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Roseanne
Roseanne Sitcom Title Card.png
Roseanne title screen
Genre Sitcom
Created by Roseanne Barr[1]
Matt Williams
Starring Roseanne Barr
John Goodman
Laurie Metcalf
Sara Gilbert
Michael Fishman
Lecy Goranson
Johnny Galecki
Sarah Chalke
Natalie West
Estelle Parsons
Glenn Quinn
Martin Mull
Theme music composer W. G. Snuffy Walden
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 9
No. of episodes 222 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Roseanne Barr
Marcy Carsey
Tom Werner
Running time approx. 22 minutes (per episode)
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Picture format NTSC (480i)
Audio format Stereo
Original run October 18, 1988 – May 21, 1997
Status syndicated on Oxygen and TV Land

Roseanne is an American sitcom broadcast on ABC from 1988 to 1997 starring Roseanne Barr. The series reached #1 in the Nielsen ratings becoming the most watched television show in the United States from 1989 to 1990, and remained in the top four for six of its nine seasons, and in the top twenty for eight.

In 1993, Roseanne Barr and Laurie Metcalf both won Emmy Awards for their performances in the series, Barr for Outstanding Lead Actress and Metcalf for Outstanding Supporting Actress. Metcalf also won in 1992 and 1994. In 1992, Roseanne Barr and John Goodman both won Golden Globe Awards, Barr for Best Actress and Goodman for Best Actor. The series won the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy.

The series won a rare Peabody Award in 1992 and a People's Choice Award for Favorite New Television Comedy Program in 1989. Barr won five additional People's Choice Awards for Favorite Female Performer in a New TV Program (1989), Favorite Female All Around Entertainer (1990), and Favorite Female TV Performer (1990, 1994, and 1995).

Contents

Premise

The show centered on the Conners, an American working class family struggling to get by on a limited household income in the fictional town of Lanford, Illinois. Many critics considered the show notable as one of the first sitcoms to portray a blue-collar American family with two parents working outside the home.[2][3] For many years, Roseanne tackled taboo subjects or joked about issues that most other popular shows at the time avoided, such as poverty, alcoholism, drug abuse, sex, menstruation, birth control, teenage pregnancy, masturbation, obesity, abortion, race, social class, domestic violence, and homosexuality. The show was also significant for its portrayal of feminist ideals including a female-dominated household, a female lead whose likability did not rely on her appearance, relationships between female characters that were cooperative rather than competitive, and females openly expressing themselves without negative consequences.

Roseanne was hugely successful from its beginning, ranking at #1 in the Nielsen ratings for its second season, becoming the most watched television program in the United States from 1989 to 1990, and spending its first six seasons among the Nielsen ratings' top five highest-rated shows; the finale attracted 16 million viewers. With the success of Roseanne, television networks began offering sitcom deals to stand-up comedians, a practice that continued for years afterward.

Establishing shots were photographed in Evansville, Indiana, the hometown of creator Matt Williams.

Barr's real-life brother and sister are gay, which is what inspired her to push for introducing gay characters and issues into the show, and was part of the reason for her fallout with former executive producer Matt Williams as the latter protested in making the character Jackie a lesbian. "My show seeks to portray various slices of real life, and homosexuals are a reality." [4]

Characters

Season synopses

Story arcs occasionally spanned several episodes or an entire season.

Season 1

Roseanne is a line-worker at Wellman Plastics, along with her sister Jackie and friend Crystal. Jackie has a brief relationship with Booker (George Clooney), the foreman at Wellman. Dan finds sporadic work as a construction contractor and faces a strained relationship with his irresponsible father Ed (Ned Beatty). Roseanne's parents, Bev (Estelle Parsons) and Al (John Randolph), consider moving to Lanford, but eventually decide against it. Tomboy Darlene struggles with her femininity as she enters puberty and gets her first period. Becky faces dating problems with her first boyfriend Chip, who is introduced in the "Lover's Lane" episode. Season one also finds the Conners experiencing, and surviving, a tornado. In the "Death and Stuff" episode a door to door salesman dies in the Conners' kitchen, and in the season finale, Roseanne stands up to a new foreman (Fred Thompson), when she leads Jackie, Crystal, and other co-workers as they quit Wellman Plastics. DJ is played by Sal Barone in the pilot episode and by Michael Fishman for the remainder of the series. There is a running gag in this season where they use the word "corn" in every episode.[5]

