Mike White is a multi-talented person who has credits as a writer, director, actor, and producer. He first found success in Hollywood when he wrote Dead man on a campus in 1998. Since then, he has found success in writing and directing, contributing to some of the most successful films and TV shows of recent years.
He was recently linked to the huge success The White Lotuswhich has been renewed for a second season, slated for release on HBO in October 2022 (the teaser can be viewed on Rotten Tomatoes’ Youtube channel). The series has received widespread critical acclaim and has seen White receive more accolades than ever before, with three personal Emmy nominations this year (Outstanding Limited Series, Directing and Writing). His writing credentials are solid, and ahead of this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards, here’s a look at the best TV shows and movies written by Mike White.
seven year of the dog
year of the dog was released in 2007 and is a moving story that follows a character called Peggy, who tries to come back to life after the death of her dog. The film is touching and Molly Shannon gives a subtly moving performance as the title character. White wrote and directed this film, perfectly portraying the tender relationship between humans and animals.
6 Dawson’s Creek
Dawson’s Creek is an iconic series centered on the lives of a close-knit group of teenage friends. The series aired on The WB from 1998 to 2003 and starred James Van Der Beek as the titular Dawson Leery, with the series largely revolving around his life, including the dramas and romances that marked him. accompany. By The conversation, Dawson’s Creek was a huge hit and became The WB’s flagship show alongside buffy the vampire slayer. White had several writing credits on this show, and he got a lot of recognition and success for his efforts.
5 Brad Status
Brad Status was released in 2017 and tells the story of Brad (played by Ben Stiller), who reunites with childhood friends who are now much more successful than him, which sends him into a midlife crisis, where he reevaluates his choices and how he ended up where he is. The story has effortless humor and relatable authenticity, which is achieved through Stiller’s performance and White’s writing. White also directed the film, and it’s one of the best showcases of his filmmaking skills.
Pasadena was canceled after one season, however, it is still one of White’s highest-rated projects. The story centers on Lily McAllister (Alison Loham), who is a woman embroiled in a murder mystery that she believes may be tied to her own family. White created and wrote six episodes of the series, which was deemed too dark for audiences, especially after the events of 9/11. While understandable for the time, it’s a shame the show didn’t stay on the air longer.
3 school of rock
school of rock was released in 2003 and is the most commercially and critically successful project in which White has been involved. The film was directed by Richard Linklater and features a performance by Jack Black that took his stardom to new heights. The series features Black as Dewey, who accepts a job as a substitute teacher at a private school. He encourages kids to embrace their inner rock star and they participate in the battle of the bands. school of rock has become a family classic, and White’s talents as a writer are evident throughout the storyline.
Enlightened was a series that preceded The White Lotus and features one of Laura Dern’s finest performances, which won her a Golden Globe. The series was released in 2011 and centers on Amy Jellicoe, a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown, having to pick up the pieces of her shattered personal and professional life. His character is dysfunctional and realistic, and White renders the character layered only in ways he can.
1 The White Lotus
The White Lotus is perhaps the most perfect accumulation of all of White’s talents in one series. The HBO series focuses on a group of affluent guests staying at The White Lotus resort in Hawaii, who are ridiculously out of touch and complain about their issues which become more insignificant as their privileges and rights are brought to light. . The series features hilarious performances from Jennifer Coolidge, Sydney Sweeney and Natasha Rothwell, to name a few, and has been renewed for a second season, although it was originally only meant to air for one. . The White Lotus is a great commentary on superficiality and the modern world, and is done in a way that doesn’t feel corny.