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(1988–1997)

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Roseanne consistently ranked in the Nielsen top 20 shows listing for eight of its nine seasons. It reached its pinnacle in its second season becoming the most watched television show in the United States.
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Roseanne's brother and sister are both gay, which is why she pushed for introducing gay characters into the show. This led to a major fallout with producer Matt Williams, who disliked making Nancy's character a lesbian. Roseanne responded: "My show portrays various slices of life, and homosexuals are a reality."
Sara Gilbert's contribution to the show was considered so important to Roseanne that the show's producers juggled storylines and taping schedules to allow her to study at Yale University while remaining part of the cast, shooting remote segments of Darlene at a soundstage in New York.
Roseanne had a crush on John Goodman, and so did the kids apparently.
Alicia Goranson's request to wear her hair shorter as Becky was originally turned down by the producers. Goranson took her case to Roseanne, who solved the issue by taking up a pair of scissors and hacking Goranson's hair short then and there.
At the very end of Sarah Chalke's first episode after replacing Alicia Goranson in the role of Becky the family is seen watching an episode of Bewitched (1964) and discussing how the producers of the show must've been stupid to think that no one would notice that they replaced the Original Darren (Dick York) with another actor (Dick Sargent). All of the Roseanne characters but one mention that they liked the original Darren better. The one that preferred the replacement Darren was Becky - played by replacement Sarah Chalke.
"Corn" (the vegetable) is shown or mentioned in almost every episode (usually canned corn).
In one episode, Jackie says what she loves about Chicago is the theatre. In real-life, Laurie Metcalf is one of Chicago's most famous stage actresses.
Early during the first season, Roseanne frequently butted heads with the show's creator Matt Williams. Williams worked as the executive producer for the show's first thirteen episodes, but quit when Roseanne vehemently refused to say to her on-screen husband, "Well, you're my equal in bed, but that's it." Roseanne felt it was a line her character would never say.
Not once during the series does David refer to Roseanne by her first name.
Sometimes, posters for the comic book "The Sandman" can be seen in Darlene's bedroom. These were suggested by then-writer Joss Whedon.
During the last four seasons of the show, recurring guest stars Johnny Galecki (David) and Glenn Quinn (Mark) actually appear in more episodes than their on-screen girlfriends/wives Sara Gilbert (Darlene) and Sarah Chalke/Lecy Goranson (Becky)
Allegedly, in the early years there was a naked picture of George Clooney, only covering his privates with "Groucho"-style goggles, on the set fridge. This photo was supposedly taken by John Goodman or Roseanne when the three went out drinking one night. Then it mysteriously disappeared from the set one day.
Sal Barone was originally cast as D.J. and appeared in the pilot. However, there was some friction on the set between Barone and 'Sara Gilbert (I)' so his mother took him off the show.
Despite being one of the three top rated shows on US TV for five out of the series' nine seasons, the show was never nominated for an Emmy for Best Comedy Series.
In the fall of 2008 Barr said, on what the Conners would be up to now, "I've always said now that if they were on TV, DJ would have been killed in Iraq and [the Conners] would have lost their house." When asked for more details on where the rest of the Conners - Jackie, Becky, Darlene, David, and Mark - would be, Barr said "Your question is intellectual property that may be developed later, so I don't want to get into that."
The series finale was watched by 16 million viewers.
During season 8 there were two episodes ("We're Going to Disney World" and "Disney World War II") in which the Connor family visited and loved the Walt Disney World Resort. An episode or set of episodes shot at Disney World or Disneyland was a frequent requirement of family shows on ABC after the network merged with the Walt Disney Company in July 1995 (other ABC shows that did this included Boy Meets World (1993), Step by Step (1991), Full House (1987) and Family Matters (1989)). The next _Roseanne_ episode aired after the cast returned from Disney World was "Springtime for David," in which David goes to work in a sinister and secretive amusement park; this episode is widely understood to be a parody of the Disney parks.
The lyrics for the show's theme song, during the ninth season were, "If what doesn't kill us is making us stronger, were gonna last longer than the greatest wall in China, or that rabbit with the drum. If there's one thing that I learned, while waiting for my turn, it's that in each life some rain falls, but you also get some sun. And we'll make out better than okay, hear what I say? Yeah, any day."
Shelley Winters plays Estelle Parsons' mother in the show, but she is only seven years older in real life.
