Ken Kwapis

Biography: Filmmaker Ken Kwapis has won many awards for his work on television and in feature films. Before launching his career, he studied filmmaking at Northwestern University and in the graduate program at U.S.C., where his diploma film was For Heaven's Sake!, a variation on Mozart's comic opera The Impressario. Though Kwapis based his play on the great composer's work, he penned his own libretto. The result earned the young helmer a Student Academy Award for Dramatic Achievement. Professionally, he started out in television, directing the films The Beniker Gang and Summer Switch (1983). He subsequently directed more movies and series, including the first two seasons of HBO's hit sitcom The Larry Sanders Show. He won Cable ACE nominations for the episodes "The Spiders" and "The Performance Artist." He made his feature film directorial debut with the cosmic comedy Vibes (1988), starring pop singer Cyndi Lauper and Jeff Goldblum. In 1996, Kwapis' comedy Dunston Checks In, the story ofFilmmaker Ken Kwapis has won many awards for his work on television and in feature films. Before launching his career, he studied filmmaking at Northwestern University and in the graduate program at U.S.C., where his diploma film was For Heaven's Sake!, a variation on Mozart's comic opera The Impressario. Though Kwapis based his play on the great composer's work, he penned his own libretto. The result earned the young helmer a Student Academy Award for Dramatic Achievement. Professionally, he started out in television, directing the films The Beniker Gang and Summer Switch (1983). He subsequently directed more movies and series, including the first two seasons of HBO's hit sitcom The Larry Sanders Show. He won Cable ACE nominations for the episodes "The Spiders" and "The Performance Artist." He made his feature film directorial debut with the cosmic comedy Vibes (1988), starring pop singer Cyndi Lauper and Jeff Goldblum. In 1996, Kwapis' comedy Dunston Checks In, the story of an orangutan who turns a posh hotel upside down, earned the Grand Prix du Jury and the Audience Award at that year's Cannes Junior Film Festival. Expand

Ken Kwapis' Scores

Average career score: 71
Highest Metascore: 91 The Larry Sanders Show: Season 2
Lowest Metascore: 45 Outsourced: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
13 tv reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
66 Santa Clarita Diet: Season 1 Feb 3, 2017 Director 7.5
49 Happyish: Season 1 Apr 26, 2015 Director / Executive Producer / Producer 7.3
58 Parks and Recreation: Season 1 Mar 6, 2013 Director 7.7
64 The Office: Season 9 Sep 20, 2012 Director 7.2
45 Outsourced: Season 1 Sep 23, 2010 Director / Ken Kwapis / Executive Producer / Ken Kwapis 7.3
71 Parks and Recreation: Season 2 Sep 17, 2009 Director / Ken Kwapis 8.7
tbd The Office: Season 5 Sep 25, 2008 Director 8.6
85 The Office: Season 3 Sep 21, 2006 Director / Producer 9.0
tbd The Bernie Mac Show: Season 5 Sep 23, 2005 Director tbd
tbd The Office: Season 2 Sep 20, 2005 Director / Producer 8.8
62 The Office: Season 1 Mar 24, 2005 Director / Executive Producer / Producer 8.4
tbd Malcolm in the Middle: Season 6 Nov 7, 2004 Ken Kwapis 8.3
tbd The Bernie Mac Show: Season 3 Nov 30, 2003 Director tbd
tbd Malcolm in the Middle: Season 5 Nov 2, 2003 Director 8.8
tbd Malcolm in the Middle: Season 4 Nov 3, 2002 Director 9.2
tbd The Bernie Mac Show: Season 2 Sep 18, 2002 Director tbd
59 Watching Ellie: Season 1 Feb 26, 2002 Director tbd
tbd The Bernie Mac Show: Season 1 Nov 14, 2001 Director tbd
tbd Malcolm in the Middle: Season 3 Nov 11, 2001 Director 9.0
tbd Grounded for Life: Season 2 Sep 26, 2001 Director tbd
tbd Grounded for Life: Season 1 Jan 10, 2001 Director tbd
tbd Malcolm in the Middle: Season 2 Nov 5, 2000 Director 9.0
88 Malcolm in the Middle: Season 1 Jan 9, 2000 Director 9.0
tbd ER: Season 6 Sep 30, 1999 Director 7.0
88 Freaks and Geeks: Season 1 Sep 25, 1999 Director 8.8
91 The Larry Sanders Show: Season 2 Jun 2, 1993 Director 7.2
91 The Larry Sanders Show: Season 1 Aug 15, 1992 Director / Producer 7.3
tbd Eerie, Indiana: Season 1 Sep 15, 1991 Director tbd
tbd Amazing Stories: Season 2 Sep 22, 1986 Director tbd