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  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 18, 1988
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
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Mixed or average reviews- based on 68 Ratings

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  • Summary: The Connor family is back and that includes all of the original cast: Roseanne (Roseanne Barr), Dan (John Goodman), Jackie (Laurie Metcalf), Darlene (Sara Gilbert), Becky (Lecy Goranson), D.J (Michael Fishman), David (Johnny Galecki), and Beverly (Estelle Parsons). Sarah Chalke, who tookThe Connor family is back and that includes all of the original cast: Roseanne (Roseanne Barr), Dan (John Goodman), Jackie (Laurie Metcalf), Darlene (Sara Gilbert), Becky (Lecy Goranson), D.J (Michael Fishman), David (Johnny Galecki), and Beverly (Estelle Parsons). Sarah Chalke, who took over the role of Becky after Gornanson left, will be a new character to be announced. Expand
  • Genre(s): Comedy

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 31
  2. Negative: 1 out of 31
  1. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Mar 22, 2018
    91
    Roseanne’s ability to pivot from silly to somber and back again without ever missing a beat made it unique in prime time. The revival looks to be just as authentic.
  2. Reviewed by: Bruce Miller
    Mar 26, 2018
    80
    Of the recent reboots, Roseanne fares better than most because it has allowed its characters to change. The political discussion jars a bit (was the series always this pointed?) but the family bonding holds no matter who’s in crisis mode. ... Executive Producer Bruce Helford (who was fired from the original at one point) has done his homework and found a way to make this stand on its own and pay tribute to the past.
  3. Reviewed by: Lorraine Ali
    Mar 27, 2018
    80
    They've done a great job reviving the show without forfeiting its original appeal, which is no easy feat.
  4. Reviewed by: Megan Garber
    Mar 23, 2018
    70
    Later, in the three episodes made available to critics ... The family will clash and jab and continue the brand of lovingly mutual mockery that made the original show so compelling. ... The first episode of the reboot--the premiere that announces the rearrival of the Conner family on the American stage--has the feel of a sitcomic form of Stockholm syndrome, its stories held captive to the battle that ended two years ago.
  5. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Mar 27, 2018
    70
    The new Roseanne, from the very first cackle, feels pretty close to the old Roseanne. ... There’s some off timing in later episodes, but the first episode gets into its old groove with eerie facility.
  6. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Mar 27, 2018
    60
    The end results are mixed. ... There are many efforts to update the story lines, some of them painful and others more interesting and successful. ... When I finished three episodes, I was ready to sit down with three more.
  7. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Mar 23, 2018
    38
    The new Roseanne looks like it wants to fight the 2016 election all over again. That could be a miscalculation because viewers--along with the rest of the electorate--are exhausted.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 4 out of 12
  1. Mar 29, 2018
    10
    I have not grown-up with the show but the show STILL managed to connect with me on a deeper level than any other current network sitcom!! ThatI have not grown-up with the show but the show STILL managed to connect with me on a deeper level than any other current network sitcom!! That is the power of ROSEANNE!!! It turned me into a fan, a person who only tuned in for the first time last night and managed to make the characters so unique and likable that I instantly fell in love with them!! I would love for some EMMY & Golden Globe nominations after seeing how outstanding the WRITING!! is on this show!! It's just unbelievably GREAT!!!!!!! and the blokbuster ratings is proof of that (finally America is embracing shows that rightfully should be embraced [This Is Us and now Roseanne: Return] Expand
  2. Mar 29, 2018
    10
    Great writing and cast, has the feel of the old show. Refreshingly different tone to everything else thats on. Really enjoying this so far!
  3. Mar 27, 2018
    10
    I think this show is taking an honest look at our divided country and giving us what we really need. A chance to realize that we are all oneI think this show is taking an honest look at our divided country and giving us what we really need. A chance to realize that we are all one big family and we need to get along and laugh at ourselves. It'll make the left and right uncomfortable which isn't a bad thing. Expand
  4. Apr 1, 2018
    6
    Roseanne put some liberals in a quandary, because they thought the series was funny but didn't want to watch a show helmed by a rabidRoseanne put some liberals in a quandary, because they thought the series was funny but didn't want to watch a show helmed by a rabid conspiracy theorist who believes lizard men rule the world.

    So I was relieved when I watched the first episode of the reboot and though, meh.

    As with the original series, Roseanne, who can't act and isn't all that funny, is supported by a talented cast to make up for her deficiencies. Unfortunately, only Goodman manages to capture what made the original series so good; everything he says is funny or though-provoking, but even other hugely talented people like Laurie Metcalf and Sara Gilbert don't seem to be able to recapture their characters. Perhaps they're just out of practice.

    The writing is weak. The back and forth between Jackie and Roseanne is shrill and uncomfortable but not actually funny.

    Roseanne is very old-school, which tends to put me off. The only really retro old-school series I watch is One Day at a Time, which is much funnier, and even though I don't care for it as much as modern sitcoms like Kimmie Schmidt and Corporate.

    It's not as bad as the final years of Roseanne, but it's not nearly good enough for me to bother with.
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  5. May 29, 2018
    4
    If you liked the show before, chances are you’ll like it now. I never much liked the acting and scripts before and my opinion hasn’t changed.If you liked the show before, chances are you’ll like it now. I never much liked the acting and scripts before and my opinion hasn’t changed. While this is a sitcom and the level of the writing is not meant to be consistently deep and meaningful, everything seems to be a set up for one of Roseanne’s quips or one liners. That gets old fast.

    While it is refreshing to have a sitcom with characters who say they’re conservative and support conservative values, in this case I fear it is more in the model of Archie Bunker conservatism - mostly for the show and for the other characters to mock and belittle. Carrol O’Conner was not a conservative though he played one on TV. While Roseanne may like Trump the man, I fear she may not be as conservative as she plays it on the show.

    This show was always too rough around the edges for me and nothing’s much changed. I might watch occasionally if nothing better is on another network, but as a regular? Nope.

    Had a feeling ABC would dump this as soon as they got an excuse. Audience share was dropping like a rock due to the lack of quality, and the network took their out as soon as they could. Now if NBC realizes their mistake with reviving Will and Grace, then maybe this revival trend will fade away!
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  6. Mar 30, 2018
    0
    Who's idea of funny is a replay of Trumps insanity? This is an American tragedy not a comedy. GROW THE F**K UP! This is no joke.
  7. Mar 29, 2018
    0
    There's a bigger chance to find a golden brick on the sidewalk than watching a 2017/2018 show that doesnt revolve completely 100% aroundThere's a bigger chance to find a golden brick on the sidewalk than watching a 2017/2018 show that doesnt revolve completely 100% around trump, hillary and gayness. Im really sick and tired of it, just sick and tired. Im done, enough is enough. Expand

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