The Ellen Show: Season 1 (2001 - 2002)


Season 1
The Ellen Show

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While its laughs are few and far between, The Ellen Show is bolstered by a charming cast and its lead star's affable presence.

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Air date: Sep 24, 2001

In the pilot, Ellen DeGeneres plays a dot.com executive from L.A. who returns to her home town to receive an award and decides to stay there to be closer to her mom and sister (Cloris Leachman, Emily Rutherford). Mr. Munn: Martin Mull. Rusty: Jim Gaffigan. Bunny: Diane Delano. Meg: Jennifer Irwin.

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Air date: Sep 28, 2001

On her first day back in Clark, Ellen (Ellen DeGeneres) decides to sit by a stream, read Thoreau's "Walden" and think about her next step. Officer B. Arthur: Regan Burns. Erik: John Francis Daley. Rusty: Jim Gaffigan. Catherine: Emily Rutherford. Dot: Cloris Leachman.

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Air date: Oct 5, 2001

Ellen (Ellen DeGeneres) tries to get Clark's citizens to protest the new P.J. Knockers restaurant, where the waitresses wear tight shirts. But no one supports her, and what's worse, Catherine gets gets a job as a waitress. Pam: Kerri Kenney. Knockers Waitress: Susan Yeagley. Etta: Patience Cleveland.

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Air date: Oct 12, 2001

Ellen is to be photographed for a "Dot Com-ers: Where Are They Now?" feature in Vanity Fair magazine, but everyone's cutting comments about her hair prompts her to get a new style at the local beauty salon. Herb Ritts has a cameo. Tina: Marissa Jaret Winokur. Pam: Kerri Kenney. Guy: James Patrick Stuart.

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Air date: Oct 19, 2001

Ellen asks that Dot and Catherine stop their ritual of watching "Judge Judy" while eating dinner in favor of talking together and sharing their feelings. Donald: Michael Blieden. Rusty: Jim Gaffigan. Bunny: Diane Delano. Catherine: Emily Rutherford. Dot: Cloris Leachman.

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Air date: Oct 26, 2001

Ellen calls a pest-control expert (Larry Joe Campbell) to get rid of the raccoon that's tearing up the front lawn, but she needs to find another number to get rid of him. At school, a student Ellen counsels develops a crush. Francine: Jan Hoag. Catherine: Emily Rutherford.

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Air date: Nov 2, 2001

When Dot tells Ellen about her "Gentleman Caller" (Tom Poston), Ellen gets overprotective because of her mom's history of picking losers. Off. Arthur: Regan Burns. Bunny: Diane Delano. Pam: Kerri Kenney. Rusty: Jim Gaffigan. Dot: Cloris Leachman.

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Air date: Nov 9, 2001

Ellen persuades Catherine to start her own taffy business, but she doesn't realize that it's something she wants more than Catherine does. Timmy: Josh Zuckerman. Delivery Guy: Marty Rackham. Dot: Cloris Leachman.

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Air date: Nov 16, 2001

When Ellen inadvertently gets the school's long-time bus driver fired, she ends up in the driver's seat. Rusty: Jim Gaffigan. Mr. Munn: Martin Mull. Pam: Kerri Kenney. Catherine: Emily Rutherford.

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Air date: Dec 10, 2001

Mr. Munn forbids Ellen to help the football team's star kicker (Brian Sites) work through his anger issues, because his rage will help him in an upcoming championship game. Del: John Farley. Dot: Cloris Leachman. Mr. Munn: Martin Mull. Bunny: Diane Delano.

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Critic Reviews for The Ellen Show Season 1

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (7)

The Ellen Show offers moments of pleasure, notably when [Cloris] Leachman flutters around her house in a manner to thrill fans of The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

Jan 2, 2020 | Full Review…

[Ellen] DeGeneres' off-handed sunniness can't save a disappointingly bland show.

Dec 17, 2019 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Where's [Ellen] DeGeneres' trademark sly, slow humor? In this show, it's fast asleep or completely missing.

Sep 4, 2019 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

As this Ellen, Ms. DeGeneres offers a glib, ingratiating act that quickly becomes cloying.

Sep 4, 2019 | Full Review…

[Ellen] DeGeneres gets to expand on her own self-depreciating humor, perfecting the awkward moment for the most laughs and utilizing smart writing with visual gags.

Sep 4, 2019 | Full Review…

The notion of someone escaping the high-stakes urban world for the low-profile small-town life is hardly new to television... at least "The Ellen Show" breathes new life into it and shows us why the myth remains so alluring.

Sep 4, 2019 | Full Review…

[Cloris] Leachman's a great comedic foil for the star, whose perky sense of irony is appealing as ever. Alas, the material is sitcom trite.

Sep 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Fans of [Ellen] DeGeneres' bemused-observer comedy style will probably stay around, but it's nothing we haven't seen before.

Sep 4, 2019 | Full Review…

From Cloris Leachman, of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, to Jim Gaffigan and Martin Mull, this is a cast that understands the rhythms of traditional sitcom humor and knows how to pace its performances accordingly.

Sep 4, 2019 | Full Review…

There are a few laughs in the surprisingly pleasant premiere. But only a few. There are fewer still in the second episode.

Sep 4, 2019 | Full Review…

The pilot has a connected-by-dots quality, with everything falling into place. What it doesn't have is many laughs. But with [Ellen] DeGeneres and [Carol] Liefer and this cast involved, maybe things will improve down the road.

Sep 4, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Despite its many faults, The Ellen Show is reasonably funny and pleasant enough that it comes recommended for those looking for easy laughs. As sitcoms go this is a low priority, but not bad.

Sep 4, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

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