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23 Things You Didn't Know About The "Ellen" Sitcom

Ellen Degeneres' self-titled sitcom premiered in 1994.

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4. During the third and fourth seasons, each episode had a different opening – usually involving lots of singing and dancing.

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5. The bloopers were fantastic.

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11. Degeneres would later note that when she kissed a castmember jokingly in a scene, a disclaimer was needed. When another show did the exact same scene (but with all straight actors), no disclaimer was shown.

Spin City had a kiss scene featuring Michael J. Fox. "That's a double standard to me," DeGeneres said.


17. At the end of that episode there's a sequence in which Susan leads Ellen over to Melissa Etheridge, who confirms that Ellen is gay and — after completing the necessary paperwork — awards Susan a toaster oven.

Long after the show ended, getting a toaster oven became a well-known joke for when someone comes out of the closet.

18. Laura Dern couldn't find work for over a year following her role on Ellen.

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"I also received extraordinary letters — some not-so-nice letters also — but some really extraordinary letters from families who felt that you had given them an extraordinary gift and I got to be part of that," said Dern to Ellen during an appearance on The Ellen Show.


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