David H. Goodman

David H. Goodman is an American television writer and producer.

David H. Goodman
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Goodman at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2017
Other namesDavid Goodman
OccupationWriter, producer

He is known for his work on the CBS drama Without a Trace and the FOX science fiction series Fringe. He currently serves as writer and executive producer on the ABC fantasy series Once Upon a Time.


In 1997, Goodman became a script coordinator for the Sci-Fi television series The Visitor. The series was cancelled after its first season and Goodman became script coordinator for the supernatural drama series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He joined the crew of Buffy mid-way through the second season in 1998. Goodman left the show with the close of the sixth season in 2002.

While working on Buffy, his writing debut was for Bruce Campbell vehicle Jack of All Trades with the second season episode "Croquey in the Pokey" in 2001. He wrote two episodes for the third season of Angel - "Dad" in 2001 and "Double or Nothing" in 2002.

In 2002, he became a story editor and writer for action series Fastlane, scripting the first season episode "Dosed". He also wrote for the Batman spin-off Birds of Prey and contributed two episodes, "Three Birds and a Baby" in 2002 and "Gladiatrix" in 2003.

In 2003, he became involved with Without a Trace as a story editor for the second season. He wrote the second season episodes "Moving On" (2003) and "Risen" (2004). He became an executive story editor for the third season and contributed two more episodes "Trials" (2004) and "Transitions" (2005). He joined the production team for the fourth season, initially as a co-producer. He wrote the episodes "Lost Time" and "Odds or Evens". He was promoted to producer mid-season and wrote a third episode, "Shattered". He became a supervising producer for the fifth season and wrote the episodes "Win Today" (2006), "Eating Away" (2007), "Connections" (2007) and the season finale "The Beginning" (2007). He became a co-executive producer for the sixth season and wrote the episodes "Fight/Flight" (2007) and "A Dollar and a Dream" (2008). He left the show in Spring 2008 having written thirteen episodes in total.

Goodman is a 1995 graduate of Wesleyan University.[1]


In 2008, he joined the crew on the first season of the FOX science fiction thriller Fringe, as a writer an co-executive producer. After completing the season, Goodman left the series. He, along with the rest of the writing staff, was nominated for the Writers Guild of America Award for Best New Series at the February 2009 ceremony for his work on the first season.[2] Episodes Goodman co-wrote include:

Once Upon a TimeEdit

In Summer 2011, Goodman was brought on to the ABC fantasy drama Once Upon a Time, as a writer and co-executive producer.[3] Episodes Goodman has contributed to include:


  1. ^ "The Wesleyan Fund, Winter 2009". Wesleyan.edu. 2009-08-21. Retrieved 2012-08-24.
  2. ^ "2009 Writers Guild Awards Television, Radio, News, Promotional Writing, and Graphic Animation Nominees Announced". WGA. 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-12-12. Retrieved 2008-12-12.
  3. ^ "David H. Goodman Credits". TV Guide Magazine. Retrieved August 24, 2012.

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