Season 2

Now that they've quit Wellman Plastics, Roseanne and Jackie must find new jobs. Jackie decides to become a police officer. Roseanne cycles through a variety of menial jobs including telemarketer, secretary for Dan's boss, bartender, cashier at a fast food restaurant, and, finally, sweeping floors at a beauty parlor. At home, Dan's poker buddy Arnie makes a startling debut when he plants a passionate kiss on Roseanne. The Conners celebrate an outrageous Halloween that becomes an annual feature of the series. Later, at Thanksgiving dinner, Dan takes wary notice of a growing romance between his father and Crystal. Jackie gets serious with new boyfriend Gary (Brian Kerwin). Becky repeatedly rebels against Roseanne and Dan's parental authority. Old biker buddy Ziggy (Jay O. Sanders) appears to remind Roseanne and Dan of their own rebellious past. Darlene first proves her talent for writing when she wins recognition for her poetry. Roseanne's own writing talents are given a boost when her family fixes up a basement room to serve as a writer's den.

Other notable guest stars during the season include Stephen Dorff (as Becky's boyfriend Jimmy), Jenny Lewis (as Diane), Stephen Root (as Roseanne's lawyer Peter), and Bert Parks (as a judge).

Season 3

The season opens with the Conner women confronting the issue of pregnancy: Roseanne takes a pregnancy test that turns up negative. Roseanne takes on a job as waitress in the restaurant at Rodbell's Department Store where she meets Leon and Bonnie. Officer Jackie gets injured on the job, which results in her breaking up with her boyfriend Gary. Becky begins dating Mark Healy (Glenn Quinn); when her parents forbid her to see him, she temporarily moves in with Jackie. Dan is floored to learn that his father Ed and Crystal plan to marry, and that Crystal is pregnant with Ed's baby. Roseanne locks horns with snooty new neighbor Kathy (Meagen Fay). Nana Mary (Shelley Winters) makes her first appearance at a family barbecue. In the season finale, Ziggy reappears proposing to open a motorcycle repair shop with Dan and Roseanne. Once they get it going, Ziggy decides to leave; he doesn't want to feel responsible if the business fails (though he leaves enough money for Dan to open it by himself).

Other notable guest stars during the season include Leonardo DiCaprio as Darlene's classmate, Brad Garrett as Doug, Judy Gold as Amy, Alyson Hannigan as Becky's friend Jan, and Tobey Maguire as Jeff.

Season 4

The season starts with Becky surprising Roseanne by asking for birth control. Dan and Roseanne get started with their new motorcycle repair shop business, Lanford Custom Cycles, while Roseanne continues to work at Rodbell's Department Store. Darlene meets Kevin Healy (Later the character name changed to David) (Johnny Galecki). Jackie, after a brief stint working at a perfume counter, decides to become a truck driver. Nancy (Sandra Bernhard) is introduced as Arnie's fiancee; after a night of heavy drinking, Jackie discovers that she slept with the newly-engaged Arnie. Darlene undergoes a personality shift into a sullen goth teen. Booker makes a surprise appearance at a Halloween party. Roseanne's neighbor Kathy moves away. Roseanne gets breast reduction surgery. Roseanne and Dan accompany Arnie and Nancy to their wedding in Las Vegas. At the end of the season, Lanford Custom Cycles fails, Rodbell's Luncheonette closes, and Nancy is left alone after Arnie is "abducted by aliens".

Notable guest stars during the season include Bob Hope as himself, Jena Malone as little girl on Santa's lap, Wayne Newton as himself, David Crosby as Duke, Bonnie Bramlett as Roseanne's co-worker Bonnie, Neil Patrick Harris as Dr. Doogie Howser, Rick Dees as Ken, Raven Symone as Melissa

