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'Hercules' and 'Xena' writers and directors
 

This is the list of all the writers and directors who contributed to the Hercules and Xena episodes, derived from the on-screen credits, and as accurate as I can make it. It includes the 'Hercules' tele-movies but not Young Hercules.

The writers and directors are of interest because they reputedly had the greatest influence on the nature and quality of episodes. It is known that many other people, credited or otherwise, influenced the storylines of episodes on many occasions. However, the host of Producers, Executive Producers, New Zealand Producers et al has been omitted because their influence in many cases is unknown, what is obvious is that it varied widely - for example, Rob Tapert, Executive Producer had a major influence on most episodes, while Sam Raimi, Executive Producer preferred to make movies instead. The rest of the large production team have been regretfully omitted for space reasons (and I only have one pair of fingers).

Writers have been listed first, in name order. Each episode had either a 'Written by' credit, or, occasionally, a 'Teleplay by' plus a 'Story by'. Where this occurred it has been noted in brackets.

To distinguish more readily between the series, Hercules episodes are shown in Maroon, Xena episodes in Teal. The episodes for each writer are listed in chronological order of airing, so you can see where a writer switched from one series to the other.

Just to more readily answer those trivia questions like 'who wrote the most episodes', I've added the total writing credits for Herc and Xena episodes in brackets after the list of episodes, for the more prolific writers only. This is the total the writer had a credit in, whether 'Written by' or 'Story by', whether they shared the credits with someone else or not. Similarly for directors, in the second table.

