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The Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series is awarded to one television episode each year at the Primetime Emmy Awards. Often regarded as the highest honor that can be bestowed upon an individual episode of television, the nominees and winners often reflect outstanding achievement in character, emotion, and storytelling.

In the following list, the first titles listed in blue background are the winners; those not in blue are nominees, which are listed in alphabetical order. The years given are those in which the ceremonies took place.

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Award winners and nominations

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1980s

Year Show Episode Writer(s) Network
1980 Lou Grant "Cop" Seth Freeman CBS
Lou Grant "Brushfire" Allan Burns, Gene Reynolds CBS
"Lou" Michele Gallery
Skag "Pilot" Abby Mann NBC
Tenspeed and Brown Shoe "Pilot" Stephen J. Cannell ABC
1981 Hill Street Blues "Hill Street Station" Steven Bochco, Michael Kozoll NBC
American Dream "Pilot" Ronald M. Cohen, Barbara Corday, Ken Hecht ABC
Hill Street Blues "Jungle Madness" Steven Bochco, Michael Kozoll, Anthony Yerkovich NBC
Lou Grant "Rape" Seth Freeman CBS
"Strike" April Smith
1982 Hill Street Blues "Freedom's Last Stand" Steven Bochco, Michael Kozoll, Jeff Lewis, Michael I. Wagner, Anthony Yerkovich NBC
Hill Street Blues "Personal Foul" Steven Bochco, Jeff Lewis, Michael I. Wagner, Anthony Yerkovich NBC
"The Second Oldest Profession" Steven Bochco, Robert Crais, Michael Kozoll, Anthony Yerkovich
"The World According to Freedom" Michael I. Wagner
Lou Grant "Blacklist" Seth Freeman CBS
1983 Hill Street Blues "Trial by Fury" David Milch NBC
Hill Street Blues "Eugene's Comedy Empire Strikes Back" Steven Bochco, Karen Hall, Jeff Lewis, David Milch, Anthony Yerkovich NBC
"A Hair of the Dog" Steven Bochco, Jeff Lewis, Anthony Yerkovich
"No Body's Perfect" Steven Bochco, Jeff Lewis, David Milch, Michael I. Wagner, Anthony Yerkovich
"Officer of the Year" Karen Hall
1984 St. Elsewhere "The Women" Tom Fontana, John Masius, John Ford Noonan NBC
Hill Street Blues "Doris in Wonderland" Steven Bochco, Jeff Lewis, David Milch, Peter Silverman NBC
"Grace Under Pressure" Steven Bochco, Mark Frost, Karen Hall, Jeff Lewis, David Milch, Michael I. Wagner
St. Elsewhere "All About Eve" Tom Fontana, John Masius
"Newhart" Tom Fontana, John Masius, Emilie R. Small, Garn Stephens
"Qui Transulit Sustinet" Tom Fontana, John Masius, John Tinker, Mark Tinker
1985 Cagney & Lacey "Who Said It's Fair, Part 2" Patricia Green CBS
Cagney & Lacey "Child Witness" Deborah Arakelian CBS
Hill Street Blues "The Rise and Fall of Paul the Wall" Jacob Epstein, Michael I. Wagner NBC
Miami Vice "Pilot" Anthony Yerkovich
St. Elsewhere "Murder, She Rote" Steve Bello, Tom Fontana, John Masius
"Sweet Dreams" Tom Fontana, John Masius
1986 St. Elsewhere "Time Heal, Parts I & II" Tom Fontana, John Masius, John Tinker NBC
Hill Street Blues "What Are Friends For?" Dick Wolf NBC
Moonlighting "The Dream Sequence Always Rings Twice" Debra Frank, Carl Sautter ABC
"Twas the Episode Before Christmas" Glenn Gordon Caron
St. Elsewhere "Haunted" Charles H. Eglee, Tom Fontana, Channing Gibson, John Masius, John Tinker NBC
1987 L.A. Law "The Venus Butterfly" Steven Bochco, Terry Louise Fisher NBC
Cagney & Lacey "Turn, Turn, Turn, Part 1" Georgia Jeffries CBS
Hill Street Blues "It Ain't Over Till It's Over" Jeff Lewis, David Milch, John Romano NBC
L.A. Law "Sidney the Dead-Nosed Reindeer" William M. Finkelstein
Moonlighting "I Am Curious... Maddie" Glenn Gordon Caron, Roger Director, Charles H. Eglee, Karen Hall, Ron Osborn, Jeff Reno ABC
"Atomic Shakespeare" Ron Osborn, Jeff Reno
St. Elsewhere "Afterlife" Tom Fontana, John Masius, John Tinker NBC
1988 thirtysomething "Business as Usual" Paul Haggis, Marshall Herskovitz ABC
Beauty and the Beast "Pilot" Ron Koslow CBS
China Beach "Pilot" John Sacret Young ABC
L.A. Law "Beauty and Obese" Terry Louise Fisher, David E. Kelley NBC
"Full Martial Jacket" Steven Bochco, Terry Louise Fisher, David E. Kelley
St. Elsewhere "The Last One" Tom Fontana, Channing Gibson, Bruce Paltrow, John Tinker, Mark Tinker
1989 thirtysomething "First Day/Last Day" Joseph Dougherty ABC
L.A. Law "His Suit Is Hirsute" Steven Bochco, David E. Kelley, William M. Finkelstein, Michele Gallery NBC
"I'm in the Nude for Love" David E. Kelley
"Urine Trouble Now" David E. Kelley, William M. Finkelstein, Michele Gallery, Judith Parker
thirtysomething "The Mike Van Dyke Show" Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick ABC

