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The Ellen Show The Complete Series


Picture: C+ Sound: C+ Extras: D Episodes: C+



After her first hit series built up to one of the most important TV situation comedy moments in 25 years, when her character revealed her sexuality in a truly great show, Ellen did not seize the moment, going into decline and silliness instead. This included slowly dumping the original cast and plummeting in the ratings. The Ellen Show began with the premise that the character was lesbian and went on from there. The show only lasted 18 half-hour shows, but had its moments with a cast that included Martin Mull and the great Cloris Leachman as her mother.


Ellen DeGeneres plays an executive who is getting very bored with her corporate life, so when she goes back home for an award and to see her family, with everyone still stuck in their dysfunctional roles. While visiting, her employer implodes and goes into bankruptcy. While trying to figure out what to do next, she stays a while.


The concept is good and the humor not bad, but it becomes apparent at the mid-point that it is a good idea with very few places to go. I like the production, cast, some of the jokes and situation has its potential, but the writers and creators play it too safe and that ultimately did the show in. Ellen can be funny when she wants to be and does not allow her routines to become shtick, but like the corporation her character worked for, the show implodes. There are enough laughs here for anyone interested, though.


The anamorphically enhanced 16 X 9/1.78 X 1 image originated in digital High Definition video and has the usual detail and color limits as a result, but plays fine and is clean enough. The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo has no surrounds and captures dialogue just fine, but there are no extras.



- Nicholas Sheffo


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