Roseanne: Season 1 (1988 - 1989)

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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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Critic Ratings: 18

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User Ratings: 22

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Air date: Oct 18, 1988

In the first-ever episode of the series, the "Domestic Goddess" Roseanne is introduced as a housewife, mother of three, and a full-time worker at a plastics factory. She has to deal with complaints when daughter Darlene gets in trouble for barking at school while finding time to badger husband Dan for not fixing the plumbing. This is the only episode with Sal Barone in the role of D.J. He was replaced by Michael Fishman.

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Air date: Oct 25, 1988

Dan and Roseanne agree to a test of wills in order to avoid spending Dan's 500-dollar cash advance on themselves.

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Air date: Nov 1, 1988

Jackie stays home with the Conner kids while Roseanne and Dan go out to dinner. At the restaurant, they run into a friend who has just went through a divorce, leading them to discuss what it would be like if they ever split up.

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Air date: Nov 22, 1988

Dan takes a body-language test that reveals how he feels about Jackie, with Roseanne caught in the middle between her husband and her sister. Meanwhile, Darlene and D.J. get into a fight.

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Air date: Nov 29, 1988

Darlene and Becky continue to fight over the room they share. Dan enters a county & western songwriting contest at a radio station, while Jackie feels some tension with manager at the plastics factory, Booker (George Clooney). "Radio Days" features John Goodman singing a full-length song.

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Air date: Dec 6, 1988

Everyone goes out for bowling night. Roseanne imposes herself on Becky's new boyfriend, Chip (Jared Rushton), while Jackie and Booker (George Clooney) make a special bet: if he wins, she has to spend the night with him.

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Air date: Dec 13, 1988

Dan and Roseanne get an invitation to their 15th high school class reunion. While looking over some old photographs to bring for the yearbook, Roseanne finds out that Dan had a fling with another girl a long time ago. It was only a one-night stand, but it was with Roseanne's high-school nemesis. The girl turns out to be Phyllis Zimmer, who is played by Vicki Lawrence in an episode during season six.

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Air date: Dec 20, 1988

Crystal (Natalie West) is heartbroken after breaking up with her boyfriend. To cheer her up, Roseanne and Jackie take her down to the Lobo Lounge to drink pink squirrels. Jackie gets upset when she sees Booker there with another woman.

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Air date: Jan 3, 1989

Dan celebrates his birthday down at the Lobo Lounge. Unfortunately, he gets into a fight with bully Jack (Eric Allan Kramer) at the pool table. Roseanne gets upset and leaves because he promised not to get into a fight again. Meanwhile, Becky swoons over her boyfriend, Chip (Jared Rushton).

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Air date: Jan 10, 1989

On a Saturday afternoon, Roseanne makes a bet with Dan that he can't finish repairing his truck. If he wins, she has to do all the snow shoveling; if she wins, he has to clean the oven. Dan has his friends over to help him with a tune up while Rosanne and the girls discuss Jackie's love life. Guest star Bill Pentland (Roseanne's real-life first husband) appears as neighbor Fred Meeker.

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Critic Reviews for Roseanne Season 1

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (11)

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.

Apr 25, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
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May Roseanne run for 450 episodes so we can have a new role model.

Mar 29, 2018 | Full Review…
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Watch for the nostalgia for all things mall-related, but stay for Roseanne's working-class mama sacrifice.

Mar 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Roseanne Barr, the eponymous heroine, is probably funnier than anybody's Aunt Milly or Cousin Joe. But the fact that Barr's show seems cut so authentically out of middle-class experience gives it a solid familiarity from first encounter.

Mar 4, 2019 | Full Review…

This Matt Williams-created series appears to be merely an extended version of Barr`s stand-up act, fleshed out by characters who are too obviously set up.

Mar 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Roseanne is shockingly timeless... Part of that's because credible emotional choices and a lack of sentimentality know no era.

Mar 4, 2019 | Full Review…

All In The Family or Good Times served the seventies with realism and diversity, [but] none of them were able to do so as craftily or for as long as Roseanne.

May 7, 2019 | Full Review…

Roseanne tries to capture the warmth and humor of family life - the show doesn't aim a rapid-fire barrage of one-liners at the audience.

Mar 6, 2019 | Full Review…

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

Jan 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.

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

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

Nov 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.

Nov 2, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Roseanne: Season 1

  • Aug 25, 2019
    Was a very great show to watch
  • Mar 31, 2018
    The cast is nice with exception of Roseanne . Her voice gave me a headache . She is annoying .

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