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Neal Marlens

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Neal Marlens
Born (1956-11-08) November 8, 1956 (age 67)
Occupation(s)Television producer and writer
Years active1983–2006
SpouseCarol Black

Neal Marlens (born November 8, 1956)[1] is an American television producer and writer. He is known for work on the television series Growing Pains, The Wonder Years and Ellen, all with his wife,[2] fellow television producer/writer Carol Black.

Early life[edit]

Neal Marlens is one of two sons, with brother Steve, of Al and Hanna Marlens, respectively a Newsday managing editor and later an editor at The New York Times, and a Long Island school psychologist born in Vienna, Austria, in 1928 and who escaped The Holocaust by moving first to Cuba and then New York City, and who died in 2008.[3] Neal Marlens was raised in the Audubon Woods section of West Hills, New York, and graduated from Stimson Junior High and Walt Whitman High School, both in nearby Huntington Station, New York. Neal attended Swarthmore College in the late 1970s, where he competed successfully on the men's tennis team. He added good humor and a friendly personality to a campus that sometimes lacked both.[4]


Marlens won a 1988 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series for The Wonder Years, as well as an additional nomination in that category for 1989, and for comedy-series writing in 1988.[5]


  1. ^ Haitman, Diane (November 30, 1988). "TV's '60s: War and Remembrance : Success Turns Into Mixed Blessing for Creators of 'Wonder Years'". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on January 27, 2013. Retrieved July 13, 2020. ...the husband and wife executive-producing team of Marlens, 32, and Black, 30.
  2. ^ Benson, Jim (March 16, 1989). "'Wonder' Creators Run Out of Yeast". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on July 13, 2020. Retrieved July 13, 2020. Neal Marlens and Carol Black, the husband-and-wife team who created the popular ABC series The Wonder Years and now are its writers and executive producers, are about to leave the program to avoid getting burned out, they say, by a demanding work schedule.
  3. ^ Amon, Rhoda (February 20, 2008). "Obituary: School psychologist Hanna Marlens, 79". Newsday. New York City / Long Island. Archived from the original on July 13, 2020. Retrieved July 13, 2020.
  4. ^ Edelstein, Andy (January 29, 2018). "5 LI connections in 'The Wonder Years'". Newsday. New York City / Long Island. Archived from the original on January 30, 2018. Retrieved July 13, 2020.
  5. ^ "Neal Marlens". Television Academy. Archived from the original on May 12, 2019. Retrieved July 13, 2020.

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