|Alma mater||University of Washington, UCLA|
television writer and author
He has written for a number of notable television series namely Spenser: For Hire, Murphy's Law, Hunter, Baywatch, Diagnosis Murder, A Nero Wolfe Mystery, Haunted Lives: True Ghost Stories, Monk and many other series.
Nearly all of his television work has been collaborations with fellow writer and producer Lee Goldberg, whom he met when they were both UCLA students working on Daily Bruin. They first teamed up as writers on the unmade, feature film adaptation of Goldberg's novel .357 Vigilante, beginning a professional partnership that lasted for twenty years.
Rabkin is also the author of a number of tie-in companion novels for the Psych television series. as well as the reference books Successful Television Writing (2003) (which he co-authored with Goldberg), Beginning Television Writing, (2010), and Writing the Pilot (2011).
He teaches screenwriting as part of the faculty at UC Riverside's Low-Residency Graduate Creative Writing Program in Palm Desert, California. and is assistant director of the MFA program at Long Island University
The Dead Man Series
|Year||Title||Role/Job||# of Episodes Written/|
|1987–1988||Spenser For Hire||Writer||3 episodes, including the unsold spin-off pilot "Play It Again, Sammy"|
|1988||The Highwayman||Writer||1 episode, "Haunted Highway"|
|1988–1989||Murphy's Law||Staff Writer||5 episodes, ABC TV series starring George Segal based on the "Trace" and "Digger" books by Warren Murphy|
|1989||Hunter||Writer, Story Editor||1 episode, "On Air"|
|1989–1990||Baywatch||Writer, Executive Story Editor||4 episodes , including the final NBC episode, entitled "The End," before the series went into first-run syndication|
|1990–1991||She-Wolf of London||Writer, Supervising Producer||11 episodes|
|1991–1992||Likely Suspects||Writer, Supervising Producer||5 episodes, including "Smells Like Teen Spirit," an Edgar Award Finalist for Best Teleplay|
|1993–1994||Cobra||Writer, Supervising Producer||7 episodes|
|1994–1995||Diagnosis: Murder||Writer||6 episodes|
|1995||The Cosby Mysteries||Writer, Supervising Producer||2 episodes|
|1995||Sliders||Writer||1 episodes, “Prince of Wails”|
|1995||Deadly Games||Writer||2 episodes, "The Boss" and "The Car Mechanic"|
|1995||Stick With Me, Kid||Writer, Supervising producer||3 episodes|
|1995||SeaQuest DSV||Writer, Supervising producer||3 episodes|
|1995||The Greatest Shows You Never Saw||Writer, Producer||CBS TV Special|
|1996–1998||Diagnosis: Murder||Writer, Supervising Producer, Executive Producer||26 episodes|
|1999||Martial Law||Writer, Executive Producer||3 episodes|
|2001–2002||A Nero Wolfe Mystery||Writer||6 episodes, including "Prisoners Base," an Edgar Award Finalist for Best Teleplay|
|2002||The Nightmare Room||Writer||1 episode, “My Name is Evil”|
|2003||She Spies||Writer||1 Episode, "Crossed Out"|
|2003–2005||1-800-Missing aka Missing||Writer / Supervising Producer||8 episodes|
|2003–2006||Monk||Writer||3 episodes “Mr. Monk Can’t See a Thing”, “Mr. Monk Meets the Godfather,” “Mr. Monk Goes to Mexico”|
|2004||The Best TV Shows That Never Were||Writer, Executive Producer||ABC TV Special|
|2007||Psych||Writer||1 episode, “Forget Me Not”|
|2010–2012||The Glades||Writer||3 episodes|
- "Author Q&A: William Rabkin, "Psych: Mind Over Magic"". Write On Online. Retrieved 2019-09-28.
- "Writer Lee Goldberg: 'Almost all the work comes from personal relationships' – MS in Leadership for Creative Enterprises". creative.northwestern.edu. Retrieved 2019-09-28.
- "The Brothers Goldberg". Los Angeles Review of Books.
- "William Rabkin Fiction Bibliography". Fantastic Fiction.
- William Rabkin biography at writersstore.com
- Mowat, Barbara A. (1982). "Reviewed work: Shakespeare and the Problem of Meaning, Norman Rabkin". The Journal of English and Germanic Philology. 81 (3): 414–418. JSTOR 27709048.