Lou Houston was a television writer during the 1950s and '60s. After getting his feet wet as a writer on the sci-fi adventure series "Space Patrol" in 1950, in 1955 Houston landed his first recurring gig, writing for the sci-fi drama "Science Fiction Theater", which was hosted by Truman Bradley. He went on to write eight episodes, until 1957. Meanwhile, in 1956, Houston shifted genres to write for the crime drama "Highway Patrol", penning 10 episodes, up until 1959, the final season of the series. Houston started out the '60s writing two episodes of the Sam Peckinpah adventure show "Klondike" in 1961, and then in 1962 wrote two episodes of the popular Efrem Zimbalist Jr.-starring series, "77 Sunset Strip", another crime drama. The mid-'60s were Houston's heyday; in 1964 and '65, he wrote two episodes of the long-lasting cultural landmark "The Addams Family", while simultaneously taking up his most prolific writing role, for the hotel-family comedy "Petticoat Junction", for which he wrote 39 episodes, until 1967. Houston's final writing gig, brief as it was, was two episodes for the classic family comedy "The Beverly Hillbillies", in 1968 and '69.