The Ellen Show

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The Ellen Show
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Format Sitcom
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
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 13 (5 unaired)
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) The Hurwitz Company
CBS Productions
Columbia TriStar Television
Original channel CBS
Original run September 24, 2001 (2001-09-24) – January 11, 2002 (2002-01-11)

The Ellen Show is a television sitcom starring Ellen DeGeneres that was broadcast during the 2001–2002 season on CBS. It was DeGeneres's second attempt at a sitcom, following Ellen on ABC (1994–1998), but it was unable to attract strong ratings and was quickly cancelled.

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 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 whether 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 (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 councilor at her former high school.


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The show was created by Carol Leifer and Mitchell Hurwitz, who co-wrote the pilot episode. The original title was Ellen Again.[1]


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 is also available on Netflix in Canada.

  1. Pilot
  2. Walden Pond
  3. Chain Reaction
  4. Vanity Hair
  5. The Move
  6. Muskrat Love
  7. Joe
  8. Cathy's Taffy
  9. Missing the Bus
  10. Alive and Kicking
  11. Ellen's First Christmess
  12. A Bird in the Hand
  13. Just the Duck
  14. Shallow Gal
  15. Gathering Moss
  16. A Matter of Principal
  17. Where the Sun Doesn't Shine
  18. One for the Roadshow


2001-2002: #97—4.4%—6.5 million viewers

DVD releases[edit]

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.[2] As of 2013, this release has been discontinued and is out of print.

Mill Creek Entertainment has acquired the rights to the series and has 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.


  1. ^ "Ellen's Return". The Advocate. June 5, 2001. p. 24. 
  2. ^

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