LAURIE HILL - ELLEN DEGENERES SITCOM (ABC 1992) RARE!!!
Laurie Hill is short-lived sitcom that ran on ABC from September 30, 1992 until October 28, 1992. The series was created by Neal Marlens and Carol Black and produced by Touchstone Television.
The comedy starred DeLane Matthews as Dr. Laurie Hill, a busy pediatrician who tries her best to balance her professional career while making time for her husband Jeff (Robert Clohessy), a freelance writer who worked from home, and being a pro-active mother to her rambunctious, adorable five-year-old son Leo (Eric Lloyd).
The series is best remembered for starting the TV career of Ellen DeGeneres as nurse Nancy MacIntyre. Also featured in the cast are Kurt Fuller as Dr. Spencer Kramer, Joseph Maher as Dr. Walter Wiseman and Doris Belack as Beverly Fielderv
Interesting fact, from the show's premiere, Ellen DeGeneres was critically praised for her performance as Nancy MacIntyre. In the September 30, 1992 edition of the South Florida Sun Sentinel, columnist Tom Jicha explained in his review of the series, "The only comic relief comes from Ellen DeGeneres as Laurie's assistant. It's a brief – almost cameo – appearance, but it's sufficient to raise speculation she would make a more enjoyable character in her own program."
Months after the cancellation of Laurie Hill, Marlens and Black, together with partner David Rosenthal, received a new development deal with ABC, which resulted in the sitcom pilot entitled These Friends of Mine. Marlens and Black had enjoyed working with Ellen DeGeneres on Laurie Hill, and cast her as one of the four leads in their new comedy project. These Friends of Mine aired as a midseason replacement series beginning in March 1994, with DeGeneres again being a breakout talent among the cast. The series was subsequently revamped to emphasize DeGeneres as the principal lead, and continued more familiarly thereafter as Ellen, running until 1998.
Featured in this two disc set are the five out of the ten episodes that aired before cancellation.
Women on the Verge (10/7/92)
Sick and Tired (10/28/92)
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