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 who 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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29 March 1994 (USA)  »

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These Friends of Mine  »

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The Puppy Episode - Part 1 (#4.22) made television history and became one of the most controversial TV episodes ever. Ellen DeGeneres's character came out of the closet, which resulted in a loss of a ton of its sponsors and ABC even received a bomb threat and a year later, "Ellen" was canceled. See more »

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Margaret: Ellen, Ellen, where are you?
Ellen: [walks out of a coat closet] Here, I was in the closet.
Margaret: It's big isn't it?
Ellen: Yeah, but I wouldn't want to spend a lot of time in there, entertaining or anything.
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Written by Sharleen Spiteri and John McElhone
Performed by Texas
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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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