James Burrows Interview
This is a Visual History Recording

Visual History with James Burrows

Interviewed by: Michael Lembeck

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.

James Burrows recalls what he learned from his experience as a first-time director on The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

Burrows describes developing Cheers with Bob Broder, Glen and Les Charles, and then casting the main characters.

He talks about his appreciation for mentors James L. Brooks and Jay Sandrich, sharing their important lessons for sitcom directors.