James Burrows is being honored by some of TV’s biggest stars on Feb. 21 in ‘Must See TV: An All Star Tribute To James Burrows.’ If you need a refresher on James’ incredible career, here’s 5 things you need to know!
James Burrows has been a part of so many of the best television shows. From Friends to Cheers to The Big Bang Theory, James is by far the best director in TV history. He’s being honored by the casts of these iconic shows in Must See TV: An All Star Tribute To James Burrows. Before the special, here’s 5 key things you need to know about James!
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1. He’s directed TV shows over the course of five decades.
He’s directed episodes of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Taxi, Cheers, Frasier, Friends, Dharma & Greg, Will & Grace, Two & A Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, Mike & Molly, 2 Broke Girls, The Millers, Sean Saves The World and more.
2. He co-created Cheers.
James co-created Cheers with Les Charles and Glen Charles in 1982. Of the show’s 275 episodes, James directed all but 35.
3. He’s an Emmy winner!
Over the course of his career, James has won 10 Primetime Emmys. He won Emmys for his work on Will & Grace, Frasier, Cheers and Taxi.
4. He’s made cameo appearances on iconic shows.
James was the customer who knocks on the door in the final scene of Cheers, which ended in 1993. James also made an appearance in the first season of Friends as the director of the movie Joey Tribbiani was cast in as Al Pacino’s butt double.
5. He directed every episode of Will & Grace.
Will & Grace, which starred Debra Messing, Megan Mullally, Eric McCormack and Sean Hayes, ran from 1998 to 2006. James was a part of the show from beginning to end. He directed all 188 episodes of the show.
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