Best TV Directors of the 21st Century (So Far)

by YagiKuma | created - 07 Dec 2017 | updated - 07 Dec 2017 | Public

Weighted average of TV episode ratings (released since 2001, over 1000 votes)

Must have directed episodes in 3 or more shows

1. Vince Gilligan

Producer | The X Files

George Vincent Gilligan Jr. (born February 10, 1967) is an American writer, producer, and director. He is known for his television work, specifically as creator, head writer, executive producer, and director of Breaking Bad and its spin-off Better Call Saul. He was a writer and producer for The ...


Best Episodes:

"Felina" Breaking Bad 9.9/10 "Face Off" Breaking Bad 9.8/10 "Full Measure" Breaking Bad 9.6/10

2. Miguel Sapochnik

Director | Game of Thrones

Miguel Sapochnik was born in July 1974 in Hammersmith, London, England as Miguel Vicente Rosenberg-Sapochnik. He is a director and producer, known for Game of Thrones (2011), Repo Men (2010) and Altered Carbon (2018). He has been married to Alexis Raben since 2006.


Best Episodes:

"Battle of the Bastards" Game of Thrones 9.9/10 "The Winds of Winter" Game of Thrones 9.9/10 "Hardhome" Game of Thrones 9.9/10

3. Alex Graves

Producer | The West Wing

Alex Graves is a producer and director, known for The West Wing (1999), Game of Thrones (2011) and The Crude Oasis (1995).


Best Episodes:

"The Lion and the Rose" Game of Thrones 9.7/10 "The Mountain and the Viper" Game of Thrones 9.7/10 "The Children" Game of Thrones 9.7/10

4. Michelle MacLaren

Producer | Breaking Bad

Michelle MacLaren was born in 1965 in Canada. She is a producer and director, known for Breaking Bad (2008), The Walking Dead (2010) and Game of Thrones (2011).


Best Episodes:

"To'Hajiilee" Breaking Bad 9.7/10 "Gliding Over All" Breaking Bad 9.5/10 "Salud" Breaking Bad 9.5/10

5. David Nutter

Director | Game of Thrones

David Nutter was born in 1960 in the USA. He is a director and producer, known for Game of Thrones (2011), The Pacific (2010) and Band of Brothers (2001). He has been married to Birgit Nutter since May 1987. They have two children.


Best Episodes:

"The Rains of Castamere" Game of Thrones 9.9/10 "The Dance of Dragons" Game of Thrones 9.5/10 "There's the Rub" Shameless 9.3/10

6. Alan Taylor

Director | Game of Thrones

Alan Taylor was born in 1965. He is a director and producer, known for Game of Thrones (2011), Thor: The Dark World (2013) and The Emperor's New Clothes (2001).


Best Episodes:

"Baelor" Game of Thrones 9.6/10 "Fire and Blood" Game of Thrones 9.5/10 "Valar Morghulis" Game of Thrones 9.4/10

7. Adam Bernstein

Director | Fargo

Adam Bernstein began his career as an animator, and at age 26 produced the first original programming for the Nickelodeon Network. He went on to direct over seventy music videos, including "Love Shack" for the B-52's, "Hey Ladies" for the Beastie Boys and "Baby's Got Back" for Sir Mix a Lot. In ...


Best Episodes:

"Half Measures" Breaking Bad 9.5/10 "Five-O" Better Call Saul 9.5/10 "Toast Can't Never Be Bread Again" 9.5/10

8. Alik Sakharov

Cinematographer | Game of Thrones

Alik Sakharov was born on May 17, 1959 in Tashkent, USSR. He is a cinematographer and director, known for Game of Thrones (2011), Ozark (2017) and House of Cards (2013).


Best Episodes:

"The Laws of Gods and Men" Game of Thrones 9.7/10 "XXVIII." Black Sails 9.7/10 "Mockingbird" Game of Thrones 9.2/10

9. Neil Marshall

Director | Dog Soldiers

Neil Marshall was born on May 25, 1970 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. He is a director and producer, known for Dog Soldiers (2002), The Descent (2005) and Doomsday (2008). He was previously married to Axelle Carolyn.


Best Episodes:

"Blackwater" Game of Thrones 9.7/10 "The Watchers on the Wall" Game of Thrones 9.6/10 "The Great Red Dragon" Hannibal 9.0/10

10. Joss Whedon

Writer | Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Joss Whedon is the middle of five brothers - his younger brothers are Jed Whedon and Zack Whedon. Both his father, Tom Whedon and his grandfather, John Whedon were successful television writers. Joss' mother, Lee Stearns, was a history teacher and she also wrote novels as Lee Whedon. Whedon was ...


Best Episodes:

"Once More, with Feeling" Buffy the Vampire Slayer 9.8/10 "The Body" Buffy the Vampire Slayer 9.7/10 "The Gift" Buffy the Vampire Slayer 9.6/10


Best Episodes:

"The Crossing" Person of Interest 9.8/10 "The Day the World Went Away" Person of Interest 9.8/10 "Asylum" Person of Interest 9.7/10

12. Mark Mylod

Director | Game of Thrones

Mark Mylod is a director and producer, known for Game of Thrones (2011), The Affair (2014) and Shameless (2011). He is married to Amy Westcott. They have four children.


