The Ellen Show is a television sitcom created by and starring Ellen DeGeneres that was broadcast during the 2001–2002 season on CBS. It was DeGeneres's second attempt at a sitcom, following Ellen on ABC (1994–1998), but it was unable to attract strong ratings and was quickly cancelled.
After coming out as a lesbian on her first sitcom, DeGeneres's character on The Ellen Show, Ellen Richmond, was also a lesbian, although the show did not focus as heavily on the character's sexuality as did the final season of her first sitcom.
The Ellen Show also starred Cloris Leachman, Martin Mull, Kerri Kenney, Jim Gaffigan and Emily Rutherfurd.
After her internet company, Homelearn.com, goes bankrupt, Ellen Richmond decides to trade the stresses of her fast-track, big-city lifestyle for the slower pace of her quieter hometown, where she is known and loved. It remains to be seen whether returning to her hometown, a fishbowl of a place, and her eccentric mother, Dot, and scatter-brained sister, Catherine, is the best course of action. At home, Ellen becomes reacquainted with her senior prom date, Rusty, who thinks they can pick up where they left off (which, since she is a lesbian, seems unlikely), and her befuddled high school teacher, Mr. Cook. Though worlds apart from the people who love her, Ellen begins to adjust to a very different way of life and takes a job as a counselor at her former high school.