History Series / Roseanne

30th Nov '17 3:39:07 PM Maddoxsort
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Famously-- or perhaps infamously-- the final season of the show's original run dramatically changed things by seeing the Conners escape their slave-wage working class existence when they won the lottery. Unfortunately, shaking up the status quo was basically like letting out all the air in the balloon, because viewers preferred things the way they were because the family's struggle to make ends meet was part of the formula that made the show a success. Ratings tanked and brought about ''Roseanne's'' cancellation and a hasty attempt to wrap up the series. This controversy resulted in an even more bizarre [[GainaxEnding conclusion]] when writers tried to HandWave the entire last season, only to throw in a bunch of surprise turns of events no one had really asked for, as it was almost like someone took a sledgehammer to a lot of plots that had been central to the series throughout its run.

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Famously-- or perhaps infamously-- the final season of the show's original run dramatically changed things by seeing the Conners escape their slave-wage working class existence when they won the lottery. Unfortunately, shaking up the status quo was basically like letting let out all the air in the balloon, because so to speak; viewers preferred things the way they were because the family's struggle to make ends meet was part of the formula that made the show a success. Ratings tanked and brought about ''Roseanne's'' cancellation and a hasty attempt to wrap up the series. This controversy resulted in an even more bizarre [[GainaxEnding conclusion]] when writers tried to HandWave the entire last season, only to throw in a bunch of surprise turns of events no one had really asked for, as it was almost like someone took a sledgehammer to a lot of plots that had been central to the series throughout its run.
30th Nov '17 3:36:45 PM Maddoxsort
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In 2017 it was announced that most of the cast was reuniting for a revival, consisting of a single(?) eight-episode season.

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In 2017 it was announced that most of the cast was reuniting for a revival, consisting of a single(?) eight-episode season.
season that later increased to nine.
30th Nov '17 3:35:33 PM Maddoxsort
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Famously-- or perhaps infamously-- the final season of the show's original run dramatically changed things by seeing the Conners escape their slave-wage working class existence when they won the lottery. Unfortunately, shaking up the status quo was basically like letting out all the air in the balloon, because viewers preferred things the way they were because the family's struggle to make ends meet was part of the formula that made the show a success. Ratings tanked and brought about ''Roseanne's'' cancellation and a hasty attempt to wrap up the series. This controversy resulted in an even more bizarre [[GainaxEnding conclusion]] when Roseanne Barr tried to HandWave the entire last season, only to throw in a bunch of surprise turns of events no one had really asked for and basically took a sledgehammer to a lot of plots that had been central to the series throughout its run.

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Famously-- or perhaps infamously-- the final season of the show's original run dramatically changed things by seeing the Conners escape their slave-wage working class existence when they won the lottery. Unfortunately, shaking up the status quo was basically like letting out all the air in the balloon, because viewers preferred things the way they were because the family's struggle to make ends meet was part of the formula that made the show a success. Ratings tanked and brought about ''Roseanne's'' cancellation and a hasty attempt to wrap up the series. This controversy resulted in an even more bizarre [[GainaxEnding conclusion]] when Roseanne Barr writers tried to HandWave the entire last season, only to throw in a bunch of surprise turns of events no one had really asked for and basically for, as it was almost like someone took a sledgehammer to a lot of plots that had been central to the series throughout its run.
30th Nov '17 3:33:03 PM Maddoxsort
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Famously-- or perhaps infamously-- the final season of the show's original run dramatically changed things by seeing the Conners escape their slave-wage working class existence when they won the lottery. Unfortunately, shaking up the status quo was basically like letting out all the air in the balloon, because viewers preferred things the way they were because the family's struggle to make ends meet was part of the formula that made the show a success. Ratings tanked and brought about ''Roseanne's'' cancellation and a hasty attempt to wrap up the series. This controversy resulted in an even more bizarre [[GainaxEnding conclusion]] when Roseanne Barr tried to HandWave the entire last season, only to throw in a bunch of surprise turns of events no one had really asked for and basically took a sledgehammer to a lot of plots that had been central to the series throughout its run.
21st Nov '17 9:55:15 PM MackWylde
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* NiceGuy: Ed, David, and Dan.
21st Nov '17 9:52:41 PM MackWylde
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* GreyAndGreyMorality: Can still sometimes lean towards WhiteAndGreyMorality considering that the family is still a family.

