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* ActorAllusion:
** When Michael O'Keefe (Fred) left the show, he went to another show on ABC called ''Life's Work'', where he was the husband of an assistant district attorney with two children. In one episode of ''Roseanne'', while complaining about Fred's Christmas present to Jackie, Roseanne says that they never see him "since he moved in with that D.A. chick with them two kids."
** It could be coincidental, or HilariousInHindsight but "Good Girls Bad Girls" alludes to Danielle Harris' work in the ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}'' franchise. She's flirting with two guys, and she asks Darlene "Which one do you want?" Darlene replies "Whichever one [[StuffedInTheFridge will kill you and stuff you in the trunk."]]
** Roseanne blowing up the house to get revenge counts as an allusion to Roseanne Barr's role in ''Film/SheDevil''.
** Played with in Season 5's YetAnotherChristmasCarol episode, "Halloween IV." Teenage Dan (played by Abraham Benrubi) wears a caveman costume. The next year, Creator/JohnGoodman played Fred Flintstone in ''Film/TheFlintstones'', and Benrubi himself would appear in ''Film/GeorgeOfTheJungle.''
* AdoredByTheNetwork: There have been times you would think this was the only show Nick At Nite owned the rights to. ABC wasn't exactly neglectful of the show, either. WE, [=TVLand=], and Logo like to show marathons of it as well. Following the revival's 2018 cancellation, the exact opposite thing happened: everyone dropped ''Roseanne'' and Barr herself like a hot potato.
* TheCastShowoff:
** Creator/JohnGoodman is an adept impressionist, as seen on his countless ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' appearances. This was worked into the show fairly often, with Dan launching into impressions of anybody from Creator/RobertDeNiro and Vreator/MarlonBrando to Film/TheThreeStooges to JuliaChild. He also showed off his singing talents in a handful of episodes - notably season one's "Radio Days" and season two's "Sweet Dreams."
** In the episode in which Music/DavidCrosby and his band appear, Roseanne's fellow waitress at Rodbells, Bonnie, turns out to be quite the singer. Bonnie was played by Bonnie Bramlett, a successful recording artist in real life.
** Roseanne herself dabbled in this a few times.
* TheDanza:
** Roseanne Barr plays Roseanne Conner.
** Creator/TomArnold plays Arnie Thomas.
* DuelingShows: With ''Series/MarriedWithChildren''. Both were blue-collared (and comedy), wisecracking dysfunctional families from Illinois and both shows ended the same year. Although ''Roseanne'' received more critical acclaim and numerous Emmy wins (mostly at the expense of ''MWC''), the latter show lasted a full decade and is usually remembered more fondly. See OldShame and YMMV.{{Roseanne}} for more details.
* FakeNationality: Glenn Quinn was Irish, and had a couple of slips through the show, including once when Mark came home drunk, which seemed oddly fitting, since the struggle between the two accents sounded pretty much like someone who has had a few too many and are slurring their words. Sarah Chalke was also a Canadian actress, playing the American Becky.
* HideYourPregnancy: They tried to do this with Creator/LaurieMetcalf's pregnancy. They started with loose clothing that got larger and larger and then resorted to putting things in front of her (the most memorable moment being when Jackie sits in the bathtub with a heavy quilt over her when she, Dan and Roseanne get high on twenty year old pot). However, Metcalf ended up with one of the biggest baby bumps ever, forcing them to write in a one night stand conception so they didn't have to remove her from the rest of the season.
* HostilityOnTheSet:
** Allegedly the main reason for the departure of Sal Barone, the original D.J., after the pilot. He and Sara Gilbert didn't get along.
** But the show was notorious for star Roseanne Barr constantly fighting with and belittling her writers, which was a problem from the very beginning. She resented the pilot writer and initial showrunner Matt Williams being credited as the sole creator of the show despite it having been based on her "Domestic Goddess" stand-up persona (she felt that he should have been credited as the show's developer, with herself as the creator; as a compromise, she received a credit for "based on a character created by"). The two constantly butted heads over how her character was portrayed; she outright refused to say a line he wrote ("well, you're my equal in bed, but that's it"). Williams approached her co-stars John Goodman and Laurie Metcalf hoping to entice them to go along with a ReTool in which Barr's character would be written out; they both supported Barr, and Williams, outflanked, left the show after the first season. (He would go on to co-create ''Series/HomeImprovement''.) From then on, Barr made it clear that ''she'' was in charge, and often spoke poorly of her writers in particular and of television writing in general to anyone who would listen. Most writers and writer-producers who've worked on the show have little nice to say about the atmosphere in the writers' room, and even writers on other shows would make digs at Barr's tyranny (''Series/TheGoldenGirls'' had Dorothy snark about taking abuse like being on "The Roseanne Barr Show" as early as 1989). Most notably, Creator/ChuckLorre had his first of many run-ins with ThePrimaDonna stars on this show before moving on to ''Series/GraceUnderFire'', ''Series/{{Cybill}}'', and ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'' in his later career.
