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Plot:
Ellen Morgan is a neurotic bookstore owner who deals with life through comedy and extensive rambling. Full summary »
Awards:
Nominated for 4 Golden Globes. Another 14 wins & 28 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
a highlight of television comedy -- until the final season See more (23 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 5 of 72)

Ellen DeGeneres ... Ellen Morgan (109 episodes, 1994-1998)

David Anthony Higgins ... Joe Farrell (102 episodes, 1994-1998)

Joely Fisher ... Paige Clark (96 episodes, 1994-1998)

Clea Lewis ... Audrey Penney (80 episodes, 1994-1998)

Jeremy Piven ... Spence Kovak (72 episodes, 1995-1998)
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Series Directed by
Gil Junger (30 episodes, 1996-1998)
Robby Benson (25 episodes, 1995-1996)
Tom Cherones (23 episodes, 1994-1995)
Gail Mancuso (7 episodes, 1997-1998)
Rob Schiller (5 episodes, 1994-1996)
Andrew D. Weyman (5 episodes, 1994)
Lorraine Sevre-Richmond (3 episodes, 1996-1998)
Alan Myerson (3 episodes, 1996-1997)
D. Owen Trainor (2 episodes, 1995-1997)
 
Series Writing credits
Carol Black (109 episodes, 1994-1998)
Neal Marlens (109 episodes, 1994-1998)
David S. Rosenthal (32 episodes, 1994-1998)
Tracy Newman (11 episodes, 1995-1997)
Jonathan Stark (11 episodes, 1995-1997)
Mark Driscoll (10 episodes, 1994-1997)
Dava Savel (8 episodes, 1995-1997)
Richard Day (7 episodes, 1994-1995)
David Flebotte (7 episodes, 1995-1997)
Alex Herschlag (7 episodes, 1995-1997)
Suzanne Martin (5 episodes, 1994-1995)
David Walpert (5 episodes, 1996-1998)
Lisa DeBenedictis (4 episodes, 1995-1996)
Daryl Rowland (4 episodes, 1995-1996)
Mark Wilding (3 episodes, 1994-1997)
Maria Semple (3 episodes, 1994-1995)
Tom Leopold (3 episodes, 1995-1996)
Matt Berry (3 episodes, 1997-1998)
Mike Larsen (3 episodes, 1997-1998)
Ric Swartzlander (3 episodes, 1997-1998)
Holly Hester (2 episodes, 1994-1995)
Warren Bell (2 episodes, 1994)
Eileen Heisler (2 episodes, 1995-1996)
DeAnn Heline (2 episodes, 1995-1996)
Vance DeGeneres (2 episodes, 1996-1997)
Jennifer Fisher (2 episodes, 1996-1997)
Matt Goldman (2 episodes, 1996-1997)
Ellen Idelson (2 episodes, 1996-1997)
Rob Lotterstein (2 episodes, 1996-1997)
Dan Cohen (2 episodes, 1997-1998)
Jane Espenson (2 episodes, 1997-1998)
Tod Himmel (2 episodes, 1997-1998)
Lisa K. Nelson (2 episodes, 1997-1998)
F.J. Pratt (2 episodes, 1997-1998)
Ellen DeGeneres (2 episodes, 1997)
Tim Doyle (2 episodes, 1998)

Series Produced by
Christie Stentz .... associate producer (47 episodes, 1996-1998)
Vic Kaplan .... executive producer (42 episodes, 1995-1998)
Mark Driscoll .... co-producer / executive producer (41 episodes, 1994-1997)
Ellen DeGeneres .... co-executive producer / producer (40 episodes, 1996-1998)
Frank Merwald .... associate producer (36 episodes, 1994-1996)
David S. Rosenthal .... executive producer / co-executive producer / ... (33 episodes, 1994-1996)
Tracy Newman .... producer / co-executive producer / ... (31 episodes, 1994-1997)
Jonathan Stark .... producer / co-executive producer / ... (31 episodes, 1994-1997)
Warren Bell .... executive producer / co-executive producer (30 episodes, 1994-1995)
Tom Leopold .... co-executive producer (27 episodes, 1995-1996)
Mark Grossan .... producer (22 episodes, 1994-1996)
Matt Berry .... supervising producer (22 episodes, 1997-1998)
Richard Day .... producer / supervising producer (21 episodes, 1994-1996)
Dava Savel .... executive producer / co-executive producer (21 episodes, 1995-1997)
Tim Doyle .... executive producer (21 episodes, 1997-1998)
Maxine Lapiduss .... consulting producer (21 episodes, 1997-1998)
Ric Swartzlander .... supervising producer (21 episodes, 1997-1998)
Lawrence Broch .... co-executive producer (20 episodes, 1997-1998)
F.J. Pratt .... producer (20 episodes, 1997-1998)
Dan Cohen .... producer (19 episodes, 1997-1998)
Jan Nash .... supervising producer (18 episodes, 1996-1997)
Gil Junger .... producer (13 episodes, 1997-1998)
Matt Goldman .... consulting producer / co-executive producer (12 episodes, 1996-1997)
Ken Ornstein .... coordinating producer / consulting producer (11 episodes, 1995-1998)
David Flebotte .... co-producer (9 episodes, 1996-1997)
Holly Hester .... co-producer (8 episodes, 1995)
Carol Black .... executive producer (7 episodes, 1994-1996)
Neal Marlens .... executive producer (7 episodes, 1994-1996)
Vicki S. Horwitz .... producer (6 episodes, 1995)
Alex Herschlag .... co-producer (6 episodes, 1996)
Lisa DeBenedictis .... producer (4 episodes, 1995-1996)
Daryl Rowland .... producer (4 episodes, 1995-1996)
Pamela Eells .... co-executive producer / executive producer (3 episodes, 1995)
Sally Lapiduss .... co-executive producer / executive producer (3 episodes, 1995)

