Ellen (1994–1998)
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The Puppy Episode 

"The Puppy Episode" is an episode of Ellen starring Ellen DeGeneres, Joely Fisher, and David Anthony Higgins. Ellen senses a kindred spirit in herself when she meets an openly gay woman, named Susan, through Richard, an old boyfriend of hers, who enlightens Ellen to her own sexual identity. ... See full summary »

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... Ellen Morgan
... Paige Clark
... Joe Farrell
... Audrey Penney
... Spence Kovak
... Susan
... Richard
... Janine
... Therapist
... Peter Barnes
Patrick Harrigan ... Waiter
... Barrett
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Ellen senses a kindred spirit in herself when she meets an openly gay woman, named Susan, through Richard, an old boyfriend of hers, who enlightens Ellen to her own sexual identity. Confused by this startling self-discovery, Ellen seeks the guidance of yet another therapist and braces herself for yet another moment of truth of her life. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Romance

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30 April 1997 (USA)  »

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The show made history when Ellen Degeneres's on-screen character Ellen Morgan came out as gay in the double-episode "The Puppy Episode". It caused wide controversy, particularly as it made it the first time for a sitcom to have a main leading gay character. See more »

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Ellen doesn't have her jacket when she leaves Susan's room but in the next shot in the hall it's draped over her arm. See more »

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Therapist: Well, Ellen... I am going to say this even though I may be out of line... but good for you. You're gay. So, what are you going to do now?
Ellen Morgan: I'm going to Disneyland!
Therapist: No, I mean do you plan on talking to your friends?
Ellen Morgan: Of course. I'm not gonna stop talking to them just because I'm... Oh, you mean telling them that I'm gay? Oh, no. That's none of their business.
Therapist: Well, do you think you would feel more comfortable talking to your parents?
[Ellen's eyes widen with fear]
Ellen Morgan: All right, you win. I'll talk to ...
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Historic...and very funny
2 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

Ellen Moragn (Ellen Degeneres) realizes she's a lesbian after meeting an attractive woman (Laura Dern) who, sort of, comes on to her. After talking it over with her therapist (Oprah Winfrey) she decides to come out to everybody.

This show may seem like nothing new in the wake of "Will & Grace", "Queer As Folk" & "The L Word"...but they might not exist if this show hadn't aired. The ratings went through the roof and major cities had Ellen parties at gay bars where the episode was aired. If you were a gay woman or a lesbian in your 20s on up you probably remember this.

Politics aside this is a smart, funny, extremely well-made episode. The script never condescends and, after dancing around it, Ellen admits she's gay...and the audience went wild. Nowadays gay actors are coming out left and right...and people could care less. But this show paved the way. Historic...and VERY very funny! A must-see.


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