How many writers are there on a TV show? Well, on a primetime animated TV show, like when I was on King of the Hill, they tend to have a lot of writers, like 20 writers. That’s a very big staff. For other shows, other network shows, most staffs are a little smaller than that. Maybe like 10 or so. And if you move to a streaming platform or a cable network where the orders are shorter, you might do 22. On streaming or cable show, maybe 10 episodes or 12 episodes a year, the writing staff tends to be smaller. Sometimes they have these mini rooms, which are even smaller. The average show might have, let’s say they’re eight writers, maybe? I’ve worked in writing rooms as small as four writers. When my partner and I were running Maron, there was a really low budget. We only had four writers. So if you want to be included in this group, you have to up your game, you have to bring your “a” game. You have to understand story structure and you have to have good, good writing samples, not okay. How to do that? You can follow me here and on Instagram. Like, comment, and subscribe to @MichaelJaminwriter.
For the past 26 years, Michael Jamin has been a professional television writer/showrunner. His credits include King of the Hill, Beavis & Butthead, Wilfred, Maron, Just Shoot Me, Rules of Engagement, Brickleberry, Tacoma FD and many more.