Jamie Babbit

Jamie Babbit

Known For: Directing · Birthday: 1970-11-16 (50 years old) · Gender: Female · Place of Birth: Shaker Heights, Ohio, USA

18 Movies · 49 TV shows

Also Known As: Jamie Merrill Babbit

Biography

Jamie Merill Babbit (born November 16, 1970) is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. She directed the films But I'm a Cheerleader, The Quiet and Itty Bitty Titty Committee. She has also directed episodes of television programs including Russian Doll, Gilmore Girls, Malcolm in the Middle, United States of Tara, Looking, Nip/Tuck, The L Word, Silicon Valley, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

Personal Life

Babbit lives in Los Angeles. She has two daughters, Finley and Ryder, with her former partner, producer Andrea Sperling.

Early Life

Babbit was born in Shaker Heights, Ohio. She grew up in Cleveland with her father, a lawyer and law school professor, and her mother who ran a treatment program for teenagers with drug and alcohol problems, before her death in 2006. The program was called New Directions, and it provided inspiration for the fictional "reparative therapy" (conversion therapy) camp "True Directions" in But I'm a Cheerleader. Babbit began acting at the Cleveland Play House at the age of seven, later moving into stage management and lighting. She studied West African Studies at Barnard College (graduating in 1993) and began taking film classes at New York University during her summer vacations.

Movies & TV shows

2021.

1 TV show
TV
Only Murders in the Building

Only Murders in the Building

2021
Three people who share an obsession with true crime suddenly find themselves together.

2020.

1 Movie
The Stand In

The Stand In

3
2020
Candy hired a stand-in to take her place when she was ordered to serve a year in rehab. In this hilarious comedy about trading places, a woman who is not well known is able to steal her identity, care...

2019.

1 TV show
TV
Russian Doll

Russian Doll

6.47
2019
She is reliving her 36th birthday party. She is trapped in a time loop and staring at her mortality.

2018.

1 Movie
Half the Picture

Half the Picture

2018
Successful women directors tell the stories of their lives and careers at a pivotal moment for gender equality in Hollywood. Women filmmakers may be getting the first glimpse of a future that values t...

2017.

3 TV shows
TV
Ghosted

Ghosted

5.7
2017
There are unexplained occurrences in Los Angeles and a skeptic is forced to work with a believer.
TV
Santa Clarita Diet

Santa Clarita Diet

5.6
2017
They're ordinary husband and wife until she undergoes a dramatic change that sends them down a road of death and destruction. It was a good way.
TV
The Orville

The Orville

5.92
2017
400 years from now, the crew of the not-so-functional exploratory ship in the Earth's interstellar fleet will be following.

2016.

1 TV show
TV
Divorce

Divorce

4.5
2016
A couple is going through a divorce.

2015.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
TV
Supergirl

Supergirl

6.34
2015
Kara Zor-El, who was taken in by the Danvers family when she was 13, must learn to embrace her powers after previously hiding them. The Danvers teach her to be careful with her powers until she has to...
TV
The Grinder

The Grinder

6.27
2015
Dean Sanderson moved back to his hometown after his hit show "The Grinder" was canceled because he thought he could run his family's law firm.
Addicted to Fresno

Addicted to Fresno

2015
Two co-dependent sisters, a recovering sex addiction and a lonely lesbian who work as hotel maids go to ridiculous lengths to cover up an accidental crime.

2014.

2 TV shows
TV
Looking

Looking

6
2014
Three friends in San Francisco are exploring the options available to a new generation of gay men.
TV
Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley

5.91
2014
In the high-tech gold rush of modern Silicon Valley, the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success. Silicon Valley is an American sitcom that centers around six progra...

2013.

2 Movies · 2 TV shows
Breaking the Girls

Breaking the Girls

1
2013
A naive college student loses a scholarship and makes a pact with a mysterious friend to kill off their enemies.
TV
Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

6.31
2013
A single-camera ensemble comedy follows the lives of an eclectic group of detectives in a New York precinct, including one slacker who is forced to shape up when he gets a new boss.
TV
Super Fun Night

Super Fun Night

5.4
2013
For the last 13 years, junior attorney Kimmie Boubier and her two best friends, Helen-Alice and Marika, have had a standing date every Friday night. The tradition of "Friday Night Fun Night" has been ...
Made in Cleveland

Made in Cleveland

2013
Tale of life, love and the pursuit of happiness... in Cleveland. Nine vignettes about love: an old war hero defends the honor and memory of a long-lost love; a man's past comes to light in the midst o...

2012.

3 TV shows
TV
Bunheads

Bunheads

6
2012
A showgirl from Las Vegas impulsively married a man, moved to his sleepy coastal town, and took an uneasy role at his mother-in-law's dance school.
TV
Smash

Smash

7
2012
Smash is an American musical drama television series created by Theresa Rebeck and developed by Robert Greenblatt for NBC. Steven Spielberg was an executive producer. The series was broadcast in the U...
TV
Go On

Go On

3.5
2012
Ryan King is ready to get back to work. Stephen wants Ryan to go to grief counseling. A reluctant Ryan finds himself in a support group for "life change," where he meets an odd cast of characters, all...

