Joel Surnow is one of the creators of 24, along with Robert Cochran. He also served as an executive producer and writer on the show. Born in Detroit, Michigan, Surnow graduated from UCLA film school in 1976. Soon after graduating, he began working on film and television. He met fellow writer Robert Cochran in 1981, while working on the show Falcon Crest. The two later collaborated in shows like The Commish and La Femme Nikita. In 2001, Surnow and Cochran developed 24. They worked on the show as writers and executive producers for the first six seasons, eventually resigning in the middle of Season 7. Surnow and Cochran have served as consultants in later seasons.
Jack Bauer: Of course I have regrets, Senator. I regret losing my family. My wife was murdered because I was responsible for protecting David Palmer during an assassination attempt. My daughter can't even look at me. Everyday I regret looking into the eyes of men, women and children knowing that any moment their lives might be deemed expendable in an effort to protect the greater good. I regret every decision or mistake that I might have made which resulted in the loss of a single innocent life. But do you know what I regret the most? Is that this world needs people like me.