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Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

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  • Summary: Jim Rash talks with the creative teams behind Breaking Bad, Parks & Recreation, Dexter, New Girl, Game of Thrones, and American Horror Stories.
  • Genre(s): Talk & Interview
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Jul 29, 2013
    80
    As produced it is more like a trip to the zoo, with the scribes imported into a set that suggests a writers' room (white board, bulletin board, index cards, big table, coffee) as a lion cage might simulate the veld. Even so, it feels like a glimpse of the real thing. Rash makes an excellent host-moderator.
  2. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Jul 25, 2013
    75
    Because Rash speaks the same lingo as his subjects, The Writers' Room has the potential to provide real insight into the process of making great TV.
  3. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    Jul 29, 2013
    75
    The Writers' Room winds up more anecdotal than explanatory. Heavily edited/compressed, it makes for a breezy half-hour if not necessarily revelatory disclosure, at least in the three episodes sent for review.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jul 25, 2013
    70
    The no-frills approach--people sitting around a table BS-ing--relies heavily on the wit of those participating, but in terms of celebrating TV’s best and brightest, it’s still an interesting exercise of navel-gazing about the creative process.
  5. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jul 29, 2013
    70
    There's a casual, informal, willing-to-take-chances tone to The Writers' Room, which works most of the time but in the second episode, devoted to NBC's "Parks & Recreation", the show suffers from too many people trying to be funny.
  6. Reviewed by: Geoff Berkshire
    Jul 30, 2013
    70
    Each episode is essentially a glorified DVD box set extra, but fun and informative enough to appeal to anyone interested in the increasingly respected field of TV writing.
  7. Reviewed by: Allison Keene
    Jul 29, 2013
    70
    The Writers' Room is a fun look at the mostly unknown faces who have created some of the best shows on TV, though The Writers' Room might not have been wrong to expand the format and really delve deep into the nuances of the creative process of the specifics of certain shows, even at the risk of alienating viewers who weren't intense fans.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jul 31, 2013
    7
    Dean of his trade.
    Jim Rash does a good job at keeping the show tight and knows to ask the right insightful questions but the format isn't
    that entertaining Expand
  2. Aug 10, 2013
    6
    I enjoyed the Breaking Bad episode, but there's a serious problem with the format. You have 7 or 8 guests and a host on a 30 minute program with commercials. Not NEARLY enough time to get into anything of true substance. It felt like everything from the Breaking Bad episode was already discussed in the Entertainment Weekly article about the same program. And when you have guests that have written amazing episodes (like George Mastras who wrote/directed the train robbery episode of BB season 5), I want to hear from them. With just 22 minutes to work with, the host needs to elicit the strongest information from the most important writers. Expand
  3. Aug 19, 2013
    5
    The host is unnecessary. Besides the fact that he is quite annoying, he continues to inject himself and his experience into every conversation. Shoo. More of the writers, less of the host. So much of each show is giggling over small talk, all injected by Jim Rash, the host. Expand