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Composer(s)  David Schwartz
Original language(s)  English
Final episode date  11 January 2002
6.2/10 IMDb

Theme music composer  Jude Christodal
Country of origin  United States
First episode date  24 September 2001
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Created by  Ellen DeGeneres Mitchell Hurwitz (co-creator) Carol Leifer (co-creator)
Starring  Ellen DeGeneres Jim Gaffigan Emily Rutherfurd Martin Mull Kerri Kenney Cloris Leachman
Networks  CBS, American Broadcasting Company
Cast  Ellen DeGeneres, Jim Gaffigan, Cloris Leachman, Emily Rutherfurd, Martin Mull

The Ellen Show is a television sitcom created by and starring Ellen DeGeneres that was broadcast during the 2001–02 season on CBS. It was DeGeneres's second attempt at a sitcom, following Ellen on ABC (1994–98), but it was unable to attract strong ratings and was quickly cancelled after 13 episodes, leaving 5 episodes unaired.


After coming out as a lesbian on her first sitcom, DeGeneres's character on The Ellen Show, Ellen Richmond, was also a lesbian, although the show did not focus as heavily on the character's sexuality as did the final season of her first sitcom.

The Ellen Show also starred Cloris Leachman, Martin Mull, Kerri Kenney, Jim Gaffigan and Emily Rutherfurd.


After her internet company,, goes bankrupt, Ellen Richmond decides to move back to her hometown to live with her eccentric mother, Dot, and scatter-brained sister, Catherine. At home, Ellen becomes reacquainted with her senior prom date, Rusty, who thinks they can pick up where they left off (which, since she is a lesbian, seems unlikely), 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 and takes a job as a counselor at her former high school.


  • Ellen DeGeneres as Ellen Richmond
  • Jim Gaffigan as Rusty Carnouk
  • Emily Rutherfurd as Catherine Richmond
  • Martin Mull as Ed Munn
  • Kerri Kenney as Pam
  • Cloris Leachman as Dot Richmond
  • Diane Delano as Bunny Hoppstetter
  • Guest stars

  • Regan Burns as Officer "B" Arthur (Walden Pond) (Joe)
  • John Francis Daley as Erik (Walden Pond)
  • Susan Yeagley as Waitress (Chain Reaction)
  • Marissa Jaret Winokur as Tina (Vanity Hair)
  • Tom Poston as Joe (Joe)
  • Betty White as Mrs. Gibson (Missing the Bus)
  • Dakota Fanning as Young Ellen (Missing the Bus)
  • Mary Tyler Moore as Aunt Mary (Ellen's First Christmess)
  • Ed Asner as Santa Claus (Ellen's First Christmess)
  • Maureen McCormick as Rita Carter (Shallow Gal)
  • Kaley Cuoco as Vanessa Carter (Shallow Gal)
  • John Ritter as Percy Moss (Gathering Moss)
  • Production

    The show was created by Carol Leifer and Mitchell Hurwitz, who co-wrote the pilot episode. The original title was Ellen Again.


    The Ellen Show consisted of 18 episodes; canceled mid-way through the season, the final 5 episodes were never broadcast, but are available on DVD. The entire series used to also be available on Netflix in Canada.


    2001–02: #97—4.4%—6.5 million viewers

    DVD releases

    Sony Pictures Home Entertainment released the complete series on DVD in Region 1, for the very first time, in a 2-disc box set on July 11, 2006. As of 2013, this release has been discontinued and is out of print.

    In 2014, Mill Creek Entertainment acquired the rights to the series and subsequently re-released the complete series on February 4, 2014.

    Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment, in partnership with CBS Home Entertainment, owns the international rights, but has not released the series elsewhere.


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