David Lee (V)

Biography: David C. Lee grew up in Claremont, California. He attended the University of the Redlands, majoring in music theory and theater. He graduated in 1972. David and Peter Casey met each other while working as proofreaders and typists at a script-mimeo company. The two began writing as team and in 1979 joined the writing staff of "The Jeffersons." They worked on the "The Jeffersons" for 6 years serving as writers, story editors, and then producers. In 1985 they then became part of the crew of "Cheers" working as writers and supervising producers. 1985 was also the year that they met David Angell, another staff writer, and he soon joined their writing team. In early 1990, the three formed a production company, Grub Street Productions. Soon after they created the sitcom "Wings," which was very successful, lasting 7 years. In 1993, when "Cheers" ended, the three then created the most successful spin-off in history, "Frasier." David Lee co-wrote the pilot episodeDavid C. Lee grew up in Claremont, California. He attended the University of the Redlands, majoring in music theory and theater. He graduated in 1972. David and Peter Casey met each other while working as proofreaders and typists at a script-mimeo company. The two began writing as team and in 1979 joined the writing staff of "The Jeffersons." They worked on the "The Jeffersons" for 6 years serving as writers, story editors, and then producers. In 1985 they then became part of the crew of "Cheers" working as writers and supervising producers. 1985 was also the year that they met David Angell, another staff writer, and he soon joined their writing team. In early 1990, the three formed a production company, Grub Street Productions. Soon after they created the sitcom "Wings," which was very successful, lasting 7 years. In 1993, when "Cheers" ended, the three then created the most successful spin-off in history, "Frasier." David Lee co-wrote the pilot episode for "Frasier" with Peter Casey and David Angell, but then went on to be a director for the show. The first sitcom episode he directed was a fourth season episode of "Wings" that aired in November of 1992. Experienced sitcom director Andy Ackerman had hurt his back requiring that David take his place. David had been trained as a director but had never done it with 4 cameras or on a set before. He commented that it was scary at first but he soon found that he really enjoyed it. He directed 5 more "Wings" episodes and went on to direct 41 episodes of "Frasier," which is more episodes than anyone else has directed over the show's 11 year run. David Lee even directed "Frasier's" series finale. Since becoming this established sitcom director he has also directed episodes of other sitcoms including "Everybody Loves Raymond." In 1998, David Lee, Grub Street partners Casey and Angell, as well as Frasier head writers Chuck Ranberg and Anne Flett-Giordano, created Encore! Encore! starring Nathan Lane. Due to low ratings though, the sitcom was cancelled after half a season in early 1999. In 2001, David directed a sitcom pilot called "Say Uncle" although it was never aired or picked up. Expand

David Lee (V)'s Scores

  • TV
Average career score: 69
Highest Metascore: 80 Frasier: Season 1
Lowest Metascore: 57 Wings: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
2 tv reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd Cheers: Season 6 Sep 24, 1987 Writer 9.8
tbd Cheers: Season 5 Sep 25, 1986 Writer 9.3
tbd Cheers: Season 3 Sep 27, 1984 Writer 9.0
tbd Cheers: Season 4 Sep 26, 1985 Writer 9.0
tbd Frasier: Season 4 Sep 17, 1996 Director 8.9
tbd Frasier: Season 2 Sep 20, 1994 Director 8.8
tbd Frasier: Season 6 Sep 24, 1998 Director 8.7
tbd Frasier: Season 3 Sep 19, 1995 Director 8.6
tbd Frasier: Season 5 Sep 23, 1997 Director 8.6
tbd Frasier: Season 11 Sep 23, 2003 Director 8.6
tbd Everybody Loves Raymond: Season 4 Sep 20, 1999 Director 8.5
80 Frasier: Season 1 Sep 16, 1993 Writer / Director / Creator / Executive Producer 8.3
tbd Frasier: Season 10 Sep 24, 2002 Director 8.3
tbd Everybody Loves Raymond: Season 5 Oct 2, 2000 Director 8.2
tbd Frasier: Season 8 Oct 24, 2000 Director 8.1
tbd Frasier: Season 9 Sep 25, 2001 Director 8.1
tbd Frasier: Season 7 Sep 23, 1999 Director 7.9
tbd Cheers: Season 7 Oct 27, 1988 Writer tbd
tbd Cheers: Season 11 Sep 24, 1992 Writer tbd
57 Wings: Season 1 Apr 19, 1990 Writer tbd
tbd Wings: Season 2 Sep 28, 1990 Writer tbd
tbd Wings: Season 3 Sep 19, 1991 Executive Producer tbd
tbd Wings: Season 4 Sep 24, 1992 Director / Executive Producer tbd
tbd Wings: Season 5 Sep 16, 1993 Director tbd
tbd Wings: Season 6 Sep 20, 1994 Director tbd
tbd Titus: Season 1 Mar 20, 2000 Director tbd
tbd The Jeffersons: Season 5 Sep 20, 1978 Writer tbd
tbd The Jeffersons: Season 6 Sep 23, 1979 Writer tbd
tbd The Jeffersons: Season 7 Nov 2, 1980 Writer tbd
tbd The Jeffersons: Season 8 Oct 4, 1981 Writer tbd