James Burrows has directed 1,000 episodes of television, including some of the top shows of the past 40 years. No. 1 was a 1974 episode of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," a job he got through a letter to the star, with whom he'd worked on a 1960s Broadway flop. Burrows was praised for his handling of the cast, which led to jobs on other MTM-produced shows. He also directed three more episodes of "Mary Tyler Moore."
Burrows directed 11 episodes of the MTM-produced "Bob Newhart Show," including one of the all-time classics, "Over the River and Through the Woods," in which Bob, Jerry, Howard and Mr. Carlin get drunk on Thanksgiving and order some Chinese food.
The knockabout "Laverne & Shirley" was a broader style of comedy than the MTM-produced shows on Burrows' resume. The director helmed eight episodes of the popular 1970s series.