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Michael Engler

Michael Engler
Occupation Theater director,
television director,
television producer
Years active 1989–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


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.,[6] starring Ron Eldard, Giancarlo Esposito, and Brian Doyle Murray, as well as the series Sisters,[6] 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 Kaufmann, and starring Brian Benben and Wendie Malick, as well as an episode of the Claire Danes starrer My So-Called Life,[6] and began directing what would become fifteen episodes of the series Party of Five,[7] 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[6] and Under One Roof,[8] starring James Earl Jones, followed by the David E. Kelley series Chicago Hope[8] in 1996, as well as the TV series Profit, starring Adrian Pasdar in 1997.[8]

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,[6] starring Jeremy Piven. Engler wrapped up the 1990s with Time of Your Life,[8] 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.[8]

In 2001 Engler began directing for the HBO series Sex and the City for which he would go on to earn one Emmy nomination[9] and two Directors Guild of American nominations.[10]

In 2004 Engler directed an episode of the series Keen Eddie,[8] starring Mark Valley and Sienna Miller, followed by an episode of the HBO series Deadwood, starring Timothy Olyphant and Ian McShane.[11] Followed by Life As We Know It, which he co-executive produced, and the TV movie Twenty Questions which he also executive produced,[8] and the series The PTA.[12] In 2006, Engler directed the pilot episode for the USA series Psych.[8]

In 2007 Engler directed for the series 12 Miles of Bad Road, starring Lily Tomlin,[7] followed by the TV movies Two Families[8] and Single with Parents, starring Beau Bridges,[13] and the series Privileged, for which Engler served as executive producer on the pilot episode.[14] Engler ended the decade with the TV movie Lost and Found, featuring Brian Cox.[15]

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[16] and an Emmy[17] for directing the episode Rosemary's Baby.


Engler began the decade by directing two episodes of the NBC series Parenthood[7] in 2010, and The Big C, starring Laura Linney, for which Engler was an executive producer. He followed with an episode of Go On,[14] starring Matthew Perry and Nashville, starring Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere,[14] both in 2012. In 2013 Engler directed the pilot episode for the series Welcome to the Family, starring Ricardo Chavira and Mike O'Malley.[8]

Director Filmography

Year Title Notes
1992 Mastergate TV Movie


Sisters The Best Seats In The House

Out of the Ashes
Sleepless in Winnetka

1993 Baker's Field P.D. A Bullet For Stiles


Dream On One Ball, Two Strikes

Blame it on Reo

1994 My So-Called Life Self-Esteem


Party of Five Also executive producer

Thanksgiving 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



Once And Again Ozymandias 2.0

Love's Laborer's Lost
The Awful Truth
Acting Out

2001 The West Wing Ellie


Six Feet Under The Trip

In Place of Anger
I'll Take You
The Eye Inside



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


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


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



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
2015 Empire Out, Damned Spot


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