Honoring James Burrows

by dan_dassow | created - 19 Feb 2016 | updated - 19 Feb 2016 | Public

On Sunday February 21, 2016, NBC will honor James Burrows as TV's most accomplished comedy director. Burrows directed one or more episodes from each of the shows listed below. Which of these Burrows’ directed shows best exemplifies his directorial skill?

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1. Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

The lives and trials of a young single woman and her friends, both at work and at home.

Stars: Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod, Valerie Harper

Votes: 5,642

2. The Bob Newhart Show (1972–1978)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy

The professional and personal misadventures of a psychologist and his family, patients, friends and colleagues.

Stars: Bob Newhart, Suzanne Pleshette, Bill Daily, Marcia Wallace

Votes: 3,994

3. Rhoda (1974–1978)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

After spending several years in her young adult life in Minneapolis but with her brash Bronx Jewish upbringing in tow and with its associated sarcasm, artistically inclined Rhoda ... See full summary »

Stars: Valerie Harper, Julie Kavner, Lorenzo Music, David Groh

Votes: 1,726

4. Phyllis (1975–1977)

30 min | Comedy

This spin-off from Mary Tyler Moore (1970) has Mary Richards' landlady, Phyllis Lindstrom, moving back to her hometown of San Francisco with her teenage daughter Bess following the sudden ... See full summary »

Stars: Cloris Leachman, Henry Jones, Jane Rose, Carmine Caridi

Votes: 305

5. Laverne & Shirley (1976–1983)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

The misadventures of two single women in the 1950s and '60s.

Stars: Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams, David L. Lander, Michael McKean

Votes: 5,028

6. Lou Grant (1977–1982)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama

The trials of a former television station manager, turned newspaper city editor, and his journalist staff.

Stars: Edward Asner, Robert Walden, Mason Adams, Jack Bannon

Votes: 1,392

7. The Betty White Show (1977–1978)

30 min | Comedy

The exploits of hack TV actress Joyce Whitman, star of the fictitious "Undercover Woman" series.

Stars: Betty White, John Hillerman, Georgia Engel, Alex Henteloff

Votes: 78

8. Taxi (1978–1983)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

The staff of a New York City taxicab company go about their job while they dream of greater things.

Stars: Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito, Marilu Henner

Votes: 9,676

9. Cheers (1982–1993)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Drama

The regulars of the Boston bar Cheers share their experiences and lives with each other while drinking or working at the bar where everybody knows your name.

Stars: Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger, George Wendt

Votes: 40,666

10. Night Court (1984–1992)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

An eccentric fun-loving judge presides over an urban night court and all the silliness going on there.

Stars: Harry Anderson, John Larroquette, Richard Moll, Charles Robinson

Votes: 8,596

11. Valerie (1986–1991)

30 min | Comedy, Family

Originally the saga of a working mom raising her three sons alone while her pilot husband is away. After star Valerie Harper left the series, her role was filled by Sandy Duncan as the boys' aunt.

Stars: Jason Bateman, Jeremy Licht, Luis Daniel Ponce, Josh Taylor

Votes: 1,133

12. Dear John (1988–1992)

30 min | Comedy

After his wife leaves him for his best friend, John Lacey joins the One Two One Club, a support group for divorced and widowed people. The group consists of its fiery British leader Louise,... See full summary »

Stars: Judd Hirsch, Jere Burns, Jane Carr, Isabella Hofmann

Votes: 1,042

13. Wings (1990–1997)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

Brothers Brian and Joe Hackett attempt to run an airline on the New England island of Nantucket while surrounded by their various wacky friends and employees.

Stars: Tim Daly, Steven Weber, Crystal Bernard, David Schramm

Votes: 8,899

14. Frasier (1993–2004)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

Dr. Frasier Crane moves back to his hometown of Seattle, where he lives with his father, and works as a radio psychiatrist.

Stars: Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce, Peri Gilpin

Votes: 63,784

15. Friends (1994–2004)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, Romance

Follows the personal and professional lives of six twenty to thirty-something-year-old friends living in Manhattan.

Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc

Votes: 615,208

16. NewsRadio (1995–1999)

23 min | Comedy, Romance

The workplace sitcom "NewsRadio" explores the office politics and interpersonal relationships among the staff of WNYX NewsRadio, New York's #2 news radio station. Beleaguered news director ... See full summary »

Stars: Dave Foley, Stephen Root, Andy Dick, Maura Tierney

Votes: 11,726

17. Caroline in the City (1995–1999)

TV-PG | 23 min | Comedy, Romance

Caroline Duffy is a successful cartoonist living in Manhattan whose comic strip "Caroline in the City" has become a huge hit. The strip is based on her own life, and the people in it - her ... See full summary »

Stars: Lea Thompson, Malcolm Gets, Amy Pietz, Eric Lutes

Votes: 2,877

18. 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996–2001)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

A group of aliens are sent to Earth, disguised as a human family, to experience and report life on the 3rd planet from the sun.

