Joel Surnow

Joel Surnow

Highest Rated: 56% Small Time (2014)

Lowest Rated: 56% Small Time (2014)

Birthday: Dec 18, 1955

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, USA

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.




56% 41% Small Time Director,
- 2014
No Score Yet 78% Wiseguy Screenwriter,
Executive Producer
- 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ring of the Musketeers Screenwriter - 1994


No Score Yet 74% Hawaii Five-0 Director 2015
87% 86% 24 Writer,
Executive Producer
2001-2007 2009-2010
30% No Score Yet Special Unit 2 Writer 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Nowhere Man Writer 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Commish Writer 1993-1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures Writer 1992
No Score Yet 100% The Equalizer Executive Producer,
71% 91% Miami Vice Writer 1984