Joel Surnow

The mind behind the twisting plots of television phenomenon "24," Joel Surnow is an Emmy award-winning writer and producer. He got his start in Hollywood, writing single episodes for a variety of television series. In ... Read more »
Born: 11/29/1954

Filmography

Producer (12)

Small Time 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Kennedys 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

24 1981 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

The Commish 1981 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Supervising Producer

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures 1981 - 1992, 1995 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Co-Executive Producer

Falcon Crest 1981 - 1990, 1996 - 2002, 2005 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Co-Executive Producer

Nowhere Man 1981 - 1990, 1995 - 2002, 2005 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Co-Executive Producer

The 1/2 Hour News Hour 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Equalizer 1981 - 1992, 1995 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Supervising Producer

Wiseguy 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Covington Cross 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Producer

Ring of the Musketeers 1993 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Writer (10)

Small Time 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Legmen 1981 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Executive Story Editor

Special Unit 2 1981 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Writer

Bay City Blues 1981 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Story Editor

Ring of the Musketeers 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Miami Vice 1984 - 1989 (TV Show)

Writer

St. Elsewhere 1982 - 1988 (TV Show)

Writer

24: Live Another Day (TV Show)

Creator

24: Redemption (TV Show)

Creator

Pointman (TV Show)

Creator
Director (3)

Hawaii Five-O 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Small Time 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

La Femme Nikita 1996 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

Biography

The mind behind the twisting plots of television phenomenon "24," Joel Surnow is an Emmy award-winning writer and producer. He got his start in Hollywood, writing single episodes for a variety of television series. In 1985 he began writing and producing the show "The Equalizer," about a private detective. Specializing in crime and thrillers, he wrote nine episodes of "Miami Vice," combining glitz and grit. He continued to write and produce a number of series, including the popular "The Commish," about a police commissioner trying to balance work and family life, starring Michael Chiklis. In 2001, Surnow collaborated with Robert Cochran to create "24," an innovative approach to the thriller format, leaving the audience in an unending cliff hanger: each episode takes place during a single, action-packed hour of a day. "24" has been nominated for six Emmys and is the winner of two. A supporter of the Republican party, Surnow produced the unsuccessful "Daily Show" knockoff "The 1/2 Hour News Hour" on Fox in 2007.

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