The character 'Dan Conner' was ranked #13 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" (20 June 2004 issue).
In Alicia Goranson's first episode after her absence, Rosanne and Dan are in D.Js old room which they are fixing up for the new baby, when Becky shows up at the door with a drop cloth to paint the room and Rosanne says "Where the hell have you been?" a little later, Darlene and D.J are in the laundry room when Becky walks in Darlene says "Where the hell have you been?", referring to her replacement by Sarah Chalke.Prompting Becky to say "why is everyone asking that"?
During Lecy Goranson's short return to the role of Becky, Sarah Chalke made a cameo appearance in a Halloween episode. She appeared at the front door with children, trick-or-treating.
Sarah Chalke took over the role of Becky for the final time in the 8th season she showed up in the episode "We're Going to Disney World!" When she enters the first scene Roseanne says "Aren't you glad that you're here this week?"
All three of Roseanne's husbands (Bill Pentland, Tom Arnold, and Ben Thomas) made at least one guest appearance on the show.
For the final season Roseanne earned $650,000 an episode.
All the exterior shots going to and coming from commercial breaks are shots of various city streets and buildings in Evansville, IN. This is where Matt Williams, the executive producer, was born and raised as well as attended college at the University of Evansville. He graduated from F.J. Reitz high school in Evansville.
Not only did two actresses play Becky (Alicia Goranson and Sarah Chalke) but there were also two D.Js (Sal Barone and Michael Fishman), two actresses playing Dan's mother Audrey Conner (Ann Wedgeworth and Debbie Reynolds), three actors playing Crystal's son Lonnie (Josh C. Williams, 'Luke Edwards' and Kristopher Kent Hill) and two actors playing DJ's best friend Todd ('Troy Davidson' and Adam Hendershott)
The show's original title was "Life and Stuff".
The address of the Conner family is 714 Delaware St. The actual house used for the exterior is located at 619 S. Runnymeade St. in Evansville, Indiana.
Roseanne based the Connor family on her own. This is why she knew people would take to them. She also wanted to give Roseanne a voice to the average American working mother.
With the success of Roseanne, television networks began offering sitcom deals to stand-up comedians, a practice that continued for years afterward.
John Goodman knew he had the part of Dan Connor after just one reading in the auditions.
Becky's pets are called Pebbles and Bam-Bam. This is prescient since John Goodman later played Fred Flintstone in The Flintstones (1994).
Becky was born 15 March 1975.
The character name, Arnie Thomas, is a play on Tom Arnold's name.
A few actors had more than one role in the series. Actor Dann Florek played Becky's Principal (Principal Hiller) in S3 EP9 and Darlene's doctor (Dr. Rudmen) in S9 E18-19. Actor Michael Des Barres played one of Darlene's doctors (Dr. Phillips) in S9 E19 and Leon's boyfriend (Steven/Jerry) in season three. Also actor Rob Fuller has a few parts; as does a couple of other people.
D.J. stands for David Jacob.
Although Alicia Goranson returned in the eight season to play Becky, Sarah Chalke, her replacement, still played Becky in some episodes that season. When Goranson left the show again at the end of the season, Chalke took on the role of Becky full time again.
George Clooney appeared in the first season, as Roseanne's boss at the factory where she worked.
Roseanne Barr is the only character of the series to appear in every episode. Although, she did only appear as herself in the tag of one episode. Laurie Metcalf and Michael Fishman were absent for about half a dozen episodes across the show, and John Goodman was absent for a dozen episodes during season 9.
Jim Varney's character's full name was Prince Carlos Phillip Jonathon Kent Arthur William Hobson Peppy Charmaine.
D.J. was born in 1981.
This theme song was instrumental for all but the last season of the show, when it featured lyrics sung by John Popper of Blues Traveler.
Ned Beatty is not quite 15 years older than his on-screen son John Goodman.
Roseanne wanted the show's title changed after she hated the original one.
Roseanne coined the term "Domestic Goddess" to describe her character.
Beverly's middle name is Lorraine.
Roseanne considered doing a spinoff show, but the deal fell through with ABC, and the idea was abandoned.
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Although Jackie's relationship with Fisher ends violently (Fisher is physically abusive to Jackie, and when Dan and Roseanne find out, Dan beats up Fisher and is arrested) the actors who play Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) and Fisher (Matt Roth) married in 1993 after Roth's run on the show was over, and were still married as of December 2010.

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