Michael Lehmann

Biography: Director Michael Lehmann is best known for his quirky, jet-black comedies, although the late '90s and early 2000s found him delving into the worlds of episodic television and chick-flick romantic comedy. Before becoming a filmmaker, Lehmann studied painting at New York's School of Visual Arts. He then studied philosophy at Columbia University, and after graduating began studying in West Germany to be an academic. He then changed direction and became project manager for the video department at Zoetrope studios. Just as that company crumbled, he found himself accepted to the University of Southern California. He began his career after making his now-notorious thesis film, Beaver Gets a Boner (1988), for USC. This film attracted Hollywood interest, and he soon found himself represented by the prestigious William Morris Agency. In addition to his thesis, he also wrote a very strange screenplay that became his 1989 hit Heathers, the tale of two high-school outsiders who beginDirector Michael Lehmann is best known for his quirky, jet-black comedies, although the late '90s and early 2000s found him delving into the worlds of episodic television and chick-flick romantic comedy. Before becoming a filmmaker, Lehmann studied painting at New York's School of Visual Arts. He then studied philosophy at Columbia University, and after graduating began studying in West Germany to be an academic. He then changed direction and became project manager for the video department at Zoetrope studios. Just as that company crumbled, he found himself accepted to the University of Southern California. He began his career after making his now-notorious thesis film, Beaver Gets a Boner (1988), for USC. This film attracted Hollywood interest, and he soon found himself represented by the prestigious William Morris Agency. In addition to his thesis, he also wrote a very strange screenplay that became his 1989 hit Heathers, the tale of two high-school outsiders who begin killing popular girls while making the deaths look like suicides. His 1991 film Meet the Applegates, which features actors dressed as giant beetles living in a suburban American home like any other family, made a bid for cult status but went nowhere; his next film, the mega-budgeted Bruce Willis vehicle Hudson Hawk (1991) was a notorious bomb. Expand

Michael Lehmann's Scores

Average career score: 68
Highest Metascore: 99 The Larry Sanders Show: Season 4
Lowest Metascore: 40 The Beautiful Life: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 43
  2. Negative: 0 out of 43
43 tv reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
65 Marvel's Jessica Jones: Season 3 Jun 14, 2019 Director 5.9
tbd All About the Washingtons: Season 1 Aug 10, 2018 Executive Producer 5.0
78 Snowfall: Season 2 Jul 19, 2018 Director 7.9
51 Deception (2018): Season 1 Mar 11, 2018 Director 7.6
62 Snowfall: Season 1 Jul 5, 2017 Director 6.4
64 Chance: Season 1 Oct 19, 2016 Director / Producer 7.4
58 Tyrant: Season 3 Jul 6, 2016 Director 6.9
59 Scream Queens: Season 1 Sep 22, 2015 Director / Director 7.8
52 The Brink: Season 1 Jun 21, 2015 Director 7.7
tbd House of Lies: Season 4 Jan 11, 2015 Director 7.8
71 The Comeback: Season 2 Nov 9, 2014 Director 8.1
54 Tyrant: Season 1 Jun 24, 2014 Director / Executive Producer 7.8
tbd Californication: Season 7 Apr 13, 2014 Director 6.2
58 True Blood: Season 6 Jun 16, 2013 Director 6.0
69 Betas: Season 1 Apr 19, 2013 Director / Executive Producer 7.3
65 American Horror Story: Season 2 Oct 17, 2012 Director 8.3
81 Dexter: Season 7 Sep 30, 2012 Director 7.6
66 Go On: Season 1 Aug 8, 2012 Director 7.9
74 True Blood: Season 5 Jun 10, 2012 Director 6.9
63 House of Lies: Season 1 Jan 8, 2012 Director 5.6
tbd Californication: Season 5 Jan 8, 2012 Director 7.4
tbd Bored to Death: Season 3 Oct 10, 2011 Director 7.1
62 American Horror Story: Season 1 Oct 5, 2011 Director 8.1
62 Dexter: Season 6 Oct 2, 2011 Director 6.5
74 True Blood: Season 4 Jun 26, 2011 Director 7.5
79 Nurse Jackie: Season 3 Mar 28, 2011 Director 7.1
tbd Californication: Season 4 Jan 9, 2011 Director 7.8
tbd Bored to Death: Season 2 Sep 26, 2010 Director 8.1
45 Outsourced: Season 1 Sep 23, 2010 Director 7.3
67 The Big C: Season 1 Aug 16, 2010 Director 6.8