Writers

Writer Episodes written
Adam Armus (with Nora Kay Foster) March to Freedom; Chariots of War (Teleplay); Death in Chains (Teleplay; Story with Babs Greyhofsky); Beware Greeks Bearing Gifts (Teleplay); Ties That Bind; Girls Just Wanna Have Fun; The Xena Scrolls (Teleplay); For Him The Bell Tolls; Blind Faith; War Bride; The King of Assassins; Warrior ... Priestess ... Tramp; One Fowl Day; Fins, Femmes & Gems (Teleplay; Story with Rob Tapert); In Sickness and in Hell; If The Shoe Fits; Love, Amazon Style; Lyre Lyre, Hearts on Fire ( 4 + 14 )
Hilary J. Bader Been There, Done That; The Quill is Mightier; Forget Me Not; Locked Up and Tied Down (Teleplay) ( 4 )
Steven Baum The Sword of Veracity; The Apple; The Green-Eyed Monster
Josh Becker Chariots of War (Story with Jack Perez); Locked Up and Tied Down (Story with Rob Tapert)
Michael Berlin The Lady and the Dragon (with Eric Estrin)
Robert Bielak As Darkness Falls; Gladiator; The Gauntlet; Outcast; The Other Side; Highway to Hades; Once a Hero (Teleplay with John Schulian, Story with Robert Tapert & John Schulian); Heedless Hearts; Centaur Mentor Journey; Cave of Echoes (with John Schulian); Mercenary; Prince Hercules (Teleplay); Judgement Day; The Lost City (Teleplay; Story with Liz Friedman); Prodigal Sister; Hercules on Trial; Medea Culpa (Teleplay with Orci & Kurtzman; Story) ( 17 )
Chris Black Amphipolis Under Siege; You Are There
Melissa Blake Soul Possession
Jerry Patrick Brown Encounter; Hero's Heart; Top God (Teleplay); Reunions (with Orci & Kurtzman) ( 4 )
Brad Carpenter Prince Hercules (Story)
Gerry Conway Norse by Norsevest (Teleplay); Somewhere Over the Rainbow Bridge; Stranger and Stranger (Teleplay); Fade Out; My Best Girl's Wedding ( 5 )
Nelson Costello The Enforcer; The Power
Paul Robert Coyle Ten Little Warlords; A Necessary Evil; The Execution; The End of the Beginning; Regrets ... I've Had a Few; Stranger in a Strange World; If I Had a Hammer; Armageddon Now; Armageddon Now Pt 2 (Story); War Wounds; Top God (Story); Sacrifice II (Story); Genies and Grecians and Geeks, Oh My; Norse by Norsevest (Story); Sky High; Stranger and Stranger (Story); The Academy ; Be Deviled; Send in the Clones ( 14 ) + ( 5 )
Andrew Dettman (with Daniel Truly) Hercules and the Amazon Women (with Julie Selbo);
Hercules and the Circle of Fire (with Barry Pullman);
Hercules in the Underworld;
Hercules in the Maze of the Minotaur;
Road to Calydon; The Festival of Dionysus; The Vanishing Dead ( 8 )
Carl Ellsworth Antony & Cleopatra; Looking Death in the Eye
Eric Estrin The Lady and the Dragon (with Michael Berlin)
Darrell Fetty Siege at Naxos
Peter Allan Fields The Reckoning; Death Mask
Nora Kay Foster (with Adam Armus) March to Freedom; Chariots of War (teleplay); Death in Chains (Teleplay; Story with Babs Greyhofsky); Beware Greeks Bearing Gifts (Teleplay); Ties That Bind; Girls Just Wanna Have Fun; The Xena Scrolls (Teleplay); For Him The Bell Tolls; Blind Faith; War Bride; The King of Assassins; Warrior ... Priestess ... Tramp; One Fowl Day; Fins, Femmes & Gems (Teleplay; Story with Rob Tapert); In Sickness and in Hell; If The Shoe Fits; Love, Amazon Style; Lyre Lyre, Hearts on Fire ( 4 + 14 )
Liz Friedman The Lost City (Story with Robert Bielak); A Family Affair (Story with Chris Manheim); Hercules, Tramps & Thieves (with Vanessa Place); A Wicked Good Time (with Vanessa Place); To Helicon and Back (with Vanessa Place); Many Happy Returns (with Vanessa Place) ( 3 + 3 )
Katherine Fugate When Fates Collide
Ashley Gable (with Thomas A. Swyden) The Play's The Thing
Alan Jay Glueckman The Black Wolf
Babs Greyhofsky Death in Chains (Story, with Armus & Foster)
Melissa Good Coming Home; Legacy
