Howard Gordon
Gordon at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2011.
Gordon at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2011.
Born (1961-03-31) March 31, 1961 (age 61)
Queens, New York, U.S.
OccupationWriter, producer
Notable awardsEmmy for Outstanding Drama
2006 24
2012 Homeland
Emmy for Outstanding Writing
2012 Homeland: "Pilot Episode"
shared with Alex Gansa and Gideon Raff
SpouseCami Gordon (3 children)

Howard Gordon (born March 31, 1961) is an American television writer and producer.

He is well known for his work on the Fox action series 24 alongside the Showtime thriller Homeland, which he co-developed with Alex Gansa and Gideon Raff, and for the FX political drama Tyrant, which he co-developed with Craig Wright. He also produced the NBC science fiction thriller Awake.

Life and career

Gordon was born to a Reform Jewish family[1][2] in Queens, New York City and graduated from Roslyn High School. After graduating from Princeton with a major in creative writing in 1984, Gordon came to Los Angeles with fellow filmmaker Alex Gansa to pursue a career in writing for television. Both broke into the industry with single episodes of ABC's Spenser: For Hire. Their Spenser work turned industry heads, and the pair joined the series Beauty and the Beast as staff writers, and were later named producers.

In 1990, the Gansa-Gordon team was signed to a two-year deal with Witt-Thomas Productions, during which they produced several pilots. One was an ABC project called Country Estates, which caught the attention of producer Chris Carter.

Soon after, Carter invited Gordon and Gansa to join The X-Files as supervising producers; Gordon wrote or co-wrote several scripts each season, before departing from the series in 1997 to pursue other projects.

After co-writing one episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Gordon created his own show, the short-lived Strange World in 1999. Strange World went to seed 13 episodes in, but Gordon and Strange World writer Tim Minear's services were quickly snapped up by Buffy creator Joss Whedon on another project: Angel. After two years with Angel, Gordon jumped ship in 2001 for FOX's successful 24, where he would write several episodes in Seasons 1 & 2, then crafted the entire story arcs for Seasons 3 and 4. Gordon temporarily left 24 in the middle of the 2004 season to re-join Minear, this time as co-creator of another FOX series, The Inside. Despite The Inside's cancellation and short run, talk circulated of including the two Minear-Gordon series, Strange World and The Inside, on a special DVD set sometime in 2006.

Beginning in 2006, Gordon became 24's showrunner, a title he held through its final season. The successful deal led up with his continuing deal at Fox.[3] In 2019, after a stint at Fox through Teakwood Lane Productions, he signed a deal with Sony.[4]

Gordon is also the author of the Gideon Davis novels.


In 2010, after finishing 24, Gordon began co-developing (along with Gideon Raff and Alex Gansa) the thriller Homeland for Showtime. Based on the Israeli series Prisoners of War, it centers on a woman (Claire Danes) who works for the CIA and is convinced a recently returned American prisoner of war (Damian Lewis) has been turned by al-Qaeda. The show premiered Sunday, October 2, 2011, at 10/9 central. It has been met with major critical acclaim and maintained a steady viewership rating throughout its first season. Showtime premiered its fourth season on October 5, 2014.[5]

In 2012, he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series for writing the "Pilot" of Homeland and the series itself won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series.[6]


In 2011, Gordon signed on to NBC's new Kyle Killen fantasy pilot Awake as an executive producer. When NBC picked the project up to series status, Gordon added writer and showrunner to his occupational duties on the show. The series only ran from March 1 to May 24, 2012, before it was cancelled.

Second Chance

Most recently, 2015 would see him working as an executive producer on the horror-drama series Second Chance for Fox Television Network.[7] The pilot for Second Chance is based on a script written by Rand Ravich, who also worked as an executive producer on the series.[8]



  1. ^ Tablet Magazine: "‘Homeland’ and ‘24’ Creator Howard Gordon on Terror, Tyranny, and TV as Art" by Alana Newhouse and Liel Leibovitz September 30, 2013
  2. ^ Jewish Journal: "Jews Get Geek on at Comic-Con" by Adam Wills July 22, 2009
  3. ^ Adalian, Josef (February 15, 2006). "'24' runner on Fox clock". Variety. Retrieved July 7, 2021.
  4. ^ Otterson, Joe (April 24, 2019). "'Homeland' Creators Ink Multi-Year Overall Deal at Sony". Variety. Retrieved October 17, 2020.
  5. ^ List of Homeland episodes
  6. ^ Rice, Lynette (September 23, 2012). "Emmys 2012: 'Homeland,' 'Modern Family' dominate awards". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 23, 2012.
  7. ^ "Fox Picks Up Frankenstein Pilot - Dread Central". Dread Central. January 21, 2015. Retrieved September 8, 2016.
  8. ^ "[TV] Fox Orders "Frankenstein" Pilot - Bloody Disgusting!". Bloody Disgusting. January 21, 2015. Retrieved September 8, 2016.