TV Episodes That Were Directed By Famous Actors

What happens when actors decide to expand their creative horizons behind the camera? They direct, of course! Let's take a look at some of your favorite episodes of CBS shows that were directed by famous performers, including Lucy Liu, Morgan Freeman, Fred Savage and more.

Check out these notable actors-turned-auteurs!

Check out these notable actors-turned-auteurs!

What happens when actors decide to expand their creative horizons? They direct, of course! Let's take a look at some of your favorite episodes of CBS shows that were helmed by famous performers, including Lucy Liu, Morgan Freeman, Fred Savage and more.
Elementary's

Elementary's "It Serves You Right to Suffer" - Aidan Quinn

2016 marks Aidan Quinn's television directorial debut. The Elementary star got behind the camera for Season 5's "It Serves You Right to Suffer."

Watch Elementary on Sundays at 10/9c on CBS and CBS All Access.
Elementary's

Elementary's "Turn It Upside Down" - Lucy Liu

Not surprisingly, Lucy Liu is a woman of many talents! The Elementary star has directed a handful of episodes for the show, including Season 4's "Turn It Upside Down."

Watch Elementary on Sundays at 10/9c on CBS and CBS All Access.
Criminal Minds'

Criminal Minds' "The Sandman" - Joe Mantegna

Criminal Minds cast member Joe Mantegna has directed several episodes of the popular series, including Season 11's "The Sandman" and Season 12's "Mirror Image."

Watch Criminal Minds on Wednesdays at 10/9c on CBS and CBS All Access.
2 Broke Girls'

2 Broke Girls' "And The '80s Movie" - Fred Savage

After making a successful career for himself as a child actor, Fred Savage took his talents to the other side of the camera. He has directed multiple episodes of 2 Broke Girls, most recently Season 6's "And The '80s Movie."

Watch 2 Broke Girls on Mondays at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.
The Big Bang Theory's

The Big Bang Theory's "The Cooper-Hofstadter Polarization" - Joel Murray

Actor-director Joel Murray, known for his on-camera work across dozens of movies and TV shows, brought us the Season 1 episode of The Big Bang Theory called "The Cooper-Hofstadter Polarization."

Watch The Big Bang Theory on Thursdays at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access.
NCIS: Los Angeles'

NCIS: Los Angeles' "An Unlocked Mind" - Chris O'Donnell

Add Chris O'Donnell to the list of CBS series stars with a directing credit! The NCIS: Los Angeles cast member has taken point on a number of episodes, such as "An Unlocked Mind" from Season 7.

Watch NCIS: Los Angeles on Sundays at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access.
Life in Pieces'

Life in Pieces' "Bite Flight Wing-Man Bonnie" - Helen Hunt

Helen Hunt may be a famous TV and movie star, but she's spent some time behind the camera too! She directed the Season 1 episode of Life in Pieces entitled "Bite Flight Wing-Man Bonnie."

Watch Life in Pieces on Thursdays at 9:30/8:30c on CBS and CBS All Access.
Life in Pieces'

Life in Pieces' "CryTunes Divorce Tablet Ring" - Chad Lowe

Emmy-winning actor Chad Lowe has been in the director's chair as well. He's directed several episodes of Life in Pieces, including the Season 1 finale "CryTunes Divorce Tablet Ring."

Watch Life in Pieces on Thursdays at 9:30/8:30c on CBS and CBS All Access.