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  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 26, 2002
Season #: 1, 2
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  • 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: Rob Owen
    Jun 20, 2014
    The new "Watching Ellie" is indeed improved. It's funnier, better paced and doesn't try so hard to be different. This works out for the better.
  2. Dallas Morning News
    Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Jun 20, 2014
    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. Detroit Free Press
    Reviewed by: Mike Duffy
    Jun 20, 2014
    Despite the dependably daft charms of Julia Louis-Dreyfus, all the tinkering that's been done to "Watching Ellie" may leave you feeling like something funny has been lost. [15 Apr 2003]
  4. Philadelphia Daily News
    Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Jun 20, 2014
    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: Anita Gates
    Jun 20, 2014
    Maybe Elaine, Ms. Louis-Dreyfus's character on Seinfeld, could have gotten away with some of this. But Elaine's outrageousness was in the context of a circle of equally callous, self-involved, slightly amoral friends.
  6. Boston Herald
    Reviewed by: Monica Collins
    Jun 20, 2014
    "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
    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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