Watching Ellie : Season 1

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  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 26, 2002
Season #: 1, 2
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  • 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 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. Detroit Free Press
    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: Phil Gallo
    Jun 20, 2014
    60
    There’s a good possibility the first two “Watching Ellie’s” won’t generate more than four out-loud chuckles, but that’s no reason for audiences or networks to give up on this series’ prospects.
  5. Reviewed by: Hal Boedeker
    Jun 20, 2014
    60
    Watching Ellie is hardly another Seinfeld, a comedy that became a cultural landmark. Rather it's a quirky little series that leans too heavily on a gimmick.
  6. USA Today
    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. San Diego Union-Tribune
    Reviewed by: Robert P. Laurence
    Jun 20, 2014
    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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