ELLEN SHOW, THE: THE COMPLETE SERIES

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FROM THE BACK OF THE BOX:

An Internet executive moves to a small town.

FROM THE BACK OF MY BRAIN:

“The Ellen Show” was a second attempt at giving Ellen Degeneres a sitcom. What’s funny is that this show tried to play up the lesbian factor and it cast Dakota Fanning as a school-aged Ellen in flashbacks. Outside of that, it’s not funny. As in, you get two good episodes and the rest of the mess just keeps running on and on with no end in sight. If it was real life, this show would’ve been Vietnam. As it is, it’s a Vietnam of the mind that keeps shitting napalm onto your soul.

Apparently, Mitchell Hurwitz had a hand in developing the show. For those that don’t know, he’s the guy that gave the world “Arrested Development” and it was good. The two episodes in this release that weren’t terrible were due to Hurwitz. That being said, that’s like being the king of Turd Mountain. Even if you write the best episodes, it doesn’t matter if the show is unfocused and betrays the intent of its lead. I like that Ellen eventually discovered what works for her, however we shouldn’t have to watch stilted comedy just to pity applaud her.

Ellen’s better than that and she’s better than this show. So, how did this happen with such a talented cast and writers. Given that the show launched a few weeks after 9/11, it’s like fate wanted it to fail. The DVD comes with no special features. Still, it looks good for a show of its age. That being said, I can’t say that it’s going to impress anyone. Still, it’ll look better than what you remember. That is if you can remember it. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to the curious.

RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW!

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