1990s

Year Show Episode Writer(s) Network
1990 L.A. Law "Blood, Sweat & Fears" David E. Kelley NBC
L.A. Law "Bang...Zoom...Zap" William M. Finkelstein, David E. Kelley NBC
thirtysomething "The Go-Between Joseph Dougherty ABC
Twin Peaks "Pilot" Mark Frost, David Lynch
"Rest in Pain" Harley Peyton
1991 L.A. Law "On the Toad Again" David E. Kelley NBC
L.A. Law "Lie Harder" Judith Feldman, Sarah Woodside Gallagher NBC
"Mutinies on the Banzai" Alan Brennert, Patricia Green, David E. Kelley
Northern Exposure "Pilot" Joshua Brand, John Falsey CBS
thirtysomething "Second Look" Ann Lewis Hamilton ABC
1992 Northern Exposure "Seoul Mates" Diane Frolov, Andrew Schneider CBS
China Beach "Hello-Goodbye" Carol Flint, John Sacret Young, John Wells, Lydia Woodward ABC
I'll Fly Away "Master Magician" David Chase NBC
Northern Exposure "Burning Down the House" Robin Green CBS
"Democracy in America" Jeff Melvoin
1993 Homicide: Life on the Street "Three Men and Adena" Tom Fontana NBC
Homefront "The Lacemakeres" Bernard Lechowick ABC
Law & Order "Manhood" Walon Green, Robert Nathan NBC
Northern Exposure "Kaddish for Uncle Manny" Jeff Melvoin CBS
"Midnight Sun" Geoffrey Neigher
1994 NYPD Blue "Steroid Roy" Ann Biderman ABC
NYPD Blue "NYPD Lou" Ted Mann ABC
"Personal Foul" Burton Armus, David Milch
"Pilot" Steven Bochco, David Milch
"Tempest in a C-Cup" Gardner Stern
1995 ER "Love's Labor Lost" Lance A. Gentile NBC
ER "Pilot" Michael Crichton NBC
My So-Called Life "Pilot" Winnie Holzman ABC
NYPD Blue "Simone Says" Steven Bochco, Walon Green, David Milch ABC
The X-Files "Duane Barry" Chris Carter Fox
1996 The X-Files "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose" Darin Morgan FOX
ER "The Healers" John Wells NBC
"Hell and High Water" Neal Baer
Murder One "Chapter One" Steven Bochco, Charles H. Eglee, Channing Gibson, David Milch ABC
NYPD Blue "The Backboard Jungle" David Mills, William L. Morris
1997 NYPD Blue "Where's Swaldo?" Stephen Gaghan, David Milch, Michael R. Perry ABC
ER "Faith" John Wells NBC
"Whose Appy Now?" Neal Baer
NYPD Blue "Taillight's Last Gleaming" David Mills ABC
The X-Files "Memento Mori" Chris Carter, Vince Gilligan, John Shiban, Frank Spotnitz FOX
1998 NYPD Blue "Lost Israel, Part II" Bill Clark, David Milch, Nicholas Wootton ABC
Homicide: Life On The Street "Subway" James Yoshimura NBC
NYPD Blue "Lost Israel, Part I" Bill Clark, Ted Mann, David Milch ABC
The Practice "Betrayal" David E. Kelley ABC
The X-Files "The Post-Modern Prometheus" Chris Carter FOX
1999 The Sopranos "College" David Chase, James Manos, Jr. HBO
NYPD Blue "Hearts and Souls" Steven Bochco, Bill Clark, David Milch, Nicholas Wootton ABC
The Sopranos "Isabella" Mitchell Burgess, Robin Green HBO
"Nobody Knows Anything" Frank Renzulli
"Pilot" David Chase

