More Show Bibles and Guidebooks for Screenwriters

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More Show Bibles, and Guidebooks for Screenwriters

Read and download real examples of what showrunners use to help sell their project.

8FLiX serves up an assortment of "bibles" to go along with our previous batch of 11 "Guides, Treatments, and Pitches for Screenwriters."

Here, you'll find treatments and more for Scrubs (2001–2010), Stranger Things (2016–2024), and even the original writer's guide for Star Trek (1966–1969) by Gene Roddenberry.

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What's a Series Bible?

A blueprint for writing like you own the show.

They've been around almost as long as television itself. A "Writer's Guide", or a "Bible" as it's sometimes referred to, is the single most important blueprint a TV series can have. Basically, the "Series Bible" describes how the show will thrive and tell a story. Just like religious texts from where its name derives, this "bible" details how its characters, locations, and situations should tell the story of their life.

A well written "bible" enables new scribes, who have no historical knowledge of the series, to pitch a storyline, write it, and (eventually) produce 'their' episode without disrupting the long-established vibe.

Discover What We Have

Let's look at some examples.

8FLiX has a wide-variety of show bibles, written by the pros, and available for your consumption. Read and study how others have done it, and in how many different ways showrunners have been able to communicate their ideas. As you'll see, each example is as unique as the series itself.

Enjoy the reads!


Robin Hood (a.k.a. Robin of Sherwood)

Seasons: 3 (1984–1986)

This series treatment is a scan of Richard Carpenter's handwritten notes, c.1983

A forest mystical being appoints two men in succession as the legendary outlaw defender of the oppressed.

Robin of Sherwood tv series small poster
Type ...
Date ... c.1983
Genres ... ActionDramaFantasy
Showrunner ... Richard Carpenter
IMDb ID ... 0086791


Seasons: 9 (2001–2010)

In the unreal world of Sacred Heart Hospital, intern John "J.D." Dorian learns the ways of medicine, friendship and life.

Scrubs tv series bible small poster
Type ...
Date ... 12.14.2001
Genres ... ComedyDrama
Showrunner ... Bill Lawrence
IMDb ID ... 0285403


Seasons: 2 (2017–2018)

Navy SEAL Team Six attempt to eliminate a Taliban leader in Afghanistan when they discover an American citizen working with the enemy.

Six tv series bible small poster
Type ...
Date ... 06.06.2015
Genres ... ActionDramaHistory
Showrunners ... William Broyles Jr.David Broyles
IMDb ID ... 5541338

Star Trek

Seasons: 3 (1966–1969)

In the 23rd Century, Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise explore the galaxy and defend the United Federation of Planets.

Star Trek The Original Series small poster
Type ...
Date ... 03.11.1964
Genres ... ActionAdventureSci-Fi
Showrunner ... Gene Roddenberry
IMDb ID ... 0060028

Deep Space Nine

Seasons: 7 (1993–1999)

In the vicinity of the liberated planet of Bajor, the Federation space station Deep Space Nine guards the opening of a stable wormhole to the far side of the galaxy.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine series bible small poster
Type ...
Date ... Rev. 06.12.1992
Genres ... ActionAdventureDrama
Showrunners ... Michael PillerIra Steven Behr
IMDb ID ... 0106145


Seasons: 4 (2001–2005)

A century before Captain Kirk's five-year mission, Jonathan Archer captains the United Earth ship Enterprise during the early years of Starfleet, leading up to the Earth-Romulan War and the formation of the Federation.

Star Trek: Enterprise series small poster
Type ...
Date ... c.2000
Genres ... ActionAdventureDrama
Showrunners ... Rick BermanBrannon Braga
IMDb ID ... 0244365


Seasons: 7 (1995–2001)

Pulled to the far side of the galaxy, where the Federation is seventy-five years away at maximum warp speed, a Starfleet ship must cooperate with Maquis rebels to find a way home.

Star Trek: Voyager series small poster
Type ...
Date ... c.1995
Genres ... ActionAdventureSci-Fi
Showrunners ... Rick BermanMichael PillerJeri Taylor
IMDb ID ... 0112178

The Next Generation

Seasons: 7 (1987–1994)

Set almost 100 years after Captain Kirk's 5-year mission, a new generation of Starfleet officers sets off in the U.S.S. Enterprise-D on its own mission to go where no one has gone before.

Star Trek: The Next Generation series poster
Type ...
Date ... 03.23.1987
Genres ... ActionAdventureSci-Fi
Showrunner ... Gene Roddenberry
IMDb ID ... 0092455

Stargate SG-1

Seasons: 10 (1997–2007)

This "Season 3 Writer's Guide" is 121 pages, and the download size is 34mb.

A secret military team, SG-1, is formed to explore other planets through the recently discovered Stargates.

Stargate SG-1 tv series poster
Type ...
Date ... 11.24.1998
Genres ... ActionAdventureDrama
Showrunners ... Jonathan GlassnerBrad Wright
IMDb ID ... tt0118480

The Starlost

Seasons: 1 (1973–1974)

A group of humans must explore a vast starship in order to find the controls to save it from destruction.

The Starlost tv series bible small poster
Type ...
Date ... 04.10.1973
Genre ... Sci-Fi
Showrunner ... Harlan Ellison
IMDb ID ... tt0069638

Stranger Things

Seasons: 5 (2016–2024)

When a young boy disappears, his mother, a police chief and his friends must confront terrifying supernatural forces in order to get him back.

Stranger Things 4 small poster
Type ...
Date ... 09.11.2014
Genres ... DramaFantasyHorror
Showrunners ... Matt DufferRoss Duffer
IMDb ID ... 4574334

Terra Nova

Seasons: 1 (2011)

Centers on the Shannons, an ordinary family from 2149 when the planet is dying, who are transported back 85 million years to prehistoric Earth where they join Terra Nova, a colony of humans with a second chance to build a civilization.

Terra Nova tv series small poster
Type ...
Date ... 01.11.2010
Genres ... AdventureDramaMystery
Showrunners ... Kelly MarcelCraig Silverstein
IMDb ID ... 1641349
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