Ira Steven Behr

Biography: A graduate of Lehman College in New York City, Behr studied Mass Communications and Theater and was offered a playwriting scholarship at Brandeis University. Instead, Behr elected to move to Los Angeles and pursue a career in writing comedies for television and film.
Behr, however, made his mark in television dramas. His first job as a television writer was for the James Garner television series "Bret Maverick" (1981), and he later served as story editor for the series "Jessica Novack" (1981). Behr's writer/producer credits also include the series "Fame" (1982), "Once a Hero" (1987), and "The Bronx Zoo" (1987).
Behr's relationship with Star Trek began as a producer for "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987) during its third season. At the end of the season, Behr left the series to pursue screenwriting. Fortunately, Behr returned to Star Trek in 1993 as a supervising producer for the pilot of "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (1993) and became co-executive producer in the
A graduate of Lehman College in New York City, Behr studied Mass Communications and Theater and was offered a playwriting scholarship at Brandeis University. Instead, Behr elected to move to Los Angeles and pursue a career in writing comedies for television and film.
Behr, however, made his mark in television dramas. His first job as a television writer was for the James Garner television series "Bret Maverick" (1981), and he later served as story editor for the series "Jessica Novack" (1981). Behr's writer/producer credits also include the series "Fame" (1982), "Once a Hero" (1987), and "The Bronx Zoo" (1987).

Behr's relationship with Star Trek began as a producer for "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987) during its third season. At the end of the season, Behr left the series to pursue screenwriting. Fortunately, Behr returned to Star Trek in 1993 as a supervising producer for the pilot of "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (1993) and became co-executive producer in the second season. His diverse talents and experiences as a writer led him to the position of executive producer.

Behr played a key role in the development of the popular alien race, the Ferengi. He wrote the book "The Rules of Acquisition," which is a humorous compilation of the guiding tenets of Ferengi culture. Behr also co-wrote a collection of short stories and fables based on the Ferengi Rules of Acquisition entitled "Legends of the Ferengi," which was published by Pocket Books.

After DS9 ended its seven-season run in 1999, Behr went on to produce other television fare such as the science fiction drama "Now and Again" and the Jason Alexander comedy "Bob Patterson" (2001).

Many Star Trek fans agree that Behr should return to Star Trek and fix the damage that has been done since "Star Trek: Enterprise" changed so much and deviated from the bounds of good storytelling. Like he always said, "I've said it once and I'll say it again, we're here to make quality television."
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Ira Steven Behr's Scores

  • TV
Average career score: 69
Highest Metascore: 74 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 1
Lowest Metascore: 63 Alphas: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
2 tv reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
63 Alphas: Season 1 Jul 11, 2011 Writer / Executive Producer 7.1
tbd Crash: Season 2 Sep 18, 2009 Writer / Executive Producer tbd
tbd The 4400: Season 4 Jun 17, 2007 Writer / Executive Producer 8.5
tbd The 4400: Season 3 Jun 11, 2006 Writer 8.4
tbd The 4400: Season 2 Jun 5, 2005 Writer 7.3
tbd Dr. Vegas: Season 1 Sep 24, 2004 Writer tbd
tbd The 4400: Season 1 Jul 11, 2004 Writer / Executive Producer 8.0
tbd The Twilight Zone (2002): Season 1 Sep 18, 2002 Writer / Executive Producer tbd
tbd Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 7 Sep 30, 1998 Writer 7.9
tbd Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 6 Sep 29, 1997 Writer 8.6
tbd Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 5 Sep 30, 1996 Writer 8.5
tbd Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 4 Oct 2, 1995 Writer 8.3
tbd Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 3 Sep 26, 1994 Writer 7.9
tbd Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 2 Sep 26, 1993 Writer 7.8
74 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 1 Jan 3, 1993 Writer 8.5
tbd Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 4 Sep 24, 1990 Writer 8.8
tbd Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 3 Sep 25, 1989 Writer / Producer 8.7
tbd Fame: Season 6 Oct 6, 1986 Writer / Producer tbd
tbd Fame: Season 5 Oct 12, 1985 Writer tbd
tbd Fame: Season 4 Sep 29, 1984 Writer tbd