest American Hero "Pilot" Stephen J. Cannell
M*A*S*H "No Sweat" John Rappaport CBS
"A War for All Seasons" Dan Wilcox & Thad Mumford
Park Place "Crazy Judge" Reinhold Weege
Taxi "The Boss' Wife" Ken Estin ABC
"Tony's Sister and Jim" Michael Leeson
1982 Barney Miller "Hunger Strike" Tony Sheehan, & Stephen Neigher ABC
Best of the West "The Calico Kid Returns" Mitch Markowitz ABC
M*A*S*H "The Birthday Girls" Karen Hall CBS
Making the Grade "Pilot" Gary David Goldberg
Open All Night "Terry Runs Away" Ken Levine & David Isaacs ABC
Taxi "Elegant Iggy" Ken Estin
1983 Cheers "The Boys in the Bar" Ken Levine & David Isaacs NBC
"Give Me a Ring Sometime" Glen Charles & Les Charles
Cheers "Let Me Count the Ways" Heide Perlman NBC
"The Spy Who Came in for a Cold One" David Lloyd
M*A*S*H "Goodbye, Farewell and Amen" Alan Alda, Burt Metcalfe, John Rappaport, Dan Wilcox,
Thad Mumford, Elias Davis, David Pollock, and Karen Hall
CBS
Taxi "Jim's Inheritance" Ken Estin NBC
"Scenskees From a Marriage" (Parts I & II) Howard Gewirtz & Ian Praiser
1984 Cheers "Sumner's Return" Michael J. Weithorn NBC
AfterM*A*S*H "Night Shift" Everett Greenbaum & Elliott Reid CBS
Cheers "Affairs of the Heart" Heide Perlman NBC
"Old Flames" David Angell
The Duck Factory "Goodbye Buddy, Hello Skip" Allan Burns
Family Ties "Not an Affair to Remember" Gary David Goldberg & Ruth Bennett
Night Court "Once in Love with Harry" Reinhold Weege
Too Close for Comfort "Ship Mates" Arne Sultan & Earl Barret ABC
1985 Moonlighting "Pilot" Glenn Gordon Caron ABC
Steambath "Madison Avenue Madness" David Pollock & Elias Davis Showtime
Cheers "The Executive's Executioner" Heide Perlman NBC
"Fairy Tales Can Come True" Sam Simon
The Cosby Show "Good-Bye Mr. Fish" Earl Pomerantz
Webster "The Uh-Oh Feeling" Steven Sunshine & Madeline Sunshine ABC
1986 Kate & Allie "Allie's Affair" Bob Randall CBS
All is Forgiven "I Can't Say No" Ian Praiser & Howard Gewirtz NBC
The Cosby Show "Theo's Holiday" John Markus, Carmen Finestra & Matt Williams
The Golden Girls "Rose's Mother" James Berg, & Stan Zimmerman
Night Court "Best of Friends" Howard Ostroff
1987 The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd "Here's Why Cosmetics Should Come in Unbreakable Bottles" Jay Tarses NBC
Family Ties "A, My Name is Alex" (Parts I & II) Gary David Goldberg & Alan Uger
The Golden Girls "Twas the Nightmare Before Christmas" Barry Fanaro & Mort Nathan
Cheers "Never Love a Goalie" (Part I) Ken Levine & David Isaacs NBC
Family Ties "My Back Pages" Ruth Bennett
The Golden Girls "A Piece of Cake" Kathy Speer, Terry Grossman, Mort Nathan and Barry Fanaro
Night Court "Contempt of Courting" Tom Straw
1988 The Wonder Years "My Father's Office" Carol Black & Neal Marlens ABC
Family Ties "The Way We Were" Gary David Goldberg NBC
The Golden Girls "Old Friends" Kathy Speer & Terry Grossman
Night Court "No Hard Feelings" Tom Straw
The Slap Maxwell Story "Pilot" Jay Tarses ABC
The Wonder Years "Pilot" Neal Marlens & Carol Black
1989 The Wonder Years "Coda" Todd W. Langen ABC
Cheers "Jumping Jerks" Ken Levine, & David Isaacs NBC
"Please, Mr. Postman" Brian Pollack & Mert Rich
The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd "Here's Why You Order From the Spanish Side of the Menu" Eric Overmyer Lifetime
Murphy Brown "Respect" Diane English CBS
The Wonder Years "Pottery Will Get You Nowhere" Matthew Carlson ABC

1990's[edit]

