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Roseanne burst onto the screen in 1988, when top-rated sitcom The Cosby Show exuded a smug Father Knows Best glossiness. In contrast, the blue-collar Conner family bickered with the offhand nastiness of real families, which didn't mean they loved each other any less. Front and center was Roseanne Barr (now known by the single name Roseanne), a former stand-up comedian who wasn't afraid to rock the boat (her fights with producers were legendary). When even the fat guys on sitcoms have svelte, hottie wives, it's hard to believe that this woman--overweight, abrasive, with a voice like a wood chipper--became top of the television heap. Roseanne spoke up for a kind of lower-class feminism; she didn't concern herself much with politics, but within the family she just as much in charge as her husband Dan (the ever-dependable John Goodman, Barton Fink, The Big Lebowski)--though in the final episode of the first season, she took a stand at her factory job that was half Norma Rae, half Cool Hand Luke. But most often the show turned the ordinary rituals of domestic life (putting the kids to bed, coping with visiting parents) into sharp comic scenarios. The stories were smartly hidden in a series of scenes that felt organic and unforced.

- The second season was well-received by America, though it sparked controversy in certain areas, added to the uniqueness of the show. This DVD set features 24 episodes.

DVD Features

  • Set includes complete original, uncut episodes from season two
  • John Goodman: A candid interview
  • Best of Season Two
  • Wacky Jackie
  • Rosesanne United--Season One Launch Party
  • John Goodman Audition
  • Number of discs: 4

Cast

Roseanne BarrRoseanne Conner
John GoodmanDan Conner
Laurie MetcalfJackie Harris
Michael FishmanD.J. Conner
Sara GilbertDarlene Conner
Alicia GoransonBecky Conner
Natalie WestCrystal Anderson
Stephen DorffJimmy Meltrigger
Anne FaulknerSylvia Foster
Charlayne WoodardVonda Green
Kevin DunnBurt Drucker
Tom ArnoldArnie Thomas
Alan BlumenfeldZack
Melora WaltersDebbie
Ned BeattyEd Conner
Estelle ParsonsBeverly Harris
John RandolphAl Harris
Ann WedgeworthAudrey Conner
Jeff GarlinFred
Tom VirtueJostled Drinker
Glenn ShadixJay
Dee Dee RescherKaren Hudson
Jay O. SandersZiggy
Brian KerwinGary Hall
Stephen RootPeter Lundy

  • Genre: TV
  • Theme(s): Family
  • Director: Michael Dempsey
  • Producer: Anchor Bay
  • Aspect ratio: 1:33:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaSep 12, 1989
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG-13
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaDec 6, 2005
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