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The Ellen Show - The Complete Series (2001)

Ellen DeGeneres , Jim Gaffigan  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ellen DeGeneres, Jim Gaffigan, Emily Rutherfurd, Martin Mull, Cloris Leachman
  • Writers: Carol Leifer, Mitchell Hurwitz
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 11, 2006
  • Run Time: 30 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FI8MPC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,162 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Ellen Show - The Complete Series" on IMDb

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  • 18 episodes on 2 discs

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Emmyr Award winner Ellen DeGeneres is "Ellen", a high-powered Los Angeles internet executive. When her business goes belly up, Ellen Richmond has no choice but to move back in with her high-strung mother in her tiny hometown. Now, Ellen must start anew in a place she spent her much of her life trying to get away from! Series also features Jim Gaffigan, Martin Mull, and Cloris Leachman.

Three years after the series finale of Ellen aired, Ellen DeGeneres gave sitcoms another shot with the genial The Ellen Show, which made its debut in 2001 on CBS. This time around, DeGeneres plays Ellen Richmond, a Los Angeles career woman who moves back to her hometown after her dot-com business goes under. She moves back home to live with her appropriately named mother, Dot (Cloris Leachman), and insecure younger sister Catherine (Emily Rutherfurd), who both idolizes and resents her. Clark is a small town where no one ever moves away. So when Ellen returns to her high school, eventually landing a job as its guidance counselor (she had conveniently earned a teaching degree prior to her L.A. move), she finds it to be pretty much the same place she left. Mr. Munn (a wry Martin Mull) is still the sarcastic principal. Her lunk of a high school boyfriend, Rusty (Jim Gaffigan), is now a teacher there and he doesn't see why her being a lesbian has to get in the way of a relationship. He simply stares blankly when Munn says, "Newsflash, Rusty. She's hopped the net and is swinging a new racquet."

Unlike Ellen, which moved at a faster pace, The Ellen Show takes its sweet time setting up each gag and waiting for the laughs, which are sometimes undeserved. With her chatty, friendly way, DeGeneres is a likeable focal point but the storylines are often unfocused. The series ultimately didn't pack enough oomph to last a full season. Its last episode aired 3-1/2 months after it premiered. This two-disc, 18-episode set includes the handful of shows that never made it on television. Guest stars include Betty White and Mary Tyler Moore, who do a nice job chewing up the scenery. But it's a tiny Dakota Fanning (War of the Worlds) who steals the show, playing a chatty school-age version of Ellen. --Jae-Ha Kim

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Overlooked Gem! July 15, 2006
I didn't see this series when it was originally aired ... and I am so thankful for the DVD release! The premise is that Ellen is an ex-dotcom exec whose corporation has gone belly-up. She decides to move back to her hometown, the dot-on-the-map "Clark," where she is in for a real culture shock, as she adjusts to life as a guidance counselor at her old high school, as well as living with her mom and younger sister -- who cannot begin to comprehend some of the big-city ways Ellen has picked up in L.A.

The great thing about Ellen is that in every series or show in which she appears, there's a familiar feeling that always brings joy. You don't get the feeling that she's trying to be hip, or play up a role more than necessary. There's always that, for lack of a better term, "Ellen element" that is predictable in the most surprising ways.

The show's heart comes from the hilarious ignorance of the small-town characters (marvelously portrayed by the likes of Kerri Kenney, Jim Gaffigan, and others) and Ellen's attempts to interact effectively with them. Though the first two episodes are a bit slow, the plotlines get funnier and better-paced after that. There are some hysterical moments. For instance, in the episode "Vanity Hair," Pam (Kenney) cuts Ellen's hair, as does a dog groomer -- unbeknownst to Ellen. The dialogue in the process, as well as the results, will leave you out of control!

Also worth definite mention are Cloris Leachman in her role as Ellen's mom, and Emily Rutherford as Ellen's younger sister. They play their roles in a way that is not generically stereotyped, rather, zesty and unique.

I recommend this DVD set to any Ellen fans, as well as any who appreciate down-to-earth situation comedy!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Funny and Truly Witty August 25, 2006
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I like this show a bit more than Ellen's earlier hit show (where she famously came out); Cloris Leachman is very funny, sort of an abrupt version of Carol Brady, if you will. Her sister is also very, very good, Jim Gaffigan is not bad, and Martin Mull is essentially reprising the character he played on Roseanne.

