Gail Mancuso

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Gail Mancuso
Gail Susan Mancuso

(1958-07-14) July 14, 1958 (age 64)
Other namesGail Mancuso Cordray
Occupation(s)Film and Television director
Years active1984–present
Known for Roseanne , 30 Rock , Modern Family

Gail Mancuso (born July 14, 1958 [1] ) is an American film and television director.


Early life and career

Mancuso grew up in Melrose Park, Illinois. She is married to Brian Downs, a doctor, and divides her time between her homes in Valencia, California and River Forest, Illinois. [2]

Mancuso began her career as an usher of the set of several television talk shows. Later, became a script supervisor for the Showtime comedy Brothers . In 1989, she began serving as associate director for Roseanne . After one of the show's directors left in 1991, she had the chance to become one of the main directors and continued until the show's eighth season. [2] She went on to direct episodes of many television series like Friends , Dharma and Greg and Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza Place .

In 2007, Mancuso began working on the CBS sitcom Rules of Engagement . She has also directed episodes of 30 Rock and Scrubs . In 2008, she won a Gracie Award for her work on 30 Rock . [3]

In 2011, she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for her Modern Family episode "Slow Down Your Neighbors". [2] In 2012, she directed Roseanne Barr and John Goodman in the pilot episode of Downwardly Mobile which was commissioned by NBC, but ultimately not picked up. In 2013, she won the Emmy Award for directing episode "Arrested" on Modern Family . In 2014, she won the Emmy Award for directing episode "Las Vegas" on Modern Family.

In 2019, Mancuso made her feature film directorial debut with A Dog's Journey [4] which was the sequel to 2017's A Dog's Purpose directed by Lasse Hallström.


1984–88 Brothers Script Supervisor46 episodes from 1984–86
1987–1990 Just the Ten of Us "First Day at School" (1988)
1988–89 Day by Day 13 episodes from 1988
1988–2018 Roseanne Director
Associate Director
54 episodes from 1991–2018
89 episodes from 1989–1993
1989 Major Dad Script Supervisor"Pilot"
1991–94 Herman's Head Director"The Herm from Ipanema" (1994)
1992–93 Camp Wilder 4 episodes from 1992–93
1993 Joe's Life "Mind If I Smoke?" (1993)
1993–99 The Nanny 6 episodes from 1994
1994 Monty "East Side Story" (1994)
1994–98 Ellen 7 episodes from 1997–98
1994–99 Friends 14 episodes from 1995–99
1995 Hudson Street 2 episodes from 1995
1995–96 New York Daze "Football Story" (1995)
Almost Perfect 2 episodes from 1995
1995–98 The Naked Truth 2 episodes from 1997
1996 Love and Marriage "Here a Case Where Thomas Wolfe Was Wrong" (1996)
1996–97 Mr. Rhodes unknown episodes
The Single Guy "Vegas Finale" (1997)
Ink "The Debutante" (1997)
1996–2000 Suddenly Susan 2 episodes from 1997
1996–2003 Sabrina the Teenage Witch 2 episodes from 1996
1997 The Tony Danza Show 2 episodes from 1997
1998–2001 Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place 7 episodes from 1999–2001
1997–2002 Dharma & Greg 28 episodes from 1997–2001
1997–2003 Just Shoot Me! "In the Company of Maya" (1998)
19981973TV Movie
Conrad Bloom 2 episodes from 1998
1998–2000 Jesse "Touched by an Angel" (1999)
1998–2004 Becker 9 episodes from 2001–03
1998–2007 The King of Queens "Cello, Goodbye" (1998)
1999Square Oneunknown episodes
1999–2001 Norm also known as The Norm Show

"My Name Is Norm" (1999)

Ladies Man 2 episodes from 1999–2000
1999–2000 Stark Raving Mad 5 episodes from 1999–2000
2000 Then Came You "Then Came the Monthiversary"
2000–01 The Weber Show also known as Cursed

