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Carol Black (filmmaker)

Carol Black (filmmaker)

Carol Black (born c. 1957/1958)[1] is an American writer and filmmaker. She is known as the creator and writer-producer of the television series The Wonder Years and Ellen, both with her husband and writing partner Neal Marlens.[2] Black and Marlens received the 1988 Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series for The Wonder Years and the 1989 Writers Guild of America award after the first six-episode season had aired.[3][4]

Carol Black
Bornc. 1957/1958 (age 63–64)
Alma materSwarthmore College
OccupationWriter and filmmaker
Years active1983–present
Spouse(s)Neal Marlens

Black studied education and literature at Swarthmore College and UCLA, and after the birth of her children, left her career in the entertainment industry to become involved in the unschooling and alternative education movement and later to make independent nonprofit films.[5]

In 2010, she directed the documentary film Schooling the World: The White Man’s Last Burden about the impacts of institutional schooling on small-scale land-based societies. Schooling the World premiered at the Vancouver International Film Festival,[5] and features Wade Davis, Helena Norberg-Hodge, Vandana Shiva, Manish Jain, and Dolma Tsering. She also co-directed with Marlens the 2005 mockumentary The Lost People of Mountain Village, about excessive real estate development in the Rocky Mountains, which premiered at Mountainfilm in Telluride.[6]


  1. Haitman, Diane (November 30, 1988). "TV's '60s: War and Remembrance : Success Turns Into Mixed Blessing for Creators of 'Wonder Years'". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on January 27, 2013. Retrieved July 13, 2020. ...the husband and wife executive-producing team of Marlens, 32, and Black, 30.
  2. Benson, Jim (March 16, 1989). "'Wonder' Creators Run Out of Yeast". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on July 13, 2020. Retrieved July 13, 2020. Neal Marlens and Carol Black, the husband-and-wife team who created the popular ABC series The Wonder Years and now are its writers and executive producers, are about to leave the program to avoid getting burned out, they say, by a demanding work schedule.
  3. "The Museum of Broadcast Communications - Encyclopedia of Television". Archived from the original on February 8, 2006. Retrieved April 16, 2016.
  4. Haithman, Diane (November 30, 1988). "Success Turns Into Mixed Blessing for Creators of 'Wonder Years'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2016-04-16.
  5. "Q and A: Carol Black". The Globe and Mail. Toronto. October 10, 2010. Retrieved April 16, 2016.
  6. "Filmmakers mock luxury of vacancy in Telluride 'burb". The Denver Post. Colorado. March 1, 2006. Retrieved April 16, 2016.
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