Sonny Gordon Long Live The King (Teleplay)
Janis Hendler Beware Greeks Bearing Gifts (Story, with Roy Thomas)
Brian Herskowitz Protean Challenge; Doomsday; A Star to Guide Them (Teleplay with John Schulian); Les Contemptibles ( 4 )
Gillian Horvath A Tale of Two Muses
John Hudock Two Men and a Baby (Teleplay)
James Kahn The Abyss
John Kirk Reign of Terror
Lisa Klink Descent; Darkness Rising; Redemption; Rebel With a Cause
Alex Kurtzman (with Roberto Orci) Surprise (without Orci); A Rock and a Hard Place; Atlantis; Web of Desire; ... And Fancy Free; Medea Culpa (Teleplay with Robert Bielak); Men in Pink; Yes, Virginia, There is a Hercules; Porkules; Twilight (with O'Neill & Tobin); Reunions (with Jerry Patrick Brown); Faith; Resurrection; For Those of You Just Joining Us; We'll Always Have Cyprus (Teleplay); Full Circle; God Fearing Child (Teleplay) ( 16 + 1 )
Andrew Landis (with Julia Swift) Greece is Burning
Doug Lefler King of Thieves (written & directed)
Brenda Lilly Warrior ... Princess
Chris Manheim The Prodigal; Altared States; Remember Nothing (Teleplay; Story with Steven L. Sears); A Solstice Carol; Here She Comes ... Miss Amphipolis; The Quest (Story with Steven L. Sears & R. J. Stewart); A Comedy of Eros; Maternal Instincts; The Bitter Suite (with Steven L. Sears); King Con; Tsunami; A Family Affair (Teleplay; Story with Liz Friedman); Paradise Found; Devi; The Convert ; Chakram; Animal Attraction; Punch Lines; God Fearing Child (Story); Eternal Bonds; Livia ( 20 )
Patricia Manney King for a Day; Is There a Doctor in the House?; Long Live The King (Story)
Michael Marks What's in a Name?; Promises
Kevin Maynard Love on the Rocks; Married With Fishsticks
Linda McGibney Daughter of Pomira
Robert Sidney Mellette The Xena Scrolls (Story)
Joel Metzger The Haunting of Amphipolis (Teleplay; Story with Edithe Swensen); The Ring; Dangerous Prey; Path of Vengeance; Last of the Centaurs ( 5 )
Stephanie C. Meyer We'll Always Have Cyprus (Story)
Scott Smith Miller The Fire Down Below (Teleplay)
Eric Morris The Key to the Kingdom
Gene O'Neill (with Noreen Tobin) Love Takes a Holiday; When a Man Loves a Woman; One Against an Army; Armageddon Now Pt 2 (Teleplay); My Fair Cupcake; Twilight (with Orci & Kurtzman); Render Unto Caesar; Let There be Light; Just Passing Through; Once Upon a Future King ( 9 + 1 )
Tom O'Neill (with George Strayton) Revelations; City of the Dead; Seeds of Faith; Lifeblood (Teleplay with R. J. Stewart); Kindred Spirits; Eve ( 2 + 4 )
Roberto Orci (with Alex Kurtzman) A Rock and a Hard Place; Atlantis; Web of Desire; ... And Fancy Free; Medea Culpa (Teleplay with Robert Bielak); Men in Pink; Yes, Virginia, There is a Hercules; Porkules; Twilight (with O'Neill & Tobin); Reunions (with Jerry Patrick Brown); Faith; Resurrection; For Those of You Just Joining Us; We'll Always Have Cyprus (Teleplay); Full Circle; God Fearing Child (Teleplay) ( 15 + 1 )
Gregg Ostrin Little Problems
Jack Perez Chariots of War (Story, with Josh Becker);
Vanessa Place (with Liz Friedman) Hercules, Tramps & Thieves; A Wicked Good Time; To Helicon and Back; Many Happy Returns
Barry Pullman Hercules and the Circle of Fire (with Andrew Dettman & Daniel Truly)
Steve Roberts Ares; Pride Comes Before a Brawl
Melissa Rosenberg Mummy Dearest; Beanstalks and Bad Eggs
John Schulian The Wrong Path; Eye of the Beholder; The Warrior Princess; Unchained Heart; Under the Broken Sky; The Mother of all Monsters; The Fire Down Below (Story); Cast a Giant Shadow; Once a Hero (Teleplay with Robert Bielak, Story with Robert Tapert and Robert Bielak); Let The Games Begin; The Wedding of Alcmene; Cave of Echoes (with Robert Bielak); Not Fade Away; Monster Child in the Promised Land; A Star to Guide Them (Teleplay with Brian Herskowitz, Story) ( 15 )