Matt Goldman .... co-executive producer (unknown episodes)
Mark Wilding .... co-producer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Original Music by
W.G. Snuffy Walden (21 episodes, 1994-1998)
 
Series Cinematography by
Thomas Marshall (12 episodes, 1994-1996)
Richard Brown (8 episodes, 1995-1998)
 
Series Film Editing by
Dennis C. Vejar (10 episodes, 1994-1996)
Kris Trexler (10 episodes, 1995-1998)
Tony Hayman (2 episodes, 1994)
 
Series Casting by
Lisa London (12 episodes, 1994-1996)
Tammara Billik (8 episodes, 1995-1998)
Brian Chavanne (6 episodes, 1994)
 
Series Production Design by
Bill Brzeski (13 episodes, 1994-1996)
 
Series Art Direction by
Jay Pelissier (7 episodes, 1997-1998)

Bill Brzeski (unknown episodes)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Archie D'Amico (74 episodes, 1995-1998)
Lynda Burbank (12 episodes, 1994-1996)
 
Series Costume Design by
Bambi Breakstone (94 episodes, 1994-1998)
 
Series Makeup Department
Robin LaVigne .... make-up / makeup artist (19 episodes, 1994-1998)
Robert Hallowell II .... hair stylist (13 episodes, 1994-1996)
Karen Kawahara .... makeup: Ellen DeGeneres (7 episodes, 1997-1998)
Kent Nelson .... hair stylist (5 episodes, 1995-1997)
Mitchell Stone .... hair stylist: Ellen DeGeneres (4 episodes, 1997)
Sandra Rubin-Munk .... hair stylist (3 episodes, 1998)
 
Series Production Management
Neil Rapp .... production manager (62 episodes, 1994-1996)
Ken Ornstein .... unit production manager (8 episodes, 1995-1998)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joanne Keene Hall .... second assistant director (109 episodes, 1994-1998)
Michael Looney .... first assistant director (12 episodes, 1994-1996)
Daniel Orozco .... dga trainee (12 episodes, 1995)
Lynn M. McCracken .... first assistant director (7 episodes, 1997-1998)
Jana Spotts .... assistant director (6 episodes, 1997-1998)

José Clemente Hernandez .... dga trainee (unknown episodes)
Lincoln Myers .... dga trainee (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Department
Eric Yount .... construction foreman (109 episodes, 1994-1998)
Conny Boettger-Marinos .... set designer (60 episodes, 1996-1998)
Tom Craig .... on-set dresser (47 episodes, 1996-1998)
Gary Hidalgo .... paint foreman (47 episodes, 1996-1998)
Scott L. London .... property master (38 episodes, 1994-1998)
Greg Bartkus .... on-set dresser (27 episodes, 1995-1996)
David Needham .... leadman (24 episodes, 1994-1995)
Kelly H'Doubler .... property master (8 episodes, 1995-1998)

Billy Campbell .... on-set dresser (unknown episodes)
Paul Arthur Hartman .... set dresser: 1996-1998 (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Richard Partlow .... foley artist (105 episodes, 1994-1998)
Charles Bruce .... supervising sound editor (19 episodes, 1997-1998)
Marti D. Humphrey .... re-recording mixer / re-recording (12 episodes, 1994-1996)
Larry Stephens .... production sound mixer (9 episodes, 1994-1998)
Michael Ballin .... production sound mixer (7 episodes, 1994)
Eric Pierce .... boom operator (6 episodes, 1994)
Bill Stephens .... production sound mixer (5 episodes, 1994-1996)

