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The story of a working class family struggling with life's essential problems: Marriage, Children, Money and Parents in Law.


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'Roseanne' is the story of a working-class family struggling with life's essential problems--marriage, children, money, and parents-in-law. A now-classic sitcom, the story circles around the Connor family, a family of five that includes the parents, Roseanne and Dan, and the children, Becky, Darlene, and D.J.. Roseanne is helped in her challenge to keep the family moving along by her single sister, Jackie, and various friends. Written by Bossy Bessie

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18 October 1988 (USA)  »

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Lee Garlington also played two different characters throughout Roseanne. As part of the couple coming to look at the washer and dryer while the dead salesman was at the Connor table and later as Karen, Darlene's new older friend who owned the bookstore. See more »


In the first season, the front door doesn't have a dead bolt on it. Then in a few episodes in the middle of the first season, the front door has a dead bolt. Then later on, the dead bolt is gone and then reappears officially in season 2. See more »

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Final Episode - Final Scene "Those who dream by night, in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that all was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, and make it possible." T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) See more »


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Just great
21 December 2003 | by See all my reviews

"Roseanne" is a milestone in TV sitcoms. It shows a lower class family realistically and the problems and issues they face. It dealt with (for the time) risky issues that you didn't see on TV often. I still remember quite a stir when two separate episodes dealt with one of the girls "becoming" a woman and the son of the family discovering how to "pleasure" himself. Also it had episodes dealing with abortion, gay characters, alcoholism, drug abuse, premarital sex, workplace and sexual harassment, how to deal with elderly parents... None of the characters were squeaky clean or perfect...they all had huge flaws and faults. But all of this was done with realism, great acting and a strong (if sometimes caustic) sense of humor. You saw the characters grow and change over the course of the 9 years it was on the air. It totally fell apart during the last season (egos were going out of control on the set) and ended horribly but the previous eight seasons were just fantastic. And the Halloween episodes were among the funniest ever done for a TV series. Just great all around. If you've never seen it, catch an episode or two--it's worth the effort.

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