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      James Burrows

      James Burrows

      Highest Rated: 97% Being Mary Tyler Moore (2023)

      Lowest Rated: Not Available

      Birthday: Dec 30, 1940

      Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

      One of the most celebrated directors in television comedy history, James Burrows earned numerous Emmys for his crisp, fast-moving direction on such iconic series as "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" (CBS, 1970-77), "Taxi" (ABC/NBC, 1978-83), "Cheers" (NBC, 1982-93), which he also co-created, and "Will and Grace" (NBC, 1998-2006), among countless others. Burrows brought a quick-witted, theatrical pace to half-hour comedies that elevated them beyond the standard gags and banter to short plays that resonated with audiences beyond their weekly time slot. As a result, he became the go-to guy for both new and established shows to bring an element of style, wit and class to their seasonal lineup. In doing so, Burrows was among the most honored television directors in the medium's history and one of the few television directors average viewers recognized by name.

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      James Burrows ROBERT KLEIN STILL CAN'T STOP HIS LEG, JAMES BURROWS, 2016. ©THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY James Burrows in the press room for 67th Annual Directors Guild of America DGA Awards - Press Room, The Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Los Angeles, CA February 7, 2015. Photo By: Xavier Collin/Everett Collection

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      97% 77% Being Mary Tyler Moore Self - 2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Live in Front of a Studio Audience: The Facts of Life and Diff'rent Strokes Director,
      Executive Producer
      - 2021
      88% No Score Yet Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear's 'All in the Family' and 'The Jeffersons' Director - 2019
      0% 35% Partners Director - 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet More Than Friends Director - 1978

      TV

      Credit
      60% 80% Frasier Director 2023
      No Score Yet 36% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2022
      85% 57% B Positive Director 2020
      74% 75% Will & Grace Jimmy Burrows (Guest Star),
      Director,
      Executive Producer
      2017-2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Inside the Actors Studio Guest 2019
      No Score Yet 72% The Neighborhood Director 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Harry Guest 2017
      No Score Yet 100% The Nineties Self 2017
      62% 52% Superior Donuts Director 2017
      No Score Yet 83% Man With a Plan Director 2016-2017
      No Score Yet 63% Mike & Molly Director 2010-2012 2016
      No Score Yet 62% 2 Broke Girls Director 2011 2016
      47% 44% The Millers Director 2013-2015
      74% 88% The Comeback Himself (Guest Star) 2014
      13% 67% Friends With Better Lives Director 2014
      22% 41% Sean Saves the World Executive Producer 2013-2014
      17% 80% Partners Director 2012
      0% 47% $..! My Dad Says Director 2010
      65% No Score Yet Better With You Director 2010
      6% No Score Yet Romantically Challenged Executive Producer,
      Director
      2010
      24% 40% Gary Unmarried Director,
      Executive Producer
      2008-2010
      81% 83% The Big Bang Theory Director 2007
      40% No Score Yet Back to You Director 2007
      44% No Score Yet The Class Executive Producer,
      Director
      2006-2007
      No Score Yet 88% Will & Grace Executive Producer,
      Director
      1998-2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Stones Director 2004
      65% 65% Two and a Half Men Director 2003
      45% No Score Yet Madigan Men Director 2000
      0% No Score Yet Stark Raving Mad Director 1999
      38% No Score Yet The Secret Lives of Men Director 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Jesse Director 1998
      7% No Score Yet Conrad Bloom Director 1998
      70% No Score Yet George & Leo Director 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dharma & Greg Director 1997
      95% 94% Frasier Director 1993-1997
      73% No Score Yet Pearl Director 1996
      95% 79% NewsRadio Director 1995-1996
      78% 93% Friends Director (Guest Star) 1994
      87% 94% Cheers Creator,
      Executive Producer,
      Director
      1982-1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wings Director 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dear John Director 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock Director 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hogan Family Director 1986
      No Score Yet 88% Family Ties Director 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Associates Director 1979-1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Laverne & Shirley Director 1976-1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bob Newhart Show Maintenance Man (Guest Star),
      Director
      1975-1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mary Tyler Moore Show Director 1974-1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rhoda Unknown (Guest Star) 1974