Jeff A. Johnson .... sound (unknown episodes)
Ken Kobett .... re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
Todd Niesen .... supervising sound editor (unknown episodes)
Mike Olman .... re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
Val Stulman .... sound recordist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Stunts
Thomas M. Ficke .... stunt coordinator (unknown episodes)
Hubie Kerns Jr. .... stunt coordinator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Kevin McGill .... assistant camera (107 episodes, 1994-1998)
John Cicolello .... grip (30 episodes, 1994-1995)
Pascal M. Guillemard .... lighting technician (25 episodes, 1996-1997)
Albert Cicolello .... key grip (12 episodes, 1994-1996)
Drain M. Marshall .... chief lighting technician (12 episodes, 1994-1996)
Ed Nielsen .... camera operator (12 episodes, 1994-1996)
Gene A. Talvin .... camera operator (12 episodes, 1994-1996)
Jeff Miller .... camera operator (11 episodes, 1994-1996)
Charles R. Young .... camera operator (11 episodes, 1994-1996)

Victor Galvis .... electrician (unknown episodes, 1997-1998)
Doug Byers .... electrician (unknown episodes)
Michael R. Marquette .... first assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Robert Schoenhut .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting Department
Diana Guthrie .... casting associate (85 episodes, 1995-1998)
John Leamer .... casting assistant (33 episodes, 1994-1996)

Lesli Gelles-Raymond .... casting assistant (unknown episodes)
Justine Hempe .... casting assistant (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Wendy Range Rao .... costume supervisor (13 episodes, 1994-1996)
Brian Cotton .... costumer (11 episodes, 1994-1996)
Melissa Merwin .... costumer (7 episodes, 1994-1996)
Robin Kennedy .... costume supervisor (7 episodes, 1997-1998)
Janis Mekaelian .... key costumer (5 episodes, 1994-1996)
Wendy J. Greiner .... costumer (4 episodes, 1994)
Kathleen Brodbeck .... key costumer (3 episodes, 1994)
 
Series Editorial Department
Marshall Boone .... post-production coordinator (71 episodes, 1995-1998)
Jennifer Vejar .... assistant editor (12 episodes, 1994-1996)

Andy Lichtstein .... colorist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Music Department
John McElhone .... composer: theme (4 episodes, 1997)
Sharleen Spiteri .... composer: theme (4 episodes, 1997)
Texas .... performer: theme (4 episodes, 1997)
 
Series Other crew
Kelli Pinker .... construction accountant (97 episodes, 1994-1998)
Dailey Pike .... audience warm-up (76 episodes, 1994-1997)
Nellie Stevens Reed .... production assistant (25 episodes, 1996-1997)
Bud Robertson .... assistant production coordinator (24 episodes, 1994-1995)
Maria Semple .... story editor (24 episodes, 1994-1995)
Jenny Siff .... assistant to executive producer (24 episodes, 1994-1995)
Jane Espenson .... story editor (22 episodes, 1997-1998)
Robert Boles .... production assistant / assistant to producers (15 episodes, 1997-1998)
Scott Sites .... production coordinator (14 episodes, 1994-1996)
Ellen DeGeneres .... executive consultant (13 episodes, 1994-1996)
Kathy Karlin .... assistant to producers (13 episodes, 1994-1996)
Jennifer Melchior .... assistant to producers (13 episodes, 1994-1996)
D. Owen Trainor .... technical coordinator (13 episodes, 1994-1996)
Amy Jo Weinstein .... assistant to producers (13 episodes, 1994-1996)
Mandie Green .... assistant: Ellen Degeneres (13 episodes, 1997)
Jeanne Andrews .... production accountant (12 episodes, 1994-1996)
Keiann Collins .... production assistant (12 episodes, 1994-1996)
Cindy Linnick .... production assistant (12 episodes, 1994-1996)
Adam Rosen .... production assistant (12 episodes, 1994-1996)
Dianne Sullens .... script supervisor (12 episodes, 1994-1996)
Keith Wheeler .... production assistant (12 episodes, 1994-1996)
Sam Froelich .... assistant to producers (11 episodes, 1994-1996)
Anji Sawant .... assistant to producers (9 episodes, 1994-1996)
Susan Kong .... first assistant accountant / assistant accountant / ... (9 episodes, 1994)
Tod Himmel .... executive story editor (9 episodes, 1997-1998)
Mike Larsen .... executive story editor (9 episodes, 1997-1998)
Lisa K. Nelson .... executive story editor (9 episodes, 1997-1998)
David Walpert .... story editor (9 episodes, 1997-1998)
David Driver .... production assistant (8 episodes, 1994-1996)
Lorraine Sevre-Richmond .... script supervisor (7 episodes, 1995-1998)
Katrina Edwards .... production coordinator (7 episodes, 1997-1998)
John Yant .... technical coordinator (7 episodes, 1997-1998)
Susan Kydd .... assistant accountant / assistant to producers (6 episodes, 1994-1996)
Michael Becker .... executive consultant (5 episodes, 1994)
Layne Kovach .... assistant to producers (5 episodes, 1994)
Ani Sawant .... assistant to producers (4 episodes, 1994-1996)
Taylor Bryon .... assistant to producers (4 episodes, 1994)
Teddy Tenenbaum .... script coordinator (4 episodes, 1994)
Jean Bock .... assistant to producers (3 episodes, 1997-1998)
Marshall Boone .... assistant to producers (3 episodes, 1997-1998)
Cynthia Greenburg .... assistant to producers (3 episodes, 1997-1998)
Kevin O'Donnell .... assistant to producers (3 episodes, 1997-1998)
Leif Sandaas .... assistant to producers (3 episodes, 1997-1998)
Lynda Tarryk .... assistant to producers (3 episodes, 1997-1998)
David Guilbeau .... craft service / crafts services (2 episodes, 1994-1998)
Patrick Harrigan .... assistant to producers (2 episodes, 1997)
Kit Pongetti .... assistant to producers (2 episodes, 1997)
Kerry A. Vill .... assistant to producers (2 episodes, 1997)