Season 5

After the bike shop closes, Mark decides to move to Minnesota. Becky decides to go with him, and they elope. Jackie and Roseanne each get a check for $10,000 from Bev after she and their father divorce. They, along with Nancy, decide to open a diner, but can only get the money they need after Bev agrees to become a partner as well. Nancy comes out as a lesbian. The Tildens, a single father and his two daughters around Becky and Darlene's ages, move in next door. Jackie dates Fisher, a much-younger man. When Roseanne discovers he is physically abusive, Dan confronts him, beats him up, and is arrested. Roseanne and Jackie's father dies and Roseanne confronts his longtime secret mistress. Roseanne's rich, estranged cousin Ronnie (Joan Collins) visits and persuades Darlene to get her GED and apply to art school. David applies as well. Darlene asks her parents if David can move in, because his mother is moving away and they want to stay together. Roseanne and Dan initially refuse, but when Roseanne sees David's mother being verbally abusive, she decides to let him stay. Roger offers Dan a deal to renovate and sell a house, then runs off before the deal is complete; Jackie decides to buy the house, saving Dan from financial ruin. David gets a rejection letter from art school, while Darlene gets an acceptance. At the end of the season, Roseanne is scared Darlene will run away to school, although Darlene has already decided not to go. Realizing she was wrong, Roseanne persuades Darlene to not give up on her goals just to stay with David.

During this season, there is a running gag in which each of the Conners (except for Becky) appear in a different scene in the same long-sleeve, egg printed shirt with a large chick on the front.

Notable guest stars during the season include Wings Hauser as Ty Tilden, Danielle Harris as Molly Tilden, Mara Hobel as Charlotte Tilden, Loretta Lynn as herself, Morgan Fairchild as Nancy's girlfriend Marla, Bill Maher as Bob, Ed Begley, Jr. as Principal Alexander, Blake Clark as Vic, Red Buttons as Bev's lover Jake, Sally Kirkland as Mark and David's mother Barbara, Tim Curry as Nancy's lover Roger, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as DJ's friend George, Joan Collins as Roseanne and Jackie's cousin Ronnie, Matt Roth as Jackie's boyfriend Fisher, Steve Jones as a threatening diner patron, and in a very brief cameo, Chris Farley as a customer trying on a too-small leather jacket.

Season 6

Under pressure from Roseanne to leave the Lanford Lunch Box, Bev sells her share in the restaurant to Leon. David proposes marriage to Darlene, but she refuses. Dan and Roseanne discover an old stash of marijuana and smoke it in their bathroom. Roseanne's past as an abuse victim arises when she reacts violently to DJ after he steals and wrecks her car. Becky and Mark return home and move into the Conners'. Mark goes to trade school but drops out. Jackie gets pregnant as a result of a one-night stand and later develops a relationship with the baby's father, Fred. Roseanne and Dan discover that David has secretly moved in with Darlene at school. Roseanne visits a gay bar with Nancy, where she receives a surprise kiss from Nancy's girlfriend. Jackie gives birth to a son, Andrew. Dan confronts his mother's history of mental illness. The season concludes with Fred and Jackie's wedding.

Notable guest stars during the season include Michael O'Keefe as the father of Jackie's baby, Mariel Hemingway as Nancy's girlfriend Sharon, Vicki Lawrence as Dan's old flame Phyllis, Florence Henderson as neighbor Flo, Genie Francis and Anthony Geary as General Hospital's Luke and Laura Spencer, Ahmet Zappa as Mark's roommate Roy), and Fabio as himself.

Season 7

Season seven began with Roseanne's unexpected pregnancy and went on to tackle such issues as abortion, alcoholism, drug abuse, sexual dysfunction and racial prejudice. Darlene and David break up after briefly maintaining an open relationship. They both date other people, but eventually, they reunite. Due to tension in the household, Mark and Becky move into a trailer. DJ plays a bigger role this season, most notably in an episode where he refuses to kiss a black girl in his school play.

Notable guest stars during the season include Sharon Stone as a trailer-park resident, Ellen DeGeneres as Jackie and Fred's psychologist, Dr. Whitman, Danny Masterson as Darlene's boyfriend Jimmy, and Traci Lords as Lanford Lunch Box busperson Stacy.

Season 8

Season eight addressed Roseanne's baby shower and the subsequent arrival of her son, Jerry Garcia Conner (in a continuity error, the baby had been revealed to be a girl in season seven), DJ's Thanksgiving pageant, Darlene's wedding, and Dan's heart attack.

As ratings had begun to drop at the end of the seventh season, the show's producers wanted to end the series after the eighth season. However, the show was renewed for one final season. One of the final episodes of the eighth season (in which Dan had the heart attack) was originally intended to be the series finale, but after the show was picked up for one last season, writers introduced a plot revolving around Dan not following the hospital's orders after the heart attack. This led to Roseanne and Dan having their worst fight in the show's history, with a second part to the heart attack episode being the first episode of the ninth season.

