Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Drama Series

Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Drama Series
Awarded for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
Country United States
Presented by Directors Guild of America
First awarded 1971
Currently held by David Nutter
Game of Thrones (2015)
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The Directors Guild of America Award for Television – Drama Series is an award presented by the Directors Guild of America to the best directed episodes of a dramatic television series. It has been presented annually since the 24th annual Directors Guild of America awards in 1972. The years denote when each episode first aired. The current eligibility period is the calendar year. The winners are highlighted in gold.

Winners and nominees


Year Show Episode Director(s) Network
1971 The Man and the City "Hands of Love" Daniel Petrie ABC
Lamont Johnson PBS
Samuel Beckett's Beginning to End Lewis Freedman
1972 The Waltons "Dust Bowl Cousins" Robert Butler CBS
Hawaii Five-O "V for Fashion" Charles Dubin CBS
Marcus Welby, M.D. "Love is When They Say They Need You" Marc Daniels ABC
1973 Kojak "Knockover" Charles S. Dubin CBS
Kung Fu "Eye for an Eye" † Jerry Thorpe ABC
The Waltons "The Journey" Harry Harris CBS
1974 Kojak "Cross Your Heart, Hope to Die" David Friedkin CBS
The Streets of San Francisco "Cry Help" Corey Allen ABC
"Mask of Death" Harry Falk
1975 Jennie: Lady Randolph Churchill James Cellan Jones PBS
Carl Sandburg's Lincoln George Schaefer NBC
Kojak "How Cruel The Frost, How Bright The Stars" David Friedkin CBS
1976 Family "Rites of Friendship" Glenn Jordan ABC
The Adams Chronicles "Chapter III: John Adams, Diplomat" James Cellan Jones PBS
Rich Man, Poor Man Book II "Chapter III" Bill Bixby ABC
1977 Roots "Part II" John Erman ABC
Family "Acts of Love" E. W. Swackhamer ABC
James at 15 "Friends" Joseph Hardy NBC
1978 Lou Grant "Prisoner" Gene Reynolds CBS
Laurence Olivier Presents "The Collection" Michael Apted PBS
The Paper Chase "Pilot" Joseph Hardy CBS
1979 Lou Grant "Cop" † Roger Young CBS
Lou Grant "Bomb" Gene Reynolds CBS
The White Shadow "Pregnant Pause" Jackie Cooper


Year Show Episode Director(s) Network
1980 Lou Grant "Lou" Roger Young CBS
Dallas "House Divided" Irving Moore CBS
Lou Grant "Nightside" Gene Reynolds
1981 Hill Street Blues "Hill Street Station" † Robert Butler NBC
Hill Street Blues "The Last White Man on East Ferry" David Anspaugh NBC
"Up in Arms" Georg Stanford Brown
1982 Hill Street Blues "Personal Foul" David Anspaugh NBC
American Playhouse "Weekend" Paul Bogart PBS
Fame "And the Winner Is" Marc Daniels NBC
1983 Hill Street Blues "Life in the Minors" † Jeff Bleckner NBC
Hill Street Blues "Goodbye, Mr. Scripps" † Corey Allen NBC
"Here's Adventure, Here's Romance" Christian Nyby
1984 Hill Street Blues "The Rise and Fall of Paul the Wall" Thomas Carter NBC
St. Elsewhere "Fade to White" David Anspaugh NBC
"Sweet Dreams" Mark Tinker
1985 Moonlighting "My Fair David" Will Mackenzie ABC
Cagney & Lacey "Who Said it's Fair?" (Part 2) Ray Danton CBS
Miami Vice "Smuggler's Blues" Paul Glaser NBC
1986 Moonlighting "Atomic Shakespeare" Will Mackenzie ABC
L.A. Law "The Venus Butterfly" Donald Petrie NBC
St. Elsewhere "Afterlife" Mark Tinker
1987 thirtysomething "Pilot" Marshall Herskovitz ABC
Cagney & Lacey "Turn, Turn, Turn" (Part 1) Sharron Miller CBS
St. Elsewhere "Weigh In, Weigh Out" Mark Tinker NBC
1988 thirtysomething "Therapy" Marshall Herskovitz ABC
St. Elsewhere "The Last One" Mark Tinker NBC
thirtysomething "Accounts Receivable, Michael's Brother" Edward Zwick ABC
1989 L.A. Law "I'm in the Nude for Love" Eric Laneuville NBC
L.A. Law "Lie Down and Deliver" Gabrielle Beaumont NBC
"To Live and Diet in L.A." John Pasquin
thirtysomething "Love & Sex" Marshall Herskovitz ABC


