“Roseanne” fans everywhere rejoiced when ABC announced recently that the groundbreaking sitcom would return in 2018 for an eight-episode reunion with all of the original cast members intact. As we anxiously await the Conner family’s return, click through our photo gallery above that lists the best 25 “Roseanne” episodes of all time. Did your favorites make the list?
Airing on ABC from 1988 to 1997, “Roseanne” starred Roseanne Barr and John Goodman as Roseanne and Dan Conner, a blue collar family from fictional Lanford, Illinois, struggling to make ends meet while raising children Becky (Lecy Goranson, played in later seasons by Sarah Chalke), Darlene (Sara Gilbert) and DJ (Michael Fishman). Recent Tony winner Laurie Metcalf also starred as Roseanne’s sister Jackie. ABC has announced that the entire cast will return for the revival, including Chalke, who will appear in a different role.
A number of prominent writers and producers spent time on the writing staff of “Roseanne,” including Joss Whedon (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), Amy Sherman-Palladino (“Gilmore Girls”), Danny Jacobson (“Mad About You”), Chuck Lorre (“The Big Bang Theory”) and Norm MacDonald (“Saturday Night Live”). The series regularly addressed issues such as unemployment, child abuse, domestic violence, homosexuality, and birth control in a time when many shows would not dare to tackle such topics.
“Roseanne” finished in the Top 10 of the ratings in its first seven seasons, with its second season tying for number one with NBC’s Thursday night juggernaut, “The Cosby Show.” However, despite earning three consecutive Comedy Supporting Actress Emmys for Metcalf (1992, 1993, 1994) and a Comedy Actress victory for Barr (1993), the series never received a single nomination for Best Comedy Series. The upcoming revival could finally give Emmy voters a chance to right that egregious wrong.
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