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Hey guys, I don't think this is a real word. It's stupid why can't people just say television play?? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:11, 8 April 2011 (UTC)


I just rewrote the article. There are two definitions of "teleplay".

  • a story prepared for television production [1]
  • A play written or adapted for television. [2]

The previous incarnation of othe page (the redirect to "screenplay) only took the first defintion into account. samwaltz 12:12, 8 July 2007 (UTC)

List of teleplays[edit]

I suspect that there were quite a number of teleplays in the years between when live television was first broadcast, and it started being recorded. In any case, this page needs a list of teleplays; unfortunately, IMDB does not list teleplay as a film category. Argh. Eventually, it would be nice to create a category "teleplay", too. samwaltz 12:47, 8 July 2007 (UTC)

I've added the Mike Leigh example, as it's the first one that comes to mind. I'm sure there are many others too, but they escape me right now. I'll come and add them as and when they make themselves known to me. DionysosProteus 14:32, 16 August 2007 (UTC)


Questions that still need to be answered include:

  • Can there be a live studio audience?
    • I've never seen one in a teleplay, and doubt it, but can't categorically rule it out.
  • Must the show be done in one single take?

Obviously, add any questions/answers as they come. samwaltz 12:21, 13 July 2007 (UTC)

I don't think that the single-take requirement constitutes a requirement for the term. DionysosProteus 14:31, 16 August 2007 (UTC)


I'm certain that the term "teleplay" was created in the 1940s to distinguish it from "screenplay". Notice this article about Chayefsky, who wrote both teleplays and screenplays. In this article, "screenplay" refers to movies, and the article uses "play," "television play," "teleplay" and "television script" to distinguish from "screenplay." Here's hoping this article can be clarified with a consensus before it rewrites history (as has happened elsewhere on Wikipedia). Pepso2 (talk) 23:01, 30 September 2008 (UTC)

Deletion of "Reality television"[edit]

I have removed the section "Reality television" from the article. In the first place, it is word-for-word identical to the last paragraph here. But the real reason I believe it should be deleted is that it doesn't have anything to do with teleplays. A play (including a teleplay) has actors or performers playing characters different than themselves, either alive, dead or imaginary, with or without scripts. (Acting without scripts is generally called improvisation.) Reality television has performers playing themselves, with or without scripts. So far as I know, Hulk Hogan has never appeared in a teleplay as a performer playing a character. (He has played characters both in films and in series and reality TV but this is an article about teleplays.) --RoyGoldsmith (talk) 21:14, 6 June 2012 (UTC)

I agree. Pepso2 (talk) 00:43, 7 June 2012 (UTC)