Notable guest stars during the season include Fred Willard as Leon's husband Scott, Ed McMahon as himself, John Popper (with Blues Traveler), as an old friend of Dan's, Pat Harrington Jr. as himself, Jenna Elfman as hitchhiker Garland, Shecky Greene as Bar Mitzvah guest Uncle Saul, Norm Crosby as Reverend Crosley—Leon and Scott's wedding celebrant, June Lockhart as TV mom Ruth Martin, the cast of Stomp as Lanford Lunch Box patrons, Eric Dane as a Disney World bellhop, and Tony Curtis as ballroom-dance instructor Hal.

Season 9

The ninth and final season features many changes. In previous seasons, the original tune of the theme song was played on saxophone, accompanied by drums and other instruments. For this final season, the theme was remixed and performed by Blues Traveler with a distorted harmonica—a staple sound of Blues Traveler—playing in place of the saxophone. Lyrics were also added and sung into the theme by John Popper. The Conners win the state lottery jackpot of $108 million, Dan ponders the meaning of life, Jackie meets her prince, D.J. finds love, and Darlene gives birth. Most surreal of all is the season's final episode, in which Roseanne reveals that the events in most of the series were all the pages of her writings. The reality is that Dan's heart attack killed him, the Conner family didn't win the lottery, Becky married David instead of Mark, Darlene married Mark instead of David, and Jackie was gay rather than Roseanne's mother. [6]

The show is a story written by Roseanne Conner about her life as working class matriarch. To cope with life, Roseanne twists major elements of her life for the story, which the audience doesn't find out until the final moments of the series.

Notable guest stars during the season include Ed Asner as Lou Grant, Jim Varney as Jackie's boyfriend Prince Carlos, Tammy Faye Bakker as Roseanne's make-up consultant, Dina Merrill (as Doris), Joanna Lumley (as Patsy Stone), Jennifer Saunders (as Edina Monsoon), Arianna Huffington (as Estree), Marlo Thomas (as Tina), James Brolin (as Roseanne's business partner/love interest Edgar Wellman, Jr.), and Debbie Reynolds as Dan's mother Audrey; and Rainer Hahn, Hugh Hefner, Bob Hope, Robin Leach, Todd Oldham, Tony Robbins, Steven Seagal, and Jerry Springer as themselves.

Spin-off

During the show's final season, Roseanne was in negotiations between Carsey-Werner Productions and ABC executives on continuing to play Roseanne Conner in a new spin-off.[7] However, ABC had withdrawn from negotiations with Carsey-Werner and Roseanne and after failed discussions with CBS and Fox. Carsey-Werner and Roseanne agreed to not go on with the negotiations.[8]

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". She added, "No preview, absolutely not".[9]

Ratings

Roseanne consistently ranked in the Nielsen top 20 shows listing for eight of its nine seasons. The series reached #1 in its second season becoming the most watched television show in the United States.[10][11][12][13]

The following table lists the ranking for each season.

Season Ep # Years Ratings Rank Viewers
Season 1 23 1988–1989 #2[14] 21,515,200
Season 2 24 1989–1990 #1 (tie)[14] 21,275,100
(12/5/89 airing drew 36.2 million viewers)
Season 3 25 1990–1991 #3[14] 16,851,100
Season 4 25 1991–1992 #2[14] 18,327,900
Season 5 25 1992–1993 #2[14] 19,271,700
Season 6 25 1993–1994 #4[14] 17,992,200
(3/1/94 airing drew 37.9 million viewers)
Season 7 26 1994–1995 #10 [14] 14,787,000
Season 8 25 1995–1996 #16 (tie)[14] 11,987,400
Season 9 24 1996–1997 #35[15] 9,951,582
(series finale drew 16.9 million viewers)

Syndication

Roseanne was put into off-network syndication beginning in September 1992.

TBS has aired reruns of Roseanne from 1996 through 2004. Cable channel Nick at Nite aired reruns of the show from the fall of 2003 to present; it has since moved to TV Land's TV Land Prime schedule. Oxygen has aired reruns since 2005. The show returned to Nick@Nite's lineup on October 5, 2009 replacing Family Matters and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in its late night timeslot. As of January 2010, Nick at Nite has taken off "Roseanne" again. In Australia the show is seen on the channel 111 Hits.

