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 Conner / ... (221 episodes, 1988-1997)
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 Dan Conner / ... (221 episodes, 1988-1997)
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 Jackie Harris / ... (221 episodes, 1988-1997)
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 D.J. Conner / ... (220 episodes, 1988-1997)
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 Darlene Conner / ... (221 episodes, 1988-1997)
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 Becky Conner / ... (149 episodes, 1988-1997)
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 David Healy / ... (93 episodes, 1992-1997)
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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. (David Jacob). 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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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 do a couple others including Ahmet Zappa. See more »

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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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Often, a deleted scene from an episode would be shown during the credits. Otherwise, in earlier episodes, the normal closing theme would be heard. See more »

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Referenced in The Nutty Professor (1996) See more »

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by Dan Foliart & Howard Pearl
Arranged and Performed by Blues Traveler
Lyrics by John Popper
Music by W.G. Snuffy Walden
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Original and hilarious
15 April 2000 | by (california) – See all my reviews

A highly original take on the tired genre of the American family sitcom. At the time, the gold standard was "The Cosby Show" and "Family Ties", both upper-middle class and completely unrealistic. "Roseanne" was the first high-quality sitcom since the Honeymooners to focus on working-class families. This show took the idea of the 80s family show and stood it on its ear.

It took risks and chances that other shows were afraid to take, discussing subjects like homosexuality, child abuse, alcoholism, and teenage sexuality not just as one-show ideas, but as recurring themes. And though it wasn't successful all of the time, most of the time it was hilarious. I'd rather see a show take tremendous risks and fail than take the safe course and receive middling success.

The last couple of seasons were less than stellar, and the very last season was terrible and marked the first time that Roseanne hadn't been in the top 10 (or top 20) in the ratings consistently since it started. But overall, it had the guts to change its situation every once in a while (Roseanne had, I think, ten separate jobs in nine years) to shake things up and add new elements.


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