17 Iconic TV Shows Turning 25 This Year

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Of all the shows turning 25 this year, there are few that have as much of a significant legacy as Ellen. The big reason has less to do with the sitcom and more to do with Ellen DeGeneres herself. After revealing she was gay in real life, her character on the show also came out in one of the first big coming out storylines on primetime TV. The episode, entitled “The Puppy Episode,” received plenty of backlash and attention. ABC even placed a Parental Advisory warning at the beginning of the episode! This is, of course, absurd as we look back in 2019. But no matter how “controversial” many saw it as in 1994, the coming out opened the door for LGBT representation on television. Twenty-five years later, we still recognize the show’s influence and still love Ellen!

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