When it comes to the depiction of professions on TV, there’s no shortage of doctors, lawyers, and police officers. With so many shows to choose from, there’s a good chance you’re going to find at least some semblance of an accurate representation of the field. But what about writers?
In reality, a job that requires a person to sit at their computer for hours on end doesn’t make for very exciting TV. Watching someone eat cereal for breakfast, lunch and dinner likely won’t win you an Emmy, which is why fictional writers on TV are often given more exciting surroundings. But sometimes the surroundings are more fiction than fact.
We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite writers on TV and included the most unrealistic aspect of their life as a writer. We would love to be able to afford Carrie Bradshaw’s New York apartment, but in reality we could barely afford a pair of her shoes.
Writer: Hank Moody
Biggest Professional Moment: Best-selling author of God Hates Us All
Most Unrealistic Feature: At some point you would think that Hank Moody’s life as a substance abusing, sex crazed writer would result in his demise. Instead, it just looks really fun all the time. All seven seasons of Californication are available now on CraveTV.
YOU’RE THE WORST
Writer: Jimmy Shive-Overly
Biggest Professional Moment: Publishing his first book Congratulations, You’re Dying
Most Unrealistic Feature: Maybe writing one book can get you a house in the Hollywood Hills, but usually there is a movie deal attached to it and much more success than what Jimmy has enjoyed.
Writer: Hannah Horvath
Biggest Professional Moment: Being admitted to the Iowa Writers Workshop
Most Unrealistic Feature: When the HBO series aired its finale this past spring, Hannah had accepted a job as a college writing professor. This came after she did not finish her grad school program and had only limited success writing for magazines. We’re pretty sure it takes a lot more than that to be offered tenure.
SEX AND THE CITY
Writer: Carrie Bradshaw
Biggest Professional Moment: Writing a best-selling book
Most Unrealistic Feature: Where do we begin? One of the most defining characteristics of the character of Carrie Bradshaw is how outlandish her living arrangements were in comparison to what she would make for writing a weekly sex column. Oh, and four dollars a word from Vogue? That’s more laughable then finding Manolos for under $100.
Writer: Sean and Beverly Lincoln
Biggest Professional Moment: Adapting their show from the UK to the US
Most Unrealistic Feature: Most people, including those from the often-rainy UK, would be very happy to relocate to sunny California and receive a big cheque every week, even if it meant your great show was turned into a shell of a series. There’s a lot people can handle with a daily dose of Vitamin D. All four seasons of Episodes are available now on CraveTV.
Writer: Liz Lemon
Biggest Professional Moment: Becoming a showrunner on her own series.
Most Unrealistic Feature: Many can relate to Liz Lemon’s leadership role requiring her to be the first one in the office and the last one done at night. But in what world is Liz Lemon/Tina Fey not stunning? How was Lemon not on the cover of Rolling Stone and pulling in her own Shonda Rhimes-type accolades? There are few female showrunners, both fictional and IRL, so let’s praise the ladies leading the way.
Writer: Rory Gilmore
Biggest Professional Moment: Becoming the Editor of the Yale Daily News
Most Unrealistic Feature: There are many writers who have amassed huge success without a formal education, but somehow Rory Gilmore was under the delusion that skipping Grad School and spending her summers vacationing in Europe with her grandmother instead of slugging it out as an intern would guarantee her a job post-graduation. Paris has notes and it’s that this story is fake news.
Writer: Noah Solloway
Biggest Professional Moment: Becoming a best selling novelist with his second book Descent
Most Unrealistic Feature: After being suspended from his teaching job for having sex with another teacher on his desk, Noah is sent to the equivalent of teacher detention, where he writes his third novel. He may be the only person in the history of the world to do something productive in detention. All three seasons of The Affair are available now on CraveTV.
Writer: Dan Humphreys
Biggest Professional Moment: Selling his book Inside and getting a movie deal
Most Unrealistic Feature: In the series finale, Dan comes clean as the writer behind the famous site Gossip Girl. We’re not sure which is more unrealistic. The fact that Dan wrote a scathing book about his friends and wasn’t assumed to be Gossip Girl then, or that he was somehow posting about events while physically in the middle of them with no phone or laptop in sight.