Ellen, originally titled These Friends of Mine, was an ABC sitcom that aired for 5 seasons starting in 1994. It starred Ellen DeGeneres as Ellen Morgan, a neurotic bookstore owner. In the fourth season, the character of Ellen Morgan famously came out as a lesbian in "The Puppy Episode", which aired April 30, 1997, soon after Ellen DeGeneres herself, who came out in an episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show in February 1997.
"The Puppy Episode" drew 42 million viewers and was the highest rated episode of Ellen ever. The episode won Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series and Outstanding Multi-Camera Picture Editing.
Ellen Morgan's coming out is regarded as one of the most iconic and influential gay moments on television. The show Ellen, and "The Puppy Episode" in particular, is widely credited with helping reduce prejudice against LGBT people both in the media and in society at large, and paving the way for other LGBT-themed shows such as Will & Grace, Queer as Folk, and The L Word.
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