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By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Ramble along with this still-funny sitcom.

TV Oxygen Comedy 1994
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age 6+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 10+

Funny but some innuendo and raises questions about sexual orientation.

Great positive messages and laugh out loud humor. Parents might want to watch out for some sexual references and many dating scenarios. From season four and up, there is some talk of same-sex couples, as it is revealed that Ellen (both the comedian AND character) are gay. If anything, this is a plus as it gives you the opportunity to talk to your children and teens about sexual orientation and the like. I said 10+ but it really depends on when you want to have that talk with your kids. This is really a great show, they don't make them like this anymore.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
age 2+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (2):

While's Ellen's coming out made TV history and opened the door for other openly gay characters to appear on mainstream television, Ellen Morgan's coming out led the series away from poking fun at the mundane to addressing serious issues surrounding sexual orientation and same-sex relationships. Regardless of this shift, Ellen is never salacious in nature and remains a funny ensemble series that reminds viewrs that even the most ordinary activities can become hilarious if we let ourselves laugh.

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