2011.

1 TV show
TV
Revenge

Revenge

6.55
2011
Everyone wonders about the new girl, but Emily knows everything about them, including what they did to her family. They took everything from her. She's going to make them pay.

2010.

2 Movies · 3 TV shows
TV
Rizzoli & Isles

Rizzoli & Isles

6.2
2010
The relationship between a detective and a medical examiner is so effective because of their different personality quirks. Jane, the only female cop in Boston's homicide division, is tough, relentless...
TV
Pretty Little Liars

Pretty Little Liars

6.31
2010
The series follows the lives of four girls who have a falling apart after the disappearance of their queen bee, Alison. One year later, they begin receiving messages from someone using the name "A" wh...
TV
The Defenders

The Defenders

2010
Two colorful Las Vegas defense attorneys who go all-in when it comes to representing their clients are the focus of The Defenders. Nick and Pete are the local go-to guys with an eclectic client list w...
Hooters!

Hooters!

2010
Godard said all you need to make a movie was a girl and a gun. For these lesbian filmmakers, all you need is an idea and some friends but a girl and a gun will always come in handy. **Hooters: the mak...
The Owls

The Owls

2010
The four "Owls" who are living in the faded aftermath of their glory days as a once-famous rock group are implicated in a crime.

2009.

7 TV shows
TV
The Middle

The Middle

6.69
2009
A married woman and her family are trying to survive in the city of Orson, Indiana.
TV
Cougar Town

Cougar Town

6
2009
Jules is a mom in her forties who is faced with many humorous challenges, pitfalls and rewards of life's next chapter. Along for the journey is her son, her ex-husband, her husband/neighbor and her fr...
TV
Drop Dead Diva

Drop Dead Diva

6.3
2009
A shallow model dies in an accident and her soul comes back to her in the body of a brilliant, plus-sized attorney.
TV
Castle

Castle

6.85
2009
After a serial killer imitates the plots of his novels, successful mystery novelist Richard "Rick" Castle gets permission from the Mayor of New York City to tag along with an NYPD homicide investigati...
TV
In the Motherhood

In the Motherhood

2009
In an overly complicated modern world, Rosemary, Jane and Emily are trying to juggle their work and love lives.
TV
The Unusuals

The Unusuals

1
2009
The Unusuals aired on ABC from April 8 to June 17, 2009. In Canada as well as Global. The pilot and first episode were written by Noah Hawley, who was a writer and producer for Fox's Bones. The Unusua...
TV
United States of Tara

United States of Tara

5.65
2009
"T" the wild-child teenager, "Buck" the rough and tumble biker, and "Alice" the type-A are just a few of Tara's different personality quirks. Tara never gives up hope that one day she can be herself b...

2008.

3 TV shows
TV
90210

90210

5.87
2008
Several students at the fictional West Beverly Hills High School are included in 90210, including new Beverly Hills residents Annie Wilson and Dixon Wilson. Harry Wilson returned from Kansas to his ch...
TV
Eli Stone

Eli Stone

5.29
2008
Eli Stone may be the real deal. Eli has built a successful career at a top law firm in San Francisco representing only the biggest and richest corporations that make a habit of messing with the little...
TV
Swingtown

Swingtown

2008
This period and relationship drama takes viewers back to the 1970s for a look at suburban households testing the waters of sexual revolution following swingers throughout open marriages, "key parties"...

2007.

1 Movie · 5 TV shows
TV
Indie Sex

Indie Sex

8
2007
Indie Sex is a 2007 American television documentary film directed by Lesli Klainberg.
Itty Bitty Titty Committee

Itty Bitty Titty Committee

2007
Anna hooks up with the feminists in The Itty Bitty Titty Committee.
TV
The Riches

The Riches

6.55
2007
The clan in the Deep South is assumed to be by a family of crooks.
TV
Reaper

Reaper

6
2007
Sam has to repay his parents' debt by becoming the Devil's bounty hunter, retrieving souls that have somehow escaped from Hell, because his parents sold his soul to the devil before he was born.
TV
Gossip Girl

Gossip Girl

6.71
2007
An exclusive group of privileged teens from a posh prep school on Manhattan's Upper East Side whose lives revolve around the blog of the all-knowing albeit ultra-secretive Gossip Girl.
TV
Dirty Sexy Money

Dirty Sexy Money

6
2007
The Darling family's obscene wealth and enormous power makes them easy targets for their rivals, enemies, and the tabloids. Patriarch Tripp uses his money and influence to shield his five adult chil...