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* GreyAndGreyMorality: GreyAndGreyMorality / WhiteAndGreyMorality: Can still sometimes lean towards WhiteAndGreyMorality considering that the family is still a family.family and there are plenty of good and well-meaning people in the world.
20th Nov '17 5:19:41 PM danlansdowne
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'''Roseanne''': ''(to Darlene)'' Don't be so childish!

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'''Roseanne''': ''(to Darlene)'' Don't be Oh that's so childish!mature!



* TakeThat: When Disney purchased ABC all their shows were forced to do a Disney World episode, Roseanne obviously didn't enjoy having to make a two-episode Disney World commercial, so in the very next episode they turned around and created an elaborate slam against Disney for being forced to do so (including mocking their treatment of employees), and made it's mascot a rabbit as a way to cover their butts if they get called out on it.

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* TakeThat: When Disney purchased ABC all their shows were forced to do a Disney World episode, Roseanne obviously didn't enjoy having to make a two-episode Disney World commercial, so in the very next episode they turned around and created an elaborate slam against Disney for being forced to do so (including mocking their treatment of employees), and made it's its mascot a rabbit as a way to cover their butts if they get called out on it.



-->'''Roseanne:''' People like us, the poor people, and the people like us regular people are paying more taxes than the rich people because they got all these lawyers who find loopholes, I want loopholes. I mean, we're paying you guys our money anyway, and then you mishandle it worse than any of us ever could. And the government is like 3 trillion dollars in debt, I think I heard that on "Donahue." Can you imagine 3 trillion dollars in debt? That's like you make what $15,000 a year and then charge up your Master cards $50,000, and then you pay $5,000 monthly income. You know, people like us, we should get smart and audit THEM!

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-->'''Roseanne:''' People like us, the poor people, and the people like us regular people are paying more taxes than the rich people because they got all these lawyers who find loopholes, I want loopholes. I mean, we're paying you guys our money anyway, and then you mishandle it worse than any of us ever could. And the government is like 3 trillion dollars in debt, I think I heard that on "Donahue." Can you imagine 3 trillion dollars in debt? That's like you make what $15,000 a year and then charge up your Master cards Charge [[spoiler:the former name of MasterCard]] $50,000, and then you pay $5,000 monthly income. interest. It's insane! The whole thing is insane! You know, people like us, we should get smart and audit THEM!THEM!
** Roseanne shreds a state representative who makes the mistake of knocking on her door to drum up support.



** Commented on when Roseanne starts working at the salon; everyone (Roseanne included) says "It's the hair."



** In "Lose a Job, Winnabego" they invite themselves along on the neighbours' trip to California (another invention of Roseanne's; they were originally going to Branson, Missouri).



** "I lost [[spoiler:Dan last year after his heart attack]]."

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** "I lost [[spoiler:Dan last year after his heart attack]]."



* WildTeenParty : The girls intend to throw one in "Vegas, Interruptus." Subverted when Jackie shows up to chaperone, and Dan makes the rules "No alcohol, no sex below the neck," and imposes a curfew. The soundtrack is the Traveling Wilburys (!), but a fight does break out.

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* WildTeenParty : The girls intend to throw one in "Vegas, Interruptus." Subverted when Jackie shows up to chaperone, and Dan makes the rules "No alcohol, no sex below the neck," neck...no rap music" and imposes a curfew. The soundtrack is the Traveling Wilburys (!), but a fight does break out.
20th Nov '17 5:02:44 PM danlansdowne
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* LethalChef : Notably when Becky tried to cook dinner, a concoction of spaghetti with Thousand Island Dressing.
--> Becky: DJ liked it.
--> Darlene: DJ eats hair!

