Prior to The Americans, Joel Fields served as a writer/executive producer on the first two seasons of TNT’s hit television showRizzoli & Isles. He also served as a writer/executive producer on ABC’s Golden Globe®-winning series Ugly Betty and on the FX series Dirt, starring Courteney Cox. Other writing credits include Steven Bochco's Raising The Bar; Commander In Chief, which received a Golden Globe® nomination for Best Dramatic Series of 2005/2006; and Over There, Steven Bochco’s critically acclaimed series about the Iraq war.

In addition to his TV work, Fields is also a playwright. His original play How I Fell in Love premiered at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and ran in New York at The Abingdon Theater Company. He also co-authored a new book for Cole Porter’s classic musical Can-Can with director David Lee. Their script received a National Endowment for the Arts grant as part of the NEA’s American Masterpieces project. Can-Can premiered at The Pasadena Playhouse, and was honored with four LA Theater Ovation Awards.

Fields lives in New York with his wife, Jessica, and their two children. Of all the things in his life for which he is grateful, they are at the very top of the list.