A ninth season episode of the NBC comedy ("Work Bus," airing Oct. 18) was directed by Bryan Cranston, who has won multiple Emmys for his work as Walter White on "Breaking Bad." The plot of "Work Bus" revolves around Jim tricking Dwight into thinking that their workplace is unsafe: as a result, Dwight rents a bus and moves the entire office into the vehicle.
Long-time fans of Cranston's work know that he's a masterful comedic talent. While his current work on "Breaking Bad" is bleak and dramatic, his past roles on "Seinfeld" and "Malcolm in the Middle" show that Cranston knows how to bring the funny to his work.
"Work Bus" is not the first TV episode that Bryan Cranston has directed, and it likely won't be the last. In honor of his upcoming "The Office" episode, here's a look back at Cranston's previous directorial turns.
"Breaking Bad"Not surprisingly, Cranston has not only acted in episodes of "Breaking Bad" but directed some, as well. In addition to directing the first episode of the second half of "Breaking Bad" (slated to air in 2013), Cranston has also directed two other episodes. "Seven Thirty-Seven" was a masterpiece, but "No Mas" stands out as one of the most important and memorable episodes in the show's storied history. The scene where Walt surveys the PB&J sandwich is utterly heartbreaking.
"Big Day"This short-lived ABC comedy series might not be well-remembered, but Cranston directed the 2006 episode "Stolen Vows." When Danny and Alice's honeymoon adventure is ruined by a band of rebels, Danny begs Skobo for help to get them off the island. "Big Day" was wickedly funny, and Cranston did a great job directing his episode.
"Malcolm in the Middle"Over the course of three years, Bryan Cranston directed a total of seven episodes of "Malcolm in the Middle." Between 2003 and 2005, he directed episodes like "Dirty Magazine" and "Billboard." In particular, "Dirty Magazine" stands out for both the performances and the story. Additionally, "Buseys Run Away" is worth a mention for Hal's stint as the leader of a group of meathead body builders.
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