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Ellen

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Ellen, which was titled "These Friends of Mine" during its first season, is comedy about the life of a young woman by the name of Ellen Morgan - a neurotic, thirty-something, bookstore employee who tries to get by life in dealing with her many random foils and follies (and not to mention her annoying and overbearing parents, Lois and Harold). Thanks to her friends, however, among them including the bubbly redhead Paige, insecure photographer Adam, her unsure-of-himself cousin Spence, coffee shop guy Joe Farrell, and the critical and obnoxious Audrey, Ellen is able to find the security, and the sanity, to get through her less than normal every day life. The show can be described as a combination between popular sitcoms Seinfeld and Friends, blending a perfect mix of comedy and situational humor with the drama and excitement of every day issues and life in the "real world".

Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen Morgan

Joely Fisher

Joely Fisher

Paige Clark (Seasons 2-5)

David Anthony Higgins

David Anthony Higgins

Joe Farrell (Seasons 2-5, recurring previously)

Jeremy Piven

Jeremy Piven

Spence Kovak (Seasons 3-5)

Clea Lewis

Clea Lewis

Audrey Penney (Seasons 3-5, recurring previously)

Arye Gross

Arye Gross

Adam Green (Episodes 1-40, 60, 62)

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  • Why Are There All These Letters to Ellen in the Reviews section instead of Reviews of this series?

    5.0
    I don't know why people are writing to Ellen in the reviews section, but I'm going to actually talk about the series.



    Ellen was one of the most retooled series ever made, I think, and every change made the show worse. It was very funny in its first year, when it was called These Friends of Mine. Then some perfectly good cast members were swapped out, the premise changed, it became less ensemble style and more star driven, and it was weaker. When Arye Gross was subsequently swapped out for a grating Jeremy Piven, the show started getting very bad.



    When Ellen came out as gay, my mom complained that it ruined the show, but for me, the show was already bad, and her coming out was just more poorly conceived retooling that made the show markedly worse. Although the actual coming out show was brilliant, the best episode of the series, and made me briefly believe that the series had finally turned around. But it hadn't, it just kept getting worse.



    Fortunately Ellen moved on to her talk show host role, which fits her like a glove, so it's a story with a happy ending. But I wish they'd kept doing These Friends of Mine; that was a really good show.moreless
  • 2 cars hitting my mum didn't stop her

    9.0
    I know u won't read this but hey Ellen I'm kristy from Vic Australia and I'm going to tell you my mums story, when my mum was 18 she was hit by 2 cars whited stop her from doing a lot of things but not everything. My mum is a single mum almost 50, I watch the Ellen show all the time on YouTube I can't in the living room because the tv doesn't really work and I would come and she your show but my mum couldn't pay for a plan and I never been on a plan coz be don't really travel. I want to be a singer but I know that it would cost a lot of money and mum can't drive to get me are moving next year and I don't know it we have the money to fix up this place but anyway I just wanted to tell you my story and I see you help so many people I know it's a long shot but I wanna try. Love ya Ellenmoreless
  • A well deserving Daughter

    9.5
    I watch your show a lot you are the most real talk show host ever!!!! The other day I was watching and there was a ad that said do you know anyone who could use a car. My daughter who is a 20 year old college student just had hers break down and needs one. She is a junior in college and for the last two years has held a 4.0 gpa. She came home for the summer and is working three jobs. I would really like to help her more but her stepfather and I live check to check. Her father is on disability for bipolar/schizophrenia she is there for him more then he is for of things that have happened in her fathers life she has decided to go to school to become a speech therapist. So schooling will be another five years. She is such a deserving daughter and a very giving and deserving person I am so proud of the person she has become. A car would be awesome or her to get to her jobs and school. Thank you from a very proud mother!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • gloria, my awesome wife

    9.5
    she is the greatest wife a man could ask for. we will be married 25 years next year and hoping to renew our vows. the only problem is that on july 2010 i had 2 heart attacks and cannot work due to my condition. i have worked since i was 13 untill i had the 2nd heart attack. i promised to take her to a dallas cowboys game, but not employed and ssi still pending im wanting to ask if you could help me with that promise. im not the kind of person to ask for anything but she has done so much for me and our family. she is the only one working and paying all our bills with no complaints from her. i love her so very much if you could help i would really appreciate it. i watch you and steve harvey every day just to make me smile and laugh.moreless
  • a grandmother who needs to know

    10
    My oldest granddaughter was born with the middle name Inez which was my moms name. She has been asking me if your middle name was the same. We all think you are awesome
  • ALREADY MISSING THE TIME SPENT WITH FAMILY ON THANKSGIVING? SPEND A LITTLE POST-TURKEY DAY TIME WITH THE CAMDENS IN 7TH HEAVEN, THE WILDERS IN THEIR LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE, OR THE GIRARDIS IN THE SECOND SEASON OF JOAN OF ARCADIA. OR YOU COULD TRY SPICING THINGS UP WITH BONES, CRIMINAL MINDS, OR JAMIE KENNEDY'S BLOWIN' UP.

    November 28, 2006 DVD Releases

    • dvd's
      anyone know if i can buy the dvd's of this show? has it been released on dvd yet? is there a site i can watch this on please. if a...
      06/17/14
      3
    • Favorite Episode?
      To get fans of Ellen involved in this forum I am going to set up a few threads which anyone and everyone who visit can participate...
      05/03/13
      20
    • need to know
      can you buy all five season of ellen on region 2 i have 1 and 3 but im realy strugling to find the others can anyone help me
      07/30/08
      3
    • Ellen's 50th birthday!
      Help make Ellen's 50th birthday wish come true! She turns 50 on January 26 and Eons.com, the largest social networking site for ba...
      02/01/08
      2
    • ellens brother
      im not sure about this but in the later episodes i always got the impression that ellen was an only child...............does anyon...
      01/18/08
      3
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