Ellen (1994–1998)

TV Series   |  TV-PG   |    |  Comedy, Romance


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Ellen Morgan is a neurotic bookstore owner who deals with life through comedy and extensive rambling.

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  • Ellen DeGeneres and Kayla Murphy in Ellen (1994)
  • Ellen DeGeneres and Lisa Darr in Ellen (1994)
  • Ellen DeGeneres in Ellen (1994)
  • Laura Dern and Ellen DeGeneres in Ellen (1994)
  • Lisa Darr in Ellen (1994)
  • Perry Anzilotti in Ellen (1994)

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Creators:

Carol Black, Neal Marlens, David S. Rosenthal

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8 August 2014 | cherold
5
| A series retooled to death
Ellen was one of the most retooled series ever made, I think, and every change made the show worse. It was very funny in its first year, when it was called These Friends of Mine. Then some perfectly good cast members were swapped out, the premise changed, it became less ensemble style and more star driven, and it was weaker. When Arye Gross was subsequently swapped out for a grating Jeremy Piven, the show started getting very bad.

When Ellen came out as gay, my mom complained that it ruined the show, but for me, the show was already bad, and her coming out was just more poorly conceived retooling that ultimately made it worse. Although the actual coming out show was brilliant, the best episode of the series, and made me briefly believe that the show had finally turned around. But it hadn't, it just kept declining.

Fortunately Ellen moved on to her talk show host role, which fits her like a glove, so it's a story with a happy ending. But I wish they'd kept doing These Friends of Mine; that was a really good show.

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