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The Ellen Show
Created byEllen DeGeneres
Mitchell Hurwitz (co-creator)
Carol Leifer (co-creator)
StarringEllen DeGeneres
Jim Gaffigan
Emily Rutherfurd
Martin Mull
Kerri Kenney
Cloris Leachman
Theme music composerJude Christodal
ComposerDavid Schwartz
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1 [1]
No. of episodes18 [1]
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time30 minutes [1]
Production companiesThe Hurwitz Company
CBS Productions
Columbia TriStar Television
(season 1)
Columbia TriStar Domestic Television
(season 1)
Original networkCBS
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseSeptember 24, 2001 (2001-09-24) –
January 11, 2002 (2002-01-11)

The Ellen Show is an American television sitcom created by and starring Ellen DeGeneres that was broadcast during the 2001–02 season on CBS, aired from September 24, 2001, to January 11, 2002. It was DeGeneres's second attempt at a sitcom, following Ellen on ABC (1994–98), but it was unable to attract strong ratings and was quickly cancelled after 13 episodes, leaving 5 episodes unaired.

DeGeneres came out as a lesbian in Ellen, and her character on The Ellen Show, Ellen Richmond, was also a lesbian, although the show did not focus as heavily on the character's sexuality unlike the final season of her first sitcom.

The Ellen Show also starred Cloris Leachman, Martin Mull, Kerri Kenney, Jim Gaffigan, and Emily Rutherfurd.


After her internet company goes bankrupt, Ellen Richmond decides to move back to her hometown to live with her eccentric mother, Dot, and scatter-brained sister, Catherine. At home, Ellen becomes reacquainted with her senior prom date, Rusty, who thinks they can pick up where they left off (which, since she is a lesbian, seems unlikely), and her befuddled high school teacher, Mr. Munn. Though worlds apart from the people who love her, Ellen begins to adjust to a very different way of life and takes a job as a guidance counselor at her former high school.



Guest stars


The show was created by Carol Leifer and Mitchell Hurwitz, who co-wrote the pilot episode. The original title was Ellen Again.[2]


The Ellen Show produced 18 episodes, but was canceled mid-way through its season. The final 5 episodes were never broadcast, but are available on DVD.

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Pilot"Andy AckermanCarol Leifer & Mitchell HurwitzSeptember 24, 2001 (2001-09-24)
2"Walden Pond"Andrew D. WeymanCarol LeiferSeptember 28, 2001 (2001-09-28)
3"Chain Reaction"Andrew D. WeymanCarol Leifer & Chuck MartinOctober 5, 2001 (2001-10-05)
4"Vanity Hair"Andrew D. WeymanRic SwartzlanderOctober 12, 2001 (2001-10-12)
5"The Move"Andrew D. WeymanRob LaZebnik & Mitchell HurwitzOctober 19, 2001 (2001-10-19)
6"Muskrat Love"Andrew D. WeymanCarol Leifer & Chuck MartinOctober 26, 2001 (2001-10-26)
7"Joe"Andrew D. WeymanMitchell Hurwitz & Rob LaZebnikNovember 2, 2001 (2001-11-02)
8"Cathy's Taffy"Andrew D. WeymanStory by : Sue Kolinsky
Teleplay by : Carol Leifer & Chuck Martin
November 9, 2001 (2001-11-09)
9"Missing the Bus"Andrew D. WeymanStory by : Jim Gerkin & Ric Swartzlander
Teleplay by : Ric Swartzlander
November 16, 2001 (2001-11-16)
10"Alive and Kicking"Andrew D. WeymanCarol Leifer & Chuck MartinDecember 10, 2001 (2001-12-10)
11"Ellen's First Christmess"Andrew D. WeymanDarin HenryDecember 17, 2001 (2001-12-17)
12"A Bird in the Hand"Andrew D. WeymanSue KolinskyJanuary 4, 2002 (2002-01-04)
13"Just the Duck"Andrew D. WeymanJim GerkinJanuary 11, 2002 (2002-01-11)
14"Shallow Gal"Andrew D. WeymanHarold KimmelUnaired
15"Gathering Moss"Andrew D. WeymanBill KelleyUnaired
16"A Matter of Principal"Andrew D. WeymanDarin HenryUnaired
17"Where the Sun Doesn't Shine"Andrew D. WeymanChuck MartinUnaired
18"One for the Roadshow"Andrew D. WeymanStory by : Mitchell Hurwitz & Rob LaZebnik
Teleplay by : Darin Henry & Bill Kelley

Home media

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment released the complete series on DVD in Region 1 in a 2-disc box set on July 11, 2006.[3]

In 2014, Mill Creek Entertainment acquired the rights to the series and subsequently re-released the complete series on February 4, 2014.[4]

Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment, in partnership with CBS Home Entertainment, owns the international rights. The complete series was released in Region 4 (Australia) as a 2 DVD set on February 1, 2017 by Umbrella Entertainment.


  1. ^ a b "The Ellen Show (TV Series 2001-2002)". IMDb., Inc. Retrieved 16 August 2019.
  2. ^ "Ellen's Return". The Advocate. June 5, 2001. p. 24.
  3. ^ "The Ellen Show DVD news: Front & Back art for 2001 sitcom". Archived from the original on 2013-12-19.
  4. ^ "The Ellen Show DVD news: Re-Release for The Ellen Show - The Complete Series". Archived from the original on 2014-03-22.