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The sitcom Roseanne follows the trials and tribulations of the Connors, a blue collar family living in Lanford, Illinois. The show ran on ABC for nine years and was one of the most watched television shows in the nation. The title character is the mother played by comedian Roseanne Barr, struggling to raise her family on a limited means and approaching even the worst situations with a patented sarcastic humor. Her husband Dan Conner is played by John Goodman and her sister Jackie is played by Laurie Metcalf. The oldest Conner child Becky has been portrayed by both Lecy Goranson and Sarah Chalke. Sara Gilbert plays middle Darlene and Michael Fishman son D.J. with an infant son, Jerry, added in a later season and uncredited. Other notable regulars are Johnny Galecki as Darlene's husband David, Glenn Quinn as Becky's husband Mark, and Martin Mull as Roseanne's business partner and former enemy Leon.

Following Roseanne's life through several years the show follows she and Dan's career changes, their friendships, their fights, their disappointments and lucky breaks. The Conner children grow from children to adults, making decisions and becoming their own people in spite of what their parents want for them. The Conners are a real modern American family trying to cope with what exactly that means for their lives and livelihood.

The show has been lauded for being one of the first on television with a feminist perspective, having a strong female lead who does not rely on her appearance to get by and who can freely express herself. Unusually for the time both leads of the show are overweight but not subject to ridicule for it and both are parents working outside the home rather than the traditional view of the nuclear family unit. A wide array of controversial issues are covered on the show that had never been touched by television sitcoms before. It has garnered many awards and remains a favorite of fans, still replaying in off-network syndication.

ABC
10 Seasons, 227 Episodes
October 18, 1988
Comedy, Family
7.0/10
Cast: Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Michael Fishman
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Roseanne Full Episode Guide

  • David unexpectedly shows up for Harris' birthday after being absent for years, forcing Darlene to re-examine their relationship and the rest of the family. Meanwhile, Bev temporarily moves into the Conner home after an incident at the nursing home prevents her from returning.

  • A crucial moment for Becky's surrogacy arrangement forces her and Darlene to critically assess each other's lives. Meanwhile, an animal rescue organization rejects Jackie's application to adopt a puppy; and Roseanne makes a plan to change their mind.

  • Roseanne's clash with Darlene over how she's raising her kids - especially Harris - reaches a breaking point; while Dan tries to help Roseanne with her bad knee by getting her an elevator chair, which she refuses to use because she doesn't want to admit getting old.

  • Darlene's son, Mark, gets caught with a pocket knife after being bullied on the first day of his new school. Meanwhile, Becky invites Andrea over to meet the family and is nervous to bring her home.

  • With everybody welcoming home baby Harris, and Becky learning she is expecting one of her own, Roseanne sits back and narrates life the way it really was as to the way she saw it.

  • Roseanne and Dan are delighted that Darlene, David, and their new daughter, Harris Conner Healy, will be staying with them. D.J. has grudgingly given up his room for them and is moving to the basement.

  • Audrey has come back to lanford (last seen in "We Gather Together"), and well she's released and she's there to kill Dan!

  • Roseanne and Jackie are disturbed about the feeding frenzy in the media since the Conners won the lottery. But they're extremely excited about the bidding war for rights to the Conners' story for a TV movie.

  • Dan comes to the house to pick up Jerry while Roseanne is out. Later, Dan returns to tell Roseanne he loves her and wants to reconcile. Eventually, she agrees they belong together.

  • Roseanne has spent so much time with Edgar Wellman that Jackie accuses her of having a crush on him. At first Roseanne denies it, but eventually admits she finds him extremely attractive.

  • When Roseanne and Jackie are invited to a luncheon at the exclusive Lanford Country Club, they're a little nervous. But their curiosity gets the better of them and they decide to attend.

  • In a deep depression, Roseanne takes to her bed. She's stuffing herself with junk food and will only let Jackie in long enough to bring more food.

  • Dan's getting ready to fly back to California, while Roseanne is driving all around Lanford buying fast food, stuffing herself in misery and listening to radio talk shows.

  • Jackie confronts Dan about the phone conversation she overheard, and Dan admits that he's been having a relationship with his mother's nurse. They haven't slept together and Dan still loves Roseanne, but he doesn't know what to do.

  • Roseanne is missing Dan terribly, and it doesn't help that Jackie spends all her time giggling on the phone with the prince. Roseanne's worried that with all her redecorating, Dan won't recognize the place.

  • Roseanne is depressed that Dan won't be home for Thanksgiving. But she's elated that for the first time ever, she won't have to cook since she's having the meal catered. And though she's surrounded by her family, it doesn't quite feel like home.

  • When a bunch of woman-hating terrorists hijack a train, it's up to Roseanne to save the day.

  • Rosie and the clan are invited to stay at the Wentworths, which turns their lives topsy turvy!.

  • Roseanne, Jackie and Nancy attend a high society party in New York for the launch of a new perfume. They are surrounded by celebrities and society people who prove to be a bunch of name-dropping phonies.

  • Roseanne and Jackie visit a spa.

  • Prince Carlos of Moldavia sees Kathleen Sullivan's interview with the Conner family and decides that he has to meet Jackie. He arrives at the Lanford Lunchbox and introduces himself to Jackie, who thinks it's all a joke.

  • Dan's friends and family wonder what's up when he begins pondering the meaning of life. Everyone assumes he's in a pensive mood because he's won so much money in the lottery.

  • Newly wealthy Roseanne indulges in daydreams involving Hugh Hefner and an appearance on the Jerry Springer Show in which she imagines her dreams – and even some of her nightmares – coming true thanks to the lottery winnings. Some of her fantasies are played out in a glamourous photo shoot with Jackie

  • Jackie rushes over to let the Conners know that they've just won the lottery prize of $108 million. The family is stunned, but they soon begin fantasizing about how they'll spend the money.

  • After their big fight, Dan leaves dozens of messages for Roseanne on Jackie's answering machine, trying to reconcile. Jackie reminds Roseanne that they have "scientifically picked" numbers for that night's drawing.

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David and Darlene Reunite - Roseanne Clip (02:10) Bev Returns - Roseanne Clip (01:15) Darlene V. David Preview (00:46) Darlene & David Clip (00:01) Dan Tries To Tell Roseanne What To Do - Roseanne Clip (00:10) Eggs Over, Not Easy Preview (00:32) The Hillbilly Day Spa - Roseanne Clip (01:04) Jackie on Parenting - Roseanne Clip (00:31)