The BEST Episodes of Ellen

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Aug 13, 2020

Network: ABC (US)

Ellen, which was titled "These Friends of Mine" during its first season, is a comedy about the life of a young woman by the name of Ellen Morgan – a neurotic, 30-something, bookstore employee who tries to get by in life dealing with her many random foils and follies (and not to mention her annoying and overbearing parents, Lois and Harold). Thanks to her friends, however, including the bubbly redhead Paige, the insecure photographer Adam, her unsure-of-himself cousin Spence, the coffee shop guy Joe Farrell, and the critical and obnoxious Audrey, Ellen is able to find the security, and the sanity, to get through her less than ordinary every day life. The show can be described as a combination between popular sitcoms Seinfeld and Friends, blending a perfect mix of comedy and situational humor with the drama and excitement of every day issues and life in the "real world".

Neighbors

#1 - Neighbors

Season 5 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 18, 1998

Ellen tries to make friends with her neighbors, but they keep catching her in strange coincidences. After all, why would Ellen and Paige be playing Twister on the roof?

star 9.33
3 votes
Writers: Charmaine Noel Dixon, Cynthia Greenburg
The Puppy Episode (2)

#2 - The Puppy Episode (2)

Season 4 - Episode 23 - Aired Apr 30, 1997

Ellen senses a kindred spirit when she meets a gay woman, who enlightens her to her own sexual identity. Confused by this startling self discovery, Ellen seeks the guidance of a therapist and braces herself for yet another moment of truth: telling her friends.

star 9.00
9 votes
Break Up

#3 - Break Up

Season 5 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 17, 1997

Ellen and Laurie hit a crossroads on their one-month anniversary after Laurie misinterprets Ellen's offer to move in.

star 9.00
3 votes
Womyn Fest

#4 - Womyn Fest

Season 5 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 7, 1998

Ellen takes Paige and Audrey to a female only concert in Berkeley to have a good time after her break up with Laurie. Meanwhile, Paige ponders commitment with Spence.

star 9.00
4 votes
Writers: Jane Espenson
Hospital

#5 - Hospital

Season 5 - Episode 18 - Aired Mar 4, 1998

Ellen rushes to the hospital after discovering that Laurie was in a car accident. While waiting for news on her condition, Ellen meets a woman in the waiting room, whom she discovers is Laurie's ex-girlfriend and Holly's "father."

star 9.00
3 votes
Directors: Gail Mancuso
Writers: Matt Berry, Ric Swartzlander
Just Coffee

#6 - Just Coffee

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 29, 1997

Ellen goes on a date with her mortgage broker, but starts to think she's the only one looking for romance.

star 8.75
4 votes
Directors: Gail Mancuso
Writers: Maxine Lapiduss
G.I. Ellen

#7 - G.I. Ellen

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 5, 1997

Ellen accompanies her father to his annual Civil War re-enactment.

star 8.75
4 votes
Directors: Gil Junger
Writers: Mike Larsen
Emma

#8 - Emma

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 19, 1997

Thanks to Paige, Ellen lands a job as personal assistant to Emma Thompson and discovers that, not only is Thompson gay, but her past contains a truly sordid secret.

star 8.75
4 votes
Directors: Gail Mancuso
Writers: Lawrence Broch
Like a Virgin

#9 - Like a Virgin

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 26, 1997

Laurie has prepared for a big romantic evening with flowers, fine wine and a homemade dinner, but she still needs Ellen to stick around for it.

star 8.75
4 votes
All Ellen, All the Time

#10 - All Ellen, All the Time

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 3, 1997

Ellen gets a job at a small, all-talk radio station, but when the Sports Chat host leaves in a huff, she's left to fill the void armed with only her personal charm and irrevocable wit.

star 8.75
4 votes
Directors: Gil Junger
Writers: Ric Swartzlander
The Parent Trap

#11 - The Parent Trap

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 16, 1996

Ellen plots to reunite her parents by recreating their honeymoon, transforming her apartment into a 1958 Cuban nightclub complete with headliner Eddie Fisher. Meanwhile, Spence begs Barrett to return as Paige's secretary after he quits.

star 8.67
3 votes
Directors: Gil Junger
Writers: Jonathan Stark, Tracy Newman
Escape from L.A.

#12 - Escape from L.A.

