Michael Engler

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Michael Engler
OccupationTheater director,
television director,
television producer
Years active1989–present

Michael Engler is an American theater director, and a Director's Guild of America and Emmy nominated television director and producer.


His Broadway credits include Eastern Standard,[1] starring Dylan Baker, Patricia Clarkson, Kevin Conroy, and Anne Meara, as well as Mastergate,[2] written by Larry Gelbart, and I Hate Hamlet,[3] written by Paul Rudnick and starring Evan Handler and Alan Arkin.

His direction of the 2003 off-Broadway production of the Alan Bennett play Talking Heads garnered him a nomination for the Outer Critics Circle Award.[4]

Film and television[edit]


Engler began his career in television with the TV movie Mastergate (1992) based on the play he directed by Larry Gelbart.[5] The following year he worked on the television series Bakersfield P.D.,[citation needed] starring Ron Eldard, Giancarlo Esposito, and Brian Doyle Murray, as well as the series Sisters,[citation needed] starring Swoosie Kurtz and Sela Ward.

In 1993 and 1994 Engler directed two episodes of the HBO series Dream On, created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, and starring Brian Benben and Wendie Malick, as well as an episode of the Claire Danes starrer My So-Called Life,[citation needed] and began directing what would become fifteen episodes of the series Party of Five,[6] on which he was also a producer. The series starred Neve Campbell and Jennifer Love Hewitt.

In 1995 Engler worked on the Mary Tyler Moore series New York News[citation needed] and Under One Roof,[7] starring James Earl Jones, followed by the David E. Kelley series Chicago Hope[7] in 1996, as well as the TV series Profit, starring Adrian Pasdar in 1997.[7]

In 1998 Engler wrote and directed the short film The Victim. In the same year he worked on the short-lived series Significant Others, starring Jennifer Garner, and Cupid,[citation needed] starring Jeremy Piven. Engler wrapped up the 1990s with Time of Your Life,[7] a spin-off of Party of Five. Engler served as a consulting producer on Cupid and a co-executive producer on Time of Your Life.


Engler began the decade with the series Once and Again, starring Sela Ward, Billy Campbell, Evan Rachel Wood, and Shane West, followed by the Aaron Sorkin drama The West Wing, the HBO series Six Feet Under, starring Peter Krause and Michael C. Hall, Hidden Hills, and the series My Guide to Becoming a Rock Star starring Oliver Hudson, two episodes of Watching Ellie and an episode of Do Over.[7]

In 2001 Engler began directing for the HBO series Sex and the City for which he would go on to earn one Emmy nomination[8] and two Directors Guild of American nominations.[9]

In 2004 Engler directed an episode of the series Keen Eddie,[7] starring Mark Valley and Sienna Miller, followed by an episode of the HBO series Deadwood, starring Timothy Olyphant and Ian McShane.[10] This was followed by Life As We Know It, which he co-executive produced, and the TV movie Twenty Questions which he also executive produced,[7] and the series The PTA.[11] In 2006, Engler directed the pilot episode for the USA series Psych.[7]

In 2007 Engler directed for the series 12 Miles of Bad Road, starring Lily Tomlin,[6] followed by the TV movies Two Families[7] and Single with Parents, starring Beau Bridges,[12] and the series Privileged, for which Engler served as executive producer on the pilot episode.[13] Engler ended the decade with the TV movie Lost and Found, featuring Brian Cox.[14]

Beginning in 2007, Engler directed eleven episodes of the NBC series 30 Rock, for which he was nominated for a Directors Guild of America Award[15] and an Emmy[16] for directing the episode Rosemary's Baby.


Engler began the decade by directing two episodes of the NBC series Parenthood[6] in 2010, and The Big C, starring Laura Linney, for which Engler was an executive producer. He followed with an episode of Go On,[13] starring Matthew Perry, and Nashville, starring Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere,[13] both in 2012. In 2013 Engler directed the pilot episode for the series Welcome to the Family, starring Ricardo Chavira and Mike O'Malley.[7]

Director filmography[edit]

