Comedy v. Drama: Declare Your TV Major (PT02)

Comedy v. Drama: Declare Your TV Major (PT02)

On today’s episode of Paper Team, Alex and Nick discuss one of the most important decisions before you can become a fully-fledged TV writer: choosing whether to write for comedy (half-hour) or drama (one-hour).



1 – Defining comedy and drama in television (01:02)
2 – What you are going to be doing as a comedy or drama writer (18:44)
3 – How to figure out if you are more suited for comedy or drama (23:21)
Takeaways and Resources(37:56)


Alan Yang on breaking stories
Jane Espenson on writing comedy and drama for TV


The Simpsons – “Treehouse of Horror V” – Available on DVD
Six Feet Under – “Everyone’s Waiting” (Series Finale) – Available on DVD

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Alex Freedman

I'm Alex Freedman, the writer behind TV Calling.

I started this site in 2008 to chronicle my own journey in television writing.

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