2 episodes from 2001

2000–06 Yes, Dear 3 episodes from 2000–01
2000–07 Gilmore Girls 5 episodes from 2001–03
OFTA Television Award for Best Direction in a Comedy Series (2002) [5]
2001 The Fighting Fitzgeralds "One Angry Man" (2001)
2001–02 Three Sisters 4 episodes from 2001
Inside Schwartz 3 episodes from 2001
2001–07 Reba 7 episodes from 2001–03
2001–2010 Scrubs 9 episodes from 2002–09
2002–03 In-Laws "Married Christmas"
Family Affair "Space Invaders" (2003)
2003 A.U.S.A. 2 episodes from 2003
My Big Fat Greek Life 3 episodes from 2003
2003–04 The Tracy Morgan Show 2 episodes from 2004
The Mullets 7 episodes from 2003–04
Married to the Kellys 8 episodes from 2003–04
Run of the House 2 episodes from 2004
2003–2015 Two and a Half Men 2 episodes from 2004
2004 The Men's Room unknown episodes
2004–06 Joey 2 episodes from 2004
2004–08 Rodney 3 episodes from 2005
2005–06 Jake in Progress "Jake or the Fat Man" (2005)
Stacked "The Ex-Appeal" (2005)
Out of Practice "Yours, Mine or His?" (2006)
2005–07 Living with Fran 2 episodes from 2005
My Name Is Earl "Burn Victim" (2007)
2006Nobody's WatchingTV Movie
Teachers.2 episodes from 2006
Thick and Thin unknown episodes
2006–07 The Singles Table "The Work Dinner" (2007)
2006–08 Men in Trees "Sink or Swim" (2006)
Happy Hour 2 episodes from 2008
2006–2013 30 Rock 8 episodes from 2006–2010
Gracie Allen Award for Outstanding Director — Entertainment Series or Special (2008) [6]
2007The IT CrowdTV Movie
Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office
2007–08 Aliens in America "No Man Is an Island" (2007)
In the Motherhood 6 episodes from 2008
Cavemen "Andy, the Stand-Up" (2008)
2007–2012 Chuck "Chuck Versus the Suitcase" (2010)
2007–2013 Rules of Engagement 17 episodes from 2007–2013
2008 The Return of Jezebel James "Needles and Schlag" (2008)
Five Year Plan TV Movie
2008–09 Kath & Kim "Desire" (2009)
2009 Hank "Dog" (2010)
2009–2010 Better Off Ted "Get Happy" (2009)
Accidentally on Purpose "It Happened One Christmas" (2009)
2009–2015 Community Director
Co-Executive Producer
"English as a Second Language" (2010)
19 episodes from 2013–15
Cougar Town Director5 episodes from 2009–2011
2009–2018 The Middle "The Floating Anniversary" (2009)
2009–2020 Modern Family 31 episodes from 2010–2020
OFTA Television Award for Best Direction in a Comedy Series (2011, 2013–14) [7] [8] [9]
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series ("Arrested") (2013) [10]
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series ("Vegas") (2014) [11]
Nominated - American Comedy Award for Best Comedy Director — TV (2014) [12]
Nominated - Directors Guild Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series ("My Hero") (2014)
Nominated - Directors Guild Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series ("Las Vegas") (2015)
Nominated - Directors Guild Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series ("White Christmas") (2016)
Nominated - OFTA Television Award for Best Direction in a Comedy Series (2012) [13]
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series ("Slow Down Your Neighbors") (2011) [14]
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series ("Finale (Part Two)") (2020)
2010-11 Outsourced "Party of Five" (2010)
$#*! My Dad Says 5 episodes from 2010
2011 Mad Love 3 episodes from 2011
2011–13 Happy Endings "Big White Lies" (2012)
2011–14 Suburgatory "Entering Eden" (2012)
2012 Are You There, Chelsea? 12 episodes from 2012
2012–13 Ben and Kate "The Fox Hunt" (2012)
Nominated - Women's Image Network Award for Outstanding Film/Show Directed by a Woman (2013) [15]
1600 Penn "Dinner, Bath, Puzzle" (2013)
Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 2 episodes from 2013
2012Downwardly MobileTV Movie
2013–15 Ground Floor 12 episodes from 2013–15
2014–15 Cristela 4 episodes from 2014–15
2014–present Black-ish 2 episodes from 2016
2015 Your Family or Mine "Pilot" (2015)
Happyish 2 episodes from 2015
Take If from UsDirector
Executive Producer
TV Movie
2015–16 The Grinder Director"The Olyphant in the Room" (2016)
2015–19 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt "Kimmy Goes to College!" (2017)
2015 Fresh Off the Boat 2 episodes from 2015
2015How We LiveTV Movie
2016The Enforcers
2016–2020 Man with a Plan 6 episodes from 2017–2020
2017–18 Superior Donuts "Get It, Arthur" (2017)
Great News "Celebrity Hacking Scandal" (2017)
2018So CloseTV Movie
2018–2020 The Conners 10 episodes from 2019–2020
2019 A Dog's Journey Feature Film
2020 Indebted "Everybody's Talking About Dav" (2020)
2021-2023 Home Economics 4 episodes from 2021-2023
2021 Brooklyn Nine-Nine Episode: "PB&J"
Turner & Hooch Episode: "In The Line of Fur"
The Big Leap 2 episodes
2022 That '90s Show Director8 episodes

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