The Ellen Show

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The Ellen Show
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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
Theme music composer Jude Christodal
Composer(s) David Schwartz
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 18 (5 unaired)
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) The Hurwitz Company
CBS Productions
Columbia TriStar Television
Distributor Sony Pictures Television
Original network CBS
Original release September 24, 2001 (2001-09-24) – January 11, 2002 (2002-01-11)

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.


Guest stars[edit]


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 used to also be available on Netflix in Canada.

Episode # Episode title Original airdate
01 "Pilot" September 24, 2001
02 "Walden Pond" September 28, 2001
03 "Chain Reaction" October 5, 2001
04 "Vanity Hair" October 12, 2001
05 "The Move" October 19, 2001
06 "Muskrat Love" October 26, 2001
07 "Joe" November 2, 2001
08 "Cathy's Taffy" November 9, 2001
09 "Missing the Bus" November 16, 2001
10 "Alive and Kicking" December 10, 2001
11 "Ellen's First Christmess" December 17, 2001
12 "A Bird in the Hand" January 4, 2002
13 "Just the Duck" January 11, 2002
14 "Shallow Gal" Unaired
15 "Gathering Moss" Unaired
16 "A Matter of Principal" Unaired
17 "Where the Sun Doesn't Shine" Unaired
18 "One for the Roadshow" Unaired


2001–02: #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.

In 2014, Mill Creek Entertainment acquired the rights to the series and subsequently re-released the complete series on February 4, 2014.[3]

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


External links[edit]

[Category:2000s American television series]