Steven L. Sears Dreamworker; Hooves & Harlots; Athens City Academy of Performing Bards (with R. J. Stewart); A Fistful of Dinars (with R. J. Stewart); Royal Couple of Thieves; The Greater Good; Orphan of War; Remember Nothing (Story, with Chris Manheim); Intimate Stranger; Destiny (Teleplay with R. J. Stewart); The Quest (Teleplay; Story with Chris Manheim & R. J. Stewart); The Price; Lost Mariner; The Dirty Half Dozen; The Deliverer; The Bitter Suite (with Chris Manheim); When in Rome; Sacrifice; A Good Day; Past Imperfect; Between the Lines; Endgame; Succession; Them Bones, Them Bones (as 'Buddy Williers'); Back in the Bottle (Teleplay as 'Buddy Williers'; Story with Rob Tapert) ( 25 )
Julie Selbo Hercules and the Amazon Women (with Andrew Dettman & Daniel Truly)
Julie Sherman The Path Not Taken
Emily Skopov Heart of Darkness; Return of the Valkyrie; The God You Know
Kevin Sorbo Two Men and a Baby (Story)
R. J. Stewart Sins of the Past (teleplay); The Titans; Prometheus; Athens City Academy of Performing Bards (with Steven L. Sears); A Fistful of Dinars (with Steven L. Sears); Mortal Beloved; Callisto; Return of Callisto; Warrior ... Princess ... Tramp; Destiny (Teleplay with Steven L. Sears); The Quest (Story with Chris Manheim & Steven L. Sears); A Day in the Life; Ulysses; The Furies; Gabrielle's Hope; The Debt, The Debt II (Teleplay; Story with Robert Tapert); Forgiven; Adventures in the Sin Trade I & II (Teleplay; Story with Rob Tapert); Crusader; The Way; The Ides of March; Deja Vu All Over Again; Fallen Angel (Teleplay; Story with Rob Tapert); Lifeblood (Teleplay with Strayton & O'Neill; Story with Rob Tapert); Motherhood (Teleplay); Who's Gurkhan (Teleplay); The Rheingold; Old Ares Had a Farm; A Friend in Need 1 & 2 (Teleplay; Story with Rob Tapert) ( 32 )
George Strayton (with Tom O'Neill) Revelations; City of the Dead; Seeds of Faith; Lifeblood (Teleplay with R. J. Stewart); Kindred Spirits; Eve ( 2 + 4 )
Phyllis Strong Darkness Visible
Julia Swift (with Andrew Landis) Greece is Burning
Edithe Swensen The Haunting of Amphipolis (Story with Joel Metzger)
Thomas A. Swyden (with Ashley Gable) The Play's The Thing
Rob Tapert Sins of the Past (story); Once a Hero (Story, with Robert Bielak & John Schulian); Destiny (Story); The Debt, The Debt II (Story with R. J. Stewart); Fins, Femmes & Gems (Story, with Armus & Foster); Adventures in the Sin Trade I & II (Story with R. J. Stewart); Locked Up and Tied Down (Story with Josh Becker); Fallen Angel (Story with R. J. Stewart); Back in the Bottle (Story with Steven L. Sears); Lifeblood (Story with R. J. Stewart); Motherhood (Story); Who's Gurkhan (Story); A Friend in Need 1 & 2 (Story with R. J. Stewart) ( 1 + 15 )
Roy Thomas Beware Greeks Bearing Gifts (Story - with Janis Hendler)
Noreen Tobin (with Gene O'Neill) Love Takes a Holiday; When a Man Loves a Woman; One Against an Army; Armageddon Now Pt 2 (Teleplay); My Fair Cupcake; Twilight (with Orci & Kurtzman); Render Unto Caesar; Let There be Light; Just Passing Through; Once Upon a Future King ( 9 + 1 )
Daniel Truly (with Andrew Dettman) Hercules and the Amazon Women (with Julie Selbo);
Hercules and the Circle of Fire (with Barry Pullman);
Hercules in the Underworld;
Hercules in the Maze of the Minotaur;
Road to Calydon; The Festival of Dionysus; The Vanishing Dead ( 8 )
Jeff Vlaming Takes One to Know One; Purity
Craig Volk All That Glitters
Christian Williams Hercules and the Lost Kingdom
Buddy Williers (Steven L. Sears) Them Bones, Them Bones; Back in the Bottle (Teleplay)
Terence Winter Cradle of Hope; The Giant Killer; Vanishing Act



