Part of the writing staff of The Simpsons in 1992. Back row, left to right: Mike Mendel, Colin ABV Lewis (partial), Jeff Goldstein, Al Jean (partial), Conan O'Brien, Bill Oakley, Josh Weinstein, Mike Reiss, Ken Tsumara, George Meyer, John Swartzwelder, Jon Vitti (partial), CJ Gibson and David M. Stern. Front row, left to right: Dee Capelli, Lona Williams and Unknown.
Part of the writing staff of The Simpsons in 1992. Back row, left to right: Mike Mendel, Colin ABV Lewis (partial), Jeff Goldstein, Al Jean (partial), Conan O'Brien, Bill Oakley, Josh Weinstein, Mike Reiss, Ken Tsumara, George Meyer, John Swartzwelder, Jon Vitti (partial), CJ Gibson and David M. Stern. Front row, left to right: Dee Capelli, Lona Williams and Unknown.

The following is a list of writers who have worked on the Fox animated television series The Simpsons in the order of first credited episode (by broadcast). As of May 22, 2022, 151 people have been credited with writing or co-writing at least one episode of The Simpsons.

List of writers

Although series developer James L. Brooks has never been credited with writing an episode of the television series, he did co-write The Simpsons Movie and the theatrical shorts The Longest Daycare and Playdate with Destiny.
Although series developer James L. Brooks has never been credited with writing an episode of the television series, he did co-write The Simpsons Movie and the theatrical shorts The Longest Daycare and Playdate with Destiny.
# Writer Number written Duration Seasons Notes
1 Mimi Pond
1
1989 1
2 Jon Vitti
25
1990–95, 2002, 2004 1–7, 13, 15–16 Also co-wrote the screenplay for The Simpsons Movie
3 Jay Kogen & Wallace Wolodarsky
10
1990–93 1–4
4 Al Jean
25
1990–92, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2014–15, 2017–18, 2020–21 1–4, 6, 8–12, 26, 29–33 Includes ten episodes co-written with Mike Reiss, one with David Mirkin, two with Joel H. Cohen & John Frink and one with Cohen & Jeff Westbrook (latter three story only)
Also co-wrote The Simpsons Movie, The Longest Daycare, Playdate with Destiny, The Force Awakens from Its Nap, The Good, the Bart, and the Loki, Balenciaga, Plusaversary and When Billie Met Lisa
5 Mike Reiss
10
1990–92, 1995, 1997 1–4, 6, 8 All episodes co-written with Al Jean
Also co-wrote the screenplay for The Simpsons Movie
6 John Swartzwelder
59
1990–2003 1–15 Also co-wrote the screenplay for The Simpsons Movie
7 Sam Simon
6
1990–92 1–4 Died 2015.
8 Matt Groening
4
1990, 1992, 1996 1, 3, 7 Also wrote all The Simpsons shorts and co-wrote The Simpsons Movie, The Longest Daycare and Playdate with Destiny
9 George Meyer
12
1990–93, 1999–2001 1–5, 10–11, 13 Also co-wrote the screenplay for The Simpsons Movie
10 David M. Stern
9
1990–93, 1999, 2017 2–4, 10, 28
11 Ken Levine & David Isaacs
2
1990–91 2–3
12 Jeff Martin
14
1990–93, 2016–17, 2019, 2021 2–5, 27–28, 30, 32 Includes one co-written with Jenna Martin and one with Samantha Martin
13 Nell Scovell
2
1991, 2020 2, 32
14 Steve Pepoon
1
1991 2
15 Brian K. Roberts
1
1991 2
16 Howard Gewirtz
1
1991 3
17 Robert Cohen
1
1991 3
18 Thomas Chastain
1
1992 3 Story only
19 Bill Oakley & Josh Weinstein
12
1992–95 4–7
20 Conan O'Brien
4
1992–93 4–5
21 Gary Apple & Michael Carrington
1
1992 4
22 Frank Mula
3
1993, 2000 4–5, 11
22 Adam I. Lapidus
1
1993 4
23 Greg Daniels
8
1993–96 5–7 Includes two co-written with Dan McGrath
24 Dan McGrath
4
1993–94 5–6 Includes two co-written with Greg Daniels
25 Bill Canterbury
2
1993 5
26 David Mirkin
2
1994, 2015 5, 26 Includes one co-written with Al Jean
Also co-wrote the screenplays for The Simpsons Movie, The Longest Daycare and the short When Billie Met Lisa
27 David Richardson
1
1994 5
28 Jace Richdale
1
1994 5
29 Mike Scully
12
1994–97, 1999–2002 6–14 Also co-wrote the screenplay for The Simpsons Movie
30 Bob Kushell
2
1994, 1996 6–7
31 David X. Cohen
