Roseanne__DVD__Review by marcusjames

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Roseanne (DVD) Review

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Nominated for 25 Emmys and 14 Golden Globes, including three for Best TV
Series - Comedy/Musical, Roseanne forever transformed the television
landscape when it premiered in the Fall of 1988. Following on the heels
of the upstart Fox network's 1987 sitcom Married With Children (which Fox
created with Roseanne and Sam Kinneson in mind), Roseanne took the
traditional TV portrayal of a functional and happy American family and
literally turned it on its head. The brainchild of Mat...


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Nominated for 25 Emmys and 14 Golden Globes, including three for Best TV
Series - Comedy/Musical, Roseanne forever transformed the television
landscape when it premiered in the Fall of 1988. Following on the heels
of the upstart Fox network's 1987 sitcom Married With Children (which Fox
created with Roseanne and Sam Kinneson in mind), Roseanne took the
traditional TV portrayal of a functional and happy American family and
literally turned it on its head. The brainchild of Matt Williams, creator
of Home Improvement (1991) and writer for such hit series as The Cosby
Show (1984) and A Different World (1987), Roseanne broke the mold of the
traditional sitcom family and replaced it with the quintessential ideal
of dysfunction. Attempting to portray a more realistic version of the
American nuclear family, Roseanne instantly struck a chord with
television audiences, and the series skyrocketed up the ratings -
remaining a regular in the Nielsen Top 10 for the first seven of its ten
seasons…

Roseanne follows the lives a lower middle-class family living in a small
Illinois town. The very definition of dysfunction, the Conner family is
headed by quasi-trailer trash couple Dan (John Goodman) and Roseanne
(Roseanne Barr). As Dan and Roseanne live out their less-than-ideal (yet
loving) marriage, they struggle to deal with a host of problems such as
lack of money, bad family relationships, and conflicts with friends and
neighbors. Along the way, they deal with the typical growing pains that
accompany the adolescent growth of their three children - Becky (Alicia
Goranson, later replaced by Sarah Chalke of Scrubs fame), Darlene (Sara
Gilbert), and D.J. (Michael Fishman). Roseanne's younger sister, Jackie
(Laurie Metcalf), is also a regular on the show, and she provides added
comic relief as she struggles to balance her myriad career choices with
her search for the right man… The early years of Roseanne are sitcom
entertainment at its best, and the writers and cast alike, issue superb
performances. However, the show probably lasted a season or two longer
than it should have, which is sad. It's like watching an old sports hero
play just a few seasons past his prime…
The Roseanne DVD features a number of hilarious episodes including the
series premiere "Life and Stuff" in which television viewers are first
introduced to the Conner clan. Roseanne must meet with Darlene's teacher
in order to discuss a problem of grave concern - Darlene's incessant
barking in the middle of class… Other notable episodes from Season 1
include "Dan's Birthday Bash" in which Dan's ideal night out is thwarted
by a thug who picks a fight with Dan while he's playing pool, and "The
Slice of Life" in which Roseanne must deal with her guilt in having
yelled at Darlene after Darlene is rushed into emergency surgery for
appendicitis…

Below is a list of episodes included on the Roseanne (Season 1) DVD:

Episode   1 (Life and Stuff) Air Date: 10-18-1988
Episode   2 (We're in the Money) Air Date: 10-25-1988
Episode   3 (D-I-V-O-R-C-E) Air Date: 11-01-1988
Episode   4 (Language Lessons) Air Date: 11-22-1988
Episode   5 (Radio Days) Air Date: 11-29-1988
Episode   6 (Lovers' Lanes) Air Date: 12-06-1988
Episode   7 (The Memory Game) Air Date: 12-13-1988
Episode   8 (Here's to Good Friends) Air Date: 12-20-1988
Episode   9 (Dan's Birthday Bash) Air Date: 01-03-1989
Episode   10 (Saturday) Air Date: 01-10-1989
Episode   11 (Canoga Time) Air Date: 01-17-1989
Episode   12 (The Monday Through Friday Show) Air Date: 01-24-1989
Episode   13 (Bridge Over Troubled Sonny) Air Date: 01-31-1989
Episode   14 (Father's Day) Air Date: 02-07-1989
Episode   15 (Nightmare on Oak Street) Air Date: 02-14-1989
Episode   16 (Mall Story) Air Date: 02-21-1989
Episode   17 (Becky's Choice) Air Date: 02-28-1989
Episode   18 (The Slice of Life) Air Date: 03-07-1989
Episode   19 (Workin' Overtime) Air Date: 03-14-1989
Episode   20 (Toto, We're Not in Kansas Anymore) Air Date: 03-28-1989
Episode   21 (Death and Stuff) Air Date: 04-11-1989
Episode   22 (Dear Mom and Dad) Air Date: 04-18-1989
Episode   23 (Let's Call It Quits) Air Date: 05-02-1989

								
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