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Ellen (originally titled These Friends of Mine for season one) is a U.S. television sitcom that ran on the ABC network from March 29, 1994 to July 22, 1998, producing 109 episodes.

The theme song, "So-Called Friend" is by Scottish band Texas. An ongoing gag was that each episode had a distinct opening credits sequence, resulting from Ellen's ongoing search for the perfect opening credits.

The title role of Ellen Morgan, played by stand-up comedian Ellen DeGeneres, was a neurotic bookstore owner in her thirties. The series centered around Ellen dealing with her quirky friends, her family and the problems of daily life.

The show was not connected to The Ellen Show, DeGeneres' second sitcom which ran from 2001-2002.

In 1997, Ellen made television history when the title character came out as a lesbian in the famous "Puppy Episode." (DeGeneres herself had come out earlier that year on The Oprah Winfrey Show and in TIME.) To ensure a memorable moment, the coming out scene was made into a gag where, at an airport, Ellen turns and tells Laura Dern "I'm gay!" - only to realize that she had turned right into the intercom microphone, announcing her sexuality to the entire terminal. Ellen DeGeneres' mother Betty can briefly be seen as one of the people in the terminal with a shocked reaction to the announcement. The revelation ignited a storm of controversy, prompting ABC to place a parental advisory at the beginning of each episode.

Starring

Ellen DeGeneres

Joely Fisher

Jeremy Piven

David Anthony Higgins

Clea Lewis

Arye Gross

Holly Fulger

Maggie Wheeler

Opening theme So Called Friend

Country of origin United States

No. of seasons 5

No. of episodes 109

Production

Camera setup Multi-camera

Running time Approximately 22 minutes

Broadcast

Original channel ABC

Original run March 29, 1994 – July 22, 1998

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Army Archerd

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Connie Britton

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Connie Britton on being cast as "Heather" on Ellen

Tom Cherones

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Tim Conway

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Elinor Donahue

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Elinor Donahue on her appearance on Ellen

Michael Eisner

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Michael Eisner on how Ellen DeGeneres approached him about coming out on television; and how he pushed her to define what more the Ellen  series would be about

Linda Ellerbee

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Linda Ellerbee on appearing on Tanner '88 directed by Robert Altman, and on appearing on the Ellen finale

Richard Frank

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Richard Frank on developing Ellen, and "Ellen" coming out

Florence Henderson

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Florence Henderson on appearing on Ellen

Mary Tyler Moore

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Mary Tyler Moore on guest-starring as herself on the Ellen episode about animal activism,  "Lobster Diary" (airdate: February 20, 1996)

Laraine Newman

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Laraine Newman on guest-starring on Ellen

Dean Valentine

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Dean Valentine on phase two of Ellen, starring Ellen DeGeneres
Dean Valentine on Ellen DeGeneres' decision for her character "Ellen Morgan" to come out of the closet on Ellen, and on ABC's reaction
Dean Valentine on the filming of the Ellen episode "The Puppy Episode," and on the cultural impact of the character coming out

W.G. Snuffy Walden

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