Lee Shallat Chemel

Director
As a female director working in television for over thirty years, Lee Shallat Chemel led the way for a lot of women in what was a largely male-dominated medium, helming episodes of TV sitcoms in a variety of styles and ... Read more »
Born: 06/15/1943 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Director (60)

The Middle 2009 - 2016 (Tv Show)

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Jennifer Falls 2014 (Tv Show)

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Raising Hope 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

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Happily Divorced 2011 (Tv Show)

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Better Off Ted 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

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Gossip Girl 2010 (Tv Show)

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Cougar Town 2009 (Tv Show)

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Samantha Who? 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

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So Random! 2009 (Tv Show)

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The Starter Wife 2008 (Tv Show)

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A Side Order of Life 2007 (Tv Show)

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Gilmore Girls 1982 - 2007 (Tv Show)

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Hannah Montana 2006 (Tv Show)

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Barbershop 2005 (Tv Show)

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Battery Park 1987 - 2002, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

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Becker 1986 - 2005 (Tv Show)

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Bob Patterson 1987 - 1992, 1996 - 2002, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

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Conrad Bloom 1987 - 1992, 1996 - 2001, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

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Family Ties 1982 - 2005 (Tv Show)

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Fired Up 1989 - 1992, 1996 - 1999, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

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For Your Love 1986 - 2005 (Tv Show)

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Full House 1986 - 2005 (Tv Show)

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Head of the Class 1986 - 2005 (Tv Show)

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Hudson Street 1986 - 2005 (Tv Show)

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I Married Dora 1987 - 1992, 1996 - 1999, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

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Kristin 1987 - 2005 (Tv Show)

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Ladies Man 1986 - 2005 (Tv Show)

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Life on a Stick 1991 - 1992, 1996 - 1998, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

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Love & War 1986 - 2005 (Tv Show)

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Mad About You 1986 - 2005 (Tv Show)

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Maggie Winters 1991 - 1992, 1996 - 1999, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

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Murphy Brown 1986 - 2005 (Tv Show)

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Ned and Stacey 1987 - 2002, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

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Newsradio 1986 - 2005 (Tv Show)

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Northern Exposure 1987 - 2002, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

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Suddenly Susan 1987 - 2005 (Tv Show)

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Sydney 1989 - 1992, 1996 - 1999, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

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Temporarily Yours 1986 - 2005 (Tv Show)

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The Naked Truth 1982 - 2005 (Tv Show)

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The Random Years 1987 - 1992, 1996 - 2002, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

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The Stones 1987 - 2005 (Tv Show)

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The Trouble With Normal 1987 - 2002, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

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Three Sisters 1986 - 2005 (Tv Show)

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Titus 1986 - 2005 (Tv Show)

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Union Square 1986 - 2005 (Tv Show)

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Veronica's Closet 1986 - 2005 (Tv Show)

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What About Joan 1987 - 1992, 1996 - 2001, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

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Inn Trouble 2004 (Movie)

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Rock Me Baby 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

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That's So Raven 2003 (Tv Show)

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The Bernie Mac Show 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

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Wanda At Large 2003 (Tv Show)

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Judging Amy 2002 (Tv Show)

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Raising Dad 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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Dads 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

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Princesses 1991 - 1992, 1996 - 1998 (Tv Show)

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Spin City 1996 - 1998 (Tv Show)

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Grownups 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Other Mothers 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Day to Day 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Biography

As a female director working in television for over thirty years, Lee Shallat Chemel led the way for a lot of women in what was a largely male-dominated medium, helming episodes of TV sitcoms in a variety of styles and formats for well over 30 years beginning in the early 1980s. Lee Shallat was born on January 15, 1943 in Los Angeles, CA. (She added the surname of her husband David Chemel after their 1987 marriage.) Chemel launched her career as a stage director in southern California, beginning at the South Coast Repertory Theater in Costa Mesa. Chemel also directed for the stage at the Grove Shakespeare Festival in Garden Grove, and at the Matrix Theater in Hollywood. Chemel's first television credit came on the Linda Lavin sitcom "Alice" (CBS 1976-1985), but it was through the founder of The Matrix Theater that she was recommended for "Family Ties" (NBC 1982-89.) Female directors were chronically unemployed in television, and Gary David Goldberg, the creator of "Family Ties," felt the show could use a woman's touch, as well as someone with theater experience. Going from theater to television was not an easy transition, but after getting her feet wet with "Family Ties," Chemel went on to direct episodes of several major sitcoms of the era, including "Diff'rent Strokes" (NBC 1978-1985), "Full House" (ABC 1987-1995), "Newhart" (CBS 1982-1990), "Murphy Brown" (CBS 1988-1998), and more. As her career transitioned into the 1990s, Chemel directed episodes of Goldberg's next venture "Spin City" (ABC 1996-2002), workplace sitcom "Just Shoot Me!" (NBC 1997-2003), and the Brooke Shields vehicle "Suddenly Susan" (NBC 1996-2000), among many others. Going into the new millennium, Chemel directed several episodes of the acclaimed single-camera sitcom "Arrested Development" (Fox, 2003-2006, Netflix, 2013- ) and Amy Sherman-Palladino's charming comedy-drama "Gilmore Girls" (WB/CW 2000-2007). She was especially prolific on "The Middle" (ABC 2009 - ), directing nearly every episode of this sitcom about an average, somewhat dysfunctional Indiana family.

EDUCATION

University of Michigan

University of Wisconsin

Lawrence University

Milestones

2009

Began directing ABC sitcom "The Middle"

1985

Began directing NBC sitcom "Family Ties."

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