Ellen is very subtle at times, but I think that's funnier than what you find in most "joke" oriented sitcoms. Lots of good observational humor, and Ellen DeGeneres is very likeable throughout. This is one that the audience never caught up with.

The Editorial Review dismisses the show because it didn't do well in the ratings, as if there's never been a wonderful show that didn't do well in the ratings! CBS buried this show on Friday nights, and preempted it more than once, so it never had a chance. The "standup comedian with his/her own show" window was closing--hardly Ellen DeGeneres' fault. This is a smart show, and Carol Leifer who worked on "Seinfeld" and had her own show (Alright Already) is co-creator, so you know it's going to have quality writing. That's the key.

I'm a comedy connoisseur, and believe me this is a smart comedy--along the lines of Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, The Bob Newhart Show, Barney Miller, Cheers, early Seinfeld, etc. Check it out.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you missed it the first time, check it out now! August 1, 2006
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I remember watching this show when it was originally aired (oh-so-briefly) and thinking that although I was glad to see Ellen back on TV, it wasn't nearly as good or hilarious as her first sitcom. After purchasing and re-watching the series on DVD, I can see that it definitely holds its own. Ellen is the comical Ellen that we all know and love...and the storylines and jokes definitely suit her. For anyone who loves "Ellen" and/or "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," I highly recommend catching "The Ellen Show" as well. You won't be disappointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars sadly-neglected sitcom gem September 9, 2009
Here's another show (along with "Bette" and "What About Joan") which I'm still surprised didn't have a longer shelf-life. THE ELLEN SHOW was Ellen DeGeneres' followup to her "Ellen" sitcom (which folded in 1998 after it's fifth season when DeGeneres controversially came out both on the show and in real life). DeGeneres wisely avoided the trap which brought the axe down on her previous show, and established her character in THE ELLEN SHOW as gay right from the start, thereby getting the issue out of the way to focus on the stories at hand--of which very few focus on the character's sexuality.

In THE ELLEN SHOW, DeGeneres plays Ellen Richmond, a company owner who files for Chapter 11, and is forced to move back to her hometown of Clark. There, she finds her mother Dot (Cloris Leachman), crazier than ever, has kept her room exactly as she left it--anticipating the very day that Ellen would return home in precisely these circumstances! Ellen's man-crazy younger sister Catherine (Emily Rutherford) works at the pharmacy/coffee shop, and her former highschool boyfriend Rusty Carnouk (Jim Gaffigan) has a job at the...erm, highschool.

With nothing else to fall back on, Ellen applies for the position of guidance counsellor at her old highschool. A true fish-out-of-water, Ellen tries sharing and applying her "big city" life experiences with her new colleagues, only for everything to always end in disaster!

Due to poor ratings, THE ELLEN SHOW was canned after only one season. Watching the series again on DVD I'm struck by how strong and terribly sharp the writing was. It's a fantastic series!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Anything "Ellen" is worth buying.
Published 11 days ago by Stephanie Larson
I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT PEOPLE FIND SO TERRIFIC ABOUT THIS SHOW!!!! And the over-use of the laugh track..... Save your money and give it to a street person in NYC!!
Published 14 days ago by daxmichaels
4.0 out of 5 stars Ellen Show is Funny
This series is sort of like watching the Ellen tv talk show in the writing and comedy bits. I love Ellen and this show made me laugh. The whole series is very short.
Published 2 months ago by toomuchfun
5.0 out of 5 stars great series!
I LOVE ellen to death and this series is hilarious :)
Published 2 months ago by Holly
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by Yvonne Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ellen Show Box Set
This was amazing. The show itself was beautiful. I watched the entire season then was extremely sad because I knew there would never be a season two. Read more
Published 5 months ago by J. R. Tallent
I always thought Ellen DeGeneres was hilarious when I first saw her stand up routine on HBO years ago. Parts of it I can recall to this day. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mark Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Ellen as a high school guidance counselor
I was so excited to get this DVD set for Christmas. I am a huge fan of Ellen, and I don't know why I've never seen this show on TV. Read more
Published 9 months ago by VeggieLover
5.0 out of 5 stars Who doesn't LOVE Ellen
I didn't even know this was a show until I watched. I have watched her ELLEN reruns on FX and she was EXCELLENT. A woman before her time. In todays TV she would be a major hit. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Judy Brinck
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Show!
This was such a great show, and it is a shame it did not last longer. The cast was amazing, with Martin Mull and Cloris Leachman, and the others who came together to make a very... Read more
Published 11 months ago by BonBon57
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