How Many TV Episodes Directed by Women?

92“I don’t need you tell me how girls act! I’m a director!”

 

Edited by Maria Giese

Readers have been asking us: HOW MANY EPISODES OF AMERICAN TV ACTUALLY GET DIRECTED BY WOMEN?  So we ran the numbers. Note that zero shows exclude male directors, including “Girls,” “The L-Word,” and other women-driven shows.

Many shows with female leads hire almost no women, like “Alias,” “Nikita,” and Mariska Hargitay’s “Law & Order – SVU.”

And the most egregious shows that hired virtually NO WOMAN DIRECTORS include, “X-Files” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Seinfeld,” and “The Sopranos” and “Fringe.”

Other shows with risible numbers of women directors include perennial favorites like, “Law and Order,” “SVU,” “L&O – Criminal Intent,” “Dexter,” “CSI,” “Hawaii Five-O,” “House,” “Six Feet Under,” “Big Bang Theory” and “Two and a Half Men”– but frankly they are all bad with almost no exceptions.

Enjoy the comedy, in alphabetical order for your convenience:

Alphas (Open 4 Business Productions/SyFy) – 24 episodes, 4 episodes directed by women.

Arrested Development – Fox – 68 episodes, 7 episodes directed by women.

Austin & Ally (It’s a Laugh Productions/Disney Channel) – 32 episodes, ZERO episodes directed by women.

Awake – (Kyle Killen) – NBC – 13 episodes, 1 episode by a women director.

Awkward (On Site Productions/MTV) – 29 episodes, 10 episodes directed by women.

Battlestar Gallactica – Sci-Fi (SyFy) – 75 episodes, TWO episodes directed by women.

Big Bang Theory – Chuck Lorre -135 Episodes – ZERO women.

Bluebloods – (Robin Green & Mitchell Burgess) CBS– 67 episodes, 7 episodes by women directors.

Boardwalk Empire (Home Box Office/HBO) – 36 episodes, 2 episodes by women directors.

Body of Proof  – (FTP Productions/ABC) – 39 episodes, 9 episodes directed by women.

Bones – Fox Broadcasting Co – 166 episodes – 20 episodes by women directors.

Boss – (Boss Kane Productions/Starz!) – 18 episodes, ONE directed by a woman.

Breaking Bad – AMC –  62 episodes, 16 episodes directed by women.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer – The WB/UPN – 144 episodes, FOUR episodes directed by women.

Burn Notice – (USA Network, Matt Nix) – 98 episodes, 8 episodes directed by women.

Californication – (Showtime) – 72 episodes, 3 episodes directed by women.

Castle – (ABC Studios/ABC) – 58 episodes, 8 episodes directed by women.

Chemistry – (Chemistry Series/Cinemax) – 13 episodes, ZERO women directors.

Chicago Fire – Dick Wolf – NBC – 24 episodes, 3 episodes by Women directors.

Community – (Remote Broadcasting/NBC) – 84 episodes, 3 episodes by women directors.

Covert Affairs – (Open 4 Business Productions/USA) – 42 episodes, 5 episodes directed by women.

CSI – Jerry Bruckheimer – CBS Broadcasting/CBS – 295 episodes – SEVEN episodes by women directors

Criminal Minds – CBS – 186 episodes, 24 episodes by women directors.

Cougar Town (FTP Productions/ABC) – 76 episodes, 14 episodes directed by women.

Desperate Housewives – ABC – 180 episodes, 27 by women.

Dallas (Horizon Scripted Television/TNT) – 25 episodes – 2 episodes by women.

Deadwood – HBO – 36 episodes. ZERO women directors.

Dexter – Showtime Pictures Development Company/Showtime – 84 Episodes – ONE episode to a women director.

Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 (Twentieth Century Fox Television/ABC) – 20 episodes, 6 episodes directed by women.

Drop Dead Diva (Woodridge Productions/Lifetime) – 14 episodes directed by women.

Fairly Legal (Open 4 Business Productions/USA) – 23 episodes, 3 directed by women.

Falling Skies (Turner North Center Productions/TNT) – 29 episodes, one directed by a women.

Family Guy – HBO – 210 episodes, 14 episodes directed by women.

Franklin & Bash (Woodridge Productions/TNT) – 20 episodes, 2 episodes directed by woman.

Freaks and Geeks – NBC – 18 episodes, 2 directed by women.

Friday Night Lights – NBC/The 101 – 76 episodes, 7 directed by women.

Fringe (Fox Broadcasting) – 100 episodes, ZERO women directors.

Futurama – Fox – 140 episodes, 15 directed by women.

Game of Thrones – HBO – 30 episodes, 2 episodes by a woman director.