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* LethalChef : Notably when Becky Darlene tried to cook dinner, a concoction of spaghetti with Thousand Island Dressing.
--> Becky: DJ liked it.
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Darlene: Hey, DJ loved it!
--> Becky:
DJ eats hair!



** On screen, at least. A few neighbours do get mentioned in first-season episodes, especially the garage sale and tornado episodes.
** Considering Roseanne's attitude towards the human race in general, it's not hard to believe that the other neighbours just broke off contact.



* ANaziByAnyOtherName: Edelweiss Gardens (although it certainly fits other creepy brainwashing cult tropes). German, employs a vast a majority of blonds fitting the Aryan phenotype, one of the employees even makes a one-handed salute that, apart from a closed fist, is disturbingly reminiscent of the Nazi salute? Yeah. Roseanne even says, "Today, it's "Hi, I'm Hans the Hare", tomorrow it's ''"I was only following orders"''."

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* ANaziByAnyOtherName: Edelweiss Gardens (although it certainly fits other creepy brainwashing cult tropes). German, employs a vast a majority of blonds fitting the Aryan phenotype, one of the employees even makes a one-handed salute that, apart from a closed fist, is disturbingly reminiscent of the Nazi salute? Yeah. Roseanne even says, "Today, 'Today, it's "Hi, I'm Hans the Hare", tomorrow it's ''"I was only following orders"''."'



* NiceJobBreakingItHero: In "Everyone Comes To Jackie's", Dan tells Fred in the heat of the moment (due to being mad over the current situation with David and Darline) that if he were Fred, he'd sue Jackie for custody over their baby. Guess what the plot of the next episode, "Don't Make Room For Daddy", is about.

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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: In "Everyone Comes To Jackie's", Dan tells Fred in the heat of the moment (due to being mad over the current situation with David and Darline) Darlene) that if he were Fred, he'd sue Jackie for custody over their baby. Guess what the plot of the next episode, "Don't Make Room For Daddy", is about.



** A later episode mentioned that after DJ got a friend, the squirrel population in the neighbourhood doubled.



** Bev seems to favor Roseanne over Jackie, but one episode deals with this in depth. When she saw the way the two acted as children, she saw much more potential in Jackie, and believed she would be a highly successful professional instead of floating from one mediocre job to another. However, she always saw Roseanne as being a wife and mother, and is happy for her for achieving that. She had high hopes for Jackie and sees her as a disappointment, but is proud of Roseanne for exceeding her (lower) expectations. When this is revealed, both Roseanne and Jackie feel like they got a raw deal out of it.

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** Bev seems to favor Roseanne over Jackie, but one episode deals with this in depth. When she saw the way the two acted as children, she saw much more potential in Jackie, and believed she would be a highly successful professional instead of floating from one mediocre job to another. However, she always saw Roseanne as being a wife and mother, and is happy for her for achieving that. She had high hopes for Jackie and sees her as a disappointment, but is proud of Roseanne for exceeding her (lower) expectations. When this is revealed, both Roseanne and Jackie feel like they got a raw deal out of it.it (especially Roseanne).



* PoorlyDisguisedPilot: In one episode, Roseanne is in New York and meets the women of ''Series/AbsolutelyFabulous''. It didn't really seem to be a pilot, until you realize that Roseanne was attempting to produce an American version of the show. It then seems like she brought over the ''Ab Fab'' ladies to see if their British style of comedy would fly in America.

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* PoorlyDisguisedPilot: In one episode, Roseanne is in New York and meets the women of ''Series/AbsolutelyFabulous''. It didn't really seem to be a pilot, until you realize that Roseanne was attempting to produce an American version of the show. It then seems like she brought over the ''Ab Fab'' ladies to see if their British style of comedy would fly in America. (It didn't.)



* PregnancyScare: Part of a story arc between Dan and Roseanne, it wraps up with Roseanne not pregnant but the two deciding they ''do'' want to try for a fourth child.

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* PregnancyScare: Part of a story arc between Dan and Roseanne, it wraps up with Roseanne not pregnant but the two deciding they ''do'' want to try for a fourth child.child (although they don't start trying for a few more seasons).