2006.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Ugly Betty

Ugly Betty

5.81
2006
Betty is smart, tough and tenacious, but also sensitive and loving. She wants these skills to help her get a job. She can't get hired by Mode because she isn't traditionally attractive. Power-hungry e...
This Film Is Not Yet Rated

This Film Is Not Yet Rated

8
2006
Kirby Dick's provocative documentary investigates the secretive and inconsistent process by which the Motion Picture Association of America rates films, revealing the organization's underhanded effort...

2005.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
The Quiet

The Quiet

2005
After her father's death, Dot moves in with her godparents. The Deers' daughter, who is hostile to her father, is willing to tell her secrets to her stepsister, including the fact that she wants to ki...
TV
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

6.04
2005
Four egocentric friends who run a neighborhood Irish pub in Philadelphia try to find their way through the adult world of work and relationships. Their warped views and precarious judgments often lead...

2004.

2 TV shows
TV
The L Word

The L Word

6.6
2004
A group of lesbian friends are in Los Angeles.
TV
Wonderfalls

Wonderfalls

5.75
2004
A recent Brown University graduate, Jaye Tyler, works at a gift shop. A wax lion, brass monkey, stuffed bear, and mounted fish are some of the figurines that direct Jaye to help people in need.

2003.

2 TV shows
TV
Nip/Tuck

Nip/Tuck

6.18
2003
Plastic surgeons who are hot. Hotshot. They were Sean McNamara and Dr. midlife crises for Christian Troy as they confront career, family and romance problems
TV
Miss Match

Miss Match

2003
Miss Match is a 2003 American television series created by Jeff Rake and Darren Star and produced by Twentieth Century Fox, Darren Star Productions and Imagine Entertainment. It aired in the U.S. on N...

2001.

1 Movie · 3 TV shows
STUCK

STUCK

2001
Two aging lesbians have a heated argument that leads to an unexpected outcome involving a traffic accident deep in the California desert.
TV
Alias

Alias

2001
An agent thought she was working for the U.S. has been tricked. The government is working for a criminal organization called the Alliance of Twelve. After learning of this, Sydney became a double agen...
TV
Maybe It's Me

Maybe It's Me

2001
A teenage girl tries to deal with her idiosyncratic, Luis Buñel-esque family while putting up with the pressures of everyday life, which turns out to be more difficult than it seems.
TV
The Bernie Mac Show

The Bernie Mac Show

7
2001
The Bernie Mac Show aired on Fox for five seasons from 2001 to 2006 The series featured a comic actor and his wife raising his sister's three kids.

2000.

1 Movie · 3 TV shows
But I'm a Cheerleader

But I'm a Cheerleader

6.8
2000
Megan is an American girl. A cheerleader. She has a boyfriend. Megan doesn't like kissing her boyfriend. She is touchy with her cheerleader friends. Her conservative parents worry that she must be a l...
TV
Ed

Ed

4.33
2000
After his wife leaves him and he's fired from his job at a high-profile New York city law firm, Ed Stevens moves back to his hometown and tries to win the heart of his high school crush.
TV
Malcolm in the Middle

Malcolm in the Middle

6.03
2000
A gifted teen is trying to survive with his family.
TV
Gilmore Girls

Gilmore Girls

6.04
2000
The series follows the lives of a mother and daughter who have a relationship most people only dream of.

1999.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
Sleeping Beauties

Sleeping Beauties

1999
A morgue beautician is trying to get over her ex-girlfriend.
TV
Undressed

Undressed

1999
MTV peek behind closed doors at the intricacies of modern relationships. Each episode features three different fictional stories and follows various characters to see what happened during their most i...
TV
Popular

Popular

8
1999
The popular cheerleader at the school and the editor of the school paper are both polar opposites. When their single parents unexpectedly meet and get engaged to each other, Brooke and Sam have to dea...

1997.

2 Movies
The Game

The Game

4.75
1997
A gift certificate to play a unique kind of game was given to Nicholas Van Orton by his younger brother, Conrad, in honor of his birthday. Nicholas finds himself consumed by a dangerous set of rules, ...
All Over Me

All Over Me

1997
The area of New York where Claude and Ellen live is not very nice. Drugs, live music, and homophobia are some of the things they're involved in. Everything is different after a violent and meaningless...

1996.

1 Movie
If These Walls Could Talk

If These Walls Could Talk

6
1996
There are three stories about women dealing with pregnancies in the 1950s, 1970s and 1990s. After giving birth to three children, Barbara at last has the realistic hope of finding a job again, but the...

1991.

1 Movie
Aisle Six

Aisle Six

1991
Peer pressure, acceptance, and secret shames are discussed in a high-school docudrama. Imagine a world where everyone cares about plumbing and the ultimate social crime is to look at a box of electric...

Unknown Year.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
Discharge

Discharge

Jamie's film was a student film.
TV
A League of Their Own

A League of Their Own

The story of incredible women who dared to play professional baseball begins with the formation of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League in 1943 and follows our heroes as they fight to k...
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