6.4/101 Votes Alchetron
Composer(s) David Schwartz
Original language(s) English
Final episode date 11 January 2002
Theme music composer Jude Christodal
Country of origin United States
First episode date 24 September 2001
|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, Homelearn.com, 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.
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
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.