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Sitcoms With Episodes About a Character Getting a Book Published


Mayberry's Favorite Teacher Is Also the Author of a Children's Book


Most episodes of the “show about nothing” were so well-written, a new generation of viewers are attracted to it more than two decades after its finale. While I have enjoyed revisiting Seinfeld with my twenty something daughters, there is still one particular episode that does not live up to the quality of the rest of the series.

In an unfortunate two-part episode, Jerry and George decide to create for TV “a show about nothing.” Too much time is spent on showing the two characters trying to come up with a script which, like most shows featuring the process of writing, makes for very boring TV.

It is best to leave the writing activity off-screen until the process is actually completed, and then proceed with the plot line after the publication. Usually this technique appears when a character has written a book, including one of the regulars on Seinfeld.

Here are ten sitcom episodes centered on one of its characters writing and/or publishing a book.

1. Mike and Molly

After a six-week writing seminar, the female lead character (portrayed by Melissa McCarthy) manages to get a publishing deal in an episode called “The Book of Molly.”

2. The Brady Bunch

Carol Brady (portrayed by Florence Henderson) nets a book contract, in spite of tending to six kids, a husband and a dog.

3. Seinfeld

Kramer (portrayed by Michael Richards) creates a coffee table book on coffee tables, and he is asked to promote on the “Regis and Kathy Lee” show.

4. The Andy Griffith Show

Appropriately titled “Helen. The Authoress,” Opie's teacher and Andy's love interest gets her children's book published.

5. The Simpsons

Marge writes a juicy book, which Homer neglects to read, using neighbor Ned Flanders as her male companion in “Diatribe of a Mad Housewife.”

6. Friends

In “The One Where Ross Meets Elizabeth's Dad” Ross (portrayed by David Schwimmer) discovers a rarely-visited part of the public library, used mainly for making out, and viewers also learn that Phoebe (portrayed by Lisa Kudrow) has written 14 books.

7. Parks & Recreation

Leslie Knope (portrayed by Tina Poehler) spends much of the episode called “Born & Raised” promoting a book she has written, Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America.

8. Everybody Loves Raymond

The title character (portrayed by Ray Barone) writes a sports book, which ends up failing miserably.

9. The Big Bang Theory

Leonard (portrayed by Johnny Galecki)) publishes a novel, and Penny (portrayed by Kelly Cuoko) is convinced the female character is based on her.

10. That Girl

Don Hollinger (portrayed by Ted Bessell), the fiance of Marlo Thomas's title character, publishes a novel his father-in-law finds much too racy.