Roseanne: Season 9 (1996 - 1997)

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Season 9
Roseanne

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The Conners gain riches while Roseanne goes to rags in an incalculably ill-judged final season that trades the blue collar heart of the series in exchange for a series of outlandish wish-fulfillment.

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Critic Ratings: 10

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User Ratings: 14

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Air date: Sep 17, 1996

In the first episode of the ninth and final season of Roseanne, the Conners are separated after the big fight the end of season eight. Roseanne just sits around watching TV at Jackie's house while, back at home, Dan spends his time fixing household items.

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Air date: Sep 24, 1996

Jackie reveals that the Conners have won the lottery, to the tune of one hundred million dollars. After they confirm their winning ticket, everyone in town suddenly rushes to befriend them. News reporter Kathleen Sullivan and TV icon Robin Leach guest star as themselves. Dan and Roseanne make a vow to continue being regular people no matter how much money they have.

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Air date: Oct 1, 1996

In the 200th episode of the series, Roseanne has daydreams about her new wealthy life after winning the lottery. Hugh Hefner and Jerry Springer appear as themselves.

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Air date: Oct 8, 1996

After winning the lottery, Dan acts strange around the house and with his friends. He doesn't watch Monday night football and starts fixing things around the house at odd hours of the night. When he finally reveals that his mother is in a psychiatric hospital, he and Roseanne make plans to take her to California to see a specialist.

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Air date: Oct 15, 1996

A prince (Jim Varney) comes to Lanford with hopes of romancing Jackie. He then invites the Conners on a trip to New York.

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Air date: Oct 22, 1996

Armed with lottery money, Roseanne and Jackie get the deluxe treatment at a beauty salon, including seaweed wraps, facials, waxes, and yoga. While undergoing a past-life regression, Roseanne believes she used to be Xena Warrior Princess.

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Air date: Oct 29, 1996

In this Halloween episode, Roseanne and Jackie go to a fancy Upper West Side party with Patsy (Joanna Lumley) and Edina (Jennifer Saunders, who co-wrote the episode with Roseanne) from Absolutely Fabulous. Strange things start to happen to the pregnant Darlene in a take on Rosemary's Baby. This episode was directed by Roseanne.

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Air date: Nov 12, 1996

Socialite Astrid Wentworth (Mo Gaffney) invites the Conners to visit her snobby family at Martha's Vineyard. Kiki Wentworth (Hillary Tuck) tries to come on to D.J., while Roseanne teaches Doris Wentworth (Dina Merrill) other ways to get her frustrations out rather than prescription medication.

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Air date: Nov 19, 1996

Roseanne battles a group of terrorists when her family is held up on a hijacked train. Guest star Steven Seagal appears as himself.

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Air date: Nov 26, 1996

In this Thanksgiving episode, Roseanne is glad that she won't have to cook, but she's upset that Dan won't be there. Leon (Martin Mull) and Scott (Fred Willard) visit with the news that they are thinking about adopting a child. This leads into a discussion with Bev (Estelle Parsons) where she announces her attraction to women. The episode ends at the homeless shelter.

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Critic Reviews for Roseanne Season 9

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (9)

Roseanne used to tackle issues like homosexuality or race relations with grace. But recently the show has succumbed to ludicrous ratings-pandering gimmicks.

Mar 4, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Season nine of Roseanne is like a homunculus of Roseanne Barr's fears and aspirations... It's a portrait of someone on TV who is deeply conflicted about the culture of being on TV, while also frantically trying to stay on TV.

Mar 4, 2019 | Full Review…

The worst part about the lottery story line? Roseanne became a show that mocked the family we fell in love with.

Mar 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Season nine was a truly terrible thing to unleash upon a viewing public, let alone one as loyal and committed to a show as its fans were to Roseanne.

Mar 4, 2019 | Full Review…
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Both tossing what made your show work out the window and then telling us after the fact that none of it mattered is damn near unforgivable.

Mar 4, 2019 | Full Review…

In part, Roseanne's own success ate away at the show's realistic roots. Like Cher and Madonna, Roseanne became famous for her celebrity.

Mar 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Working-class through and through, it artfully and sensitively mirrored a segment of society whose full range of emotions had previously been excluded from TV comedies. "Roseanne" never softened edges.

Mar 4, 2019 | Full Review…

After a season of seeing the Conners transformed from lovable strivers into insufferable boors, the finale ripped out the rug from under viewers and, in the show's final minutes, told us it had all been a dream.

Nov 3, 2017 | Full Review…

This was less a farewell than a Viking funeral, and it was worth trying to remember, even as you stared in slack-jawed astonishment at the burning boats, how much the series had deserved a good send-off.

Nov 2, 2017 | Full Review…

The ninth season of Roseanne was such a mess that everything that happened in it got completely ignored for its brief tenth season and revival in March.

Sep 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Roseanne: Season 9

  • May 15, 2020
    I remember watching this season when I was younger and thinking "what the hell happened"? It just didn't make sense that this family would win the lottery. The fact that the Connors were everyday blue collar people was the main reason the audience connected with the show. They definitely "jumped the shark" with this season.

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