James Sheldon

James Sheldon wasn't just a prolific TV director -- he was one of the first TV directors, ever. Making his small-screen debut in 1948, Sheldon staked his claim to the broadcast medium for an impressive run that lasted ... Read more »

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Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1949 - 1993 (Tv Show)

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Alice 1949 - 1993 (Tv Show)

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Knots Landing 1949 - 1993 (Tv Show)

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Love, American Style 1949 - 1993 (Tv Show)

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M*A*S*H 1949 - 1993 (Tv Show)

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Route 66 1949 - 1993 (Tv Show)

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The Defenders 1949 - 1993 (Tv Show)

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The Dukes of Hazzard 1949 - 1993 (Tv Show)

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The Fugitive 1949 - 1993 (Tv Show)

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Alcoa Premiere 1949 - 1957, 1961 - 1977, 1979 - 1989 (Tv Show)

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Apple's Way 1949 - 1957, 1963 - 1977, 1979 - 1989 (Tv Show)

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Cagney & Lacey 1949 - 1957, 1961 - 1977, 1979 - 1989 (Tv Show)

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Ironside 1949 - 1977, 1979 - 1989 (Tv Show)

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Marcus Welby, M.D. 1949 - 1957, 1961 - 1977, 1979 - 1989 (Tv Show)

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McMillan & Wife 1949 - 1977, 1979 - 1989 (Tv Show)

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My World... and Welcome to It 1949 - 1957, 1963 - 1977, 1979 - 1989 (Tv Show)

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Petrocelli 1949 - 1957, 1961 - 1977, 1979 - 1989 (Tv Show)

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Room 222 1949 - 1957, 1963 - 1977, 1979 - 1989 (Tv Show)

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The Desilu Playhouse 1949 - 1977, 1979 - 1989 (Tv Show)

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The Equalizer 1949 - 1957, 1963 - 1977, 1979 - 1989 (Tv Show)

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The Felony Squad 1949 - 1957, 1963 - 1977, 1979 - 1989 (Tv Show)

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The Insiders 1949 - 1957, 1961 - 1977, 1979 - 1989 (Tv Show)

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The Man From U.N.C.L.E. 1949 - 1977, 1979 - 1989 (Tv Show)

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Doc Elliot 1973 - 1974, 1976 - 1977, 1979 - 1980, 1982 - 1986 (Tv Show)

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Family Affair 1949 - 1957, 1966 - 1971, 1973 - 1977, 1979 - 1986 (Tv Show)

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Good Heavens 1949 - 1957, 1963 - 1971, 1973 - 1977, 1979 - 1986 (Tv Show)

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Jessie 1949 - 1957, 1964 - 1971, 1973 - 1977, 1979 - 1986 (Tv Show)

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McClain's Law 1949 - 1950, 1966 - 1967, 1970 - 1971, 1973 - 1977, 1979 - 1986 (Tv Show)

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Partners in Crime 1949 - 1957, 1963 - 1977, 1979 - 1986 (Tv Show)

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Popi 1970 - 1971, 1973 - 1977, 1979 - 1980, 1982 - 1986 (Tv Show)

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Robert Montgomery Presents Your Lucky Strike Theater 1949 - 1957, 1966 - 1971, 1973 - 1977, 1979 - 1986 (Tv Show)

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Scene of the Crime 1949 - 1957, 1963 - 1971, 1973 - 1977, 1979 - 1986 (Tv Show)

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Small and Frye 1949 - 1957, 1966 - 1971, 1973 - 1977, 1979 - 1986 (Tv Show)

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Stir Crazy 1976 - 1977, 1979 - 1980, 1982 - 1986 (Tv Show)

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That Girl 1949 - 1957, 1966 - 1971, 1973 - 1977, 1979 - 1986 (Tv Show)

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The Contender 1949 - 1957, 1966 - 1971, 1973 - 1977, 1979 - 1986 (Tv Show)

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The Patty Duke Show 1949 - 1957, 1963 - 1971, 1973 - 1977, 1979 - 1986 (Tv Show)

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Whiz Kids 1949 - 1957, 1963 - 1971, 1973 - 1977, 1979 - 1986 (Tv Show)

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Half-Nelson 1984 - 1985 (Tv Show)

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McDuff, the Talking Dog 1976 - 1977, 1984 - 1985 (Tv Show)

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McMillan 1976 - 1977, 1982 - 1985 (Tv Show)

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Mr. T. and Tina 1976 - 1977, 1984 - 1985 (Tv Show)

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Seven Brides For Seven Brothers 1976 - 1977, 1982 - 1985 (Tv Show)

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The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo 1976 - 1977, 1979 - 1980, 1982 - 1985 (Tv Show)

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The Monster Squad 1976 - 1977, 1982 - 1985 (Tv Show)

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Man of Fear 1957 - 1958 (TV Show)

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Gidget Grows Up (TV Show)

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The Gossip Columnist (TV Show)

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With This Ring (TV Show)

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Biography

James Sheldon wasn't just a prolific TV director -- he was one of the first TV directors, ever. Making his small-screen debut in 1948, Sheldon staked his claim to the broadcast medium for an impressive run that lasted into the 1980s. Born in 1920 in New York City, Sheldon was influenced by the films of George Cukor and Ernst Lubitsch. After college, he became a page at NBC and had early aspirations to be a radio or theater director. Starting out in live TV, he directed the schoolteacher sitcom "Mister Peepers", starring a young Tony Randall, and proved a capable hand on 1950s anthology shows such as "Studio One in Hollywood", "Armstrong Circle Theatre", and "Celebrity Playhouse". As the medium evolved, Sheldon followed. In the heyday of the Western, he directed "Death Valley Days" and "Gunsmoke". Meanwhile, on episodes of "The Donna Reed Show" and "Perry Mason", the director proved himself equally capable with comedy and drama. Some of Sheldon's most enduring work came during his tenure on Rod Serling's seminal "The Twilight Zone"; he directed "It's a Good Life," a terrifying child's fantasy become real that is often considered the series' best episode. Throughout the 1960s and '70s, Sheldon directed many of TV's top shows, including "The Fugitive", "My Three Sons", "M.A.S.H.", "Sanford and Son", and "The Love Boat". In 1986, Sheldon capped off his long run with an episode of the quirky comedy series "Sledge Hammer!"

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