Girls – HBO – 20 episodes, 10 episodes by women directors.

Glee – Fox Broadcasting Company – 88 episodes, 9 to women directors.

Gossip Girl – Warner Bros. Television/CW) – 121 Episodes, 20 episodes by women directors.

Gravity Falls – Disney Channel – 17 episodes, ZERO women directors.

Grey’s Anatomy – ABC Studios/ABC, Touchstone, 196 episodes, 46 episodes by women directors.

Grimm (Open 4 Business Productions/NBC) – 42 episodes, 8 episodes directed by women.

Harry’s Law – David E. Kelley, NBC – 34 episodes, 2 episodes by women directors.

Hart of Dixie (Bonanza Productions/CW) – 44 episodes, 6 episodes directed by women.

Hawaii Five-O – CBS – 71 episodes, 6 episodes by women directors.

Hawthorne – TNT – 30 episodes – 6 episodes directed by women.

Hell on Wheels – Entertainment One Television USA/AMC – 20 episodes, 1 directed by a woman director.

Heroes – NBC – 77 episodes – 6 directed by women.

Homeland – 24 episodes, 1 episode directed by a woman.

Homocide – NBC – 122 episodes, 16 episodes by women directors.

House of Anubis – Nickelodeon UK – 183 episodes, SIX episodes by women directors.

House – 177 episodes, 14 episodes by women directors.

How I Met Your Mother – 184 episodes 12 DIRECTED BY MEN.

Hung – HBO – 30 episodes, 12 episodes directed by women.

In Plain Sight – USA Network, David Maples – 61 episodes – 9 episodes directed by women.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadephia – FX – 94 episodes, ZERO women directors

In Treatment – HBO – 106 episodes – 11 episodes by women directors.

Jessie (It’s a Laugh Productions/Disney Channel) – 43 episodes, 3 episodes directed by women.

Justified (Woodridge Productions/FX) – 52 episodes, 3 episodes by women directors

Lab Rats (It’s a Laugh Productions/Disney XD) – 27 episodes, ZERO episodes directed by women

Law & Order SVU – NBC – Dick Wolf – 319 episodes, 26 episodes by women directors.

Law & Order – NBC – Dick Wolf – 456 episodes, 32 episodes by women directors.

Law & Order – Criminal Intent – NBC – Dick Wolf – 195 episodes, 19 episodes directed by women.

Let’s Stay Together (Breakdown Productions/BET) – 42 episodes, 9 episodes directed by women.

Leverage (Leverage Productions/TNT) – 77 episodes, THREE episodes to women directors.

Lie To Me – Fox Network – 48 episodes – 7 episodes by women directors.

Lost – ABC – 121 episodes, FOUR directed by women.

Mad Men – AMC Cable  Network – 72 episodes, 15 episodes by four women directors.

Make It or Break It – ABC Family – 48 episodes – 3 episodes directed by two women.

Modern Family – Twentieth Century Fox Television/ABC – 96 episodes, 9 episodes directed by women.

NCIS – CBS – 234 episodes, 4 episodes directed by women.

New Girl (Twentieth Century Fox Television/FOX) – 49 episodes, 5 episodes to women directors.

Nikita – NS Pictures/CW – 67 episodes, ONE episode to a women director.

Nurse Jackie – Nurse Productions/Showtime – 56 episodes, 6 episodes by women directors.

Once Upon A Time (Digital 49 Productions/ABC) – 44 episodes, 3 episodes directed by women.

Pair of Kings (It’s a Laugh Productions/Disney XD) – 67 episodes, 11 directed by one women.

Parenthood – NBC – 68 episodes – 8 episodes directed by women.

Parks & Recreation – Open 4 Business Productions/NBC – 90 episodes, 10 episodes by women directors.

Perception (FTP Productions/TNT) – 10 episodes, 1 episode directed by a woman.

Person of Interest – CBS – 45 episodes – ZERO women directors

Pretty Little Liars – ABC Family – 85 episodes – 21 episodes directed by women.

Psych – USA Network – 109 episodes – 9 episodes by women directors.

Raising Hope – Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation/FOX – 66 episodes, 8 women directors.

Reed Between the Lines (Breakdown Productions/BET) – 25 episodes, 7 episodes directed by women.

Rescue Me – FX Network – 93 episodes, THREE episodes by a women.

Retired at 35 (King Street Productions/TV Land) – 22 episodes, ZERO women directors

Revenge (ABC Studios/ABC) – 44 episodes, 5 episodes by women directors.

Revolution – NBC –  16 episodes – ZERO women directors

Rizzoli & Ilses – Horizon Scripted Television/TNT – 43 episodes, 6 episodes directed by women directors.

