While the “Roseanne” revival may ultimately be remembered for being cancelled by ABC over Roseanne Barr‘s racist tweets, there are still over 200 episodes from the original series that fans cherish fondly. Gold Derby writer Tony Ruiz recently crunched the numbers and compiled the definitive list of the 25 best original “Roseanne” episodes of all time. Can you guess what’s #1? Click through our photo gallery above to see if your favorite “Roseanne” episode makes the cut.
The series’ pilot, “Life and Stuff,” is among our top episodes ever. Debuting October 18, 1988, the pilot focuses on Roseanne and Dan Connor (John Goodman), a working class family who struggle to balance work and family life. Roseanne’s sister Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) and the Connors’ three kids are also introduced in this initial half-hour.
The hilarious yet controversial Season 6 pot-themed episode, “A Stash from the Past,” factors high in our rankings. This 1993 laugh riot finds Roseanne, Dan and Jackie getting high in the bathroom while trying to relive their youth. The three get stoned in Roseanne’s bathroom — with Jackie freaking out in the bathtub — before returning to their adult responsibilities.
“Wait Till Your Father Gets Home,” which aired in Season 5, is another top episode. After Roseanne and Jackie’s father dies, Jackie falls apart while Roseanne meets with her father’s longtime mistress. Both actresses won Emmy Awards for their performances in this episode which was written by Amy Sherman-Palladino (“The Marveous Mrs. Maisel”).
“Roseanne” originally aired for nine seasons on ABC, winning four total Emmys for lead actress Roseanne Barr (1993) and supporting player Laurie Metcalf (1992-94). ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey cancelled the show on Tuesday, May 29 after Roseanne’s “abhorrent, repugnant” tweets.
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