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Roseanne: Season 1 (1988-1989)




Critic Consensus: Roseanne returns a welcome, distinct voice to the sitcom landscape with edgy, biting humor and a strong undercurrent of familial warmth.


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A loving but imperfect working-class family led by its `domestic goddess' mother was the basis of this classic, long-running sitcom. Issue-oriented storylines and its identifiable blue-collar characters made this the antithesis of the traditional warm-and-fuzzy family sitcom, and the success of its stand-up star inspired other comics (including Jerry Seinfeld and Tim Allen) to launch their own shows. Inexplicably snubbed for too many years by the Emmys, the series won a Peabody Award in 1993.


Roseanne Barr
as Roseanne
Natalie West
as Crystal
John Goodman
as Dan Conner
George Clooney
as Booker Brooks
Sara Gilbert
as Darlene
Michael Fishman
as D.J. Conner
Bruce Willis
as Himself
Todd Field
as Charlie
Tony Crane
as Johnny
John Walter Davis
as Coach Graham
Andrea Walter
as Chip's Mom
Lynne Thigpen
as Dr. Bryce
Robert Harper
as Chip's Dad
Zoaunne LeRoy
as Waitress
Ned Beatty
as Dan's Dad
Gary Bayer
as Attleroy
Nancy Fish
as Claire
Jeff Corey
as Salesman
John Randolph
as Roseanne's Dad
Judy Prescott
as Miss Crane
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Critic Reviews for Roseanne: Season 1

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (7)

Barr delivers every line with the same stone-faced monotone that may work well in stand-up comedy, but is numbing in situation comedy. There are good moments, though, which are derived from her stand-up persona.

April 25, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

May Roseanne run for 450 episodes so we can have a new role model.

March 29, 2018 | Full Review…

It's a tricky mix. But it's the perfect mix. So far, Roseanne is the best new show of the season.

January 17, 2018 | Rating: A | Full Review…

From top to bottom, the first season of Roseanne stands the test of time, and I think has better writing than some of today's comedy sitcoms.

November 2, 2017 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

As a mother, wise-cracking butt-insky Roseanne personifies "tough love."

November 2, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Appearing near the tail end of the '80s, Roseanne presented a monumental shift in the depiction of the American family.

November 2, 2017 | Full Review…

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