“Roseanne” originally ran for nine seasons on ABC from 1988 to 1997. It starred Barr and Goodman as Roseanne and Dan Conner, a working class couple in the fictional town of Lanford, Illinois, where they raise their children Becky (Lecy Goranson, who alternated in the role with Sarah Chalke), Darlene (Gilbert) and D.J. (Michael Fishman). The series won four Emmys out of 25 nominations: one for Barr as Best Comedy Actress (1993) and three for Barr’s on-screen sister Laurie Metcalf as Best Comedy Supporting Actress (1992-1994). The series additionally won a Peabody Award in 1992 and a Golden Globe for Best TV Comedy Series in 1993.
But “Roseanne” was notoriously snubbed by the television academy for Best Comedy Series — it was never nominated, not even once. And Goodman lost all seven of his bids for Best Comedy Actor (1989-1995). Goodman eventually won an Emmy in 2007 for guest-starring on “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” a decade after “Roseanne” went off the air. Gilbert earned two Emmy bids for Best Comedy Supporting Actress (1993-1994), and she too became an Emmy winner later in her career: she won Best Entertainment Talk Show at the 2016 Daytime Emmys as an executive producer of “The Talk.”
“Roseanne” is the latest on a growing list of classic shows being revived. “Gilmore Girls” and “The X-Files” both returned to the airwaves in 2016. “24: Legacy” made its debut this past February. “Twin Peaks” comes back in May. And “Will and Grace” is currently in the works. “Roseanne” seems especially ripe for revival, though, since its ninth and final season was controversial: the Conner family won the lottery, and in the series finale it was revealed that the entire series was a fictional story written by Roseanne Conner to cope with her life.
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