Best Episodes:

"Lazarus" Shameless 9.6/10 "Survival of the Fittest" 9.3/10 "The Queen's Justice" Game of Thrones 9.3/10

13. Jack Bender

Producer | Lost

Jack Bender was born on September 25, 1949 in the USA. He is a producer and director, known for Lost (2004), Alias (2001) and Child's Play 3 (1991). He is married to Laura Owens. They have two children.


Best Episodes:

"The Door" Game of Thrones 9.7/10 "The Constant" Lost 9.7/10 "Through the Looking Glass" Lost 9.7/10

14. Matt Shakman

Director | Game of Thrones

Matt Shakman was born on August 8, 1975. He is a director and producer, known for Game of Thrones (2011), Fargo (2014) and Mad Men (2007).


Best Episodes:

"The Spoils of War" Game of Thrones 9.8/10 "Charlie Work" It's Always Sunny in Philapelphia 9.6/10 "Morton's Fork" Fargo 9.4/10


Best Episodes:

"Blink" Doctor Who 9.8/10 "Curtain: Poirot's Last Case" Agatha Christie's Poirot 8.7/10 "The Magician's Apprentice" Doctor Who 8.7/10

16. Paul McGuigan

Director | Lucky Number Slevin

Paul McGuigan was born on September 19, 1963 in Bellshill, Scotland. He is a director and producer, known for Lucky Number Slevin (2006), Wicker Park (2004) and Victor Frankenstein (2015).


Best Episodes:

"A Scandal in Belgravia" Sherlock 9.5/10 "The Great Game" Sherlock 9.2/10 "A Study in Pink" Sherlock 9.1/10

17. Daniel Minahan

Director | Game of Thrones

Daniel Minahan is a director and producer, known for Game of Thrones (2011), Series 7: The Contenders (2001) and American Crime Story (2016).


Best Episodes:

"You Win or You Die" Game of Thrones 9.3/10 "Big Man in Tehran" Homeland 9.3/10 "A Golden Crown" Game of Thrones 9.2/10

18. David Slade

Director | Hard Candy

David Slade was born on September 26, 1969 in the UK. He is a producer and director, known for Hard Candy (2005), Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (2018) and 30 Days of Night (2007).


Best Episodes:

"Mizumono" Hannibal 9.9/10 "Savoureux" Hannibal 9.3/10 "Ko No Mono" Hannibal 9.1/10

19. Michael Slovis

Cinematographer | Breaking Bad

Michael Slovis was born in New York City, New York, USA. He is a cinematographer and director, known for Breaking Bad (2008), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000) and Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (2008).


Best Episodes:

"Confessions" Breaking Bad 9.6/10 "Live Free or Die" Breaking Bad 9.2/10 "Thank You" The Walking Dead 9.2/10

20. Jeremy Podeswa

Director | Game of Thrones

Jeremy Podeswa was born in 1962 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He is a director, known for Game of Thrones (2011), Boardwalk Empire (2010) and Fugitive Pieces (2007).


Best Episodes:

"The Wolf and the Dragon" Game of Thrones 9.6/10 "Home" Game of Thrones 9.5/10 "A Man, a Plan..." Boardwalk Empire 9.1/10

21. Steve Boyum

Stunts | Apocalypse Now

Steve Boyum was raised in Los Angeles, California. A world-class surfer, ski racer, ski instructor, and motor-cross racer, he moved on to stunt work in films such as Apocalypse Now (1979), Bound for Glory (1976) and The Blues Brothers (1980). He moved on to be a cinematographer and second unit ...


Best Episodes:

"Swan Song" Supernatural 9.7/10 "XVIII." Black Sails 9.7/10 "In the Beginning" Supernatural 9.4/10

22. Daniel Sackheim

Producer | House M.D.

Daniel Sackheim is a producer and director, known for House (2004), The Glass House (2001) and The X Files (1998).


Best Episodes:

"Chicanery" Better Call Saul 9.8/10 "G'day Melbourne" The Leftovers 9.4/10 "Book of the Stranger" Game of Thrones 9.2/10

23. Michael Rymer

Director | Picnic at Hanging Rock

Michael Rymer was born in 1963 in Australia. He is a producer and director, known for Picnic at Hanging Rock (2018), Battlestar Galactica (2004) and Hannibal (2013).


Best Episodes:

"The Wrath of the Lamb" Hannibal 9.8/10 "Mukozuke" Hannibal 9.4/10 "Tome-wan" Hannibal 9.4/10

24. Steve Shill

Director | Dexter

Born near Windsor, England, Steve became an oil painter, photographer and printer, graduating in Fine Art at Leeds University. He then joined ground-breaking British experimental theatre company Impact Theatre Cooperative as an actor. For the next six years Steve appeared in thirteen original shows...


Best Episodes:

"The Getaway" Dexter 9.8/10 "The Trap" The Flash 9.5/10 "Surprise, Motherfucker!" Dexter 9.3/10

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