(written from a Production point of view)
In the commentary for the episode "Where No Fan Has Gone Before" of the animated Futurama – the series Goodman worked on as writer/co-producer, directly before his tenure on Enterprise and which episode was written by him, parodies Star Trek: The Original Series and featured its cast – Goodman noted that his work on that episode "got [him] a job on Star Trek". An avid fan of the Original Series, Goodman made sure that all references in that episode were the correct ones. As fan, Goodman was featured in the documentaries Trekkies 2 (2004) and Trek Nation (2010).
Goodman wrote the text for the 2012 reference book, Star Trek: Federation - The First 150 Years, detailing the history of the Federation's formation. He also wrote The Autobiography of James T. Kirk, released September 2015, and The Autobiography of Jean-Luc Picard, released in October 2017.
After departing Enterprise, Goodman was hired as executive producer and showrunner on the animated series Family Guy from Seth MacFarlane, following its revival by Fox. From 2003 to 2013, his work on both Futurama and Family Guy has earned Goodman six Emmy Award nominations and a BAFTA Award, Nebula Award (for "Where No Fan Has Gone Before"), and Writers Guild of America Award nomination each.
Prior to his involvement to these productions, Goodman, a 1984 BA graduate of the University of Chicago, started working in the motion picture industry in 1989 on the sitcom Golden Girls and has subsequently worked in the roles of (co-)producer, writer, script editor, consultant and voice actor on television productions like Babes, Flesh 'n' Blood, Rhythm & Blues, Stark Raving Mad and various others. In 2011 he left Family Guy to work on Allen Gregory and Murder Police.
Goodman rejoined MacFarlane as executive co-producer on his 2017 comedy/drama series The Orville for Fox TV, a science fiction series heavily inspired by, and intended as a homage to, Star Trek: The Next Generation. He also wrote one episode for the first season.
- Reference books