Joel Surnow

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Joel Surnow was born on November 29, 1954 in Detroit, Michigan, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for 24 (2001), The Equalizer (1985) and Nowhere Man (1995). He has been married to Colleen Surnow since October 10, 1989. They have three children. See full bio »

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Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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24 Writer
(2001-2010)
The Equalizer Writer
(1985-1986)
Nowhere Man Writer
(1995-1996)
The Kennedys Writer
(2011)

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 2020 24 Japan (TV Series) (creator)
 2016-2017 24: Legacy (TV Series) (based on the television series "24" created by - 12 episodes)
- 11:00 p.m.-12:00 p.m. (2017) ... (based on the television series "24" created by)
- 10:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. (2017) ... (based on the television series "24" created by)
- 9:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. (2017) ... (based on the television series "24" created by)
- 8:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. (2017) ... (based on the television series "24" created by)
- 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. (2017) ... (based on the television series "24" created by)
  24: India (TV Series) (creator: "24" - 48 episodes, 2013 - 2016) (writer - 11 episodes, 2013 - 2016) (teleplay - 2 episodes, 2013 - 2016)
- Day 2: 9am - 10am (2016) ... (creator) / (writer)
- Day 2: 8am - 9am (2016) ... (creator)
- Day 2: 7am - 8am (2016) ... (creator)
- Day 2: 6am - 7am (2016) ... (creator) / (writer)
- Day 2: 5am - 6am (2016) ... (creator)
 2014 24: Live Another Day (TV Mini-Series) (created by - 12 episodes)
- 10:00 p.m.-11:00 a.m. (2014) ... (creator)
- 9:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. (2014) ... (creator)
- 8:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. (2014) ... (creator)
- 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. (2014) ... (creator)
- 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. (2014) ... (creator)
 2014 Small Time
 2011 The Kennedys (TV Mini-Series) (written by - 4 episodes)
- Cuban Missiles (2011) ... (written by)
- Life Sentences (2011) ... (written by)
- Bobby's War (2011) ... (written by)
- Bay of Pigs (2011) ... (written by)
 2010 Night and Day (TV Movie)
  24 (TV Series) (created by - 195 episodes, 2001 - 2010) (written by - 36 episodes, 2001 - 2009) (teleplay by - 4 episodes, 2002 - 2009)
- Day 8: 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. (2010) ... (creator)
- Day 8: 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. (2010) ... (creator)
- Day 8: 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. (2010) ... (creator)
- Day 8: 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. (2010) ... (creator)
- Day 8: 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (2010) ... (creator)
 2008 24: Redemption (TV Movie) (creator)
 2007 The Call (TV Movie)
  The ½ Hour News Hour (TV Series) (creator - 17 episodes, 2007) (developer - 4 episodes, 2007)
- Episode #1.17 (2007) ... (creator)
- Episode #1.16 (2007) ... (creator)
- Episode #1.15 (2007) ... (creator) / (creator)
- Town Hall: Identity Politics (2007) ... (creator)
- Episode #1.13 (2007) ... (creator)
 2007 24: Day Six - Debrief (TV Mini-Series short) (creator - 5 episodes)
- 10:37 p.m. (2007) ... (creator)
- 10:33 p.m. (2007) ... (creator)
- 10:31 p.m. (2007) ... (creator)
- 9:42 p.m. (2007) ... (creator)
- 9:00 p.m. (2007) ... (creator)
  Special Unit 2 (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes, 2001) (written by - 1 episode, 2001)
- The Depths (2001) ... (writer)
- The Waste (2001) ... (writer)
- The Wraps (2001) ... (written by)
 2000-2001 La Femme Nikita (TV Series) (creator - 15 episodes)
- A Time for Every Purpose (2001) ... (creator)
- Let No Man Put Asunder (2001) ... (creator)
- The Evil That Men Do (2001) ... (creator)
- The Man Behind the Curtain (2001) ... (creator)
- All the World's a Stage (2001) ... (creator)
 1996 Wiseguy (TV Movie) (written by)
 1995-1996 Nowhere Man (TV Series) (written by - 5 episodes)
- Calaway (1996) ... (written by)
- Forever Jung (1996) ... (written by)
- A Rough Whimper of Insanity (1995) ... (written by)
- The Spider Webb (1995) ... (written by)
- The Incredible Derek (1995) ... (written by)
 1995 Pointman (TV Series) (creator - 1 episode)
- Judgement Day (1995) ... (creator)
  The Commish (TV Series) (written by - 11 episodes, 1993 - 1995) (story - 1 episode, 1994)
- Brooklyn (1995) ... (written by)
- The Kid (1995) ... (written by)
- Accused (1995) ... (written by)
- The Johnny Club (1995) ... (written by)
- Hidden (1995) ... (written by)
  Covington Cross (TV Series) (written by - 2 episodes, 1992) (story - 1 episode, 1992) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1992)
- The Trial (1992) ... (written by)
- The Hero (1992) ... (written by)
- Armus Returns (1992) ... (story) / (teleplay)
 1992 Ring of the Musketeers (TV Movie) (written by)
 1992 Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- Destiny Babes (1992) ... (written by)
  Falcon Crest (TV Series) (written by - 6 episodes, 1989 - 1990) (excerpts written by: Episode 'The Price of Freedom ' - 1 episode, 1989)
- Danny's Song (1990) ... (written by)
- The Return (1990) ... (written by)
- Finding Lauren (1990) ... (written by)
- Four Women (1990) ... (written by)
- Merry Christmas, Charley (1989) ... (written by)
  The Equalizer (TV Series) (teleplay - 4 episodes, 1985) (teleplay by - 3 episodes, 1985) (story - 1 episode, 1986) (written by - 1 episode, 1986) (story by - 1 episode, 1985)
- Torn (1986) ... (story)
- Dead Drop (1986) ... (written by)
- Back Home (1985) ... (teleplay)
- Bump and Run (1985) ... (teleplay)
- The Distant Fire (1985) ... (teleplay)
  Miami Vice (TV Series) (executive story editor - 16 episodes, 1984 - 1985) (story by - 4 episodes, 1984 - 1985) (written by - 4 episodes, 1984)
- Out Where the Buses Don't Run (1985) ... (story by)
- Lombard (1985) ... (story by)
- Made for Each Other (1985) ... (story by)
- The Maze (1985) ... (executive story editor)
- Rites of Passage (1985) ... (executive story editor)
  St. Elsewhere (TV Series) (teleplay by - 2 episodes, 1982 - 1984) (story by - 1 episode, 1982)
- Breathless (1984) ... (teleplay by)
- Legionnaires: Part 1 (1982) ... (story by) / (teleplay by)
 1984 Legmen (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- I Shall Be Re-Released (1984) ... (written by)
 1983 Bay City Blues (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- I Never Swung with My Father (1983) ... (writer)
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Had many well known celebrities visit the set of 24 and attend events for the series, including Lawrence O' Donnell, Chelsea Handler, Rush Limbaugh, Ricky Gervais, John McCain, Frank Darabont and William Friedkin. See more »

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