1994 TV-G 4 seasons


1994 TV-G 4 seasons
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Before Ellen DeGeneres hosted her own talk show and served as a judge on "American Idol," she starred in this self-titled sitcom as Ellen Morgan, an eccentric thirtysomething who works in a bookstore and hangs out with a quirky batch of friends. The show made history in its fourth season when Ellen's character came out of the closet -- sparking controversy as well as acclaim -- not long after the actress announced that she is a lesbian.
Ellen DeGeneres, David Anthony Higgins, Joely Fisher, Clea Lewis, Jeremy Piven, Arye Gross, Alice Hirson, Maggie Wheeler, Holly Fulger
  • SEASON  1
  • SEASON  2
  • SEASON  3
  • SEASON  5

Summary of Season 1 (1994) - 2 discs

Originally known as "These Friends of Mine," this 1990s sitcom stars Ellen DeGeneres as Ellen Morgan, a high-strung thirtysomething woman who works in a bookstore. She and her quirky circle of friends try to make it through the everyday trials and tribulations of life with smiles on their faces and their sanity intact. Arye Gross co-stars as Ellen's roommate and college buddy, and David Anthony Higgins plays the bookstore's surly barista.
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
TV-G - Most parents would find this program suitable for all ages.
age 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
age 13+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this show focuses on the importance of friends and family, despite their flaws and imperfect natures. It also highlights the idea that humor can be found in even the most ordinary situations, if we choose to see it. Parents should also know that later episodes of the series (those filmed after star Ellen DeGeneres came out in real life) focus on homosexuality and same-sex relationships.

Sexual Content

Occasional references to sexual behavior. Kissing, including same-sex kissing, is sometimes visible.


Not applicable


Rare use of mild words like "damn" and "crap."

Social Behavior

Ellen and her circle of friends have their quirks, but are also caring and loyal. Ellen's parents struggle with but ultimately support her when she comes out. Some later secondary characters reject Ellen after learning about her sexual orientation.


Occasional references to animal activist groups and other service-oriented organizations.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Occasional alcohol consumption by adults, which sometimes leads to intoxication.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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