101 Best Written TV Series

Aired: ABC, 2004-2010

A pastiche of genres sci-fi, James Bond movies, action, adventure, and thriller co-mingled to intoxicating effect on Lost. Creators Jeffrey Lieber and J.J. Abrams & Damon Lindelof, working with veteran showrunner Carlton Cuse, pushed the idea of how much narrative ground you could cover in television, creating two dual tracks of storytelling the action and mystery of his characters' present limbo state on a tropical island versus the more grounding reveal of their pasts, done via flashback. This ingenuous structure worked both as drama and metaphor. The emotional and psychological mapping of the characters conversed with the show's more elusive map the one that would get the castaways off the island.

Carlton Cuse on why, when it comes to showrunning, collaboration is key

Credited Writers

J.J. Abrams
Carlton Cuse
Leonard Dick
Paul Dini
Brent Fletcher
David Fury
Jim Galasso
Drew Goddard
Javier Grillo-Marxuach
Adam Horowitz
Jennifer Johnson
Christina M. Kim
Edward Kitsis
Dawn A. Lambertsen-Kelly
Jeffrey Lieber
Damon Lindelof
Lynne E. Litt
Steven Maeda
Greggory Nations
Monica Owusu-Breen
Kyle Pennington
Jeff Pinkner
Matt Ragghianti
Graham Roland
Jordan Rosenberg
Elizabeth Sarnoff
Alison Schapker
Janet Tamaro
Christian Taylor
Melinda Hsu Taylor
Brian K. Vaughan
Craig Wright
Paul Zbyszewski