Critic Consensus: Julia Louis-Dreyfus' comedic charms make Ellie watchable, but a cumbersome tick-tock gimmick and derivative plotting hamper the sitcom star's full potential for delight.
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as Ellie Riggs
as Ben Raffield
as Dr. Zimmerman
as Monica Reyes
as Diane Singer
as Tow Guy
as Vicki Gerwich
It's a quirky little series that leans too heavily on a gimmick... Still, Louis-Dreyfus makes the routine bearable. She registers incredulity better than just about any performer.
The show could improve or it could die under the weight of artistic pretension. For anyone curious about the outcome of this bizarre science project, "Watching Ellie" bears watching.
Watching Ellie is a deceptively stylish 22-minute meditation on being a single woman. But Ellie is not the bright-eyed single gal of TV's past, nor the sassy sexually driven woman of the present. In Ellie, we have a heroine who is flawed but sympathetic.
Watching Ellie rises and falls on the ability of Louis-Dreyfus to pull laughs out of familiar story lines. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.
It's intriguing and different, but the concept is very iffy, and the view from here is that it doesn't stand a chance of succeeding.
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