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Joel Surnow (born November 29, 1954; age 65) is the co-creator of (with Robert Cochran) and a former executive producer and writer on 24. His cousin is fellow 24 writer-producer Michael Loceff.

Biography and career

Joel Surnow was born in Detroit, Michigan. He was raised first in Michigan, and later Los Angeles. Surnow attended the University of California, Berkeley for two years, and eventually graduated from UCLA film school in 1976. Soon after graduation, he began writing for film and television.

Surnow's first breakthrough came when he began writing for Miami Vice in 1984. After that, Universal made Surnow a supervising producer in the new show The Equalizer, in which he worked for 3 years.

In 1993, Surnow began working as a writer on The Commish, where he worked with fellow writer Robert Cochran and director Brad Turner. The three later collaborated, along with Surnow's cousing, Michael Loceff, on La Femme Nikita. Surnow also worked as a staff writer for other popular series such as Falcon Crest, Nowhere Man, and Wiseguy. He was also a writer on Special Unit 2 where he worked with Evan Katz, the creator of that show.

In 2014, Joel Surnow made his directorial debut in an independent production he had also written called Small Time, starring Dean Norris and Xander Berkeley.

Role on 24

Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran developed 24 in 2001. During the first six seasons, he worked on the show as a writer and executive producer.

On February 13, 2008, Surnow announced that he planned to resign his position as producer of 24 to pursue other projects. While Surnow was creatively involved in the production of the first eight episodes of Season 7 produced before the WGA strike, he had no involvement in the remaining sixteen.

Surnow worked as an executive consultant in later seasons, and is also credited as a writer on 24's Indian version. He and Cochran are credited as creators for all episodes.

24-related appearances

Day 4 production Surnow Callery Cassar Kiefer

Joe Surnow with Jon Cassar and Kiefer Sutherland

24 credits

Day 3 Surnow and Gordon discuss

Surnow and Howard Gordon discuss the outcome of Day 3.




All with Michael Loceff unless otherwise indicated.

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