John D. Beck .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Angela Giannoni .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Jennifer S. Hayes .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Leslie Shevick .... assistant to writers / set production assistant (unknown episodes)
Tim Tortora .... accountant (unknown episodes)
 

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Also Known As:
"These Friends of Mine" - USA (first season title)
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Runtime:
USA:30 min (109 episodes)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The original title of the show was "These Friends of Mine".See more »
Quotes:
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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9 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
a highlight of television comedy -- until the final season, 15 December 1999
Author: Steve Schonberger from near Seattle, WA, USA

During most of its run, "Ellen" was set in a book store owned by the title character, and it was one of the funniest situation comedies to be produced for U.S. television. It had a variety of regular characters, each a well developed mix of comedy stereotype traits and realistic individual traits. The varied cast provided lots of opportunities for comedy plot twists.

Ellen's personal gift was humorously portraying the moments of mild embarrassment everyone experiences -- much of comedy is based on embarrassment, after all. But Ellen didn't stop with mild embarrassment. Instead of keeping quiet and hoping no one would notice her blunders, or hoping they'd forget, she tried to talk her way out of them. Of course, she was hopelessly inept at talking herself out of an embarrassing situation, and escalated each mild blush scene into a personal disaster for her, and hilarious comedy for viewers.

The show, to me, most resembled the old Lucille Ball comedies. But I had a hard time identifying with Lucy's setting in the distant past, which exists only in black and white television and the nostalgia-clouded memories of people older than I am. Ellen, by contrast, was set in a familiar approximation of the modern world, which is funnier to me because it's a world I understand.

In its final season, the show changed its focus from comedy to civil rights. It started out almost as funny as before, but the civil rights message quickly crowded out the comedy. I applaud her political message, but by neglecting the comedy Ellen DeGeneres effectively cancelled her own show, and any chance she had of using it as a political soapbox. I and others watched the show because it was funny, and in the final season in the hopes that it would become funny again. I didn't want to watch her pitch a civil rights message I had accepted years earlier.

Perhaps it's difficult to deliver a message, while still entertaining, but it can be done. Most "Home Improvement" episodes contain a family moral of some sort, but never at the expense of the humor. Giving a choice between presenting a moral and making people laugh, "Home Improvement" went for the laugh, although it didn't go for the laughs to the point of presenting (for lack of a better term) an anti-moral. Given the same choice, "Ellen" usually chose the civil rights moral instead, and the comedy lost. It's possible to make a comedy with a gay star and lead character, and deliver Ellen's civil rights position, but comedy has to come first for the show to succeed.

One exception to the badness of the final season was the farewell episode. It set aside the efforts to deliver a civil rights message, and tried to be funny again. It demonstrated that Ellen had not lost her comedic gift, but had instead set it aside in favor of her political interests.

A now-moot question to ABC: Why were there viewer discretion notices before the show? It had less adult content (sexual or other) than almost any other shows then on television. The only shows of that time period I knew of with less adult content were "Simpsons", "King of the Hill", and "Home Improvement". Occasional scenes of women kissing women don't need a viewer discretion warning. Or if they do, almost all of ABC's surviving series need even stronger warnings.

While ABC deserves mockery for its stupid viewer discretion warnings, it deserves no blame for cancelling the show -- it had become a low-rated, unfunny comedy, for which Ellen DeGeneres deserves most of the blame. Still, before the final season, "Ellen" was comedy genius.

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