Ellen (1994–1998)

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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 Morgan (109 episodes, 1994-1998)
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 Joe Farrell / ... (102 episodes, 1994-1998)
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 Paige Clark (96 episodes, 1994-1998)
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 Audrey Penney (80 episodes, 1994-1998)
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 Spence Kovak (72 episodes, 1995-1998)
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Ellen Morgan is a neurotic, 30-something, bookstore employee who tries to get by life in dealing with her various friends whom include the outgoing redhead Paige, insecure photographer Adam, her unsure-of-himself cousin Spence, coffee shop guy Joe Farrell, the critical and obnoxious Audrey, and most challenging of all, Ellen also has to contend being around her annoying and overbearing parents Lois and Harold. Written by Anonymous

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The show underwent major changes between the first and third seasons. Though it was always fairly highly rated, test audiences responded more strongly to supporting characters than they did to the main cast. Most of the main cast was dropped in the second season (except Arye Gross) and the character of Audrey, who had previously only been in one episode, became a regular, as did Joe. See more »

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Ellen: Stray dogs, hungry people. Come on people, the solution is obvious.
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The Ballad of Joxer the Mighty
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A series retooled to death
8 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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