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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Air date: Oct 18, 1988
Air date: Oct 25, 1988
Air date: Nov 1, 1988
Air date: Nov 22, 1988
Air date: Nov 29, 1988
Air date: Dec 6, 1988
Air date: Dec 13, 1988
Air date: Dec 20, 1988
Air date: Jan 3, 1989
Air date: Jan 10, 1989
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Critic Reviews for Roseanne Season 1

All Critics (17) | 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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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…

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…

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