Sandy Smolan

Though the prolific Sandy Smolan eventually established himself as one of Hollywood's most versatile TV directors, he made his career breakthrough with a movie--1987's "Rachel River," a Sundance-winning drama that ... Read more »

Filmography

Director (36)

Gigantic 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

Mental 2009 (Tv Show)

Director

Eli Stone 2008 (Tv Show)

Director

Men in Trees 2008 (Tv Show)

Director

Brothers & Sisters 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

Three Moons Over Milford 2006 (Tv Show)

Director

Everwood 2003 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

One Tree Hill 2004 (Tv Show)

Director

The O.C. 2004 (Tv Show)

Director

Ally 1988 - 1989, 1991 - 1993, 1995 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

Ally McBeal 1988 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

Beggars and Choosers 1988 - 1993, 1995 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

Brooklyn Bridge 1991 - 1993, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

Chicago Hope 1988 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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Dangerous Minds 1991 - 1993, 1996 - 1998, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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Dawson's Creek 1988 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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Dellaventura 1988 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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Diagnosis Murder 1988 - 1993, 1995 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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Doogie Howser, M.D. 1988 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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Earth 2 1988 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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Ed 1991 - 1993, 1996 - 1998, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

Jack & Jill 1988 - 1993, 1995 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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L.A. Law 1988 - 1993, 1995 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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Love Boat: The Next Wave 1991 - 1993, 1997 - 1998, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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Now and Again 1988 - 1989, 1991 - 1993, 1995 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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Picket Fences 1988 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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Second Noah 1988 - 1989, 1991 - 1993, 1995 - 1998, 2000 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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Sisters 1988 - 1993, 1995 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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The District 1988 - 1993, 1995 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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The Heights 1991 - 1993, 1997 - 1998, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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The Huntress 1991 - 1993, 1996 - 1998, 2000 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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A Place to Be Loved 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Director

Middle Ages 1991 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Director

Rachel River 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Taking a Stand 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Director
Production Management (2)

The Weavers: Wasn't That a Time! 1980 (Movie)

(Production Manager)

The Weavers: Wasn't That a Time! 1980 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)
Producer (1)

A Day in the Life of America 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Segment Producer
Sound (1)

The Weavers: Wasn't That a Time! 1980 (Movie)

(Sound)

Biography

Though the prolific Sandy Smolan eventually established himself as one of Hollywood's most versatile TV directors, he made his career breakthrough with a movie--1987's "Rachel River," a Sundance-winning drama that featured his future wife Pamela Reed. But even though Smolan earned a great deal of acclaim (and a spouse) from his debut venture into motion pictures, he immediately plunged head-first into television work, starting with a one-off directing job on an episode of the educational series "ABC Afterschool Specials." His talents were recognized quickly, and in the late '80s and '90s, Smolan was a hot commodity as a director, working on programs as diverse as the family comedy "Doogie Howser, M.D.," the influential dramedy "Northern Exposure," and the offbeat fantasy-comedy "Ally McBeal." There was never a shortage of quality work for the director, who tended to work on one-off episodes rather than extended stints. But that started to change as the '90s turned into the 2000s, starting with a four-episode run on the teen romance "Dawson's Creek." But unlike many of his director peers, Smolan refused to be pigeonholed into a genre, working on shows like the crime-comedy "The District," the slick romantic comedy "The O.C.," and the comedy "First Day."

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