Jerry Belson

Biography: A product of the TV sitcom mills of the 1960s, Jerry Belson wrote numerous scripts for such programs as The Dick Van Dyke Show. With his then-partner Gary Marshall, Belson nurtured such small-screen projects as Marlo Thomas' That Girl (1966-70) and the short-lived Hey, Landlord (1967). In 1968, he made his theatrical-feature bow as producer/scripter of the James Garner/Debbie Reynolds comedy How Sweet It Is (1968). His subsequent film scripts made sport of suburban manners, mores and neuroses, as witness Smile (1976), Fun With Dick and Jane (1977) and The End (1978). In 1982, Belson made his directorial debut with Jekyll and Hyde...Together Again, a hit-and-miss spin-off of the weekly TV sketch-comedy series Fridays. His next offering as director, Surrender (1987), boasted one of the most bizarre scenes in motion-picture history: Sally Field and Michael Caine are "introduced" when they are stripped naked and tied up face-to-face! On occasion, Belson has appeared in front of theA product of the TV sitcom mills of the 1960s, Jerry Belson wrote numerous scripts for such programs as The Dick Van Dyke Show. With his then-partner Gary Marshall, Belson nurtured such small-screen projects as Marlo Thomas' That Girl (1966-70) and the short-lived Hey, Landlord (1967). In 1968, he made his theatrical-feature bow as producer/scripter of the James Garner/Debbie Reynolds comedy How Sweet It Is (1968). His subsequent film scripts made sport of suburban manners, mores and neuroses, as witness Smile (1976), Fun With Dick and Jane (1977) and The End (1978). In 1982, Belson made his directorial debut with Jekyll and Hyde...Together Again, a hit-and-miss spin-off of the weekly TV sketch-comedy series Fridays. His next offering as director, Surrender (1987), boasted one of the most bizarre scenes in motion-picture history: Sally Field and Michael Caine are "introduced" when they are stripped naked and tied up face-to-face! On occasion, Belson has appeared in front of the cameras, playing cameo roles in Semi-Tough (1977), Modern Romance (1981) and The Couch Trip (1988). In the late 1980s, Jerry Belson won two Emmy awards as one of the executive producers of Fox's The Tracy Ullman Show. Expand

Jerry Belson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average career score: 51
Highest Metascore: 90 Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Lowest Metascore: 41 Student Bodies
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
7 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
41 Student Bodies Aug 7, 1981 Executive Producer / The Breather / Executive Producer / The Breather 8.6
90 Close Encounters of the Third Kind Nov 16, 1977 Writer / Writer 7.8
50 Always Dec 22, 1989 Screenplay / Screenplay 6.7
47 Fun with Dick and Jane Dec 21, 2005 1977 Screenplay 5.4
41 Smokey and the Bandit II Aug 15, 1980 Screenplay / Screenplay tbd
46 The End May 10, 1978 Written By / Written By tbd
41 For Keeps? Jan 15, 1988 Producer tbd