Veteran television director James Burrows helms his 1,000th episode

Over four decades, he has directed classic episodes of 'The Bob Newhart Show,' 'Taxi,' 'Cheers' and more. Next week, he reaches a milestone.

You might not know the name James Burrows, but you undoubtedly have seen one the sitcoms he directed. He got his start on The Mary Tyler Moore Show in 1974 with the episode "Neighbors." Burrows would oversee four episodes of Mary and continue his career in the director's chair for classic comedies including The Bob Newhart Show (11 episodes), Laverne & Shirley (8 episodes), Taxi (75 episodes) and Cheers (a whopping 237 episodes). In other words, the man was responsible for a large chunk of MeTV.

That resume includes several memorable episodes like "Latka's Cookies," "Bob Has His Tonsils Out, So He Spends Christmas Eve in the Hospital, "From Suds to Stardom," and too many Cheers to mention.

Burrows continued to be a go-to sitcom director, especially for "Must See TV" in the 1990s, on titles like Frasier, Friends and Will & Grace. More recently, he has worked on Mike & Molly and The Millers. Next Tuesday, according to Deadline, Burrows reaches a significant milestone as he will direct his 1,000 episode, the yet-to-debut Crowded.

Small screen directors hardly get the level of recognition received by their cinematic peers, especially those who handle three-camera comedies. Keep your eyes peeled for his work on MeTV, especially as part of our Last Laughs on Sunday nights. Burrows has certainly helped deliver laughter over four decades.

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