Michael Schultz on the small screen

David Filipi, Director, Film/Video

Oct 12, 2021

Cress Williams in The CW series Black Lightning

Michael Schultz's career directing for the small screen spans almost 50 years! In the afternoon masterclass “Directing for Television”, presented next Tuesday, October 19, as part of our retrospective of Schultz's work, he'll discuss his prolific career, favorite memories, and the differences between directing for film and television. He has too many TV credits to list them all, but we thought fans might enjoy a crash course in his career through this playlist of episodes available on one or more popular streaming platforms.

Scene from the TV series The Rockford Files

The Rockford Files, "The Dark and Bloody Ground," image courtesy of NBC

The Rockford Files
Season 1, Episode 4: “The Dark and Bloody Ground” (1974)

Rockford’s attorney pressures him into investigating the murder of a screenwriter. 


Starsky and Hutch
Season 1, Episode 8: “Kill Huggy Bear” (1975)

Starsky and Hutch’s confidant, Huggy Bear, becomes a target for murder when he is robbed of $50,000 before he can return the “hot” money to the racketeer from whom it was stolen. 


The Practice
Season 1, Episode 5: “Part V” (1997)

Eugene defends Steven Frenault for armed robbery, and makes a bet with the D.A. that he will win the case. Ellenor meets George Vogelman, a man that answered her personal ad. Dr. Braun refuses to explore temporary insanity as a defense for the murder of Ronald Martin. 


Arrow TV series

Arrow, image courtesy of The CW

Ally McBeal
Season 1, Episode 7: “The Attitude” (1997)

Ally clashes with a client’s rabbi and dates a handsome District Attorney while Georgia considers suing her law firm for sex discrimination. 


Season 1, Episode 5: “Damaged” (2012)

When Oliver is arrested for murder, he insists that Laurel represent him in court. She takes the case, putting her at odds with her father.


Season 1, Episode 11: “Law of Attraction” (2015)

Dre’s Machismo is questioned and Pops and Ruby reignite their love. 

New Girl

New Girl, image courtesy of ABC

New Girl
Season 5, Episode 12: “D-Day” (2016)

Jess agrees to help a stressed Schmidt with the wedding. Cece gets an exciting new job offer. Winston and Nick argue over whose job is harder. 


Black Lightning 
Season 1, Episode 4: “Black Jesus” (2018)

While Jefferson tries to find out who’s behind a scary new street drug, Lady Eve gives Tobias an ultimatum, and Anissa puts her powers to use. 


Code Black
Season 3, Episode 3: “La Familia” (2018)

Jesse's brother Jose is taken to Angels after an accident. Although the team is able to save him from his injuries, they discover he has congestive heart failure and won't live for long. Mario and Noa treat an engaged couple who are both badly injured from a fight that took place at a baseball game. Leanne tries to define her relationship with Ariel, while Ethan opens up to Rox about his brother when she finds a memorial flag in his home.


All American 
Season 1, Episode 11: “All Eyez on Me” (2019)

Spencer is flustered when his old Crenshaw teammates show up at a college recruiting event. Olivia pays Asher a visit. Grace considers her own dreams.



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