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The Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series is an annual award presented as part of the
Primetime Emmy Award The Primetime Emmy Awards are bestowed by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS), also colloquially known as the Television Academy, is a professional honorary organization dedicated to th ...
s. It recognizes writing excellence in regular comedic series, most of which can generally be described as
situation comedies A sitcom, clipping Clipping may refer to: Words * Clipping (morphology) In linguistics Linguistics is the science, scientific study of language. It encompasses the analysis of every aspect of language, as well as the methods for stud ...
.Though this category is the dominant one in which sitcom writing has been recognized, there were a few years in which sitcom series writers competed directly with writers of variety and music programs. It was first presented in 1955 as Outstanding Written Comedy Material.


Winners and nominations


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2010s


2020s


Total awards by network

* CBS – 22 * NBC – 19 * ABC – 7 * Fox – 5 * FX – 2 * HBO – 2 * Netflix – 2 * Prime Video – 2 * HBO Max — 1 * Pop TV – 1


Individuals with multiple awards

;3 awards *
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Nat Hiken Nathan Hiken (June 23, 1914 – December 7, 1968) was an American radio and television writer, producer, and songwriter who rose to prominence in the 1950s. Early years Hiken was born on June 23, 1914, in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Jewish pare ...
* Coleman Jacoby * Carl Reiner * Arnold Rosen * Tony Webster (screenwriter), Tony Webster * Ed. Weinberger ;2 awards * David Angell * Aziz Ansari * George Balzer * James L. Brooks * Louis C.K. * Stan Daniels * Sam Denoff * Tina Fey * Anne Flett-Giordano * Billy Friedberg * Hal Goldman * Al Gordon (screenwriter), Al Gordon * Mitchell Hurwitz * Michael Leeson * Steven Levitan * Christopher Lloyd (TV producer), Christopher Lloyd * David Lloyd (writer), David Lloyd * Sam Perrin * Bill Persky * Chuck Ranberg * Terry Ryan (screenwriter), Terry Ryan * Leonard B. Stern, Leonard Stern


Individuals with multiple nominations

;9 nominations * David Lloyd (writer), David Lloyd ;7 nominations * George Balzer * Alec Berg * Larry David * Larry Gelbart * Hal Goldman * Al Gordon (screenwriter), Al Gordon * Sam Perrin * Garry Shandling ;6 nominations * Glen and Les Charles, Glen Charles * Glen and Les Charles, Les Charles *
Nat Hiken Nathan Hiken (June 23, 1914 – December 7, 1968) was an American radio and television writer, producer, and songwriter who rose to prominence in the 1950s. Early years Hiken was born on June 23, 1914, in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Jewish pare ...
* Arnie Rosen * Peter Tolan ;5 nominations *
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* Louis C.K. * David Crane (producer), David Crane * David Isaacs (writer), David Isaacs * Coleman Jacoby * Joe Keenan (writer), Joe Keenan * Ken Levine (screenwriter), Ken Levine * Mel Tolkin * Tony Webster ;4 nominations * Alan Alda * Gary Belkin * James L. Brooks * Mel Brooks * Jack Burditt * Robert Carlock * Greg Daniels * Diane English * Tina Fey * Sheldon Keller * Michael Patrick King * Jeffrey Klarik * Michael Leeson * Steven Levitan * Christopher Lloyd (TV producer), Christopher Lloyd * David Panich * Carl Reiner * Bob Schiller * Michael Schur * Jay Tarses * Ed. Weinberger * Bob Weiskopf ;3 nominations * Danny Arnold * Jim Carlson (screenwriter), Jim Carlson * Bob Carroll, Jr. * Peter Casey (screenwriter), Peter Casey * Stan Daniels * Sam Denoff * Jack Douglas (writer), Jack Douglas * Buck Henry * Matt Hubbard * Mitchell Hurwitz * Coslough Johnson * Milt Josefsberg * Norman Lear * David Lee (screenwriter), David Lee * Marc London * David Mandel * Allan Manings * Thomas Meehan (writer), Thomas Meehan * Dave O'Brien (actor), Dave O'Brien * Bill Persky * Madelyn Pugh * Martin Ragaway * John Rappaport * Roswell Rogers * Philip Rosenthal * Terry Ryan (screenwriter), Terry Ryan * Herb Sargent, Herbert Sargent * Paul Simms * Red Skelton * Leonard B. Stern ;2 nominations * David Angell * Aziz Ansari * Simon Blackwell * Linda Bloodworth-Thomason * James Bobin * John Carsey * Tucker Cawley * Ernest Chambers * Larry Charles * Cindy Chupack * Jemaine Clement * Richard Day (writer), Richard Day * Gary Dontzig * Robert Emmett * Maya Erskine * Ken Estin * Gene Farmer * Paul Feig * Anne Flett-Giordano * Donald Glover * Maya Forbes * Gerald Gardner (scriptwriter), Gerald Gardner * Ricky Gervais * Everett Greenbaum * Jeff Greenstein * Alex Gregory * Bill Hader * Chris Hayward * Paul Henning * Don Hinkley * Brendan Hunt * Peter Huyck * Armando Iannucci * Hal Kanter * David E. Kelley * Joe Kelly * Paul Keyes * Ernie Kovacs * Jeremy Lloyd * John Markus * Mike Marmer * Bret McKenzie * Stephen Merchant * Lorne Michaels * Jim Mulligan * Lorenzo Music * Jess Oppenheimer * Tom Patchett * Steven Peterman * Arthur Phillips * Amy Poehler * Earl Pomerantz * Larry Rhine * Stefani Robinson * Tony Roche (writer), Tony Roche * Ray Romano * Julie Rottenberg * Mike Royce * Al Schwartz (writer), Al Schwartz * Sherwood Schwartz * Phil Sharp (screenwriter), Phil Sharp * Tony Sheehan * Amy Sherman-Palladino * Rosie Shuster * Larry Siegel * Ed Simmons * Neil Simon * Stephen Spears * Michael Stewart * Jason Sudeikis * Burt Styler * Saul Turteltaub * Jim Vallely * Jon Vitti * Hugh Wedlock Jr. * Michael J. Weithorn * Hugh Wilson (director), Hugh Wilson * Harry Winkler (writer), Harry Winkler * Elisa Zuritsky * Alan Zweibel


