Russel Friend
Occupation(s)Television writer, producer
Years active1998–present

Russel Friend is an American television writer and producer who served as an executive producer on the Fox series House, for which he won a Writers Guild of America Award in 2010 for co-writing the episode "Broken". He often works with his writing partner Garrett Lerner.

Television career

Friend's writing career began on the CBS crime series Martial Law, after which he served as a writer and producer on several series through the late 1990s until the early 2000s, including FreakyLinks, Roswell, John Doe, Boston Public, LAX and Smallville. In 2005, he and Lerner joined the writing staff of the medical mystery series House. Their first episode, "Acceptance", was the premiere of the second season. At the start of the fourth season, Friend became an executive producer.[1] He was also a Consulting Producer and writer on Glee.


Year Title Credited as Network Notes
Creator Writer Executive


1998–1999 Martial Law No Yes (3) No No CBS
1999 The Strip No Yes (2) No Yes UPN Story Editor (3 episodes)
2000–2001 FreakyLinks No Yes (3) No No Fox
2001–2002 Roswell No Yes (2) No Yes The WB, UPN Executive Story Editor (2 episodes)
2002–2003 John Doe No Yes (5) No Yes Fox Supervising Producer (10 episodes)
2002 Smallville No Yes (1) No No The WB Episode: "Redux"
2003–2004 Boston Public No Yes (3) No Yes Fox Supervising Producer (Season 4)
2004–2005 LAX No Yes (4) Yes No NBC Co-executive Producer (10 episodes)
2005–2012 House No Yes (18) Yes No Fox Co-executive Producer (seasons 2–3)
Executive Producer (seasons 4-8)
2012–2014 Glee No Yes (4) Yes Yes Consulting producer (season 4)
Executive Producer (season 5)
2015 Battle Creek No Yes (2) Yes No CBS
2017 Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency No Yes (2) No Yes BBC America (United States)
Netflix (International)
Consulting producer (season 2)
2018 Altered Carbon No Yes (2) Yes No Netflix Executive Producer (season 1)
2018 Rise No Yes (1) Yes No NBC Co-executive Producer
2020–2021 Home Before Dark No Yes (4) Yes No Apple TV+
2021–2022 Ordinary Joe Yes Yes (13) Yes No NBC Co-developed with Garrett Lerner
2022–present La Brea No Yes (1) No Yes Consulting producer (season 2)
2022–present Walker No Yes (2) Yes No The CW

Awards and nominations

In 2010, Friend was the recipient of the Writers Guild of America award for the House season six premiere "Broken", which he shared with Garrett Lerner, David Foster and David Shore.[2] Four years running he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for his work on House.[3]


  1. ^ "Russel Friend from House". Retrieved March 5, 2011.
  2. ^ "Winners Announced for 2010 Writers Guild Awards". Writers Guild of America, West. February 20, 2010. Archived from the original on April 21, 2016. Retrieved March 5, 2011.
  3. ^ "Russel Friend - Awards". IMDb. Retrieved March 5, 2011.