Sure, you can take every writing class, seminar, and workshop in the world to improve your writing skills. But there’s still no better way to learn what makes a great pilot than to experience it for yourself. Click the links below to read the top 6 in-demand TV comedy pilot scripts and see what blazing hot material really reads like.
1) 30 Rock
“It has been said that to write is to live forever. The man who said that is dead.” – Tina Fey
Read the full script here.
2) The Good Place
“For storytelling purposes, there has to be conflict, but that doesn't mean the people have to be mean. I've never liked mean-spirited comedy.” – Michael Schur
Grab a helping of your favorite frozen yogurt and tuck into The Good Place pilot script here.
“Don't be so hard on yourself, don't put pressure on yourself, life is just a chain of experiments and results, and you'll be perfect when you're dead.” – Dan Harmon.
Register for class here.
4) Modern Family
“I see a lot of pilots, and what people do is create characters that work for that initial episode, but once that story’s over they don’t know what to do because they haven’t clear conflicts or relationships. It took us about six weeks to figure out who everyone was, before we even looked at plot.” – Steve Levitan, Co-Creator
Meet the family here.
5) New Girl
“Every day, I learn something new. I think one of the most exciting things for a writer is to work on a TV show. It's like a novel. You have a really long time to develop and learn about the characters, and you can just really keep digging in deeper, every week.” – Elizabeth Meriwether
Download her hilarity here.
6) The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
“Every pilot I've ever written, I've fallen deeply and madly in love with. It's the only way I work.”– Amy Sherman-Palladino
See Midge in action here.
What are your favorite inspirational scripts? Tweet me @CaroleKirsch. I’d love to hear from you!