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  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 29, 1994
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5
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  • Starring: Maggie Wheeler, Jeremy Piven, David Anthony Higgins
  • Summary: Ellen, which was titled "These Friends of Mine" during its first season, is comedy about the life of a young woman by the name of Ellen Morgan - a neurotic, thirty-something, bookstore employee who tries to get by life in dealing with her many random foils and follies (and not to mention her annoying and overbearing parents, Lois and Harold). Thanks to her friends, however, among them including the bubbly redhead Paige, insecure photographer Adam, her unsure-of-himself cousin Spence, coffee shop guy Joe Farrell, and the critical and obnoxious Audrey, Ellen is able to find the security, and the sanity, to get through her less than normal every day life.

    The show can be described as a combination between popular sitcoms Seinfeld and Friends, blending a perfect mix of comedy and situational humor with the drama and excitement of every day issues and life in the "real world".
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  • Genre(s): Comedy
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  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Jun 12, 2013
    91
    Ellen, now in its fifth season, keeps getting funnier.
  2. Reviewed by: Terry Kelleher
    Jun 26, 2013
    75
    The show has a sly self-awareness that effectively disarms those who would accuse it of merely putting a gay gloss on stock hetero situations.
  3. Reviewed by: James Collins
    Jul 2, 2013
    30
    Watching the show these days is a wearying experience. ... The writers have decided to find humor in gay stereotypes, but there is something brittle and off-putting about this. While that strategy may work in the movie In & Out, Ellen seems to be reaching for a campiness that doesn't suit it.