Ellen Degeneres’ self-titled sitcom premiered in 1994.
The show was originally titled "These Friends of Mine." After the first season, the show became Ellen, focusing more on the character of Ellen Morgan.
Before her self-titled series, DeGeneres played a receptionist on the Fox sitcom Open House, which only lasted one season.
Two episodes that aired in Season 3 – "The Tape" and "The Mugging" – were filmed at the same time as Season 1. They are included in the first box set as bonus episodes.