Programs with multiple awards

;5 awards * ''The Mary Tyler Moore Show'' (4 consecutive) ;4 awards * ''The Dick Van Dyke Show'' (3 consecutive) * ''Frasier'' (3 consecutive) ;3 awards * ''All in the Family'' (2 consecutive) * ''The Phil Silvers Show'' (2 consecutive) * ''30 Rock'' (2 consecutive) ;2 awards * ''Arrested Development (TV series), Arrested Development'' (consecutive) * ''Cheers'' (consecutive) * ''The Jack Benny Program'' (consecutive) * ''Louie (U.S. TV series), Louie'' * ''Malcolm in the Middle'' (consecutive) * ''Master of None'' (consecutive) * ''Modern Family'' (consecutive) * ''Murphy Brown'' * ''Seinfeld'' (consecutive) * ''Taxi (TV series), Taxi'' (consecutive)


Programs with multiple nominations

;13 nominations * ''Cheers'' * ''The Larry Sanders Show'' * ''30 Rock'' ;11 nominations * ''Seinfeld'' ;10 nominations * ''M*A*S*H (TV series), M*A*S*H'' ;9 nominations * ''All in the Family'' * ''Frasier'' * ''The Mary Tyler Moore Show'' ;7 nominations * ''Murphy Brown'' * ''The Office (U.S. TV series), The Office'' * ''Sex and the City'' * ''Taxi (TV series), Taxi'' * ''Veep'' ;6 nominations * ''The Dick Van Dyke Show'' * ''Everybody Loves Raymond'' * ''The Jack Benny Program'' * ''Silicon Valley (TV series), Silicon Valley'' * ''The Wonder Years'' ;5 nominations * ''Arrested Development (TV series), Arrested Development'' * ''Louie (U.S. TV series), Louie'' ;4 nominations * ''Atlanta (TV series), Atlanta'' * ''Barney Miller'' * ''The Cosby Show'' * ''Episodes (TV series), Episodes'' ;3 nominations * ''Barry (TV series), Barry'' * ''Buffalo Bill (TV series), Buffalo Bill'' * ''Father Knows Best'' * ''The Golden Girls'' * ''The Phil Silvers Show'' * ''The Red Skelton Show'' * ''What We Do in the Shadows'' ;2 nominations * ''Ally McBeal'' * ''The Associates (U.S. TV series), The Associates'' * ''The Bernie Mac Show'' * ''Caesar's Hour'' * ''Car 54, Where Are You?'' * ''The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd'' * ''Ellen (TV series), Ellen'' * ''Extras (TV series), Extras'' * ''Family Ties'' * ''Flight of the Conchords (TV series), Flight of the Conchords'' * ''Freaks and Geeks'' * ''Friends'' * ''The George Gobel Show'' * ''Get Smart'' * ''The Good Place'' * ''He & She'' * ''I Love Lucy'' * ''It's Garry Shandling's Show'' * ''Malcolm in the Middle'' * ''Master of None'' * ''Modern Family'' * ''Newhart'' * ''Parks and Recreation'' * ''PEN15 * ''Schitt’s Creek'' * ''Russian Doll (TV series), Russian Doll'' * ''Ted Lasso'' * ''That Was the Week That Was''


See also

* Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series * Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series


Notes


References

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