- 5 Seasons
Ellen DeGeneres broke onto the comedy scene in the early 80s and begin packing comedy houses all over the United States. She became so popular, she was offered a small spot on the very popular TV Show The Tonight Show hosted by Johnny Carson. At the end of her set, Johnny Carson did something he hadn't done with any comedian: he asked her to sit on stage with him. This coveted spot was reserved for big name film stars, not comediennes. With this exposure, she was soon thrust into the limelight and became a movie and television star. Soon the producers were so taken by her general persona and comedy they gave her a sitcom named Ellen. The show followed the life of a neurotic book store owner named Ellen Morgan. The show followed her through the ups and downs of bookstore ownership, dealing with her family, and her many attempts at love. The show gained rave reviews and a large fan base when the main character announced that she was gay. With this revelation, the show took on many controversial issues of the gay and lesbian community. At one point, this show was the most watched show in the country.