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Encyclopedia > Ellen (television series)

Ellen (originally titled These Friends of Mine for the first season) was a U.S. television sitcom which ran on the ABC network from March of 1994 to July of 1998. The theme song is by Scottish band Texas and is called "So called friend". ... The examples and perspective in this article do not represent a worldwide view. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is a television and radio network in the United States. ... A television network is a distribution network for television content whereby a central operation provides programming for many television stations. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ... 1998(MCMXCVIII) is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ...


The title role of Ellen Morgan, played by stand-up comedian Ellen DeGeneres, was a neurotic bookstore owner in her thirties. The series centered around Ellen dealing with her quirky friends, her family and the problems of daily life. Richard Pryor hits the money line A stand-up comedian or stand-up comic is someone that performs comedy in an informal way, talking to the audience with the absence of a fourth wall. ... Ellen DeGeneres, on her talk show. ... The term neurosis was coined by the Scottish doctor, William Cullen in 1769 to refer to “disorders of sense and motion” caused by a “general affection of the nervous system. ... A bookstore. ... dont oppress my art ... An interpersonal relationship is some relationship or connection between two people. ...


In 1997, Ellen made television history when both Ellen the character and Ellen the actor came out as lesbian in the famous "Puppy Episode." The revelation ignited a storm of controversy, prompting ABC to place a parental advisory at the beginning of each episode, although the show was never salacious in nature. 1997 (MCMXCVII) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Coming out of the closet (very often shortened to coming out in winking reference to the public introduction of debutantes) describes the voluntary public announcement of ones sexual orientation, sexual attractions, gender identity, or (less commonly) paraphilia. ... Lesbian describes a homosexual woman. ... Look up Controversy on Wiktionary, the free dictionary A controversy is a contentious dispute, a disagreement in opinions over which parties are actively arguing. ... The Parental Advisory sticker is found on many records. ...


Ellen was a critical and popular success in its earlier seasons, due largely to DeGeneres' comic ability. However, after Ellen came out, the show's ratings began to decline, which many attribute to the show becoming too much of a focus on the gay issues and not enough the comedy. When TV viewers or entertainment professionals in the United States mention ratings they are generally referring to Nielsen Ratings, a system developed by the New York City-based firm Nielsen Media Research to determine which shows television viewers watch at what times. ...


The show was canceled in 1998, after 5 seasons. Starting October 4, 2003, during DeGeneres's surge in popularity through her role in Finding Nemo and her new daytime talk show, Lifetime began airing reruns 1:00-2:00 on Sunday mornings, starting with the second season. Before long, it went into the 1:30-2:00 time slot Monday-Friday. The reruns stopped two episodes into the controversial final season. Oxygen then picked up the entire series to air starting October 4, 2004, daily at midnight and noon. As of October 24, 2005, the show continues to air from 9:00-10:00 mornings and 1:00-2:00 afternoons Monday-Friday. 1998(MCMXCVIII) is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... 2003 (MMIII) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Finding Nemo is a computer-animated film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released to theatres by Walt Disney Pictures and Buena Vista Distribution in the United States on May 30, 2003, and in the United Kingdom on 10 October 2003. ... A talk show (U.S.) or chat show (Brit. ... Original logo. ... Oxygen network is the only cable network owned and operated by women. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The complete first season was released on DVD on September 28, 2004. The complete second season was subsequently released February 22, 2005. The complete third season is scheduled for the first quarter of 2006, according to TVshowsonDVD.com [1]. DVD (sometimes called a Digital Versatile Disc [1]) is an optical disc storage media format that can be used for data storage, including movies with high video and sound quality. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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Characters

Note: The first episode of the show featured several characters that disappeared without explanation in later episodes.


Ellen Morgan (Ellen DeGeneres)

In season one, Ellen works in a bookstore called "Buy the Book." In the second season, she purchases the bookstore from her boss and becomes its owner. Ellen DeGeneres, on her talk show. ...


Paige Clark (Joely Fisher)

Appearing only in seasons two through five, Paige is Ellen's somewhat neurotic and promiscuous friend. She works in the film industry. Joely Fisher Joely Fisher (born October 29, 1967) is an American actress. ...


Holly (Holly Fulger)

Appearing only in the first eleven episodes and in two in season six, Holly is Ellen's friend. She's somewhat bashful.


Adam Green (Arye Gross)

Adam is Ellen's roommate and later neighbor. He and Ellen were roommates in college and are best friends. Adam is a constantly between jobs photographer. Appears in episodes one through 40 and two in season six. Arye Gross (b. ...


Joe Farrell (David Anthony Higgins)

Joe is hired in season one to run the coffee counter in the bookstore. He's somewhat sarcastic and mischievous. Appears in several episodes in season one and then as a main character from season 2 onwards


Audrey Penney (Clea Lewis)

Audrey is Ellen's annoying friend with whom she has a love-hate relationship with. Initially, Audrey was known for being negative about everything in an irritatingly nice and positive way. In the latter seasons of the show, she was portrayed as excessively perky and positive, much to Ellen's annoyance. She comes from a well-off family, though she rejected her inheritance so that she could continue being an assistant at Buy The Book. In season one, Ellen refers to Audrey's husband, but he never appears and Audrey later dates several people, including Adam.


Spence Kovak (Jeremy Piven)

Ellen's cousin. Appears from 1995 to 1998. Jeremy Piven (b. ...


Anita (Maggie Wheeler)

One of Ellen's friends who works in a department store. She appears in season one and then disappears without explanation. Maggie Wheeler (born August 7, 1961 in New York City as Maggie Jakobson) is an American actress. ...


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Ellen TV Show - Ellen Television Series :: Ellen TV Series :: Summary/Synopsis (273 words)
Ellen, which debuted under the title "These Friends of Mine", followed the misadventures of Ellen Morgan (Ellen Degeneres), a thirty-something bookstore employee who has to deal with the comedic ups and downs that come her way, as well as her overbearing parents, Harold (recurring guest star Steven Gilborn) and Lois (recurring guest star Alice Hirson).
The show made history during its fourth season when, in a controversial one-hour episode, Ellen (similar to Ellen Degeneres in real life) decided to come out of the closet as a lesbian.
Ellen currently airs on the Oxygen Channel and TVTropolis in Canada.
Everything Celebrities:Ellen Degeneres (1955 words)
Ellen examines the repercussions still being felt by the comic as a direct result of her revelations and offers a glimpse of what her future may hold.
Ellen (Ellen DeGeneres) pulls out all the stops when she attempts to bond with her father (Steve Gilborn).
Ellen Degeneres put her fate and career up for grabs when she decided to publicly declare her sexual orientation at a time when her television series enjoyed high ratings and it seemed she could do no wrong.
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