14
1994–98, 2020 6–10, 32 Credited as David S. Cohen on Seasons 6–10
32 Jonathan Collier
6
1994–97 6–8
33 David Sacks
1
1994 6
34 Jennifer Crittenden
5
1995–97 6–8
35 Brent Forrester
4
1995–96 6–7
36 Ken Keeler
7
1995–97 6–9
37 Joshua Sternin & Jennifer Ventimilia
2
1995, 1998 6, 9
38 Steve Tompkins
4
1995–97 7–8
39 Dan Greaney
19
1995–2000, 2003–05, 2010, 2014–15, 2017, 2020 7–11, 14–15, 17, 21, 25, 27–28, 32 Includes four co-written with Allen Glazier, one with Donick Cary and one with Matt Selman. The hour-long episode "The Great Phatsby" is counted as two episodes.
40 Richard Appel
7
1995–98 7–10
41 Spike Feresten
1
1995 7
42 Jack Barth
1
1996 7
43 Rachel Pulido
2
1996–97 7–8
44 Ian Maxtone-Graham
22
1996–2014 8–18, 20–25 Includes eight co-written with Billy Kimball
Also co-wrote the screenplay for The Simpsons Movie
45 Steve Young
1
1996 8
46 Reid Harrison
2
1997, 2008 8, 19
47 Ron Hauge
7
1997–2000 8–11
48 Donick Cary
7
1997–2000 8–11 Includes one co-written with Dan Greaney
49 Ned Goldreyer
2
1997–98 9
50 Steve O'Donnell
2
1998 9
51 Larry Doyle
7
1998–2001 9–12
52 Brian Scully
3
1998–99 9–10
53 Matt Selman
29
1998–2009, 2011–19 9–14, 16–19, 21–24, 26, 28, 30 Includes one episode co-written with Dan Greaney and one with Renee Ridgeley
Also co-wrote The Simpsons Movie and Playdate with Destiny
54 Jane O'Brien
1
1998 10
55 Tom Martin
3
1999, 2001 10–12
56 Tim Long
32
1999–2015, 2017–19, 2021–22 10–14, 16–18, 20–26, 29–33 Includes four episodes co-written with Miranda Thompson
Credited as a consultant writer on The Simpsons Movie
57 Julie Thacker
3
1999–2001 10–12
58 Carolyn Omine
25
2000–12, 2014–18, 2020–22 11–16, 18–19, 21–28, 30–33 Includes three co-written with William Wright and one with Robin Sayers
59 Dan Castellaneta & Deb Lacusta
9
2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2010–11, 2016, 2018 11, 13, 15, 17, 22–23, 28, 30 Includes one co-written with Peter Tilden and one with Vince Waldron
60 Rob LaZebnik
21
2000, 2009–21 12, 20–33 Includes one co-written with Brian Kelley & Dan Vebber (story only) and one with Johnny LaZebnik
61 John Frink
36
2000–05, 2007–22 12–15, 17–27, 29–33 Includes nine co-written with Don Payne, three with Joel H. Cohen and one with Jeff Westbrook
Credited as a consultant writer on The Simpsons Movie and co-writer on The Good, the Bart, and the Loki
62 Don Payne
18
2000–10, 2013 12–21, 25 Includes nine co-written with John Frink and two with Mitchell H. Glazer. Died 2013.
63 Bob Bendetson
2
2001–02 12–13
64 Joel H. Cohen
35
2001–22 13, 15–20, 22, 24–33 Includes three co-written with John Frink and one with Jeff Westbrook
Credited as a consultant writer on The Simpsons Movie, and co-writer on The Longest Daycare, The Force Awakens from Its Nap, Balenciaga and Plusaversary
65 Dana Gould
7
2001–03, 2005–07 13–17, 19
66 Bill Freiberger
1
2001 13
67 Andrew Kreisberg
2
2002–03 13–14
68 Matt Warburton
11
2002–08, 2010–12 13–16, 18–23
69 Marc Wilmore
12
2002–03, 2005–09, 2012–13, 2015 14, 16–17, 19–20, 23, 25–26 Died 2021.
70 Brian Kelley
19
2002–04, 2009–19, 2021–22 14–15, 20–22, 24–27, 29–33 Includes one co-written with David Mandel, one with David Silverman and one with Dan Vebber
71 Kevin Curran
12
2002–10, 2014, 2018 14–18, 20–22, 25, 29 Died 2016.
72 Brian Pollack & Mert Rich
1
2002 14
73 Dennis Snee
1
2002 14
74 Neil Boushell & Sam O'Neal
1
2003 14
75 Allen Glazier
4
2003–04, 2010, 2014 14–15, 21, 25 All co-written with Dan Greaney
76 J. Stewart Burns
24
2003–07, 2009, 2011–21 14–20, 23–29, 31–32
77 Michael Price
24
2003, 2005–10, 2012–19, 2021–22 15–30, 32–33 Credited as a consultant writer on The Simpsons Movie, and co-writer on The Longest Daycare, Playdate with Destiny, The Force Awakens from Its Nap and Balenciaga
78 Robin J. Stein
1
2004 15
79 Julie Chambers & David Chambers
1
2004 15
80 Bill Odenkirk
15