2000s

Year Show Episode Writer(s) Network
2000 The West Wing "In Excelsis Deo" Rick Cleveland, Aaron Sorkin NBC
Buffy the Vampire Slayer "Hush" Joss Whedon WB
The Sopranos "Funhouse" David Chase, Todd A. Kessler HBO
"The Knight in White Satin Armor" Mitchell Burgess, Robin Green
The West Wing "Pilot" Aaron Sorkin NBC
2001 The Sopranos "Employee Of The Month" Mitchell Burgess, Robin Green HBO
The Sopranos "Amour Fou" David Chase, Frank Renzulli HBO
"Pine Barrens" Tim Patten, Terence Winter
"Second Opinion" Lawrence Konner
The West Wing "In The Shadow Of Two Gunmen Part I & Part II" Aaron Sorkin NBC
2002 24 "Midnight – 1:00 A.M." Robert Cochran, Joel Surnow Fox
Alias "Truth Be Told" J.J. Abrams ABC
ER "On The Beach" John Wells NBC
The Shield "Pilot" Shawn Ryan FX
The West Wing "Posse Comitatus" Aaron Sorkin NBC
2003 The Sopranos "Whitecaps" Mitchell Burgess, David Chase, Robin Green HBO
Six Feet Under "Twilight" Craig Wright HBO
The Sopranos "Eloise" Terence Winter
"Whoever Did This" Mitchell Burgess, Robin Green
The West Wing "Twenty Five" Aaron Sorkin NBC
2004 The Sopranos "Long Term Parking" Terence Winter HBO
Deadwood "Pilot" David Milch HBO
The Sopranos "Irregular Around the Margins" Mitchell Burgess, Robin Green
"Unidentified Black Males" Matthew Weiner, Terence Winter
"Where's Johnny?" Michael Caleo
2005 House "Three Stories" David Shore FOX
Lost "Pilot Parts I & II" J.J. Abrams, Jeffrey Lieber, Damon Lindelof ABC
"Walkabout" David Fury
Rescue Me "Pilot" Denis Leary, Peter Tolan FX
The Wire "Middle Ground" George Pelecanos, David Simon HBO
2006 The Sopranos "Members Only" Terence Winter HBO
Grey's Anatomy "Into You Like A Train" Krista Vernoff ABC
"It's The End Of The World (As We Know It), Parts I & II" Shonda Rhimes
Lost "The 23rd Psalm" Carlton Cuse, Damon Lindelof
Six Feet Under "Everyone's Waiting" Alan Ball HBO
2007 The Sopranos "Made In America" David Chase HBO
Battlestar Galactica "Occupation" / "Precipice" Ronald D. Moore SciFi
Lost "Through The Looking Glass" Carlton Cuse, Damon Lindelof ABC
The Sopranos: "Kennedy and Heidi" Matthew Weiner, David Chase HBO
"The Second Coming" Terence Winter
2008 Mad Men "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" Matthew Weiner AMC
Battlestar Galactica "Six of One" Michael Angeli SciFi
Damages "Get Me a Lawyer" Todd A. Kessler, Glenn Kessler, Daniel Zelman FX
Mad Men "The Wheel" Matthew Weiner, Robin Veith AMC
The Wire "-30-" David Simon, Ed Burns HBO
2009 Mad Men "Meditations in an Emergency" Kater Gordon, Matthew Weiner AMC
Lost "The Incident" Carlton Cuse, Damon Lindelof ABC
Mad Men "A Night to Remember" Robin Veith, Matthew Weiner AMC
"Six Month Leave" Andre Jacquemetton, Maria Jacquemetton, Matthew Weiner
"The Jet Set" Matthew Weiner

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