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The Ellen DeGeneres Show

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Ellen brings humor and positive messages to daytime.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

It's a talk show, but it features strong themes about being positive, respecting and loving one another, and supporting your community. Messages about stopping bullying and other social causes are also offered.

Positive role models

Ellen actively supports people and causes trying to help local, national, and international communities in a positive way. She is also supportive of people (including celebs) who have fallen on hard times and/or are trying to get their lives on track.

Violence

Ellen openly denounces violence against people and animals. Occasional segments feature playful sumo wresting, and other slapstick-like events. Issues like bullying are discussed, but within the context of raising awareness and finding ways to stop it.

Sex

Some jokes contain some sexual innuendo, including references to romance, sex, and nudity that will sometimes go over the heads of younger viewers. In one episode Ashton Kutcher appears naked, but private parts are blurred.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Visa, Nordstroms, Radio Shack, and an endless number of other sponsor logos are visible during giveaways and other promotional events.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Wine bottles are sometimes visible; drinking is sometimes discussed. DeGeneres is a smoker, and occasionally cigarettes and quirky ashtrays are shown as part of a joke (but smoking is never visible).

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this daytime talk show, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, varies widely in content and some segments might be completely appropriate for young viewers, while others could introduce subjects kids aren't ready for. The show features lots of celebrity interviews, endless promotional devices, and wacky audience participation segments, plus lots of positive messages about helping others in need, and loving and respecting one another. Some celebrity interviews address themes like divorce, addiction, and other mature themes. Bullying and other strong issues are discussed, but within the context of raising awareness and stopping negative behaviors. While the host is open about her sexual orientation, it is not a major theme in the show. Occasionally wine, cigarettes, and blurred nudity are visible or discussed as part of gags.

What's the story?

THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW is a daytime talk show series featuring comedian Ellen DeGeneres as she entertains audiences with her quirky brand of humor, her positive spirit, and her passion for dancing. Each episode features Ellen interviewing various celebrities like actor Brad Pitt, singers like Britney Spears, and community leaders like First Lady Michelle Obama. Adding to the fray are segments about ordinary people doing extraordinary things, and various games that require audience participation. In-between events, she and the audience dance to the music played by D.J. Tony Okungbowa.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

The upbeat series features all the elements of a typical talk show, including A-list guests and endless promotional devices for products and services offered by its many sponsors. But Ellen's humor and engaging personality also makes the show feel relaxed and informal, even if some of the issues she and her guests are discussing have the potential of being controversial.

Ellen is open about her sexual orientation on the show, but issues pertaining to gay community are contextualized as issues that relate to all people. Meanwhile, her efforts to raise awareness about bullying, breast cancer, and other issues, and to solicit donations for a range of charitable organizations, add to the positive nature of the show. Ultimately, it's a show that attempts to offer an entertaining and optimistic viewing experience.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about talk shows. What makes a talk show successful? Is it the host? The guests? The quirky segments? Did you know that talk shows are designed primarily to promote celebrities and/or products? Is it appropriate to use them as a platform to promote causes and/or organizations, too? How does a show like this one address serious issues, like bullying without making viewers feel uncomfortable?

  • What do you know about Ellen Degeneres? Do you consider her a role model? Do you consider her sexual orientation when you decide whether or not she's a role model?

TV details

Cast:Ellen DeGeneres, Tony Okungbowa
Networks:NBC, Syndicated
Genre:Variety Show
Topics:Great girl role models
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Teen, 14 years old Written byPodgeroxs23 September 17, 2013

ELLEEEENNNNN

She's a good person to look at if you need motivation, she's cover girl. She's also openly gay. Which is a good thing. Shows kids that being openly gay isn't anything bad.
Teen, 14 years old Written byLautnerFan November 9, 2012

Best talk show ever :D

Ellen is soooo funny!!! She is soooo kind, and she's always trying to help people who are going through rough times. Although this TV show is rated G, some parts might not be TOO appropriate for younger viewers. I suggest this show for anyone age 11 or up. Hope this review helped ;D
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much consumerism
Kid, 8 years old November 18, 2013

Good show

You have to see Kai.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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