(submitted by Joshua N.)
Of all of the vocations that are deemed “Jewish” in nature, one of the most overlooked and underappreciated is being a television writer. Take a look at the list of writers for any of the major sitcoms or dramas over the past decade, and the list is disproportionately Jewish in nature. Of the 45 writers credited for the sitcom Friends, at least 18 are probably Jewish. Of the 67 listed for the Simpsons, at least 24 are probably Jewish. The two most popular shows on TV right now according to the latest Neilsen rating, Law & Order and Lost, have at least 36% and 47% respectively of probable Jewish writers to their credit.
This phenomenon is not some recent quirk of television history. The important sitcoms and drama through television history have also been dominated by Jewish young adults. All in the Family boasted probably 16 Jewish writers out of 40. 3 of 5 writers for I Love Lucy were Jewish. For a minority group that only has about 2.2% of the US population, it seems like over a third of all television writers are of Jewish lineage.
So forget being a Lawyer or a Doctor. And who wants to put in all those hours being an Investment Banker. The Jewish young adult of today is stowed away in a conference room in a mobile trailer in the back of the Fox Television lot furiously rewriting Britney’s lines for How I Met Your Mother at 3:30 in the morning.
And they say Jews have an influence in media…