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mondo joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-25-04 01:09 PM
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In Praise of... ROSANNE.
Edited on Thu Nov-25-04 01:10 PM by mondo joe
I was recently home sick from work for a couple of days and found myself on the couch, watching Roseanne in syndication.

I forgot how brilliant this show was - how absolutely solidly working class, how witty,how funny, how progressive it was.

No wonder Bush 1 didn't care for Rosanne.

I saw the great episode in which Rosanne's mother breaks a hip in a sex related mishap, and the brilliant episode about Jackie's wedding and a few others.

Any favorite moments or characters out there?
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JVS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-25-04 01:10 PM
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1. Oh barf!
I love the show, but that mom breaking her hip in a sex related misshap :puke:
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mondo joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-25-04 01:10 PM
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2. Oh no - it was hilarious.
It's not as if you see her having sex.
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JVS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-25-04 01:13 PM
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7. But I don't even like to think about that possibility
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CO Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-25-04 01:11 PM
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3. I Liked The One Where Dan Went to Jail....
...for beating up the boyfriend who abused Jackie. When he got out on bail, he said "Well, I guess we're white trash now", pulls out a harmonica, and he and Roseanne start a knee-slap dance.

:-)
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NYC Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-25-04 01:11 PM
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4. I love that show!
I don't watch it as often now, though. But if I see it on, I definately watch it. :)

What channel was it on? I know Nickelodeon shows it.
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mzmolly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-25-04 01:12 PM
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5. Still love that show. Reminds me of my family a bit. Though were
far more dysfunctional. ;)
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PROGRESSIVE1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-25-04 01:13 PM
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6. .
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skygazer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-25-04 01:13 PM
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8. I loved Rosanne
I lived it. I had the working class, overweight, smartass husband. I had an older daughter who was smart but wound up running off with a fundie from Kansas. :wtf: I had the second daughter who was always in trouble but very, very savvy. I had the youngest son who was just plain bizarre. I even had the strange sister who had no clue. And I spent my days alternately whacking them over the head with my rolling pin and worrying about them, all the while making wisecracks.

It was downright scary. :silly:
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teach1st Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-25-04 01:16 PM
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9. Loved the early episodes...
...when Rosanne would screw with the management at the factory she and Jackie worked at.

I don't think many situation comedies focused so much and so seriously on relationships among females.
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mondo joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-25-04 01:16 PM
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10. A fave episide of my own was the visit to the house where Jackie..
A fave episide of my own was the visit to the house where Jackie and Rosanne grew up, and their acknowledgement about their physically abusive dad.

I thought Rosanne had so much family dysfunction pegged dead on.
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GetTheRightVote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-25-04 01:19 PM
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11. Awesome show, make some new episodes, please, so funnybut real
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-25-04 01:20 PM
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12. It started badly but improved immensely, up to the
final season (1996-1997) when it went to hell.

I'd say by season mid-season 2 did it really gel together. Getting rid of Tom Arnold helped even more. Bringing in gay characters that weren't stereotypes (except in the final season, sheesh) also contributed immensely.

The Roseanne season finale (May 4, 1996) had competition from FOX's "Doctor Who" movie. While the Dr Who movie was most taped, "Roseanne" got, by far, the higher ratings. Duh, Roseanne was at its peak at the time.
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mondo joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-25-04 01:21 PM
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13. The last season was a NIGHTMARE. So unfunny. So unfun.
I wish it could have ended with the last episode of the previous season, with Rosanne winning the lottery.

Perfect. Perfect. Perfect.
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CanuckAmok Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-25-04 01:26 PM
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15. Hey, I worked on that Dr. Who movie!
The one with Eric Roberts and Paul...uh...McGann. Yeah, that's it.

I loved Roseanne. Particularly the realistic set design, and the way they would occasioanlly referenc their own fame and get all metafictional...

Like the time Dan said something about not even recognising Becky anymore, because she'd changed so much since last year...
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sandnsea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-25-04 01:22 PM
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14. The first one
Where she told one of the kids the scotch tape was in the bathroom. I laughed and laughed and laughed... cuz my house is just like that!
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JVS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-25-04 01:35 PM
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16. So which actress is the one true Becky?
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ET Awful Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-25-04 01:35 PM
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17. My first memory of Roseanne was an episode where the older
daughter walks in, tosses her wool coat in the corner and says "MOM, I'M STARVING, WHEN'S DINNER?" at the top of her lungs. Roseanne bends down, grabs the wool coat, hands it to her and says "Here, eat this, it's high in fiber."

I was sold :)
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