List of The Simpsons writers

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Part of the writing staff of The Simpsons in 1992. Back row, left to right: Mike Mendel, Colin ABV Lewis (partial), Jeff Goldstein, Al Jean (partial), Conan O'Brien, Bill Oakley, Josh Weinstein, Mike Reiss, Ken Tsumara, George Meyer, John Swartzwelder, Jon Vitti (partial), CJ Gibson and David M. Stern. Front row, left to right: Dee Capelli, Lona Williams and Unknown.

The following is a list of writers who have worked on the Fox animated television series The Simpsons in the order of first credited episode (by broadcast). As of May 20, 2018, 130 people have been credited with writing or co-writing at least one episode of The Simpsons.

List of writers[edit]

Although series developer James L. Brooks has never been credited with writing an episode of the television series, he did co-write The Simpsons Movie and the theatrical short The Longest Daycare.
# Writer Number written Duration Seasons Notes
1 Mimi Pond
1
1989 1
2 Jon Vitti
25
1990–95, 2002, 2004 1–7, 13, 15–16 Also co-wrote the screenplay for The Simpsons Movie
3 Jay Kogen & Wallace Wolodarsky
10
1990–93 1–4
4 Al Jean
21
1990–92, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2014–15, 2017–18 1–4, 6, 8–12, 26, 29 Includes ten episodes co-written with Mike Reiss, one with David Mirkin and one with Joel H. Cohen & John Frink (story only)
Also co-wrote the screenplay for The Simpsons Movie and The Longest Daycare
5 Mike Reiss
10
1990–92, 1995, 1997 1–4, 6, 8 All episodes co-written with Al Jean
Also co-wrote the screenplay for The Simpsons Movie
6 John Swartzwelder
59
1990–2003 1–15 Also co-wrote the screenplay for The Simpsons Movie
7 Sam Simon
6
1990–92 1–4 Died 2015.
8 Matt Groening
4
1990, 1992, 1996 1, 3, 7 Also wrote all The Simpsons shorts and co-wrote the screenplay for The Simpsons Movie and The Longest Daycare
9 George Meyer
12
1990–93, 1999–2001 1–5, 10–11, 13 Also co-wrote the screenplay for The Simpsons Movie
10 David M. Stern
9
1990–93, 1999, 2017 2–4, 10, 28
11 Ken Levine & David Isaacs
2
1990–91 2–3
12 Jeff Martin
12
1990–93, 2016–17 2–5, 27–28
13 Nell Scovell
1
1991 2
14 Steve Pepoon
1
1991 2
15 Brian K. Roberts
1
1991 2
16 Howard Gewirtz
1
1991 3
17 Robert Cohen
1
1991 3
18 Thomas Chastain
1
1992 3 Story only
19 Bill Oakley & Josh Weinstein
12
1992–95 4–7
20 Conan O'Brien
4
1992–93 4–5
21 Gary Apple & Michael Carrington
1
1992 4
22 Frank Mula
3
1993, 2000 4–5, 11
22 Adam I. Lapidus
1
1993 4
23 Greg Daniels
8
1993–96 5–7 Includes two co-written with Dan McGrath
24 Dan McGrath
4
1993–94 5–6 Includes two co-written with Greg Daniels
25 Bill Canterbury
2
1993 5
26 David Mirkin
2
1994, 2015 5, 26 Includes one co-written with Al Jean
Also co-wrote the screenplay for The Simpsons Movie and The Longest Daycare
27 David Richardson
1
1994 5
28 Jace Richdale
1
1994 5
29 Mike Scully
12
1994–97, 1999–2002 6–14 Also co-wrote the screenplay for The Simpsons Movie
30 Bob Kushell
2
1994, 1996 6–7
31 David S. Cohen
13
1994–98 6–10
32 Jonathan Collier
6
1994–97 6–9
33 David Sacks
1
1994 6
34 Jennifer Crittenden
5
1995–97 6–8
35 Brent Forrester
4
1995–96 6–7
36 Ken Keeler
7
1995–97 6–9
37 Joshua Sternin & Jeffrey Ventimilia
2
1995, 1998 6, 9
38 Steve Tompkins
4
1995–97 7–9
39 Dan Greaney
18
1995–2000, 2003–05, 2010, 2014–15, 2017 7–11, 14–15, 17, 21, 25, 27–28 Includes four co-written with Allen Glazier, one with Donick Cary and one with Matt Selman. The hour-long episode "The Great Phatsby" is counted as two episodes.
40 Richard Appel
7
1995–98 7–10
41 Spike Feresten
1
1995 7
42 Jack Barth
1
1996 7
43 Rachel Pulido
2
1996–97 7–8
44 Ian Maxtone-Graham
22
1996–2014 8–18, 20–25 Includes eight co-written with Billy Kimball
Also co-wrote the screenplay for The Simpsons Movie
45 Steve Young
1
1996 8
46 Reid Harrison
2
1997, 2008 8, 19
47 Ron Hauge
7
1997–2000 8–11
48 Donick Cary
7
1997–2000 8–11 Includes one co-written with Dan Greaney
49 Ned Goldreyer
2
1997–98 9
50 Steve O'Donnell
2
1998 9
51 Larry Doyle
7
1998–2001 9–12
52 Brian Scully
3
1998–99 9–10
53 Matt Selman
27
1998–2009, 2011–17 9–14, 16–19, 21–24, 26, 28 Includes one episode co-written with Dan Greaney
