Directed by Albert Brooks

Directed by Albert Brooks

6 Episodes

It’s apt that director, writer, and actor Albert Brooks should have been born Albert Einstein, since his cutting, cerebral, and brutally honest comedies are works of self-deprecating genius. Unafraid of playing unlikable, self-absorbed characters and of putting his own neuroses and obsessions under the microscope, Brooks has directed only a handful of films since the late 1970s, but each is a brilliant, unsparingly funny dissection of the frustrations of the contemporary everyman. Whether satirizing the complexities of dating in MODERN ROMANCE, Reagan-era yuppie excess in LOST IN AMERICA, or the pitfalls of family ties in MOTHER, Brooks probes the foibles and fallibility of the human condition with a sharp observational eye and sardonic wit that’s as painful as it is hilarious.

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Directed by Albert Brooks
  • Albert Brooks Teaser

    Episode 1

  • Real Life

    Episode 2

    Directed by Albert Brooks • 1979 • United States
    Starring Albert Brooks, Charles Grodin, Frances Lee McCain

    In his directorial debut, Albert Brooks offers a bitingly satirical and remarkably prescient vision of the rise of reality television. He plays an ambitious director who moves his entire c...

  • Modern Romance

    Episode 3

    Directed by Albert Brooks • 1981 • United States
    Starring Albert Brooks, Kathryn Harrold, Bruno Kirby

    Albert Brooks takes an incisive look at the state of modern relationships in this hilarious and cutting anti–romantic comedy. Brilliantly embracing his inner cad, Brooks stars as Robert Cole, a ...

  • Lost in America

    Episode 4

    Directed by Albert Brooks • 1985 • United States
    Starring Albert Brooks, Julie Hagerty

    In this hysterical satire of Reagan-era values, written and directed by Albert Brooks, a successful Los Angeles advertising executive (Brooks) and his wife (Julie Hagerty) decide to quit their jobs, buy a Winn...

  • Defending Your Life

    Episode 5

    Directed by Albert Brooks • 1991 • United States
    Starring Albert Brooks, Meryl Streep, Rip Torn

    Writer-director Albert Brooks stars opposite Meryl Streep in this delightfully offbeat romantic comedy that shows it’s never too late to change your life—even if you’re already dead. When advertising ...

  • Mother
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    Episode 6

    Mother

    Episode 6

    Directed by Albert Brooks • 1996 • United States
    Starring Albert Brooks, Debbie Reynolds

    Following his second divorce, a science fiction author (writer-director Albert Brooks) realizes he is never going to find lasting love if he doesn't straighten out his relationship with his mother first. ...