Tim Doyle
Born (1959-10-03) October 3, 1959 (age 62)
OccupationTelevision producer, television writer
Years active1987–present
Ellen Svaco
(m. 1997)

Tim Doyle is an American television producer and television writer. His credits include Dinosaurs, Roseanne, Grace Under Fire, Ellen, Sports Night, Still Standing, The Big Bang Theory, Better Off Ted, Rules of Engagement, Last Man Standing,[1] and creator of The Kids Are Alright.

Doyle grew up in Glendale, California. He is married to Ellen Svaco. They have one child together.[2]

Doyle created The Kids Are Alright, an American sitcom television series that premiered on October 16, 2018, on ABC.[3] The series is semi-autobiographical, following a large Catholic family in the Greater Los Angeles area during the early 1970s.

He is an alumnus of USC School of Cinematic Arts.[4]

Doyle has gained a reputation as a sitcom "showrunner" brought in when the original showrunners have been fired from troubled shows, helping the series to recover and accumulate enough episodes for syndication.[5]

Doyle is also widely credited with originating the term "bay leaf," a term of art in television comedy.[6] A bay leaf is material written into a script with the explicit intention that it would be removed later, either in subsequent drafts or in editing of the finished episode. Bay leaves are generally used to address unwanted network and studio notes, the "heavy-handed suggestions given by studio executives".[7]



Film appearances and works by Tim Doyle
Year Title Role Notes
1987 Zombie High Writer
1990 Road Lawyers and Other Briefs Writer, God (segment "Escape From Heaven"), director
The Natural History of Parking Lots Teacher
1994 The Shaggy Dog Teleplay TV movie
Future Shock Marshall
1995 The Barefoot Executive Teleplay TV movie
1998 Ellen: A Tribute to Hollywood Writer Documentary
1999 Sagamore Executive producer TV movie
2001 Straight White Male Executive producer, writer TV movie
2002 The Greg Giraldo Show Executive producer Short
2003 Stuck in the Middle with You Executive producer TV movie
2005 Don't Ask Executive producer TV movie
2016 The Fluffy Shop Executive producer, writer TV movie
2017 Charlie Foxtrot Executive producer TV movie


Television appearances and works by Tim Doyle
Year Title Role Notes
1991–1994 Dinosaurs Producer, co-producer, writer (1991-1994), teleplay (1991-1993), General Chow (voice), executive script consultant, story editor 1 episode, 1 episode, 9 episodes, 3 episodes, 1 episode "When Food Goes Bad", 3 episodes (1992-1993), 1 episode "Frank Live"
1994 Herman's Head Writer 1 episode "Once More with Feeling"
Thunder Alley Writer 2 episodes "Bloodsuckers", "Chore Patrol"
1994–1995 Roseanne Producer, supervising producer, writer 25 episodes, 1 episode, 2 episodes "Happy Trailer", "Sleeper"
1995–1997 Grace Under Fire Supervising producer, executive producer, writer 25 episodes (1995–1996), 23 episodes (1996-1997), 2 episodes
1997–1998 Ellen Executive producer, writer 21 episodes, 2 episodes "Ellen: A Hollywood Tribute: Part 1 & 2"
1998 Sports Night Consulting producer 4 episodes
2000 Jesse Creative consultant 5 episodes
2001 Bob Patterson Executive producer, teleplay 1 episode "Pilot"
2000–2001 The Trouble with Normal Co-executive producer 11 episodes
2002–2003 Andy Ritcher Controls the Universe Co-executive producer, writer 9 episodes, 1 episode "Wedding"
2005 Jake in Progress Consulting producer 3 episodes
2003–2006 Still Standing Executive producer, writer 12 episodes, 1 episode "Still Our Little Boy"
2007–2008 Aliens in America Executive producer 17 episodes
2008–2009 The Big Bang Theory Consulting producer, teleplay, story 23 episodes, 3 episodes, 1 episode "The Panty Pinata Polarization"
2009–2010 Better Off Ted Co-executive producer, writer 13 episodes, 2 episodes "Mess of a Salesman", "The Lawyer, the Lemur, and the Little Listener"
2010–2012 Rules of Engagement Co-executive producer, executive producer, writer 24 episodes (2010-2012), 12 episodes (2011-2012), 5 episodes
2012 Breaking In Consulting producer, writer 13 episodes, 1 episode "The Hungover"
2012–2015 Last Man Standing Executive producer, writer, director 42 episodes, 3 episodes "Outdoor Man Grill", "Stud Muffin", "Voting", 2 episodes "Vanessa Fixes Up Eve", "Mutton Busting"
2016 The Real O'Neals Consulting producer 7 episodes
Dr. Ken Consulting producer, writer 4 episodes, 2 episodes "A Park Family Christmas", "Ken and Allison Share A Patient"
2017 Imaginary Mary Consulting producer 2 episodes
Speechless Consulting producer, writer 8 episodes, 1 episode "B-R-I-- BRITISH I-N-V-- INVASION"
2018 The Kids Are Alright Executive producer, creator, writer, narrator (voice-over) 23 episodes
2019 Schooled Showrunner, executive producer[8] 13 episodes


  1. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (August 11, 2012). "Tim Doyle Joins ABC's 'Last Man Standing' As New Showrunner". Deadline.com. Retrieved August 3, 2015.
  2. ^ "Last Man Standing Producer Bios". ABC Medianet. November 22, 2013. Archived from the original on December 6, 2014. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  3. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 11, 2018). "Tim Doyle's Pilot 'The Kids Are Alright' Picked Up To Series By ABC As Network Sticks To Its Family Comedy Brand". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on June 26, 2018. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  4. ^ "Notable Alumni". USC School of Cinematic Arts. Retrieved April 30, 2014.
  5. ^ Brownfield, Paul (January 9, 2015). "Keeping the Laughs on Track". The New York Times. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  6. ^ Moderated panel of five sitcom writers (June 2013). "Structure of a Sitcom and Rise of the Anti-Sitcom". ATX Television Festival. Retrieved October 17, 2018.[dead link]
  7. ^ Donnelly, Matt (February 10, 2017). "Oscar-Nominated Screenwriters Share Worst Studio Notes: 'So Where Are the White People?'". TheWrap. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  8. ^ Otterson, Joe (August 16, 2019). "'Kids Are Alright' Creator Joins 'Schooled' Season 2 as Showrunner". Variety. Retrieved October 31, 2019.