Visual History Interview
Veteran sitcom and pilot director and producer James Burrows (Cheers, Frasier, Taxi) discusses his vast, critically acclaimed and award-winning career directing some of the most iconic series from the 1970s to the present day.
A Lifetime in Television
With 1,000 episodes of TV, including pilots for such iconic comedies as Taxi, Cheers, Frasier, Friends, Will & Grace, Two and a Half Men, and The Big Bang Theory, Jimmy Burrows has helped directors define the genre.
James Burrows, the legendary director of Taxi, Cheers, Will & Grace, and numerous other hits says you never know what’s going to happen on the set—and that’s what makes it fun.
The Quarterly brings together six of the most accomplished sitcom directors to discuss the creative and commercial side of making funny shows.
With series like Taxi, Cheers, Will & Grace and Frasier, James Burrows raised the sitcom to high art. His secret? Respecting the craft.
Directing Television Pilots
With TV getting bigger, better and more competitive, pilot directors have a lot at stake.