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.
Occasional references to sexual behavior. Kissing, including same-sex kissing, is sometimes visible.
Rare use of mild words like "damn" and "crap."
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 /
Occasional alcohol consumption by adults, which sometimes leads to intoxication.