Writer and producer Lloyd Garver grew up in Chicago and attended the University of California at Berkeley. He says he dreamed of being a serious writer, but when he went to Hollywood to find work, he started off writing questions and "ad lib" jokes for "Hollywood Squares" and soon realized that comedy writing was his thing. In 1976, he did two scripts for the Linda Lavin sitcom "Alice", and also wrote for "The Tony Randall Show" before doing several scripts for the sitcom "The Bob Newhart Show", where he learned something from Newhart's dry brand of humor. In the 1980s, Garver was a driving force behind the sitcom "Family Ties" with Michael J. Fox, writing eight episodes and also serving as an executive producer for 47 episodes. He wrote a single episode of the underrated show "Anything But Love" in 1989, and in the 1990s, he served as a writer and producer on another very popular sitcom, Tim Allen's "Home Improvement", while also working as a creative consultant on the more sophisticated "Frasier". Garver has been a humor columnist for various newspapers and a regular contributor to "The Huffington Post."