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The Ellen Show 

An Internet executive moves back to her small hometown.




2002   2001  
3 nominations. See more awards »




Series cast summary:
Ellen DeGeneres ...  Ellen Richmond 18 episodes, 2001-2002
Jim Gaffigan ...  Rusty Carnouk 18 episodes, 2001-2002
Emily Rutherfurd ...  Catherine Richmond 18 episodes, 2001-2002
Martin Mull ...  Mr. Munn 18 episodes, 2001-2002
Cloris Leachman ...  Dot Richmond 18 episodes, 2001-2002
Kerri Kenney ...  Pam / ... 16 episodes, 2001-2002
Diane Delano ...  Bunny Hopstetter 6 episodes, 2001


Ellen Richmond decides to trade the stresses of her fast-track, big-city lifestyle for the slower pace of her quieter hometown, where she is known and loved. But is returning to her fishbowl-like hometown, her eccentric mother Dot, and her scatterbrained sister Catherine, the best course of action? Ellen gets reacquainted with her senior-prom date Rusty, who thinks they can pick up where they left off, and Mr. Munn, her befuddled teacher. Though worlds apart from the people who love her, Ellen begins to adjust to a very different way of life. Written by Anonymous

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Ellen's turning small-town life into big-time laughs!


Comedy | Romance

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Did You Know?


One of the biggest criticisms that season 5 of Ellen (1994) received was that the show had become more focused on Ellen's sexuality rather than telling a good story, and that Ellen Morgan being a lesbian seemed to become the focal point of the season. As a result, the protagonist Ellen Richmond in this show, while also a lesbian, doesn't have episodes that focus exclusively on her sexuality and is instead an incidental part of her character. This show would still be cancelled anyway. See more »


Sometimes, Rusty teaches Social Studies, and other times Biology. High school teachers usually just teach one subject. See more »


Connie Gibson: [Connie, the bus driver, has been fired] You drove right over my heart, and you didn't even signal.
Ellen Richmond: If that isn't a country song... it really should be.
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Referenced in A Family Affair (2001) See more »

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Taking this show off the air was a HUGE mistake.
13 February 2005 | by netmoviefanSee all my reviews

I had not laughed as hard at each episode since MASH and CHEERS. After I saw this taken off the air, and previously the US version of Men Behaving Badly, I realized that network upper management was seriously clueless about what the people want, and in some cases, are really only looking at the numbers. It's a precedent in business now that alleviates risk, but has been done so many times that risk is not even considered and everyone is now looking at ratings and in correlation, the final line item. It's a hem-and-haw America now. The Edisons and Graham Bells are gone. I'm in the electronic engineering industry and I see the same thing here. I believe it's why the internet bubble popped and now why it will take us FOREVER to move ahead. Just like this show, we have no vision. And even if we do, we're not willing to take the risk.

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Release Date:

24 September 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ellen, Again See more »

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1.33 : 1
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