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Gail Mancuso (born July 14, 1958) was in involved in 141 episodes of Roseanne in various capacities, as a story editor, associate producer, and then director, where she directed 51 episodes from Seasons 3–10, beginning with the episode "Becky Doesn't Live Here Anymore".

Early life and careerEdit

Mancuso grew up in Melrose Park, Illinois. She is married to Brian Downs, a doctor, with whom she has three children. The family divides their time between homes in Valencia, California and River Forest, Illinois.[1]

Mancuso began her career as an usher of the set of several television talk shows. Later, became a script supervisor for the Showtime comedy Brothers. In 1989, she began serving as associate director for the ABC-TV series Roseanne. After one of the show's directors left in 1991, she had the chance to become one of the main directors and continued until the show's eighth season. She went on to direct episodes of many television series like the NBC-TV sitcom series Friends, and the ABC-TV comediesDharma and Greg and Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza Place, as well as CBS's The King of Queens.

In 2007, Mancuso began working on the CBS sitcom Rules of Engagement. She has also directed episodes of 30 Rock and Scrubs. In 2008, she won a Gracie Award for her work on the NBC-TV comedy series 30 Rock. In 2011, she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for her Modern Family episode "Slow Down Your Neighbors". She reunited with Roseanne co-stars Roseanne Barr and John Goodman in the pilot episode of the new series Downwardly Mobile which was been commissioned by NBC, but ultimately was not picked up by the network. In 2018, she returned to Roseanne to direct one episode.

TV Work Edit

  • Roseanne (1991–1996, 2018)
  • Friends (1995–1999)
  • Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (1996)
  • Ellen (1997–1998)
  • The King of Queens (1998)
  • Dharma & Greg (1997–2001)
  • Yes, Dear (2000–2001)
  • Man with a Plan (2017)


  1. TV director has real 'Modern Family' in River Forest, by Megan Dooley for the Wednesday Journal September 6, 2011, accessed February 29, 2012.

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