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Ellen 

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

Complete series cast summary:
Ellen DeGeneres ...  Ellen Morgan 108 episodes, 1994-1998
David Anthony Higgins ...  Joe Farrell 101 episodes, 1994-1998
Joely Fisher ...  Paige Clark 95 episodes, 1994-1998
Clea Lewis ...  Audrey Penney 79 episodes, 1994-1998
Jeremy Piven ...  Spence Kovak 71 episodes, 1995-1998
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Romance

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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

29 March 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

These Friends of Mine See more »

Filming Locations:

Burbank, California, USA See more »

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Runtime:

(109 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The sitcom Cybill (1995) would regularly steal storylines directly from previously aired episodes from the Ellen. Oftentimes, Cybill (1995) even copied everything almost scene-by-scene, such as the episode where Ellen comes home with her friend Adam to a robbery in progress in her apartment, (so does Cybill with Maryanne in tow), takes a self-defense class, buys a male mannequin as crime prevention to sit on her couch etc. They even shameless lifted the episode title! This would go on for almost the entire run of their series. 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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The Ballad of Joxer the Mighty
Song and Score Composed by Joseph LoDuca
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Witty, quirky, funny, and a sitcom classic
7 December 2004 | by BlogJazzSee all my reviews

Ellen DeGeneres' "Ellen" showcased the versatility of one of the best comedians of the 90s. She exhibited the physical comedy of a modern day Lucille Ball, dry wit descended from Jack Benny, and jabbing one-liners like Rose Marie and Morey Amsterdam were whispering in her ears.

The supporting cast (especially Piven and Fisher) and guest stars played well off DeGeneres. When the writers finally got a handle on the cast the writing was priceless. They weren't afraid to drop in wry insights among the "jokes."

"Ellen" was a groundbreaking sitcom, and like most pioneering shows, it wasn't supported by a fearful network. It's unfortunate that Ellen's sexuality became the focus of the press and the show. Maybe if the show wasn't constantly trying to break free of network restrictions and fear the writers and actors could have taken "Ellen" into a strong finish. Instead it petered out. Nevertheless, catch any episodes you can on cable.


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