Programming History

Dates Broadcast time (ET)
October 1988 – February 1989 Tuesday 8:30 – 9:00 p.m.
February 1989 – September 1994 Tuesday 9:00 – 9:30 p.m.
September 1994 – March 1995 Wednesday 9:00 – 9:30 p.m.
March 1995 – May 1995 Wednesday 8:00 – 8:30 p.m.
May 1995 – September 1995 Wednesday 9:30 – 10:00 p.m.
September 1995 – May 1997 Tuesday 8:00 – 8:30 p.m.

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Awards and nominations

Peabody Award

  • 1992 Excellence in Television Broadcasting (won)

Emmy Awards

  • 1989 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (John Goodman)
  • 1990 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (John Goodman)
  • 1991 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (John Goodman)
  • 1992 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (John Goodman)
  • 1992 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (Roseanne Barr)
  • 1992 Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (Laurie Metcalf, won)
  • 1993 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (John Goodman)
  • 1993 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (Roseanne Barr, won)
  • 1993 Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (Sara Gilbert)
  • 1993 Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (Laurie Metcalf, won)
  • 1994 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (John Goodman)
  • 1994 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (Roseanne Barr)
  • 1994 Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (Sara Gilbert)
  • 1994 Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (Laurie Metcalf, won)
  • 1995 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (John Goodman)
  • 1995 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (Roseanne Barr)
  • 1995 Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (Laurie Metcalf)

The show also received several nominations in Editing, Art Direction, Music, Lighting Direction, Writing and Hairstyling.

Golden Globe Awards

  • 1989 Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy
  • 1989 Best Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy (John Goodman)
  • 1989 Best Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy (Roseanne Barr)
  • 1990 Best Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy (John Goodman)
  • 1991 Best Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy (John Goodman)
  • 1991 Best Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy (Roseanne Barr)
  • 1992 Best Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy (Roseanne Barr)
  • 1993 Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy (won)
  • 1993 Best Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy (John Goodman, won)
  • 1993 Best Actress Television Series – Musical or Comedy (Roseanne Barr, won)
  • 1993 Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television (Laurie Metcalf)
  • 1994 Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy
  • 1994 Best Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy (Roseanne Barr)
  • 1995 Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television (Laurie Metcalf)

Screen Actors Guild Awards

  • 1994 Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series (John Goodman)
  • 1994 Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series (Roseanne Barr)

People's Choice Award

  • 1989 Favorite New Television Comedy Program (won)
  • 1989 Favorite Female Performer in a New TV Program (Roseanne Barr, won)
  • 1990 Favorite All-Around Female Entertainer (Roseanne Barr, won)
  • 1990 Favorite Female TV Performer (Roseanne Barr, won)
  • 1994 Favorite Female TV Performer (Roseanne Barr, won)
  • 1995 Favorite Female TV Performer (Roseanne Barr, won)

TV Land Award

  • 2008 Innovator Award (won)

American Comedy Awards

  • 1989 Funniest Male Leading Performer in a Television Series (John Goodman, won)
  • 1989 Funniest Female Leading Performer in a Television Series (Roseanne Barr, won)
  • 1990 Funniest Male Leading Performer in a Television Series (John Goodman, won)
  • 1993 Funniest Female Leading Performer in a Television Series (Roseanne Barr, won)
  • 1996 Funniest Female Leading Performer in a Television Series (Roseanne Barr)

Kid's Choice Awards

  • 1992 Favorite Television Actress (Roseanne Barr, won)
  • 1995 Favorite Television Actress (Roseanne Barr)
  • 1996 Favorite Television Actress (Roseanne Barr)
  • 1997 Favorite Television Actress (Roseanne Barr)

DVD releases

The entire Roseanne series is available on DVD in the Region 1 (North America) NTSC format from Anchor Bay Entertainment (briefly named Starz Home Entertainment resulting in some DVD packaging bearing this name). The first season was issued with shorter, syndicated versions of the episodes because Anchor Bay was unable to obtain permission to release the original broadcasts. In the company's eighth and ninth season DVDs, some scenes have been altered to avoid disputes over music rights, including substituting some closing credit scenes with a black screen.