Also co-wrote the screenplay for The Simpsons Movie
54 Jane O'Brien
1
1998 10
55 Tom Martin
3
1999, 2001 10–12
56 Tim Long
28
1999–2015, 2017–18 10–14, 16–18, 20–26, 29 Includes two episodes co-written with Miranda Thompson
Credited as a consultant writer on The Simpsons Movie
57 Julie Thacker
3
1999–2001 10–12
58 Carolyn Omine
20
2000–12, 2014–17 11–16, 18–19, 21–28 Includes three co-written with William Wright
59 Dan Castellaneta & Deb Lacusta
8
2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2010–11, 2016 11, 13, 15, 17, 22–23, 28 Includes one co-written with Peter Tilden
60 Rob LaZebnik
14
2000, 2009–18 12, 20–29
61 John Frink
30
2000–05, 2007–18 12–15, 17–27, 29 Includes nine co-written with Don Payne and one with Joel H. Cohen
Credited as a consultant writer on The Simpsons Movie
62 Don Payne
18
2000–10, 2013 12–21, 25 Includes nine co-written with John Frink and two with Mitchell H. Glazer. Died 2013.
63 Bob Bendetson
2
2001–02 12–13
64 Joel H. Cohen
27
2001–18 13–20, 22, 24–29 Includes one co-written with John Frink
Credited as a consultant writer on The Simpsons Movie and co-writer on The Longest Daycare
65 Dana Gould
7
2001–03, 2005–07 13–17, 19
66 Bill Freiberger
1
2001 13
67 Andrew Kreisberg
2
2002–03 13–14
68 Matt Warburton
11
2002–08, 2010–12 13–16, 18–23
69 Marc Wilmore
12
2002–03, 2005–09, 2012–13, 2015 14, 16–17, 19–20, 23, 25–26
70 Brian Kelley
14
2002–04, 2009–18 14–15, 20–22, 24–27, 29 Includes one co-written with David Mandel and one with David Silverman
71 Kevin Curran
12
2002–10, 2014, 2018 14–18, 20–22, 25, 29 Died 2016.
72 Brian Pollack & Mert Rich
1
2002 14
73 Dennis Snee
1
2002 14
74 Neil Boushell & Sam O'Neal
1
2003 14
75 Allen Glazier
4
2003–04, 2010, 2014 14–15, 21, 25 All co-written with Dan Greaney
76 J. Stewart Burns
20
2003–07, 2009, 2011–18 14–20, 23–29
77 Michael Price
21
2003, 2005–10, 2012–18 15–29 Credited as a consultant writer on The Simpsons Movie and co-writer on The Longest Daycare
78 Robin J. Stein
1
2004 15
79 Julie Chambers & David Chambers
1
2004 15
80 Bill Odenkirk
14
2004–08, 2010–14, 2016–18 16, 18–22, 24, 26–29
81 Jeff Westbrook
16
2005–06, 2008–09, 2011–18 16–23, 25–26, 28–29
82 Patric Verrone
1
2005 17
83 Daniel Chun
6
2005–09 17–19, 21
84 Stephanie Gillis
10
2005, 2007–2015 17, 19–27
85 Peter Gaffney
2
2006, 2011 18, 22 Includes one co-written with Steve Viksten
86 Billy Kimball
9
2007–14 18–25 All but one co-written with Ian Maxtone-Graham
87 Mick Kelly
1
2007 19
88 William Wright
3
2008, 2010, 2014 19, 21, 26 All co-written with Carolyn Omine
89 Matt Marshall
1
2009 20
90 Valentina L. Garza
4
2009–10, 2013–14 20, 22, 24, 26
91 Brendan Hay
1
2009 20
92 Evan Goldberg & Seth Rogen
1
2009 21
93 Mitchell H. Glazer
2
2010, 2013 21, 25 Both co-written with Don Payne
94 Michael Nobori
2
2010, 2013 21, 25
95 Chris Cluess
1
2010 22
96 Dick Blasucci
1
2011 22
97 Steve Viksten
1
2011 22 Co-written with Peter Gaffney. Died 2014.
98 Justin Hurwitz
1
2011 23
99 Dan Vebber
3
2011, 2016, 2018 23, 27, 29
100 Ben Joseph
1
2012 23
101 David Mandel
1
2012 24 Co-written with Brian Kelley
102 Tom Gammill & Max Pross
5
2013, 2016–18 24, 28–29
103 Brian McConnachie
1
2013 24
104 Eric Kaplan
1
2013 24
105 David H. Steinberg
1
2014 25
106 Judd Apatow
1
2015 26
107 Neil Campbell
1
2015 26
108 Michael Ferris
1
2015 27
109 Eric Horsted
1
2016 27
110 Dave King
1
2016 28
111 Harry Shearer
1
2016 28
112 Peter Tilden
1
2016 28 Co-written with Dan Castellaneta & Deb Lacusta
113 Ryan Koh
2
2016–17 28–29
114 Ron Zimmerman
1
2017 28
115 Simon Rich
1
2017 28
116 Miranda Thompson
2
2017–18 29 Both co-written with Tim Long
117 Daniel Furlong & Zach Posner
1
2018 29
118 David Silverman
1
2018 29 Co-written with Brian Kelley
The only person ever to both write and direct for the show

Timeline of producers and show runners[edit]

Max ProssTom GammillMax ProssTom GammillMike ScullyConan O'BrienMike ScullyDavid MirkinJosh WeinsteinBill OakleyDavid MirkinDavid Silverman (animator)Mike ReissAl JeanDavid Silverman (animator)Mike ReissAl JeanRichard SakaiSam SimonJames L. BrooksMatt Groening

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