Michelle King
Robert and Michelle King at the 2015 PaleyFest presentation for The Good Wife
Michelle Stern

1958 (age 63–64)
OccupationWriter, producer
(m. 1987)

Michelle King (née Stern; born 1958[1]) is an American television writer and producer. She is married to Robert King, who is also her writing partner. The couple created the legal drama series The Good Wife, which earned them a Writers Guild of America Award. They have also created the comedy-drama BrainDead.

Early life

Michelle is Jewish. Her family are Holocaust survivors.[2]

She met Robert in 1983 when as a senior at UCLA she worked part-time at FrontRunners athletic shoe store. The couple married in 1987. They have one daughter, Sophia.[3][4]


Michelle King, with her husband, co-created the short-lived drama series In Justice in 2006. The series aired as a mid-season replacement on ABC. As well as the pilot, King co-wrote the episode "Golden Boy". The series was not renewed after completing a thirteen episode first season.

The Kings co-created a second legal drama series entitled The Good Wife.[5] They served as executive producers for the series. As well as the pilot episode they co-wrote the episodes "Stripped",[6] "Unorthodox",[7] "Hi",[8] and twelve other episodes. King and the writing staff were nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award for Best New Series for The Good Wife.[9]

Michelle King with her husband Robert also created and produced the thriller drama series BrainDead, which aired on CBS from June 13, 2016 to October 17, 2016 before it was cancelled.[10] The couple then returned as showrunners on The Good Wife spin-off The Good Fight. In September 2019 their horror thriller series Evil began airing on CBS.[11]


Main article: Robert King (writer) § Television


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  2. ^ "Creators of New CBS Drama 'Evil' Reveal Show Will Depict Positive Portrayal of Prayer on Screen (Interview)". September 25, 2019.
  3. ^ Lynch, Jason (March 9, 2014). "The Great Marriage Behind 'The Good Wife'". The Daily Beast. Retrieved February 18, 2017.
  4. ^ Tassler, Nina (April 5, 2016). What I Told My Daughter: Lessons from Leaders on Raising the Next Generation of Empowered Women. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 9781476734675.
  5. ^ Charles McDougall (director); Michelle King & Robert King (writers) (September 22, 2009). "Pilot". The Good Wife. Season 1. Episode 1. CBS.
  6. ^ Charles McDougall (director); Michelle King & Robert King (writers) (September 29, 2009). "Stripped". The Good Wife. Season 1. Episode 2. CBS.
  7. ^ John Polson (director); Michelle King & Robert King (writers) (November 10, 2009). "Unorthodox". The Good Wife. Season 1. Episode 7. CBS.
  8. ^ John Gallagher (director); Michelle King, Robert King & Barry Schkolnick (writers) (February 9, 2010). "Hi". The Good Wife. Season 1. Episode 14. CBS.
  9. ^ Gregg Mitchell, Sherry Goldman (2010). "2010 Writers Guild Awards Television, Radio, News, Promotional Writing, and Graphic Animation Nominees Announced". Writers Guild of America. Archived from the original (Press Release) on October 19, 2013. Retrieved April 7, 2010.
  10. ^ Ausiello, Michael (October 18, 2016). "BrainDead, American Gothic Not Returning for Season 2". TVLine. Retrieved February 18, 2017.
  11. ^ Sippell, Margeaux (September 26, 2019). "'Evil' Creators Robert and Michelle King on 30 Years of Debating the Nature of Evil". TheWrap. Retrieved December 15, 2019.