Lindsey Shockley

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Lindsey Shockley
Alma mater University of Pennsylvania
Occupation Television Writer, Producer
Spouse(s) Steven Edell (m. 2012; 1 child)

Lindsey Shockley is an American comedy writer, producer and improviser best known for her work on HBO's Hello Ladies and ABC's Blackish.

Early life

Shockley was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and grew up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, the daughter of Linda and William Shockley. She helped found her high school's improv comedy team East Chapel Hill High's "Randomax".[1]

In 2003, Shockley graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Communications. In 2007, Shockley earned an MFA from University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts in Film Production. While at USC, her short film she wrote and directed, The Truth About Faces, garnered attention for being shot entirely in one continuous take.[2] Once moving to Los Angeles, Shockley took classes and studied improv comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade and performed at the Improv Comedy Lab with her improv team, "The Cabinet".


In 2010, Shockley began her TV writing career on NBC's Perfect Couples. She went on to write for ABC's Work It, Fox's Ben and Kate, HBO's Hello Ladies, ABC's Trophy Wife, and USA's Benched. In 2014, she began writing on ABC's Blackish where she currently serves as a Co-Executive Producer on the show's fourth season. In 2014, Shockley inked her first overall deal with ABC Studios to develop new projects and serve as a writer/producer on Blackish.[3] The deal stemmed from her work on ABC Studios' shows Hello Ladies, Trophy Wife, and Benched. In 2017, Shockley's original pilot idea Unit Zero [4] was picked up by ABC Studios. Shockley wrote the script as well as executive produced the pilot alongside Kenya Barris.

Personal life

In 2012, Shockley married drama writer Steven Edell.[5] The two met while in graduate school at USC's School of Cinematic Arts. In 2014, they welcomed their first child, Lucy.


Year Title Role Episodes
2011 Perfect Couples Staff Writer 1.10 "Perfect Exes"
2012 Work It Staff Writer 1.07 "Girl Fight"
2012-2013 Ben and Kate Story Editor 1.08 "Reunion", 1.16 "Ethics 101"
2013 Hello Ladies Executive Story Editor
2013–2014 Trophy Wife Executive Story Editor, Co-Producer 1.04 "The Breakup", 1.10 "Twas The Night Before Christmas... Or Twas It?", 1.16 "The Wedding: Part One"
2014 Benched Co-Producer 1.03 "Hooked and Booked", 1.12 "Brief Encounters"
2017 Unit Zero Creator, Executive Producer Pilot
2014–Present Blackish Co-Executive Producer 1.06 "The Prank King", 1.12 "Martin Luther sKiing Day", 2.07 "Charlie in Charge", 2.18 "Black Nanny", 3.06 "The Purge", 4.10 "Working Girl"


Year Award Category Nominated Work Result
2014 TV Guide Award Favorite New Show Blackish Nominated
2015 Women's Image Network Award Outstanding Comedy Series Blackish Nominated
2015 People's Choice Awards Favorite New TV Comedy Blackish Nominated
2015 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Breakout Show Blackish Nominated
2015 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Comedy Series Blackish Won
2015 African-American Film Critics Association Best TV Comedy Blackish Won
2016 AFI Awards TV Program of the Year Blackish Won
2016 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Comedy Series Blackish Nominated
2016 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Comedy Series Blackish Won
2016 Peabody Awards 2015 Peabody Award Blackish Won
2016 68th Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Comedy Series Blackish Nominated
2017 74th Golden Globe Awards Best Series: Musical or Comedy Blackish Nominated
2017 MTV Awards Best American Story Blackish Won
2017 69th Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Comedy Series Blackish Nominated
2018 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Comedy Series Blackish Won


  1. ^ "Chapel Hill Native Now Writing for ABC's "black-ish"".
  2. ^ "No Cuts Lindsey Shockley Shoots Non-Stop Thesis".
  3. ^ "Comedy Writer Lindsey Shockley Inks Overall Deal With ABC Studios".
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Weddings/Celebrations Lindsey Shockley, Steven Edell".

External links

  • Lindsey Shockley on IMDb
  • Lindsey Shockley on Variety
  • Lindsey Shockley on Twitter
  • The Truth About Faces
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