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The Ellen Show 

An Internet executive moves to a small town.
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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
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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. It remains to be seen, however, whether or not returning to her hometown, a fishbowl of a place, and her eccentric mother, Dot, and scatter-brained sister, Catherine, is the best course of action. At home, Ellen becomes reacquainted with her senior prom date, Rusty, who thinks they can pick up where they left off, and her befuddled high school teacher, Mr. Munn. 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!

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English

Release Date:

24 September 2001 (USA) See more »

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Ellen, Again See more »

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| (18 episodes)

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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This show received poor enough ratings and audience reaction to justify it being canceled after 13 episodes, leaving 5 episodes unseen. The remaining 6 episodes received their first airing on the Paramount Comedy Channel in the UK, at 2.30pm on weekday afternoons. They were also released on the series' DVD release. See more »

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

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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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The show doesn't center around Ellen's sexual orientation
11 January 2002 | by AizykSee all my reviews

...Although from seeing some of the posts here, those unfamiliar with it might end up thinking otherwise. After reading the other comments, I felt compelled to add one of my own. Apparently there is a heterosexist double-standard going on here. When a hetero actor portrays consecutive roles in which hetero dating or intimate relations are involved, (which is most of the time,) whether in movies or on TV, people don't roll their eyes and say "oh brother, they're playing a straight person again." And the comparison between Ellen's character also being gay in this show (after all, she's gay in real life) and Bill Cosby playing another character who is the "upper middle class father of two or three kids" is a specious one. Now if Bill Cosby had another show where his new character was heterosexual (which he is in real life), people..... wouldn't bat an eyelash! Every time something gay related is involved, some people seem to take it as though Ellen is throwing her big gay ways in their faces. She mentions an ex girlfriend. "Oh, please spare us!" She has female/(lesbian!)-oriented posters in her bedroom--and an abstract painting which, one reviewer speculates, "appears" to be a vagina. That's the funny thing about abstract paintings. They "appear" to be different things to different individuals.

Apparently, because Ellen's character is gay, then in some people's minds the show must have a "cause," that because her character is gay, she must be trying to cram lesbianism down Americans' throats. Like an abstract painting, I think that attitude reveals more about the individual who holds it than it does about the subject. The "argument" in favor of this show is that it's funny. But the argument against it shouldn't be that her character is gay.

Aside from the gay issue, I think the quality of the show is improving. The writing seems to be getting better. As for the comment about the laugh track, I hadn't found it distracting, myself. For the record, though, the show is filmed before a live studio audience.


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