Stars: John Lithgow, Jane Curtin, Kristen Johnston, French Stewart

Votes: 42,137

19. Dharma & Greg (1997–2002)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Romance

A free spirited yoga instructor finds true love in a conservative lawyer and they got married on the first date. Though they are polar opposites; her need of stability is fulfilled with him, his need of optimism is fulfilled with her.

Stars: Jenna Elfman, Thomas Gibson, Joel Murray, Mimi Kennedy

Votes: 25,883

20. Veronica's Closet (1997–2000)

30 min | Comedy

Veronica is the best romance expert around. Unfortunately, her expertise only works on others. After dumping her womanizing husband, she must build back her life and image through her ... See full summary »

Stars: Kirstie Alley, Kathy Najimy, Dan Cortese, Wallace Langham

Votes: 1,633

21. Will & Grace (1998– )

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, Romance

Will and Grace live together in an apartment in New York City. He's a gay lawyer, she's a straight interior designer. Their best friends are Jack, a gleeful but proud gay man, and Karen, a charismatic, filthy rich, amoral socialite.

Stars: Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally, Sean Hayes

Votes: 45,284

22. Jesse (1998–2000)

30 min | Comedy

A single mother (Applegate) tries to find love again with her new boyfriend Diego, of whom her father disapproves. She gets help from her two brothers (one voluntarily mute) and two ... See full summary »

Stars: Christina Applegate, Jennifer Milmore, Liza Snyder, Bruno Campos

Votes: 1,055

23. Good Morning, Miami (2002–2007)

30 min | Comedy

A talented young TV producer arrives in Miami to revamp the lowest-rated morning show in the country.

Stars: Constance Zimmer, Mark Feuerstein, Ashley Williams, Jere Burns

Votes: 546

24. Two and a Half Men (2003–2015)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, Romance

A hedonistic jingle writer's free-wheeling life comes to an abrupt halt when his brother and 10-year-old nephew move into his beach-front house.

Stars: Jon Cryer, Ashton Kutcher, Angus T. Jones, Conchata Ferrell

Votes: 220,937

25. The Big Bang Theory (2007– )

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, Romance

A woman who moves into an apartment across the hall from two brilliant but socially awkward physicists shows them how little they know about life outside of the laboratory.

Stars: Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg

Votes: 611,702

26. Back to You (2007–2008)

30 min | Comedy

A pair of star news anchors work together at a local TV station.

Stars: Kelsey Grammer, Patricia Heaton, Josh Gad, Ty Burrell

Votes: 2,040

27. Mike & Molly (2010–2016)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

A couple meets at an Overeaters' Anonymous meeting.

Stars: Billy Gardell, Melissa McCarthy, Reno Wilson, Katy Mixon

Votes: 20,301

28. $#*! My Dad Says (2010–2011)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

A middle aged son moves in with his old fashioned dad.

Stars: William Shatner, Jonathan Sadowski, Nicole Sullivan, Will Sasso

Votes: 4,717

29. Romantically Challenged (2010)

30 min | Comedy

Rebecca is a recently divorced single mom attorney in Pittsburgh who hasn't dated "since Bill Clinton was president".

Stars: Alyssa Milano, Kyle Bornheimer, Josh Lawson, Kelly Stables

Votes: 504

30. 2 Broke Girls (2011–2017)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy

Two young women waitressing at a greasy spoon diner strike up an unlikely friendship in the hopes of launching a successful business - if only they can raise the cash.

Stars: Kat Dennings, Beth Behrs, Garrett Morris, Jonathan Kite

Votes: 82,088

31. Partners (2012–2013)

Comedy, Romance

Two lifelong friends, who are both architects, form a business partnership.

Stars: Michael Urie, David Krumholtz, Sophia Bush, Brandon Routh

Votes: 3,850

32. Sean Saves the World (2013–2014)

30 min | Comedy

Centers on Sean, who must figure out how to parent his 14-year-old daughter, who just moved in, while navigating a temperamental new boss at work.

Stars: Sean Hayes, Megan Hilty, Echo Kellum, Samantha Isler

Votes: 2,021

33. The Millers (2013–2015)

22 min | Comedy

A divorced reporter, looking forward to the single life, finds his parents' marital problems derail his plans.

Stars: J.B. Smoove, Nelson Franklin, Margo Martindale, Will Arnett

Votes: 5,114

34. Unusually Thicke (2014– )

30 min | Comedy, Reality-TV

Alan Thicke, one of Hollywood's most famous TV dads, stars in Unusually Thicke (2014), an original reality sitcom. Not even seven seasons as "Dr. Jason Seaver" on Growing Pains (1985) could... See full summary »

Stars: Alan Thicke, Tanya Callau, Carter Thicke, Garrett Swann

Votes: 155

35. Crowded (2016)

TV-14 | 21 min | Comedy

An empty nest couple find out that their adult daughters want to move back home with them.

Stars: Patrick Warburton, Carrie Preston, Miranda Cosgrove, Mia Serafino

Votes: 1,771



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