Anchor Bay has been releasing the Region 2 (Europe) PAL format DVDs of the show at a slower pace. So far, Anchor Bay has released Region 2 DVDs only for the show's first four seasons (with the first season also containing the shorter syndicated versions). Anchor Bay announced that seasons 5 through 9 will be released toward the end of 2009. Seasons 5 and 6 will be released as a double pack, and seasons 7 & 8 will be released in the same way. Season 9 will be released as a single season and is available for pre-order on play.com[17].

In June 2006, Magna Pacific began to release the show on DVD in Region 4 (Australia, Central America, and South America) PAL format. Similar to the Anchor Bay releases, Magna Pacific has only released the show's first five seasons. Release dates for the subsequent seasons have not been announced. Unlike the Anchor Bay releases, Magna Pacific's first season DVDs include the full-length original broadcast episodes.

In October 2007 Ufa/DVD began releasing the show on DVD in Region 2 Germany, finishing up with the final season and a Complete Box Set[18] in July 2009. Unlike the Anchor Bay sets, these were fully unedited.

Season Ep# Release Dates Special features
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
The Complete 1st Season 23 August 30, 2005 September 19, 2005 June 7, 2006 Roseanne-on-Roseanne candid interview, Bloopers, Season One highlights, Interview: John Goodman Takes a Look Back, Wisdom from the Domestic Goddess.
The Complete 2nd Season 24 December 6, 2005 February 6, 2006 October 4, 2006 John Goodman: A candid interview, Best of Season Two, Wacky Jackie, Roseanne Untied: Season 1 Launch Party, John Goodman's audition.
The Complete 3rd Season 25 March 21, 2006 May 15, 2006 February 7, 2007 Laurie Metcalf Interview: The Sister that Never Leaves, Lecy Goranson Interview: I As a Teenage Becky, Best of Season Three.
The Complete 4th Season 25 June 27, 2006 March 17, 2007 June 6, 2007 Interview with Lecy Goranson and Michael Fishman, Roseanne Interview: "Life Imitating Art, Imitating Roseanne", Audio commentary with Roseanne on select episodes.
The Complete 5th Season 25 September 12, 2006 September 9, 2009 November 7, 2007 Video commentaries with Roseanne, Roseanne Answers 8 Fan Questions, An exclusive interview with Roseanne.
The Complete 6th Season 25 December 5, 2006 September 9, 2009 March 18, 2008 No Special Features
The Complete 7th Season 26 April 3, 2007 October 12, 2009 July 9, 2008 N/A
The Complete 8th Season 25 August 7, 2007 October 12, 2009 January 13, 2010 Video commentaries with Roseanne, Roseanne: Working-Class Actress Interview
The Complete 9th Season 24 October 16, 2007 November 16, 2009 January 13, 2010 Two new exclusive interviews: 'Legacy of Class' and 'Breaking the Sitcom Mold'. Video commentary with Roseanne & Michael Fishman

References

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Roseanne
Format Sitcom
Created by Matt Williams
Starring Roseanne Barr
John Goodman
Laurie Metcalf
Sara Gilbert
Lecy Goranson (1988-1992, 1995-1996)
Michael Fishman
Sarah Chalke (1993-1995, 1996-1997)
Natalie West (1988-1992)
Country of origin
No. of episodes 222
Production
Running time approx. 22 minutes (per episode)
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Original run October 18, 1988May 20, 1997

Roseanne was an American television series which was shown on ABC from 1988 to 1997. It starred comedian Roseanne Barr. The series was about a working-class family living in fictional city of Lanford, Illinois. For many years, Roseanne was more truthful than other series of the time in how it showed family life. They dealt with tough subjects, for example poverty, alcoholism, narcotics, sex, first menstrual periods, masturbation, obesity, feminism, domestic violence, nudity and homosexuality. Another important thing in the series was Roseanne's control in raising her children. Her husband Dan (John Goodman) felt as though he had no say in their house. Roseanne was important for women because it was one of the first series to put an overweight, powerful, yet smart woman as the main character.

The series was very well liked from its start. It spent its first six seasons in the top five of the Nielsen ratings. During the seventh season the series dropped some in ratings, but still stayed in the top 10 of the Nielsen ratings. However, during its ninth, and final season, the show's ratings dropped much and had fallen out of the top thirty.


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