William Asher

William Asher

Highest Rated: 92% Night Warning (1981)

Lowest Rated: 40% Johnny Cool (1963)

Birthday: Aug 08, 1921

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

Though never a household name, TV director William Asher was largely credited as one of the key figures in the development of television sitcoms through his work on such acclaimed series as "I Love Lucy" (CBS, 1951-56), "Make Room for Daddy" (ABC/CBS, 1953-1964) and "Bewitched" (ABC, 1964-1972). Asher's talent lay in his seamless orchestration of uproarious moments, like star Lucille Ball's famed miming with guest star Harpo Marx or Ball and Vivian Vance fighting a relentless conveyer belt of chocolates. He would later translate this knack for broad screwball comedy into a series of popular teen films starring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello, including "Beach Party" (1963), "Bikini Beach" (1964) and "Beach Blanket Bingo" (1965). Perhaps the highlight of his career came with "Bewitched," which starred Asher's then-wife, Elizabeth Montgomery as a mischievous witch, a ratings hit and an enduring favorite in reruns for decades thanks to its fizzy, offbeat humor and superior cast of guest stars. When the series ran its course in 1972, Asher returned to directing episodic television with "Alice" (CBS, 1976-1985) and "The Dukes of Hazzard" (CBS, 1979-1985), and oversaw several more as a producer. He retired in 1990, after which he served as a living link to the Golden Age of television comedy until his death in 2012. Rarely celebrated for his exceptional body of work, Asher's greatest tribute was perhaps the generations of TV viewers who were entertained by his work growing up.

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Return to Green Acres Director - 1990
No Score Yet 50% I Dream of Jeannie: 15 Years Later Director - 1985
No Score Yet 27% Movers and Shakers Director - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Butcher Baker Nightmare Maker Director - 1981
No Score Yet 56% Butcher Baker Nightmare Maker Director - 1981
92% 61% Night Warning Director - 1981
No Score Yet 35% Fireball 500 Director,
Screenwriter
- 1966
No Score Yet 33% How to Stuff a Wild Bikini Director,
Screenwriter
- 1965
73% 52% Beach Blanket Bingo Director,
Writer
- 1965
No Score Yet 40% Muscle Beach Party Director - 1964
No Score Yet 39% Bikini Beach Director,
Screenwriter
- 1964
43% 42% Beach Party Director - 1963
40% 46% Johnny Cool Director,
Producer
- 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Shadow on the Window Director - 1957
No Score Yet 25% The 27th Day Director - 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Leather Gloves Director - 1948

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dukes of Hazzard Director 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alice Director 1977-1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tabitha Director 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Paul Lynde Show Director 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bewitched Director,
Producer
1964-1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet I Dream of Jeannie Director 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Thin Man Director 1958
No Score Yet 98% I Love Lucy Director 1957 1952-1955

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