Ellen (titled These Friends of Mine for season 1) is an American television sitcom that ran on the ABC network from March 29, 1994 to July 22, 1998, producing 109 episodes. The theme song, 'So Called Friend' is by Scottish band Texas. A running gag was that each episode had a distinct opening credits sequence, resulting from Ellen's ongoing search for the perfect opening credits. The title role of Ellen Morgan, played by stand-up comedian Ellen DeGeneres, was a neurotic bookstore owner in her thirties. The series centered on Ellen's dealing with her quirky friends, her family and the problems of daily life. In 1997, Ellen made television history when the title character came out as a lesbian in the famous 'Puppy Episode' (DeGeneres herself came out concurrent with the episode on The Oprah Winfrey Show and in TIME).