From ‘The White Lotus’ to ‘School of Rock’, the best Mike White movies and TV shows


With a strong second season of the HBO hit show white lotusshowrunner Mike White Cheers to Tinseltown these days. The Jack of All Trades seems to have found his niche as a writer and creator, but he is also an actor, director, and producer of several movies and TV shows. The eccentric Renaissance man has also appeared on reality shows such as: survivorHere is a list of his best projects to date


Enlightened (2011-2013)

Amy looking to the right with an enlightened and annoyed expression.
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white lotus It’s not the first show created by Mike White to find success on HBO.From 2011 to 2013, he produced another hit show for the network in which he starred. Laura Dern called enlightenedWhite also stars in this satire about an aspiring young journalist named Amy Jericho (Dern). Amy Jellicoe takes an unfortunate and premature emotional break and goes to Hawaii to find a more peaceful, Zen-like way of life. Everything looks great until she returns home to find out that her new laid-back approach is rubbing her wayward mother, friends, and colleagues the really wrong way.

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Related: “White Lotus” writer Mike White is the first “Survivor” contestant to win an Emmy Award.

School of Rock (2003)

White wrote the screenplay for this box office success, jack black For the first time in the process.A hilarious and moving flick about a struggling musician who finds a job teaching music to children at a very fancy private school Earned $132 million in theaters White has proven that he can tell clever and funny stories that can also be commercially successful.

Freaks and Geeks (1999-2000)

The cast of Freaks and Geeks

freaks school It was a popular show at the turn of the century, but was quickly canceled. White was the show’s director-producer and writer in 2000. Seth Rogen, James Franco, Linda CardelliniWhen Jason Segel Although it only aired from 1999 to 2000, the story of a handful of awkward teens living in a suburban Detroit high school gained a cult following.Comedians who were not well known at the time Judd Apatow Served as the show’s executive producer.

Year of the Dog (2007)

A dog that appeared in the 2007 movie

White wore many hats on set year of the dog Including his first time as a director.Comedy/drama starring Molly Shannon, Laura Dern, Regina KingWhen John C. Reilly He also played the role of writer and producer of a story about a woman (Shannon) who is a dog and animal lover and watches her make big life choices, such as being an animal rights activist and becoming a vegan. I saw you take it. The quirky ensemble of his cast performed very well and didn’t do much at the box office, but this was a turning point in White’s career and showed that he really is a jack of all trades.

Nacho Libre (2006)

Jack Black in
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In the second collaboration with a multi-talented jack black, White directed him in this film that follows Black’s character, Ignacio “Nacho” Libre, who grows up in a Mexican convent that houses young orphans. Ultimately, Nacho decided it was the best way to raise money for a convent and better support his children, and the Lucha Libre alias dominated the Mexican wrestling circuit, where he escalated and decided to form a team (Hector Jimenez) to become a formidable masked duo.

White Lotus (2021-Present)

Jennifer Coolidge as Tanya in 'White Lotus' Season 2
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The crowning achievement of White’s career so far is white lotus was the HBO hit’s second gold medal after a strong season, and was given the green light for the third time. The first season was Emmy-winning, adult-oriented programming about the White Lotus Resort and the stories of both visitors and guests, followed by an award-winning second season. This train doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. In fact, it’s gaining more momentum.

Good Girl (2002)

Jennifer Aniston and Jake Gyllenhaal in The Good Girl.

This time, White wrote the screenplay for the film that premiered and starred at the 2002 Sundance Festival. Jennifer Aniston, John C. Reilly, and Jake Gyllenhaalanother comedy/drama, good girl It follows the mundane life of Justin Rust (Aniston), a young married woman in a small town in Texas. Her life is quickly turned upside down when she learns that her lover is the suspect and is in the middle of a confrontation with him. police.

Chuck and Buck (2000)

Mike White standing behind a pine tree in Chuck & Buck

Buck (White) is an eccentric small-town kid who lives with his friend and neighbor Chuck (Chris Weitz). Buck then walks away and both repress the experience. Buck, now in his mid-twenties, is a playwright and reunites with the happily married Chuck, who is in town for Buck’s mother’s funeral. After declining Buck’s sexual advances, Chuck invited an immature writer to visit him for a while in Los Angeles. It was White’s first lead role film and a preview of the quirky, dark and comical sense of humor we see from him today.

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