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The Ellen Show - The Complete Series



DVD Release Date: July 11, 2006 (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)
MSRP: $29.95
Number of Discs: 2
Number of Episodes: 18
Running Time: 399 Minutes
Video: Widescreen
Languages: English
Subtitles: None; Closed captioned is available
Special Features: None are available on this release.


Hilarious Emmy Award-winning Ellen DeGeneres made a triumphant, albeit short return to TV in "THE ELLEN SHOW." The new half hour sitcom debuted on CBS on September 24th, 2001. With a stellar supporting cast including Cloris Leachman ("The Mary Tyler Moore Show") and Martin Mull ("Roseanne"), the series produced a total of 18 episodes. Now you can own this 2-disc set featuring every episode, including the six not broadcast on television, filled with recognizable guest stars!

The premise of the series was the character of Ellen returning to her hometown of Clark to accept an award. She quickly finds things are just the same as when she left. Her sister Catherine (Emily Rutherford) gets involved with the wrong men, her mother keeps her room exactly as it used to be, and her old high school teacher is still teaching! Unfortunately, Ellen finds out she's lost her job at the dot com company she worked at, and surprises herself by deciding to stay in Clark. Who says you can't go home again? Ellen, that's who...

Episodes Included / Notable Guest Stars:

The 18 episodes for this series are: Pilot, Walden Pond, Chain Reaction, Vanity Hair, The Move, Muskrat Love, Joe, Cathy's Taffy, Missing the Bus, Alive and Kicking, Ellen's First Christmas, A Bird in the Hand, Just the Duck, Shallow Gal, Gathering Moss, A Matter of Principal, Where the Sun Doesn't Shine, & One for the Roadshow. Some of the latter ones never made it on air even, so they will be all-new to you, such as Gathering Moss with special guest John Ritter.

Guest stars over the course of the season included Mary Tyler Moore ("The Mary Tyler Moore Show"), John Ritter ("Three's Company"), Dakota Fanning ("War of the Worlds"), Betty White ("The Golden Girls"), and Maureen McCormick ("The Brady Bunch").


The packaging is that of at typical release. Two slip discs that hold each disc for the set. The front of the cover features Ellen front and center in front of the supporting cast. The logo is up front. It's a very nice design and everyone looks great! The two slip-discs are quite neat, as they showcase Ellen in front of the various guest stars that visited throughout the season. Case 1 features Ellen along with guests Dakota Fanning and Betty White (to name a few). The second case features Ellen along with guests John Ritter, Mary Tyler Moore and Maureen McCormick (again, to name a few). It's a nice design! The two discs themselves are designed in the same way as the case art. Ellen with the guest cast. Disc 1 contains episodes 1-9 and Disc 2 contains episodes 10-18.

Menu Design and Navigation:

The menu starts out with a picture of Ellen, and the other supporting cast in small boxes next to her. Behind her is a moving background that changes colors. The theme music loops throughout. The selections are "Play All Episodes" in which you can select to play all episodes without interruption, "Episode Selection" in which you can pick and choose which episode you'd like to watch from a new menu and "Previews" in which you can view a commercial for various Sony releases. That takes you to another menu which lists "Ladieís Night (TV)" "80s Hits," "News Radio," "The King of Queens," and "Rent." Like I said, they are just commercials for Sony releases of those items I listed above.

Video and Audio Quality:

Considering the series was only broadcast five years ago, in 2001, the video is re-mastered and in great quality. The video is in widescreen! So it is just awesome. The audio is also fine--nothing to be worried about. Chapter skips are available.

Disc 1
1 - Pilot (21:56)
2 - Walden Pond (22:22)
3 - Chain Reaction (22:19)
4 - Vanity Hair (22:26)
5 - The Move (22:28)
6 - Muskrat Love (22:11)
7 - Joe (20:50)
8 - Cathy's Taffy (22:08)
9 - Missing the Bus (22:32)

Disc 2
10 - Alive and Kicking (21:59)
11 - Ellen's First Christmas (22:33)
12 - A Bird in the Hand (22:30)
13 - Just the Duck (22:34)
14 - Shallow Gal (22:08)
15 - Gathering Moss (22:18)
16 - A Matter of Principal (21:31)
17 - Where the Sun Doesn't Shine (22:18)
18 - One for the Roadshow (22:32)

Special Features:

None are available on this set. Iím sure Ellen would have done some commentary if asked.

Final Comments:

After seeing this series for the first time since 2001, I just have to ask: how was this show cancelled! And why didn't it get good ratings? The plotlines are interesting, the acting is top-notch and it's a GOOD show. I really don't get why no one watched. That disappointing part of the set is that there are no special features. What a bummer! I can't believe the studio didn't try and get a bloopers reel, or commentary. It's a shame. Overall, a great release and fans of Ellen should definitely go out and get this! It's worth the watch.

Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)

Video Quality: 5/5
Audio Quality: 5/5
Special Features: 0/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 4.5/5
Overall: 4/5

-- Reviewed by TVJunkie101 (Shawn Eaton) on 07/01/06

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