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|The Ellen Show - The Complete Series|
Actors: Ellen DeGeneres, Jim Gaffigan, Emily Rutherfurd, Martin Mull, Cloris Leachman
Genres: Comedy, Television
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Ent Release Date: 07/11/2006 Run time: 399 minutes
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Marc B. (marcb)
Reviewed on 1/23/2011...
This is truly one of the funniest series I've ever seen. Ellen plays a dot-com entrepreneur who is forced to move back to her small hometown and become a high-school guidance counselor when she goes bankrupt. Unfortunately, her co-workers are all completely nuts: her ex-boyfriend, science teacher Rusty (Jim Gaffigan) thinks he still has a chance with her -- rather unlikely, since she's a lesbian; home ec teacher Pam resents Ellen's taking up an office and wants to redecorate the entire school to look like 18th-century France; and principal Mr. Munn (Martin Mull) will find a way to embarrass anyone who disagrees with him. Ellen's mom (Cloris Leachman) and sister (Emilie Rutherfurd, Old Christine) are equally absurd (neither of them sees anything wrong with the local cop, B. Arthur, keeping watch on the neighborhood from his post outside of Ellen's bedroom window). There are also several guest stars: John Ritter as a self-help guru; Betty White as the bus driver; Mary Tyler Moore as Ellen's Aunt Mary; and John Francis Daley (Bones and Freaks and Geeks) and Kaley Cuoco (8 Simple Rules and The Big Bang Theory) as two of Ellen's students.
I vastly prefer this to the better-known Ellen, the first season of which I disliked so much I got through two episodes before selling back as a trade-in. It's really a shame that clean, funny shows like this can't seem to make it past a season or two.
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I can't Wait!!
William | LA | 05/08/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm very Glad that Ellen Degeneres's 2001 sitcom "The Ellen Show" is coming to DVD! This DVD set is on 2-DVDS, and it includes al 18 epiodes(only 13 were shown in the US.) I know this will be Great & I know you will like it to.(Also please bring"Ellen" Seasons 4&5 to DVD sooooon!!)"
An Overlooked Gem!
RetroRhythms | USA | 07/15/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"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!"
Really Funny and Truly Witty
M. Hummel | College Park, MD USA | 08/26/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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."