Season 5 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 28, 1998

Ellen and Laurie take their first trip together, to San Diego. However, a problem arises when Ellen wants to party and Laurie wants to stick to her plan.

star 8.67
3 votes
Directors: Gil Junger
Writers: Lisa K. Himmel, Tod Nelson
Ellen in Focus

#13 - Ellen in Focus

Season 5 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 11, 1998

Ellen and Joe join Paige's focus group, so that her new cop show will receive high marks and need minimal changes before air time.

star 8.67
3 votes
Directors: Gil Junger
Writers: Leif Sandaas
Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah

#14 - Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah

Season 4 - Episode 24 - Aired May 7, 1997

Ellen deals with the ramifications of telling her parents she's gay.

star 8.63
8 votes
Directors: Gil Junger
Writers: Jan Nash
Looking Out for Number One

#15 - Looking Out for Number One

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 23, 1996

In therapy, Ellen learns to be honest and direct, but she's dumbstruck when she sees her therapist in a shocking position.

star 8.60
5 votes
Directors: Gil Junger
Writers: David Flebotte
Makin' Whoopie

#16 - Makin' Whoopie

Season 4 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 22, 1997

Ellen accompanies Spence to an important party thrown by a surgeon he's trying to impress, but it's Ellen who makes the lasting impression.

star 8.60
5 votes
Directors: Iris Dugow
Writers: David Flebotte
The Boyfriend Stealer

#17 - The Boyfriend Stealer

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Aug 30, 1994

Things have changed at the bookstore for Ellen, as a coffee shop is added and Joe is hired as its manager. Meanwhile, Ellen thinks Holly's boyfriend is hitting on her, causing problems in their friendship.

star 8.58
12 votes
Writers: David S. Rosenthal, Warren Bell
Hello, Dalai

#18 - Hello, Dalai

Season 4 - Episode 18 - Aired Feb 19, 1997

Peter confronts Ellen at a spiritual retreat while a robber at Buy the Book confronts Paige, Spence, Joe and Audrey.

star 8.50
4 votes
Directors: Gil Junger
Writers: Ellen Idelson, Rob Lotterstein
The Fix-Up

#19 - The Fix-Up

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 19, 1994

When Ellen's blind date, whom she remembers as a childhood weirdo, turns out to be a perfectly normal guy, she's eager to pursue the relationship, but a series of complications convinces him that she's the one who's strange.

star 8.38
8 votes
Directors: Tom Cherones
Writers: Richard Day
The Mugging

#20 - The Mugging

Season 3 - Episode 27 - Aired May 21, 1996

A reluctant Ellen is persuaded to come forward as the witness to a mugging she never saw.

star 8.33
3 votes
Directors: Rob Schiller
Writers: David S. Rosenthal
Public Display of Affection

#21 - Public Display of Affection

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 12, 1997

Ellen faces her toughest challenge yet in a relationship: winning the approval of her new girlfriend's 12-year-old daughter.

star 8.33
3 votes
It's a Gay, Gay, Gay, Gay World!

#22 - It's a Gay, Gay, Gay, Gay World!

Season 5 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 25, 1998

After Spence sniffs a heavy dose of insecticide, he awakens in a world where being gay is normal, Joe is in love with him, and Paige has a buzz cut and tattoos.

star 8.33
3 votes
Directors: Gil Junger
Writers: David Walpert
The Thirty-Minute Man

#23 - The Thirty-Minute Man

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 5, 1994

Ellen flips for a customer whose visits to the bookstore spice up her life, but her rising hopes for romance fall flat when she learns he's a pizza delivery man who savors his work.

star 8.30
10 votes
Directors: Tom Cherones
Writers: Suzanne Martin
The Toast

#24 - The Toast

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 9, 1994

When Ellen hosts the wedding rehearsal dinner for her brother and his bride-to-be, she unintentionally causes their breakup.

star 8.25
8 votes
Directors: Tom Cherones
Writers: Suzanne Martin
Alone Again... Naturally

#25 - Alone Again... Naturally

Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 8, 1997

Ellen conquers being alone by doing fun things on her own. Meanwhile, Spence and Joe wreak havoc on Paige's vacant apartment.

star 8.25
4 votes
Directors: Alan Myerson
Writers: Mark Wilding