Year Title Notes
1992 Mastergate TV movie
1992–1993 Sisters "The Best Seats In The House"
"Out of the Ashes"
"Sleepless in Winnetka"
1993 Bakersfield P.D. "A Bullet For Stiles"
1993–1994 Dream On "One Ball, Two Strikes"
"Blame it on Reo"
1994 My So-Called Life "Self-Esteem"
1994–1998 Party of Five Also executive producer
"Games People Play"
"It's Not Easy Being Green"
"Dearly Beloved"
"Unfair Advantage"
"Altered States"
"Going, Going, Gone"
"Personal Demons"
"Desperate Measures"
"I Declare"
"Point of No Return"
"You Win Some, You Lose Some"
"What a Drag"
"Positive Attitude"
"Fools Rush Out"
1995 New York News "Past Imperfect"
1995 Under One Roof "Ronnie's Got A Gun"
1996 Chicago Hope "Sweet Surrender"
1997 Profit "Security"
1998 The Victim Also writer
Short film
1998 Significant Others "The Next Big Thing"
"Matters of Gravity"
1998 Cupid Also consulting producer
"Heaven... He's In Heaven"
"Heart of the Matter"
1999 Time of Your Life Also co-executive producer
"The Time She Came To New York"
"The Time She Got Mobbed"
"The Time The Truth Was Told"
"The Time They Got E-Rotic"
"The Time They Cheated"
"The Time They Broke The Law"
2000–2001 Once And Again "Ozymandias 2.0"
"Love's Laborer's Lost"
"The Awful Truth"
"Acting Out"
2001 The West Wing "Ellie"
2001–2003 Six Feet Under "The Trip"
"In Place of Anger"
"I'll Take You"
"The Eye Inside"
2001–2004 Sex and the City "Time and Punishment"
"My Motherboard, Myself"
"The Big Journey"
"I Love a Charade"
"Lights, Camera, Relationship"
"Hop, Skip, and a Week"
"Out of the Frying Pan"
2002 My Guide to Becoming a Rock Star "Fame"
"The Road Gig"
"Pay to Play"
2002 Watching Ellie "Cheetos"
2002 Hidden Hills "The Mark of Manolo"
2002 Do Over "Hot For Teacher"
2004 Keen Eddie "Inciting Incident"
2004 Deadwood "Bullock Returns to the Camp"
2004–2005 Life As We Know It Also co-executive producer

"Pilot Junior"
"The Best Laid Plans"
"A Little Problem"

2006 Twenty Questions Also executive producer
TV movie
2006 The PTA
2006 Psych "Pilot"
2007 12 Miles of Bad Road "Pilot"
2007 Two Families TV movie
2007–2012 30 Rock "The Baby Show"
"Up All Night"
"Jack Gets In The Game"
"Rosemary's Baby"
"Secrets and Lies"
"Brooklyn Without Limits"
"Hey, Baby, What's Wrong? Part 1"
"Hey, Baby, What's Wrong? Part 2"
"What Will Happen to the Gang Next Year?"
"Stride of Pride"
2008 Single with Parents TV movie
2008 Privileged Also executive producer (pilot only)
"All About Honesty"
"All About Insecurities"
"All About Love, Actually"
2009 Lost and Found TV movie
2010 Parenthood "Wassup"
"The Situation"
2010–2013 The Big C Also executive producer
"There's No C in Team"
"Everything That Rises Must Converge"
"Taking the Plunge"
"Losing Patients"
"Musical Chairs"
"Goldilocks and the Bears"
"The Last Thanksgiving"
"Crossing the Line"
"Thin Ice"
"What's Your Story?"
"Vaya Con Dios"
"Fly Away"
"Quality of Life"
"The Finale"
2012 Go On "Do You Believe in Ghosts ... Yes!"
2012 Nashville "Someday You'll Call My Name"
2013 Welcome to the Family "Pilot"
"Dad Finds Out"
"The Big RV Adventure"
"Lisette's Abuela Visits"
2014 Brooklyn Nine-Nine "The Party"
2014 Masters of Sex "Dirty Jobs"
2014–2016 Downton Abbey "Episode Eight"
"Episode Five"
"Episode Six"
"The Finale"
2015–2016 Empire "Out, Damned Spot"
"A Rose By Any Other Name"
2015–2017 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt "Kimmy Goes to School"
"Kimmy's Bad at Math!"
"Kimmy Finds Her Mom!"
"Kimmy Googles the Internet!"
2016 Notorious "Pilot"
"The Prep Talk"
"Tell Me a Secret"
2016 Pure Genius "A Bunker Hill Christmas"
2017 The Guest Book "Story Six"
"Story Eight"
2018 The Affair "408"
2018 Splitting Up Together "Asking For a Friend"
2018 The Chaperone Film
2019 Downton Abbey Film


  1. ^ Eastern Standard at Google Books
  2. ^ New York Times: A Dream Come True: Growing Up to Direct Plays
  3. ^ New York Times: Review/Theater; Williamson as Specter in 'I Hate Hamlet'
  4. ^ Talking Heads at the Lortel Archives Archived 2007-10-19 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ TCM: Mastergate Overview
  6. ^ a b c Parenthood Director Bio Michael Engler
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j TV.com Michael Engler
  8. ^ Sex and The City Emmy Nominations
  9. ^ Sex and the City Directors Bare All
  10. ^ Michael Engler (director); Jody Worth (writer) (2004-05-02). "Bullock Returns to the Camp". Deadwood. Season 1. Episode 7. HBO.
  11. ^ The PTA at interestMIX Archived 2013-07-18 at Archive.today
  12. ^ ABC unveils five new shows for midseason
  13. ^ a b c Subtitle Box: Filmography of Michael Engler
  14. ^ Hollywood Reporter: Two For NBC's Lost and Found
  15. ^ Variety: DGA announces TV nominations, 'Lost,' 'Sopranos,' '30 Rock' nab duo of nods
  16. ^ 30 Rock Emmy Nominations

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