* OverthetopChristmasDecorations: After receiving notice from the neighborhood association about not putting up tacky Christmas decorations on their property ("white twinkle lights only"), the Conners decide to have a "white trash" Christmas and Roseanne and Dan compete who finds the tackiest Christmas stuff.

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* OverthetopChristmasDecorations: After receiving notice from the neighborhood association about not putting up tacky Christmas decorations on their property ("white twinkle lights only"), ("a string of white lights" only), the Conners decide to have a "white trash" Christmas and Roseanne and Dan compete who finds the tackiest Christmas stuff.



** Later lampshaeded in "Home Ec" when Darlene and her classmates point out a woman who's on the cover of all the gossip magazines.
--->'''Roseanne:''' She's a damn good singer, though.



--->'''Jackie:''' [[SureLetsGoWithThat Uh, sure]].

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--->'''Jackie:''' [[SureLetsGoWithThat Uh, sure]].Okay]].



* ShutUpHannibal: In one episode, Bev goes to an Alcoholics' Anonymous meeting and realizes that she does have a problem with drinking. At first, the family is happy that she's going to get help, but Bev soon turns the situation into an excuse to guilt trip everyone into feeling bad and forcing them to change their plans to accommodate her (for instance, she insists that Roseanne and Dan not have any beer at their annual Super Bowl party). When Roseanne finally gets frustrated, Bev tries to launch into a speech about her alcoholism, but Roseanne interrupts by pointing out that all this means is that Bev drinks, just as she's always done, and that nothing is different about her.

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* ShutUpHannibal: In one episode, Bev goes to an Alcoholics' Anonymous meeting and realizes that she does have a problem with drinking. At first, the family is happy that she's going to get help, but Bev soon turns the situation into an excuse to guilt trip everyone into feeling bad and forcing them to change their plans to accommodate her (for instance, she insists that Roseanne and guilting Dan into not have having any beer at their annual Super Bowl party). When Roseanne finally gets frustrated, Bev tries to launch into a speech about her alcoholism, but Roseanne interrupts by pointing out that all this means is that Bev drinks, just as she's always done, and that nothing is different about her.



** This was also an underlying theme in many of the last season episodes, when the rough-around-the-edges blue collar Conners would deal with prissy health spa patrons, snooty New York socialites, and the blue-blood Wentworth Family of Martha's Vineyard.

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** This was also an underlying theme in many of the last season episodes, when the rough-around-the-edges blue collar Conners would deal with prissy health spa patrons, employees, snooty New York socialites, and the blue-blood Wentworth Family of Martha's Vineyard.
20th Nov '17 4:41:53 PM danlansdowne
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-->'''Roseanne''': Rodbell's Luncheonette, home of the quick serve.



--> You ever come near her again, and this time ''I'll'' handle you. And believe me, I'm way more dangerous than Dan. I have a loose-meat restaurant. I know what to do with the body.

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--> You ever come near her again, and this time ''I'll'' handle you.you're gonna have to deal with me. And believe me, I'm way more dangerous than Dan. I have a loose-meat restaurant. I know what to do with the body.
20th Nov '17 4:37:27 PM danlansdowne
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** Seasons one and two are ''full'' of subtle nods to Dan and his health, particularly his heart, and most of them are casual throwaway jokes. After a tornado, Roseanne wonders aloud what would have happened if Dan had lived, Bev nags him about not sleeping on his side because it's bad for his heart, and so on. Of course it's not out of place, Dan's a big guy and he and his wife are both overweight. [[spoiler: And then we find out that Dan didn't actually survive his heart attack.]]

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** Seasons one and two are ''full'' of subtle nods to Dan and his health, particularly his heart, and most of them are casual throwaway jokes. After a tornado, discussion of Crystal's late husband Roseanne jokingly wonders aloud what would have happened if Dan had lived, Bev nags him about not sleeping on his side because it's bad for his heart, and so on. Of course it's not out of place, Dan's a big guy and he and his wife are both overweight. [[spoiler: And then we find out that Dan didn't actually survive his heart attack.]]
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