A warm and funny slice-of-life sitcom about an L.A. bookstore manager and her acquaintances that began as a `Seinfeld'-like show titled `These Friends of Mine.' The Emmy-winning series hit its high point on April 30, 1997, when its heroine proclaimed her homosexuality in `The Puppy Episode,' an outing that drew 42 million viewers.
First Aired: November 12, 1997
Ellen's awkwardness about public displays of affection with Laurie has an effect on Laurie's daughter, Holly (Kayla Murphy). Laurie: Lisa Darr. Harold: Steven Gilborn. Lois: Alice Hirson. Ellen: Ellen DeGeneres.