Al Jean

Al Jean (born January 9, 1961 Detroit, Michigan) is a television comedy writer best known for his work on The Simpsons.

Life and work

During his youth, Jean worked in his father's hardware store in Michigan. He graduated from Harrison High School and attended Harvard University, where he majored in mathematics and wrote for the Harvard Lampoon.

He has written for National Lampoon magazine, The Tonight Show, ALF and The PJs. In 1994, along with Mike Reiss, he created the prime time animated show The Critic, which was cancelled on both ABC and FOX, before finding some success in reruns on Comedy Central. These were also followed by a series of internet only shorts based around the Jay Sherman character in 2001.

He was show runner for Seasons 3 and 4 of The Simpsons, along with Mike Reiss. He was a writer/producer since the beginning of the Simpsons series.

Jean has been executive producer on The Simpsons since 2001. The show's nineteenth season, currently airing, is his seventh season as solo executive producer (ninth total).

Jean has been prominent in The Simpsons DVD commentaries, being part of the commentaries for almost every episode he executive produced or collaborated on.

Jean is also the creator of the web series "Jesus and His brothers" on

Credited episodes


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