Year Show Episode Writer(s) Network
1990 Murphy Brown "Brown Like Me" (Parts I & II) Diane English CBS
Designing Women "The First Day of the Last Decade of the Entire Twentieth Century" (Parts I & II) Linda Bloodworth-Thomason CBS
Seinfeld "The Stake Out" Larry David & Jerry Seinfeld NBC
The Wonder Years "Goodbye" Bob Brush ABC
"The Powers That Be" David M. Stern
"Rock 'N' Roll" Bob Stevens
1991 Cheers "Rat Girl" Ken Levine & David Isaacs NBC
Coach "Christmas Brains" John Peaslee & Judd Pillott ABC
The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd "Here's a Little Touch of Harry in the Night" Jay Tarses Lifetime
Evening Shade "A Day in the Life of Wood Newton" Linda Bloodworth-Thomason CBS
The Golden Girls "Ebbtide's Revenge" Marc Sotkin NBC
1992 Murphy Brown "Uh-Oh" (Part II) Korby Siamis & Diane English CBS
Brooklyn Bridge "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" Gary David Goldberg CBS
Seinfeld "The Boyfriend" (Parts I & II) Larry David & Larry Levin NBC
"The Parking Space" Larry David & Greg Daniels
"The Stranded" Larry David, Jerry Seinfeld, and Matt Goldman
1993 Seinfeld "The Contest" Larry David NBC
Roseanne "The Dark Ages" Eric Gilliland & Mike Gandolfi ABC
"Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home" Amy Sherman
Seinfeld "The Outing" Larry Charles NBC
1994 Seinfeld "The Mango" Lawrence H. Levy & Larry David NBC
Frasier "A Midwinter Night's Dream" Chuck Ranberg & Anne Flett-Giordano NBC
Roseanne "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" James Berg, Stan Zimmerman, and Michael Borkow ABC
"A Stash from the Past" Kevin Abbott
Seinfeld "The Hamptons" Peter Mehlman & Carol Leifer NBC
1995 Frasier "The Matchmaker" Joe Keenan NBC
Frasier "The Club" Elias Davis & David Pollock NBC
Friends "The One Where Underdog Gets Away" Jeff Greenstein & Jeff Strauss
The Larry Sanders Show "Arthur After Hours" Peter Tolan HBO
"Hank's New Assistant" John Riggi
"Roseanne's Return" Maya Forbes, Steven Levitan, and Garry Shandling
Mad About You "Our Fifteen Minutes" Jack Burditt NBC
"The Ride Home" Liz Coe
1996 Seinfeld "The Pool Guy" David H. Mandel NBC
The Larry Sanders Show "Eight" Peter Tolan HBO
Seinfeld "The Soup Nazi" Spike Feresten NBC
"The Sponge" Peter Mehlman
1997 Seinfeld "The Fatigues" Greg Kavet & Andy Robin NBC
Ellen "The Puppy Episode" (Parts I & II) Mark Driscoll, Dava Savel, Tracy Newman,
Jonathan Stark, and Ellen DeGeneres
ABC
Frasier "The Impossible Dream" Rob Greenberg NBC
The Larry Sanders Show "The Book" Maya Forbes HBO
"Ellen, or Isn't She?" Garry Shandling, Judd Apatow, and John Markus
Seinfeld "The Bizarro Jerry" David H. Mandel NBC
"The Chicken Roaster" Alec Berg & Jeff Schaffer
1998 Frasier "Frasier's Imaginary Friend" Rob Greenberg NBC
Dharma & Greg "Pilot" Dottie Dartland & Chuck Lorre ABC
Ellen "Emma" Lawrence Broch
Murphy Brown "Never Can Say Goodbye" (Parts I & II) Diane English CBS
1999 Frasier "Merry Christmas, Mrs. Moskowitz" Jay Kogen NBC
Dharma & Greg "The Paper Hat Anniversary" Bill Prady, Eric Zicklin, and Chuck Lorre ABC
Friends "The One Where Everybody Finds Out" Alexa Junge NBC
Sex and the City "Evolution" Cindy Chupack HBO
"Four Women and a Funeral" Jenny Bicks

2000s[edit]