Rookie Blue – Canadian – 39 episodes – ZERO women directors.

Royal Pains – USA Network – 62 Episodes – 16 episodes directed by women.

Rules of Engagement – CBS – 98 episodes – 18 episodes directed by women

Scandal (FTP Productions/ABC) – 29 episodes, 7 directed by women.

Saving Grace – 46 episodes, 11 episodes by women directors.

Scrubs – NBC – 182 episodes, 15 episodes directed by women directors.

Seinfeld – NBC – 180 episodes – ZERO women directors.

Sex and the City – HBO – 94 episodes, 21 episodes directed by women.

Shake it Up (It’s a Laugh Productions/Disney Channel) – 66 episodes, 3 episodes by women directors.

Shameless – Showtime – 36 episodes – 4 episodes by women directors.

Single Ladies (Bling Productions/VH1) – 25 episodes – 19 episodes directed by women.

Six feet Under – HBO – 63 episodes, 9 episodes directed by women.

Smallville – 218 episodes, 11 episodes directed by women.

Smash (NBC Studios/NBC) – 32 episodes, 8 episodes directed by 4 women.

Sons of Anarchy – Pacific 2.1 Entertainment Group/FX) – 66 episodes, 11 episodes directed by women.

Sopranos – HBO – David Chase – 86 episodes – zero women directors.

Suburgatory (Bonanza Productions/ABC) – 44 episodes, 7 episodes directed by women.

Suits (Open 4 Business Productions/USA) –28 episodes, 5 episodes directed by women.

Supah Ninjas (Uptown Productions/Nickelodeon) – 39 episodes, zero women directors.

Supernatural (NS Pictures/CW) – 172 episodes, ONE episode by a women director.

The Big C (Showtime) 38 episodes, 11 episodes directed by women.

The Game (Breakdown Productions/BET) – 106 episodes, 10 episodes by women directors.

The Good Wife – 90 episodes, 22 episodes directed by women.

The Inbetweeners (On Site Productions/MTV) – 18 episodes, ZERO women directors.

The L Word – 68 episodes, 19 DIRECTED BY MEN.

The League – FX Network – 45 episodes, 5 episodes directed by one women.

The Mentalist – CBS – 116 episodes, 14 episodes directed by women.

The Middle (Warner Bros. Television/ABC) – 96 episodes, 42 episodes directed by women.

The Newsroom (Home Box Office/HBO) – 11 episodes, 1 by a woman director.

The Office – Universal Network Television/NBC – 201 episodes, 10 episodes by women directors

The Shield – 88 episodes – 6 episodes by women directors.

The Walking Dead (Stalwart Films/AMC) – 35 episodes – 4 episodes directed by women.

The Wedding Band (Terrapin Productions/TBS) – 10 episodes, 1 episode directed by a woman.

The West Wing – 154 episodes, 24 episodes by women directors

The Wire – HBO – 50 episodes, 9 directed by women.

The X-Files – Fox Network – 182 episodes – 2 women directors.

Torchwood: Miracle Day (Bad Wolf Productions/Starz!) – 10 episodes, 2 episodes directed by a woman.

Treme – Home Box Office/HBO) – 31 episodes, 6 episodes directed by women.

True Blood (Home Box Office/HBO) – 69 episodes, 4 episodes by women directors.

Two and a Half Men – Chuck Lorre, CBS – 224 episodes, 22 episodes by women directors.

Two Broke Girls (Bonanza Productions/CBS) – 47 episodes, 2 episodes to women directors.

Ugly Betty – ABC – 85 Episodes, 16 episodes directed by women.

Unforgettable – CBS – 22 episodes, 3 by women

Vampire Diaries – Bonanza Productions/CW – 89 episodes, 10 episodes by 5 women directors.

Veep – Home Box Office/HBO – 18 episodes, 2 episodes to women directors.

Walking Dead – AMC – 35 Episodes, 6 episodes directed by women.

Weeds – Showtime – 102 episodes, 9 episodes directed by 5 women directors.

Warehouse 13 – Universal Network Television/SyFy) – 50 episodes, 9 episodes directed by 2 women.

White Collar – USA Network – 62 Episodes, 8 episodes directed by women.

Without a Trace – CBS – 160 episodes, 24 episodes directed by women.

Workaholics (50/50 Productions/Comedy Central) – 40 episodes, zero women directors.

30 Rock (NBC Studios/NBC) – 138 episodes, 41 episodes directed by 6 women.

90210  – CW TV Networks – 114 episodes, 31 episodes directed by women.

Note: Our calculations are based on our own analyses made from Wikipedia breakdowns of episodic TV shows.  It is a work-in-progress. Please report errors or omissions.

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