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Roseanne (1988–2018)

TV Series   |  TV-PG   |    |  Comedy, Drama


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A revival of the popular 1990s sitcom 'Roseanne,' which centered on the everyday life of an American working-class family.

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Roseanne Barr, Matt Williams

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20 July 2008 | vorazqux
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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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When Roseanne was swiftly canceled just hours after its star posted a racist tweet, many were shocked by just how quick ABC was willing to let go of its biggest hit. But ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey has revealed that the network had 'multiple instances' with Roseanne Barr before it finally gave her the boot. Dungey said it wasn't a hard decision to cancel "Roseanne", the county's highest-rated comedy. She said the network had 'multiple instances' with Roseanne Barr before the network finally canceled her show. Channing Dungey said "it's not a secret that [Roseanne] has had a tendency in the past to be sort of outspoken and go off-book... We've had multiple conversations about wanting to keep the focus on the show and not to let some of the other stuff eclipse the show... But it was also such an egregious tweet that it felt like no matter what, there would have been some action that we would have taken... It was actually [a decision] made very swiftly,' Dungey said. 'We knew what we wanted to do, and we did it." Dungey said the network wanted to act fast - which they knew would 'speak volumes' - rather than put Barr on leave and launch any sort of investigation. "For us... it was for us a sense of enough is enough and something had to be done," she said. "It was nice that it was so clear to everyone that there wasn't a lot of debate and discussion about it." Barr's revival of the hit show that made her a household name was taken off the air after she posted a racist tweet about Valerie Jarrett. She received widespread criticism after she tweeted that Obama's former senior adviser looked like the 'Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby'. Dungey said the network was well-aware of Roseanne's checkered past, both with shocking tweets and other inappropriate provocateur moments like the Hitler photo shoot, but that the comedian came to them asking for a second chance. "We obviously knew that she had a slightly volatile history in the previous incarnation of Roseanne," Dungey said. "She had come to us very clear that she wanted to make the show a priority, really wanting a second chance at this, and we took that at face value..." But despite Barr's early promises, Dungey said the network had to speak with her numerous times during their working relationship. "So, in some ways, this was a last straw," she said.


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In "Deliverance", you can see crew members in the mirror behind the counter at the diner.


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During the course of the series, Roseanne Arnold divorced Tom Arnold and changed her name to simply Roseanne. In the season-opener after the divorce, every cast and crew member in the opening and closing credits was listed onscreen by first name only.

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