Tim Doyle

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Tim Doyle
Occupation(s)Television 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 Doyle. 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 Catholic family with eight sons in the Los Angeles area during the early 1970s. Although lasting only one season this series earned strong critical reviews, a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 2019 Best Comedy Episode nomination from the Writers Guild of America for its pilot script by Doyle. All 23 episodes are currently streaming on Hulu.

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
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 TeleplayTV movie
Future Shock Marshall
1995 The Barefoot Executive TeleplayTV movie
1998 Ellen: A Tribute to Hollywood WriterDocumentary
1999 Sagamore Executive producerTV movie
2001 Straight White Male Executive producer, writerTV movie
2002 The Greg Giraldo Show Executive producerShort
2003 Stuck in the Middle with You Executive producerTV movie
2005 Don't Ask Executive producerTV movie
2016 The Fluffy Shop Executive producer, writerTV movie
2017 Charlie Foxtrot Executive producerTV movie


Television appearances and works by Tim Doyle
1991–1994 Dinosaurs Producer, co-producer, writer (1991-1994), teleplay (1991-1993), General Chow (voice), executive script consultant, story editor1 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 Writer1 episode "Once More with Feeling"
Thunder Alley Writer2 episodes "Bloodsuckers", "Chore Patrol"
1994–1995 Roseanne Producer, supervising producer, writer25 episodes, 1 episode, 2 episodes "Happy Trailer", "Sleeper"
1995–1997 Grace Under Fire Supervising producer, executive producer, writer25 episodes (1995–1996), 23 episodes (1996-1997), 2 episodes
1997–1998 Ellen Executive producer, writer21 episodes, 2 episodes "Ellen: A Hollywood Tribute: Part 1 & 2"
1998 Sports Night Consulting producer4 episodes
2000 Jesse Creative consultant5 episodes
2001 Bob Patterson Executive producer, teleplay1 episode "Pilot"
2000–2001 The Trouble with Normal Co-executive producer11 episodes
2002–2003 Andy Ritcher Controls the Universe Co-executive producer, writer9 episodes, 1 episode "Wedding"
2005 Jake in Progress Consulting producer3 episodes
2003–2006 Still Standing Executive producer, writer12 episodes, 1 episode "Still Our Little Boy"
2007–2008 Aliens in America Executive producer17 episodes
2008–2009 The Big Bang Theory Consulting producer, teleplay, story23 episodes, 3 episodes, 1 episode "The Panty Pinata Polarization"
2009–2010 Better Off Ted Co-executive producer, writer13 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, writer24 episodes (2010-2012), 12 episodes (2011-2012), 5 episodes
2012 Breaking In Consulting producer, writer13 episodes, 1 episode "The Hungover"
2012–2015 Last Man Standing Executive producer, writer, director42 episodes, 3 episodes "Outdoor Man Grill", "Stud Muffin", "Voting", 2 episodes "Vanessa Fixes Up Eve", "Mutton Busting"
2016 The Real O'Neals Consulting producer7 episodes
Dr. Ken Consulting producer, writer4 episodes, 2 episodes "A Park Family Christmas", "Ken and Allison Share A Patient"
2017 Imaginary Mary Consulting producer2 episodes
Speechless Consulting producer, writer8 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

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