Year Show Episode Director(s) Network
1990 Quantum Leap "The Leap Home" (Part 2) Michael Zinberg NBC
thirtysomething "The Go-Between" Scott Winant ABC
Twin Peaks "Episode 5" Lesli Linka Glatter
1991 I'll Fly Away "All God's Children" † Eric Laneuville NBC
Northern Exposure "Goodbye To All That" Stuart Margolin CBS
"Jules & Joel" James Hayman
1992 Northern Exposure "Cicely" Rob Thompson CBS
I'll Fly Away "The Way Things Are" Roy Campanella II NBC
Northern Exposure "Thanksgiving" Michael Fresco CBS
1993 NYPD Blue "Pilot" Gregory Hoblit ABC
Homicide: Life on the Street "Gone for Goode" † Barry Levinson NBC
NYPD Blue "From Hare to Eternity" Eric Laneuville ABC
"True Confessions" Charles Haid
Picket Fences "The Dancing Bandit" Lou Antonio CBS
1994 ER "Into That Good Night" Charles Haid NBC
Chicago Hope "Pilot" Michael Pressman CBS
ER "Blizzard" Mimi Leder NBC
"The Gift" Félix Enríquez Alcalá
NYPD Blue "Simon Says" Gregory Hoblit ABC
1995 ER "Hell and High Water" Christopher Chulack NBC
ER "Do One, Teach One, Kill One" Félix Enríquez Alcalá NBC
"Love's Labor Lost" † Mimi Leder
Murder One "Pilot" Charles Haid ABC
The X-Files "The List" Chris Carter Fox
1996 ER "Fear of Flying" Christopher Chulack NBC
ER "Ask Me No Questions, I'll Tell You No Lies" Paris Barclay NBC
"The Healers" Mimi Leder
NYPD Blue "A Death in the Family" Mark Tinker ABC
"These Old Bones" Donna Deitch
1997 Homicide: Life on the Street "The Documentary" Barbara Kopple NBC
Ally McBeal "Pilot" James Frawley Fox
Brooklyn South "Pilot" † Mark Tinker CBS
ER "Fathers and Sons" Christopher Chulack NBC
The X-Files "The Post-Modern Prometheus" Chris Carter Fox
1998 NYPD Blue "Hearts and Souls" † Paris Barclay ABC
Homicide: Life on the Street "Finnegan's Wake" Steve Buscemi NBC
Law & Order "Under the Influence" Adam Davidson
NYPD Blue "Danny Boy" Mark Tinker ABC
The X-Files "Triangle" Chris Carter Fox
1999 The Sopranos "Pilot" David Chase HBO
The Sopranos "46 Long" Daniel Attias HBO
"College" Allen Coulter
"Nobody Knows Anything" Henry J. Bronchtein
The West Wing "Pilot" † Thomas Schlamme NBC


Year Show Episode Director(s) Network
2000 The West Wing "Noël" Thomas Schlamme NBC
The Sopranos "From Where to Eternity" Henry J. Bronchtein HBO
"Funhouse" John Patterson
"The Knight in White Satin Armor" Allen Coulter
The West Wing "The Portland Trip" Paris Barclay NBC
2001 Six Feet Under "Pilot" † Alan Ball HBO
24 "12:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m." Stephen Hopkins Fox
The Sopranos "Pine Barrens" Steve Buscemi HBO
The West Wing "The Indians in the Lobby" Paris Barclay NBC
"Two Cathedrals" Thomas Schlamme
2002 The Sopranos "Whitecaps" John Patterson HBO
Six Feet Under "Back to the Garden" Daniel Attias HBO
The Sopranos "Whoever Did This" Tim Van Patten
The West Wing "Debate Camp" Paris Barclay NBC
"Posse Comitatus" Alex Graves
2003 The West Wing "Twenty Five" † Christopher Misiano NBC
24 "Day 2: 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m." Jon Cassar Fox
Six Feet Under "I'm Sorry, I'm Lost" Alan Ball HBO
"Nobody Sleeps" Alan Poul
"Twilight" Kathy Bates
2004 Deadwood "Deadwood" † Walter Hill HBO
ER "Time of Death" Christopher Chulack NBC
Lost "Pilot (Part 1)" † J. J. Abrams ABC
The Sopranos "All Due Respect" John Patterson HBO
"Long Term Parking" Tim Van Patten
2005 Rome "The Stolen Eagle" Michael Apted HBO
Grey's Anatomy "A Hard Day's Night" Peter Horton ABC
"Into You Like a Train" Jeffrey Melman
House "Three Stories" Paris Barclay Fox
Six Feet Under "Everyone's Waiting" Alan Ball HBO
2006 24 "Day 5: 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m." † Jon Cassar Fox
Grey's Anatomy "It's the End of the World" + "As We Know It" Peter Horton ABC
The Sopranos "Join the Club" David Nutter HBO
"Members Only" Tim Van Patten
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip "Pilot" Thomas Schlamme NBC
2007 Mad Men "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" Alan Taylor AMC
Lost "The Brig" Eric Laneuville ABC
"Through the Looking Glass" Jack Bender
The Sopranos "Made in America" David Chase HBO
"Soprano Home Movies" Tim Van Patten
2008 The Wire "Transitions" Daniel Attias HBO
In Treatment "Week 8: Alex" Paris Barclay HBO
Lost "The Constant" Jack Bender ABC
Mad Men "Meditations in an Emergency" Matthew Weiner AMC
"The Mountain King" Alan Taylor
2009 Mad Men "Guy Walks Into an Advertising Agency" Lesli Linka Glatter AMC
In Treatment "Week 4: Gina" Paris Barclay HBO
Lost "The Incident" Jack Bender ABC
Mad Men "The Gypsy and the Hobo" Jennifer Getzinger AMC
"Shut the Door. Have a Seat." Matthew Weiner