Directors

Director Episodes directed
Jace Alexander Hooves & Harlots; Athens City Academy of Performing Bards
Josh Becker Hercules in the Maze of the Minotaur; A Fistful of Dinars; Warrior ... Princess ... Tramp; For Him The Bell Tolls; Blind Faith; Fins, Femmes & Gems; In Sickness and in Hell; If The Shoe Fits; Kindred Spirits; Soul Possession ( 1 + 9 )
Mark Beesley A Necessary Evil; Maternal Instincts; Armageddon Now; Armageddon Now 2; Once Upon a Future King; Be Deviled; Purity; Lyre Lyre, Hearts on Fire; Eternal Bonds; Amphipolis Under Siege; Eve; Coming Home; Heart of Darkness; Many Happy Returns ( 4 + 10 )
Timothy Bond The Fire Down Below; The Wedding of Alcmene; Long Live The King
Chuck Braverman The Green-Eyed Monster
Eric Brevig The Titans
John Cameron Royal Couple of Thieves; Genies and Grecians and Geeks, Oh My
Bruce Campbell The Vanishing Dead; What's in a Name; The King of Assassins; For Those of You Just Joining Us; The Key to the Kingdom; Redemption; Stranger and Stranger; Revelations; Full Circle ( 7 + 2 )
Rodney Charters Reign of Terror
Harley Cokeliss Hercules and the Lost Kingdom; Ares; March to Freedom; Chariots of War
Richard Compton Descent
Jim Contner Under the Broken Sky
Mario di Leo The Black Wolf
Peter Ellis Festival of Dionysus; Pride Comes Before a Brawl; Heedless Hearts
John Fawcett The Way; Fallen Angel; Them Bones, Them Bones; The Rheingold; Return of the Valkyrie; When Fates Collide ( 6 )
Robert Ginty Warrior...Priestess...Tramp
Ken Girotti The Ides of March
Christopher Graves Two Men and a Baby; Yes, Virginia, There is a Hercules; Porkules; The Play's The Thing; Takes One to Know One ( 3 + 2 )
Janet Greek King Con
Bruce Seth Green The Warrior Princess; Unchained Heart; Dreamworker; Outcast; The Mother of All Monsters ( 4 + 1 )
Paul Grinder Married With Fishsticks
David Grossman Love, Amazon Style
Charlie Haskell The Power; Love Takes a Holiday; The Xena Scrolls; Encounter; When a Man Loves a Woman; The Lost City; Les Contemptibles; Forget Me Not; The Academy; Send in the Clones ( 7 + 3 )
Michael Hurst Mercenary; A Day in the Life; ...And Fancy Free; One Fowl Day; Faith; A Tale of Two Muses; Somewhere Over Rainbow Bridge; Greece is Burning; Lifeblood; Antony & Cleopatra; Who's Gurkhan; To Helicon and Back ( 6 + 6 )
Rick Jacobson The Dirty Half Dozen; My Fair Cupcake; Sacrifice II; A Good Day; Locked Up and Tied Down; Between The Lines; Love on the Rocks; Succession; Animal Attraction; Back in the Bottle; Livia; Motherhood; The Abyss; The Ring ( 2 + 12 )
Gary Jones The Greater Good; The Giant Killer; Intimate Stranger; Prodigal Sister
John T. Kretchmer Eye of the Beholder; Cast a Giant Shadow; The Prodigal; Monster Child in the Promised Land; A Solstice Carol; Beanstalks and Bad Eggs ( 4 + 2 )
John Laing Hercules On Trial; When in Rome; Tsunami; Render Unto Caesar; Norse by Norsevest; Sky High; You Are There ( 4 + 3 )
Michael Lange Doomsday; Web of Desire
Doug Lefler Hercules and the Circle of Fire; The Wrong Path; Road to Calydon; King of Thieves (written & directed); Sins of the Past; A Family Affair; Chakram ( 4 + 3 )
Alan J. Levi Men in Pink
Michael Levine Cradle of Hope; Warrior ... Princess; Altared States; A Star to Guide Them; The Quest; Ulysses; Stranger in a Strange World ( 2 + 5 )
Allison Liddi Little Problems
Chris Long Darkness Rising; City of the Dead
Paul Lynch One Against an Army; Crusader
John Mahaffie War Wounds
Stewart Main Promises; Death Mask
Chris Martin-Jones Legacy; Path of Vengeance
Garth Maxwell Gladiator; All That Glitters; The Sword of Veracity; Mortal Beloved; The Execution; Lost Mariner; Forgiven; Past Imperfect; Devi; We'll Always Have Cyprus; Endgame; Rebel With a Cause; Seeds of Faith; Looking Death in the Eye; The Haunting of Amphipolis; The God You Know; Last of the Centaurs ( 5 + 12 )
George Mendeluk As Darkness Falls; The Other Side
Andrew Merrifield Been There, Done That; Gabrielle's Hope; The Quill Is Mightier; Vanishing Act; The Convert; My Best Girl's Wedding; Punch Lines ( 1 + 6 )
Adam Nimoy A Wicked Good Time
Patrick Norris Daughter of Pomira
Bill L. Norton Hercules and the Amazon Women; Hercules in the Underworld
Renee O'Connor Deja Vu All Over Again; Dangerous Prey
Jack Perez The Gauntlet
Steve Polivka If I Had A Hammer
Stephen L. Posey Siege at Naxos; The Path Not Taken; Prometheus; Centaur Mentor Journey ( 2 + 2 )
Robert Radler Let There be Light
Marina Sargenti Here She Comes ... Miss Amphipolis
Oley Sassone Protean Challenge; The Lady and the Dragon; Surprise; The Price; The Deliverer; The Debt; The Debt II; The Bitter Suite ( 3 + 5 )
T. J. Scott Highway to Hades; Beware Greeks Bearing Gifts; The Enforcer; Callisto; Is There a Doctor in the House?; Girls Just Wanna Have Fun; Not Fade Away; Return of Callisto; Adventures in the Sin Trade 1 & 2 ( 3 + 7 )
Phil Sgriccia Hero's Heart; Twilight; Resurrection; Darkness Visible; God Fearing Child ( 4 + 1 )
Gilbert Shilton The Furies
Charles Siebert The Reckoning; Death in Chains; Ties That Bind; Orphan of War; Prince Hercules; Ten Little Warlords; A Comedy of Eros; Medea Culpa; Top God; Reunions; Just Passing Through; Fade Out; Hercules, Tramps & Thieves; Old Ares Had a Farm ( 7 + 7 )
Kevin Sorbo The Apple; War Bride
Robert Tapert Once a Hero; Destiny; Paradise Found; A Friend in Need ( 1 + 3 )
Robert Trebor A Rock and a Hard Place
Gus Trikonis Let The Games Begin; Cave of Echoes; Judgement Day; Atlantis; Regrets...I've Had a Few ( 5 )
David Warry-Smith Sacrifice
James Whitmore, Jr. The End of the Beginning
Anson Williams King For a Day; Remember Nothing; Mummy Dearest

 
 

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