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  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 26, 2002
  • Season #: 1 , 2
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  • Starring: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Lauren Bowles, Steve Carell
  • Summary: Watching Ellie is a vehicle (created by her husband, Brad Hall) for star Julia Louis-Dreyfus in her first post-Seinfeld role, who here plays a cabaret singer. (Steve Carell, then still a Daily Show correspondent, had a co-starring role.) In season one, when it was a single-camera comedy, Watching Ellie featured a real-time gimmick (similar to 24), complete with an on-screen countdown clock. But despite initially debuting to strong ratings, viewership rapidly declined, and the show was put on hiatus after 10 of its 13 episodes aired. When it returned a year later, it was a drastically changed show. Expand
  • Genre(s): Comedy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 29
  2. Negative: 2 out of 29
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Jun 14, 2013
    83
    Watching Ellie is smart and likable -- it earns its gimmicky premise.
  2. Reviewed by: Mike Duffy
    Jun 20, 2014
    75
    There's an engaging free spirit at the heart of "Watching Ellie." [26 Feb 2002]
  3. Reviewed by: Howard Rosenberg
    Jun 20, 2014
    70
    Each episode is supposed to represent 22 minutes in Ellie's life. That's nice, but an ever-present clock on the side of the screen is a gimmick that should be dropped. Otherwise, this show has a very nice comfort level. Best of all, it feels fresh.
  4. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Jun 20, 2014
    60
    Decent effort, but you can't help wondering whether we'll be Watching Ellie for long. [26 Feb 2002]
  5. Reviewed by: Tom Shales
    Jun 20, 2014
    60
    Basically a smart and sophisticated situation comedy -- and yet it is still not as good or endearing as its star. [26 Feb 2003]
  6. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Jun 20, 2014
    50
    The key flaw in Ellie from which all other problems flow is that the show is built around a gimmick instead of a character. ... Unfortunately, if they dropped the stunt, they'd have nothing much left. [26 Feb 2002]
  7. 25
    Shooting a comedy in real time may be an interesting exercise for the producer, but it doesn't make the story more interesting, or add to the laugh ratio. In fact, that little timer is downright distracting. [26 Feb 2002]

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