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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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Won 3 Golden Globes. Another 44 wins & 110 nominations. See more awards »

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...  Roseanne Conner / ... 230 episodes, 1988-2018
...  Dan Conner / ... 230 episodes, 1988-2018
...  Jackie Harris / ... 230 episodes, 1988-2018
...  D.J. Conner / ... 229 episodes, 1988-2018
...  Darlene Conner / ... 230 episodes, 1988-2018
...  Becky Conner / ... 158 episodes, 1988-2018
...  David Healy / ... 94 episodes, 1992-2018
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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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Comedy | Drama

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18 October 1988 (USA)  »

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Joss Whedon was a writer on Roseanne. Allyson Hannigan also made an appearance on Roseanne, on the Like a New Job episode. The two of them would later team up on Buffy the Vampire Slayer; he as creator and executive producer; she as one of the stars, Willow. Joss would also use another Roseanne star, Glenn Quinn, for his Buffy spinoff Angel. Similarly Chuck Lorre was a writer on Roseanne, and he would team up with Johnny Galecki on their big hit The Big Bang Theory after Roseanne wrapped. See more »

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In the episode "Brain Dead Poet Society" Roseanne only serves a plate of food to Dan and Darlene, but DJ and Becky have plates of food in front of them at the end of the scene. 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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One of the Best
20 July 2008 | by See all my reviews

Roseanne should be considered one of the best sitcoms in television history as every classic show is a reflection of the times it represents. Roseanne has been off the air for about a decade now, and when I have a chance to watch it in syndication, I am always entertained. Even the last season, which was a disappointment, has its moments. It's also interesting to see how the characters evolved and changed over the years. I could be wrong about the following comment, but it seems somewhat obvious when Roseanne Barr was going through her divorce to Tom Arnold. Her performance on the show was more biting than usual during that particular season. Maybe it was the media, expectation, or something else. Either way, a new dimension to the show was added due to Barr's transformation (I believe it was Season 4 or 5).

What really makes Roseanne stand out and keeps it in good company with other classic sitcoms is its blending of comedy and drama, often displayed in one scene. Elementally speaking, it reminds me of All in the Family, Maude, and Good Times, shows that defined showcasing dramedy in the 70s. Also, the performances were terrific. John Goodman was outstanding and underused as Dan. I look forward to when he is on screen. Sara Gilbert delivered a consistently excellent turn as Darlene, and then there's Roseanne Barr. She made her mark and did it well. Estelle Parsons was fantastic as Beverly, and Laurie Metcalf had some scene–stealing moments as Jackie. These are talented performers giving us quality television to remember, along with the writers, director(s), producers, and everyone else involved in the project.

Anyone who finds Roseanne insulting, repugnant, and/or basically not worth watching may be missing the point of the show and the writing itself. Watch it again and really listen to the dialog. The characters are actually quite decent – they are simply not idealistic in a society that craves moral fortitude yet has difficulty maintaining a core foundation these days. Ozzie and Harriet they're not, but then again, a classic show is a reflection of the times it represents. Hence... Roseanne. The show would fair even better today with our present economy.

Thanks to ABC for giving us Roseanne. We are the richer for it!


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