2004–08, 2010–14, 2016–19 16, 18–22, 24, 26–29, 31
81 Jeff Westbrook
23
2005–06, 2008–09, 2011–22 16–23, 25–26, 28–33 Includes one co-written with Joel H. Cohen & John Frink (story only), one co-written with Frink and one with Cohen
Credited as co-writer on The Good, the Bart, and the Loki
82 Patric Verrone
1
2005 17
83 Daniel Chun
6
2005–09 17–19, 21
84 Stephanie Gillis
11
2005, 2007–2015, 2018 17, 19–27, 30
85 Ricky Gervais
1
2006 17 Guest writer on the Season 17 episode "Homer Simpson, This Is Your Wife"
86 Peter Gaffney
2
2006, 2011 18, 22 Includes one co-written with Steve Viksten
87 Billy Kimball
9
2007–14 18–25 All but one co-written with Ian Maxtone-Graham
88 Mick Kelly
1
2007 19
89 William Wright
3
2008, 2010, 2014 19, 21, 26 All co-written with Carolyn Omine
90 Matt Marshall
1
2009 20
91 Valentina L. Garza
4
2009–10, 2013–14 20, 22, 24, 26
92 Brendan Hay
1
2009 20
93 Evan Goldberg & Seth Rogen
1
2009 21 Guest writers on the Season 21 episode "Homer the Whopper"
94 Mitchell H. Glazer
2
2010, 2013 21, 25 Both co-written with Don Payne
95 Michael Nobori
2
2010, 2013 21, 25
96 Chris Cluess
1
2010 22
97 Dick Blasucci
1
2011 22
98 Steve Viksten
1
2011 22 Co-written with Peter Gaffney. Died 2014.
99 Justin Hurwitz
1
2011 23
100 Dan Vebber
8
2011, 2016, 2018–22 23, 27, 29–33 Includes one co-written with Brian Kelley
Also co-wrote Plusaversary
101 Ben Joseph
1
2012 23
102 David Mandel
1
2012 24 Co-written with Brian Kelley
103 Tom Gammill & Max Pross
6
2013, 2016–18, 2020 24, 28–29, 31 Also co-wrote the screenplay for Playdate with Destiny
104 Brian McConnachie
1
2013 24
105 Eric Kaplan
1
2013 24
106 David H. Steinberg
1
2014 25
107 Judd Apatow
1
2015 26 Guest writer on the Season 26 episode "Bart's New Friend"
108 Neil Campbell
1
2015 26
109 Michael Ferris
2
2015, 2018 27, 30
110 Eric Horsted
1
2016 27
111 Dave King
1
2016 28
112 Harry Shearer
1
2016 28
113 Peter Tilden
1
2016 28 Co-written with Dan Castellaneta & Deb Lacusta
114 Ryan Koh
7
2016–19, 2021–22 28–33
115 Ron Zimmerman
1
2017 28
116 Simon Rich
1
2017 28
117 Miranda Thompson
4
2017–19 29–31 All co-written with Tim Long
118 Daniel Furlong & Zach Posner
1
2018 29
119 David Silverman
1
2018 29 Co-written with Brian Kelley
Also co-wrote the screenplay for Playdate with Destiny
The only person ever to both write and direct for the show
120 Renee Ridgeley
1
2018 30 Co-written with Matt Selman
121 Vince Waldron
1
2018 30 Co-written with Dan Castellaneta & Deb Lacusta
122 Robin Sayers
1
2018 30 Co-written with Carolyn Omine
123 Jane Becker
1
2019 30
124 Megan Amram
3
2019, 2022 30, 33
125 Nancy Cartwright
1
2019 30
126 Jenna Martin
1
2019 30 Co-written with Jeff Martin
127 Max Cohn
1
2019 31
128 Elisabeth Kiernan Averick
3
2020–21 31, 33 Credited as co-writer on The Good, the Bart, and the Loki and When Billie Met Lisa
129 Pete Holmes
2
2020 31 Guest writer on the two-part Season 31 episodes "Warrin' Priests"
130 David Cryan
1
2020 32
131 Cesar Mazariegos
3
2020–21 32–33 The two-part episode "A Serious Flanders" is counted as two episodes
Credited as co-writer on When Billie Met Lisa
132 Julia Prescott
1
2020 32
133 Danielle Weisberg
1
2020 32
134 Jessica Conrad
1
2020 32 Credited as co-writer on The Good, the Bart, and the Loki and Plusaversary
135 Samantha Martin
1
2021 32 Co-written with Jeff Martin
136 Christine Nangle
2
2021–22 32–33
137 Nick Dahan
1
2021 33
138 Juliet Kaufman
1
2021 33
139 Johnny LaZebnik
1
2021 33 Co-written with Rob LaZebnik
140 Loni Steele Sosthand
1
2022 33

Timeline of producers and show runners

Max ProssTom GammillMax ProssTom GammillMike ScullyConan O'BrienMike ScullyDavid MirkinJosh WeinsteinBill OakleyDavid MirkinDavid Silverman (animator)Mike ReissAl JeanDavid Silverman (animator)Mike ReissAl JeanRichard SakaiSam SimonJames L. BrooksMatt Groening

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