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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: This Julia Louis-Dreyfus vehicle was drastically retooled for its second and final season, ditching the real-time gimmick of season 1, switching to a multi-camera format, and adding a laugh track, among other changes. The show was canceled after six episodes aired.
  • Genre(s): Comedy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 22
  2. Negative: 14 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Barry Garron
    Jun 20, 2014
    70
    Julia Louis-Dreyfus is at the top of her game. Her expressions, physicality and timing are right on the mark. Her vocals are a treat and flow naturally from the story. [14 Apr 2003]
  2. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Jun 20, 2014
    67
    Sucking up to standard sitcom conventions doesn't necessarily hurt, or help, the show. It's still funnier than most of this season's newcomers but not worth running home to - or even telling a friend about. [15 Apr 2003]
  3. Reviewed by: David Bianculli
    Jun 20, 2014
    50
    The change of format doesn't bring with it any sense of assurance. To amp up the canned laughter while simultaneously lowering the intelligence level of the humor isn't a recipe for success. [14 Apr 2003]
  4. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Jun 20, 2014
    30
    Another not-very-funny sitcom in which the star weekly places herself in humiliating situations while the audience sits around and waits for her to extricate herself. [14 Apr 2003]
  5. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Jun 20, 2014
    30
    "Ellie" has gone from being an avant-garde failure to a very average failure. [15 Apr 2003]
  6. Reviewed by: Monica Collins
    Jun 20, 2014
    25
    "Watching Ellie" is a mess of cliches and lots of straining for chuckles. Louis-Dreyfus makes it look like a huge effort, which is all the more obvious because her Elaine on "Seinfeld" was seamlessly amusing. [15 Apr 2003]
  7. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Jun 20, 2014
    0
    In what has to be one of the most difficult achievements in modern television history, NBC has managed to make "Watching Ellie" exponentially worse in this "new" version.

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