Karl Schaefer
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation(s)Television producer and writer
Years active1988–present

Karl Schaefer is an American television producer and writer.

He is best known for co-creating the 1990s series Eerie, Indiana with José Rivera. Prior to working on Eerie, Indiana. Schaefer created the series TV 101. His other television credits include Strange Luck, Monk, Small Shots, The Dead Zone, Eureka, Ghost Whisperer and the television film The Apartment Complex (1999), directed by Tobe Hooper. He was Executive Producer and Showrunner for Z Nation, a zombie series he co-created with Craig Engler, and its prequel spin-off, Black Summer.[1]

Schaefer is the CEO of Unreality Inc, an Intellectual Property Creator.[2]



The numbers in directing and writing credits refer to the number of episodes.

Title Year Credited as Network Notes
Creator Director Writer Executive
TV 101 1988–89 Yes No Yes (3) Yes CBS
Eerie, Indiana 1991–92 Yes No Yes (4) Yes NBC
Strange Luck 1995–96 Yes No Yes (2) Yes Fox Executive producer (13 episodes)
Eerie, Indiana: The Other Dimension 1998 No No Yes (1) No Fox Kids Network
Ghosts of Fear Street 1998 Yes No No Yes ABC Pilot episode
The Apartment Complex 1999 No Yes Yes Showtime Networks Television film
Small Shots 2001 No Yes No Yes The New TNN
The Dead Zone 2003–06 No Yes (1) Yes (8) No USA Network Co-executive producer (season 2: 4 episodes)
Executive producer (season 3: 11 episodes; season 4: 2 episodes)
Executive consultant (season 4: 8 episodes; season 5: 2 episodes)
Monk 2003 No No Yes (1) No USA Network
Eureka 2006 No No Yes (2) No Sci Fi Co-executive producer (season 1: 11 episodes)
Ghost Whisperer 2007–08 No No Yes (2) No CBS Consulting producer (season 3: 13 episodes)
Z Nation 2014–18 Yes No Yes (11) Yes Syfy
Black Summer 2019–present Yes No Yes (4) Yes Netflix


  1. ^ "Karl Schaefer". Yahoo! TV.
  2. ^ https://www.linkedin.com/pub/karl-schaefer/2b/1a0/751[self-published source]