Ellen Morgan (Ellen DeGeneres) is a neurotic, thirty-something, bookstore employee who tries to get by life in dealing with her various friends who include the outgoing redhead Paige Clark (Joely Fisher), insecure photographer Adam Green (Arye Gross), her unsure-of-himself cousin Spence Novak (Jeremy Piven), coffee shop guy Joe Farrell (David Anthony Higgins), the critical and obnoxious Audrey Penney (Clea Lewis), and most challenging of all, Ellen also has to contend being around her annoying and overbearing parents Lois (Alice Hirson) and Harold (Steve Gilborn).
The sitcom Cybill (1995) regularly stole storylines directly from previously aired episodes from this show. Oftentimes, Cybill (1995) even copied everything almost scene-by-scene, such as the episode where Ellen comes home with her friend Adam to a robbery in progress in her apartment, (so does Cybill with Maryanne in tow), takes a self-defense class, buys a male mannequin as crime prevention to sit on her couch, et cetera. They even shamelessly lifted the episode title. This went on for almost the entire run of their series. See more »
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Excellent show. Very original and funny, that lady had guts !
I loved and miss her show. What a fresh and interesting new comedy. Ellen helped open the eyes of America on gay issues, but did not dwell on it or shove it down our throats. It was down tactfully and with class. Her new talk show is good, but doesn't measure up to the freshness and originality of "Ellen" the sitcom. Anyone who has a problem with her coming out on the show, must be insecure with their own sexuality. She did it in a way that I allowed my kids to watch. It opened up discussions with my kids and made it easy and fun to discuss human sexuality with them. Ellen helped America drop their guard with the gay issues. She provided an excellent comedy that was appropriate for the entire family. Parents who can not talk about sexuality with their kids need help. We love you Ellen !
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