Television director

Asaad Kelada

Quick Facts

IntroTelevision director
Is Television director
From United States of America
Type Film, TV, Stage, Radio
Birth 20 November 1942, Cairo, Cairo Governorate, Egypt
Age78 years
Star signScorpio


Asaad Kelada (Arabic: أسعد قلادة‎‎; born November 20, 1942) is an American television director of many popular American television sitcoms.

Early life

Kelada was born in Cairo, Egypt where he studied drama under Youssef Chahine at the American University in Cairo. In 1961, he immigrated to the United States and studied directing at the Yale School of Drama.


After directing stage plays and teaching drama in the 1960s and 1970s, he received his first opportunity directing television in 1976 with an episode of Rhoda titled “Rhoda Questions Her Life and Flies to Paris”. Since then, he has directed episodes of many well-known sitcoms, including Benson, WKRP in Cincinnati, The Facts of Life, Family Ties and Who’s the Boss?, for which he directed 117 episodes and also produced 51.

In an interview, Kelada said that good casting is essential to the success of a comedy, because “you cannot make the actor be funny”. He also said that where drama is “analytical,” comedy is “much more technical. It’s about rhythm, timing, pace and energy.”


YearTV seriesNotes
1976PhyllisDirected 2 episodes
1976–1978RhodaDirected 7 episodes
1977Busting LooseDirected 1 episode
We’ve Got Each OtherDirected 1 episode
1977–1978The Tony Randall ShowDirected 5 episodes
1978Baby, I’m BackDirected 1 episode
1978–1982WKRP in CincinnatiDirected 15 episodes
1979–1980The Last ResortDirected 15 episodes
1980BensonDirected 2 episodes
1980–1985The Facts of LifeDirected 77 episodes
1981One Day at a TimeDirected 1 episode
The Two of UsDirected 4 episodes
Park PlaceDirected 1 episode
1982Report to MurphyDirected 1 episode
The Facts of Life Goes to ParisDirector, Television movie
1982–1988Family TiesDirected 8 episodes
1984Night CourtDirected 2 episodes
1984–1990Who’s the Boss?Directed 117 episodes, producer, 51 episodes
1985No Complaints!Directed 1 episode, executive producer
1986ValerieDirected 5 episodes
Charmed LivesDirected 1 episode
1987Karen’s SongDirected 3 episodes
1988Frank’s PlaceDirected 1 episode
1988–1989Day by DayDirected 2 episodes
1989The Ed Begley Jr. ShowDirected 1 episode
1990Married PeopleDirected 12 episodes
1991Designing WomenDirected 1 episode
The New WKRP in CincinnatiDirected 1 episode
1992Frannie’s TurnDirected 4 episodes
1993–1994GeorgeDirected 9 episodes
1995–1996In the HouseDirected 12 episodes
1996The Louie ShowDirected 3 episodes
1996–1997Sister, SisterDirected 16 episodes
1999–2002Dharma & GregDirected 14 episodes
2000The Michael Richards ShowDirected 4 episodes
2000–2001Everybody Loves RaymondDirected 2 episodes
2003Sabrina the Teenage WitchDirected 2 episodes
2004Good Morning, MiamiDirected 1 episode
Still StandingDirected 1 episode
2005Two and a Half MenDirected 2 episodes
2006Courting AlexDirected 3 episodes
2008Happy HourDirected 1 episode
2009The OfficeDirected 1 episode
Ruby & The RockitsDirected 2 episodes
2016My AmericaDirected 2 episodes (TV series short)