Clever, controversial, and oh so funny are words that describe the "Roseanne" TV show as well as the main character, an overweight housewife struggling to make ends meet. More realistic than many of the TV shows of the time, Roseanne drew in viewers year after year for the ready laughs, the realism, and the edgy topics. You probably remember them all AND the characters' names. Then what are you waiting for? Relive the best of the nine-year hit show by taking the quiz right now.
Roseanne Barr, started as a stand-up comedian who took her real-life situations as a housewife and mother to new heights when fans responded to her "domestic goddess" routine. Touring the country, she garnered a loyal following, then shot to the top when she performed on the Tonight Show. Turning her stand-up comedy into a prime-time TV show was a brilliant move. Besides being one of the longest-running comedy shows, Roseanne stretched beyond acting to writing, directing and producing some of the episodes.
The show was good to Roseanne in more ways than just financial because she found love on set. She married the actor who played Dan's friend, Tom Arnold. Do you remember it all? The kiss episode? The pregnancy episode? Then it's time to click below and take the challenge. Start the quiz right now!
Roseanne Barr’s “domestic goddess” stand-up comedy routine was the basis for the show’s characters and story arcs.
The focus on a lower class family resonated with many American viewers, hence the show’s consistent high ratings since season 1.
The Conner clan, while struggling, are depicted as happy as they survive daily life.
The main adult characters of the show are all blue collar workers.
The story takes place in the fictional town of Lanford, Illinois.
Dan Conner may not be a perfect dad, but he loves his family very much.
The issue of body shaming is not central to this show, since Roseanne wanted to show authenticity and diversity of different kinds of people in her scenarios.
Jackie is Roseanne’s single sister who can’t get a break with dates sometimes.
The sisters worked in Wellman Plastics factory, until Roseanne led a walkout of sorts
Clooney was a foreman in the factory where Roseanne worked.
Dan didn’t have a steady contractor job in the beginning.
Ed was a traveling salesman, and a womanizer, too.
Becky was first played by Lecy Goranson, then later replaced by Sarah Chalke.
Darlene was played by Sara Gilbert.
DJ was played by Michael Fishman.
Mark was played by Glenn Quinn.
David was played by Johnny Galecki.
Like Becky and Darlene, Mark is older than David.
Often, TV shows only mention girls undergoing puberty, but not discussed as extensively as it was handled in this Roseanne storyline.
While her sister Roseanne undergoes various menial service jobs, Jackie surprisingly passed her training and became a police officer.
When the Conners set up their basement as a writing studio of sorts, audiences started to hear Roseanne’s thoughts.
Darlene uses this talent to get into college later on.
Their friend bailed out on them later, though. This business eventually closed shop.
Arnie was played by Tom Arnold.
Arnie and Nancy’s engagement later fizzles out.
Nancy’s lesbian storylines figured prominently on the latter seasons of the show.
This kiss was monumental in TV history.
The issue of abortion came up with this storyline.
The new kid was played by twins Cole and Morgan Roberts.
The restaurant business was good while it lasted
The rock band’s sound fit well with the themes of the show.
The big reveal towards the season finale shows that some of the incidents and characters were rewritten by Roseanne as she deemed fit.
In a vacation episode, Dan had a heart attack which wasn’t fatal. It proved out to be, after all, according to Roseanne.
The show ran from 1988 to 1997.
Each Roseanne season could trace many big-named celebrities appearing in special roles or as themselves.