Year Show Episode Director(s) Network
2010 Boardwalk Empire "Boardwalk Empire" † Martin Scorsese HBO
Boardwalk Empire "Paris Green" Allen Coulter HBO
Lost "The End" Jack Bender ABC
Mad Men "The Suitcase" Jennifer Getzinger AMC
The Walking Dead "Days Gone Bye" Frank Darabont
2011 The Killing "Pilot" Patty Jenkins AMC
Breaking Bad "Face Off" Vince Gilligan AMC
Friday Night Lights "Always" Michael Waxman The 101 Network / NBC
Game of Thrones "Winter Is Coming" Tim Van Patten HBO
Homeland "Pilot" Michael Cuesta Showtime
2012 Breaking Bad "Fifty-One" Rian Johnson AMC
Homeland "The Choice" Michael Cuesta Showtime
"Q&A" Lesli Linka Glatter
Mad Men "A Little Kiss" Jennifer Getzinger AMC
The Newsroom "We Just Decided To" Greg Mottola HBO
2013 Breaking Bad "Felina" Vince Gilligan AMC
Breaking Bad "Blood Money" Bryan Cranston AMC
Game of Thrones "The Rains of Castamere" David Nutter HBO
Homeland "The Star" Lesli Linka Glatter Showtime
House of Cards "Chapter 1" † David Fincher Netflix
2014 Homeland "From A to B and Back Again" Lesli Linka Glatter Showtime
Game of Thrones "The Children" Alex Graves HBO
Homeland "13 Hours in Islamabad" Dan Attias Showtime
House of Cards "Chapter 22" Jodie Foster Netflix
True Detective "Who Goes There" † Cary Joji Fukunaga HBO
2015 Game of Thrones "Mother's Mercy" † David Nutter HBO
Downton Abbey "Christmas Special" Michael Engler PBS
Homeland "The Tradition of Hospitality" Lesli Linka Glatter Showtime
The Knick "Williams and Walker" Steven Soderbergh Cinemax
Mad Men "Person to Person" Matthew Weiner AMC

Total awards

Programs with multiple awards

4 awards
  • Hill Street Blues (NBC)
3 awards
  • ER (NBC)
  • Lou Grant (CBS)

2 awards
  • Breaking Bad (AMC)
  • Kojak (CBS)
  • Mad Men (AMC)
  • Moonlighting (ABC)
  • NYPD Blue (ABC)
  • The Sopranos (HBO)
  • thirtysomething (ABC)
  • The West Wing (NBC)

Programs with multiple nominations

16 nominations
  • The Sopranos (HBO)
11 nominations
  • ER (NBC)
9 nominations
  • Mad Men (AMC)
8 nominations
  • Hill Street Blues (NBC)
  • NYPD Blue (ABC)
  • The West Wing (NBC)
7 nominations
  • Homeland (Showtime)
6 nominations
  • Lost (ABC)
  • Six Feet Under (HBO)
5 nominations
  • Lou Grant (CBS)
  • St. Elsewhere (NBC)
  • thirtysomething (ABC)

4 nominations
  • Breaking Bad (AMC)
  • Game of Thrones (HBO)
  • L.A. Law (NBC)
  • Northern Exposure (CBS)
3 nominations
  • 24 (Fox)
  • Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
  • Homicide: Life on the Street (NBC)
  • Kojak (CBS)
  • The X-Files (Fox)
2 nominations
  • Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
  • Cagney & Lacey (CBS)
  • Family (ABC)
  • House of Cards (Netflix)
  • I'll Fly Away (NBC)
  • In Treatment (HBO)
  • Moonlighting (ABC)
  • The Streets of San Francisco (ABC)
  • The Waltons (CBS)

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