Year Show Episode Writer(s) Network
2000 Frasier "Something Borrowed, Someone Blue" (Parts I & II) Christopher Lloyd & Joe Keenan NBC
Frasier "Out with Dad" Joe Keenan NBC
Sex and the City "Attack of the 5' 10" Woman" Cindy Chupack HBO
"Ex and the City" Michael Patrick King
Will & Grace "Hey La, Hey La, My Ex-Boyfriend's Back" Jeff Greenstein NBC
2001 Everybody Loves Raymond "Italy" (Parts I & II) Phil Rosenthal CBS
Malcolm in the Middle "Bowling" Alex Reid Fox
"The Grandparents" Gary Murphy & Neil Thompson
Sex and the City "Just Say Yes" Cindy Chupack HBO
"My Motherboard, My Self" Julie Rottenberg & Elisa Zuritsky
Titus "The Pendulum" Christopher Titus Fox
2002 Frasier "Rooms with a View" Dan O'Shannon, Lori Kirkland, and Bob Daily NBC
The Bernie Mac Show "Pilot" Larry Wilmore Fox
Ed "The Wedding" Rob Burnett & Jon Beckerman NBC
Scrubs "My First Day" Bill Lawrence
Sex and the City "Change of a Dress" Julie Rottenberg & Elisa Zuritsky HBO
"I Heart N.Y." Michael Patrick King
"Plus One is the Loneliest Number" Cindy Chupack
2003 Frasier "No Sex, Please, We're Skittish" Bob Daily NBC
Malcolm in the Middle "Day Care" Gary Murphy & Neil Thompson Fox
"Malcolm Films Reese" Dan Kopelman
Sex and the City "A Woman's Right to Shoes" Jenny Bicks HBO
2004 Arrested Development "Pier Pressure" Jim Vallely & Mitchell Hurwitz Fox
Malcolm in the Middle "Ida's Boyfriend" Neil Thompson
Sex and the City "The Ick Factor" Julie Rottenberg & Elisa Zuritsky HBO
"Splat!" Jenny Bicks & Cindy Chupack
Wonderfalls "The Wax Lion" Todd Holland & Bryan Fuller Fox
2005 Weeds "You Can't Miss the Bear" Jenji Kohan Showtime
Desperate Housewives "Next" Jenna Bans & Kevin Murphy ABC
Kitchen Confidential "Exile on Main Street" David Hemingson Fox
Malcolm in the Middle "Motivational Speaker" Rob Ulin
My Name Is Earl "Pilot" Greg Garcia NBC
The Office "Diversity Day" B. J. Novak
2006 The Office "Casino Night" Steve Carell NBC
Desperate Housewives "Don't Look at Me" Josh Senter ABC
"It Takes Two" Kevin Murphy & Jenna Bans
Malcolm in the Middle "Bomb Shelter" Rob Ulin Fox
My Name Is Earl "Jump for Joy" Vali Chandrasekaran NBC
The Office "The Coup" Paul Lieberstein
2007 The Office "The Job" Paul Lieberstein & Michael Schur NBC
30 Rock "Hard Ball" Matt Hubbard NBC
Flight of the Conchords "Sally Returns" James Bobin, Jemaine Clement, and Bret McKenzie HBO
The Office "Local Ad" B. J. Novak NBC
"Phyllis's Wedding" Caroline Williams
Pushing Daisies "Pie-lette" Bryan Fuller ABC
2008 30 Rock "Succession" Andrew Guest & John Riggi NBC
30 Rock "Believe in the Stars" Robert Carlock NBC
"Cooter" Tina Fey
My Name Is Earl "Monkeys Take a Bath" Greg Garcia
The Office "Crime Aid" Charlie Grandy
Ugly Betty "Crush'd" Tracy Poust & Jon Kinnally ABC
2009 30 Rock "Apollo, Apollo" Robert Carlock NBC
Modern Family "Pilot" Steven Levitan & Christopher Lloyd ABC
30 Rock "Reunion" Matt Hubbard NBC
Eastbound & Down "Chapter 1" Ben Best, Jody Hill, and Danny McBride HBO
The Office "Broke" Charles Grandy NBC
"Gossip" Paul Lieberstein

2010s[edit]

Year Show Episode Writer(s) Network
2010 30 Rock "When It Rains, It Pours" Robert Carlock NBC
30 Rock "Anna Howard Shaw Day" Matt Hubbard NBC
Modern Family "Earthquake" Paul Corrigan & Brad Walsh ABC
"Starry Night" Danny Zuker
The Office "WUPHF.com" Aaron Shure NBC
The Sarah Silverman Program "NightMayor" Dan Sterling Comedy Central
2011 Modern Family "Caught in the Act" Steven Levitan & Jeffrey Richman ABC
30 Rock "Queen of Jordan" Tracey Wigfield NBC
Modern Family "Mother's Day" Dan O'Shannon & Ilana Wernick ABC
The Office "Goodbye, Michael" (Part II) Greg Daniels NBC
"PDA" Robert Padnick
Weeds "Object Impermanence" Stephen Falk Showtime
2012 Modern Family "Virgin Territory" Elaine Ko ABC
30 Rock "Leap Day" Luke Del Tredici NBC
Episodes "Episode Nine" David Crane & Jeffrey Klarik Showtime
Modern Family "Little Bo Bleep" Cindy Chupack ABC
"Mistery Date" Jeffrey Richman
Parks and Recreation "The Debate" Amy Poehler NBC
2013 30 Rock "Hogcock!" Jack Burditt & Robert Carlock NBC
Modern Family "Career Day" Paul Corrigan & Brad Walsh ABC
"Farm Strong" Elaine Ko
Orange Is the New Black "I Wasn't Ready" Liz Friedman & Jenji Kohan Netflix
"Lesbian Request Denied" Sian Heder
Parks and Recreation "Leslie and Ben" Michael Schur & Alan Yang NBC

Total awards[edit]

  • NBC – 24
  • CBS – 20
  • ABC – 11
  • Fox – 2
  • Showtime – 2

Programs with multiple awards[edit]

7 awards
  • M*A*S*H (CBS)
6 awards
  • Frasier (NBC)
4 awards
  • 30 Rock (NBC)
  • Seinfeld (NBC)
3 awards
  • Cheers (NBC)[fn 1]
  • The Dick Van Dyke Show (CBS)
  • Modern Family (ABC)
2 awards
  • Barney Miller (ABC)
  • Murphy Brown (CBS)
  • The Office (NBC)
  • The Wonder Years (ABC)

Programs with multiple nominations[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Cheers double win in 1983 is counted as only one win.