Lee Erwin (September 12, 1906, in Ada, Oklahoma - June 4, 1972 in Los Angeles, California) was a television writer from the 1950s to the 1970s. Erwin wrote for Mr. & Mrs. North, The Millionaire, Have Gun, Will Travel, The New Adventures of Charlie Chan and many other 1950s and 1960s TV shows. He is probably best known for his Star Trek episode "Whom Gods Destroy",[1] and his two-part Tarzan episode "The Deadly Silence". His episode of The Lieutenant, "To Set It Right", was controversial behind the scenes because the subject matter, racial prejudice, was taboo for entertainment television at the time. Despite claims that it never aired, Gene Roddenberry said it did, and the segment was reviewed by Daily Variety.[2] The episode was included in the 2012 DVD set The Lieutenant: The Complete Series, Part 2, from Warner Media, and a copy exists at The Paley Center for Media. Erwin's last work for television was the script for the All in the Family episode "Writing the President" (1971).

Lee Erwin
Born(1906-09-12)September 12, 1906
DiedJune 4, 1972(1972-06-04) (aged 65)
OccupationTelevision screenwriter
Years active1953-1971




Year Film Credit Notes
1959 The Flying Fontaines Written By
1970 Tarzan's Deadly Silence Written By Co-Wrote screenplay with "John Considine", "Tim Considine", and "Jack H. Robinson"


Year TV Series Credit Notes
1954 Mr. and Mrs. North Writer 10 Episodes
Captain Midnight Writer
1955 Tales of the Texas Rangers Writer
Sheena, Queen of the Jungle Writer 1 Episode
1955-56 Jungle Jim Writer 3 Episodes
1956 The Millionaire Writer 3 Episodes
Crossroads Writer 1 Episode
The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok Writer 1 Episode
Tales of the 77th Bengal Lancers Writer 1 Episode
The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin Writer 3 Episodes
1956-57 Circus Boy Writer 12 Episodes
1957 Have Gun – Will Travel Writer 1 Episode
1957-58 Casey Jones Writer 2 Episodes
White Hunter Writer 5 Episodes
The New Adventures of Charlie Chan Writer 5 Episodes
1958-59 Sea Hunt Writer 10 Episodes
Whirlybirds Writer 2 Episodes
1959 Richard Diamond, Private Detective Writer 2 Episodes
The Man and The Challenge Writer 1 Episode
1959-62 Laramine Writer 12 Episodes
1960 M Squad Writer 1 Episode
1961 The New Bob Cummings Show Writer 1 Episode
1962 Frontier Circus Writer 1 Episode
The Dick Van Dyke Show Writer 1 Episode
1962-63 Ripcord Writer 6 Episodes
1963 The Alfred Hitcock Hour Writer 1 Episode
1963-64 The Lieutenant Writer 3 Episodes
1964-65 Flipper Writer 5 Episodes
1965 Please Don’t Eat The Daisies Writer 2 Episodes
Peyton Place Writer 7 Episodes
The F.B.I. Writer 1 Episode
1966 Bewitched Writer 3 Episodes
1966-68 Tarzan Writer 2 Episodes
1967 Felony Squad Writer 1 Episode
1968 The Big Valley Writer 2 Episodes
Maya Writer 1 Episode
1968-69 The Flying Nun Writer 3 Episodes
1969 Star Trek Writer 1 Episode
1971 All in the Family Writer 1 Episode
Make Room for Granddaddy Writer 1 Episode
Monty Nash Writer 1 Episode
1973 Love, American Style Writer 1 Episode, Segment: "Love and the Playwright"
1988 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Writer 1 Episode


  1. ^ Michael Okuda and Denise Okuda, The Star Trek Encyclopedia, Pocket Books, 1999, ISBN 0-671-53609-5.
  2. ^ Kaufman, David (February 24, 1964). "Telepix Followup, THE LIEUTENANT ("To Set It Right")". Daily Variety: 8.