* OldShame: As mentioned above, Creator/JossWhedon wrote 5 episodes, but he doesn't look back on it fondly. Apparently Roseanne Barr's [[ThePrimaDonna prima donna]] behavior was at its worst and the crew bore the brunt of it.
** The final season of the original run seems to have become this, with Dan's death being written out in the new season, along with the lottery win that led to season 9's infamous GenreShift.
* TheOtherDarrin[=/=]TheOriginalDarrin:
** One of the most JustForFun/{{egregious}} and ridiculous examples of all time, with plenty of unabashed LampshadeHanging. When Lecy Goranson left the show for school, Becky was written out as having moved to Minnesota, but eventually returned, now played by Sarah Chalke. At the beginning of the 8th season, Goranson returned and played Becky steadily for a run of episodes, with Chalke actually ''cameoing as a different character'' in the Halloween episode. After this, Chalke was brought in again as Becky on-and-off over the course of that season for any episodes Goranson was unavailable for, including the Disneyworld two-parter and Darlene's wedding. Finally, at the beginning of the 9th and final season, Chalke took over again all the way until the finale.
--->'''Becky (Chalke), while watching ''Series/{{Bewitched}}'':''' I like the ''second'' Darrin much better.\\
'''Roseanne (to Goranson):''' Where the hell have you been? It feels like you've been gone for three years!
*** "Ladies and gentlemen, the role of Becky Conner, formerly played by Lecy Goranson, then by Sarah Chalke, and then Lecy Goranson again, will be played tonight by Sarah Chalke."
*** Naturally, Lampshaded in one episode: grown-up D.J. is shown curled into a ball, rocking back and forth and chanting, 'They ''says'' she's the same, but she isn't the same, they says she's the same, but she isn't the same...'
*** Also, Becky (Sarah): "I've always wanted to go to Disney World!" Followed by Roseanne: "Aren't you glad you're here this week?"
*** One of the [[TheTag credits scenes]] was a throwback to fifties era "Two of a kind" style show introductions using both Beckies that features deliciously lampshaded lyrics. "They walk alike, they talk alike, abruptly leave the show alike!" Actually, it was a ShoutOut / AffectionateParody of the credits from "The Patty Duke Show." You can see the two scenes back-to-back [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGza-mNlM6o here]].
*** For the revival, Goranson once again returned as Becky - but Chalke was cast as a new recurring character for whom Becky is paid to act as a surrogate mother. In keeping with the show's tradition of LampshadeHanging, their first scene together has them acknowledging that "it's like we're the same person!".
*** This means that, ultimately, Becky was played by Lecy Goranson, then by Sarah Chalke, then by Lecy Goranson, then by Sarah Chalke, and then by Lecy Goranson.
** In addition to Becky, D.J. was played by a different kid (Sal Barone) in the first episode.
* PostScriptSeason: As the show neared the end of its eighth season, which had been expected to be its last, the ratings improved enough for the network to ask for one more season, in which the show completely lost its moorings as the Conners' lottery win allowed the writers to indulge in all the "what-if" plotlines they had never otherwise dared to touch.
* RomanceOnTheSet:
** Sara Gilbert and Johnny Galecki dated briefly while on the show. They admitted it was a light teen crush and nothing too serious, as they were 16-17 at the time. [[LastHetRomance Gilbert also figured out she preferred women while dating him.]]
** Laurie Metcalf dated and later married Matt Roth, the actor who played her abusive boyfriend Fisher on the show.
** Writer and story editor Amy Sherman dated and later married fellow writer Daniel Palladino. Sherman and Palladino would later also work together on ''Gilmore Girls'', which Sherman created, as executive producers until 2006, when they both left the show after it moved to Creator/TheCW, due to creative differences with then CW president of entertainment Dawn Ostroff, and were replaced by former ''Series/{{Ellen}}'' co-creator David S. Rosenthal.
* SeparatedAtBirthCasting: Michael Fishman so uncannily resembles Roseanne Barr that they even remark on the resemblance InUniverse (even though a child looking like one of his parents is hardly remarkable in RealLife). That said, Roseanne Barr has remarked that Fishman looks more like her than her actual children do.
* StarMakingRole:
** Undoubtedly put Creator/JohnGoodman on the map.
** Debatably did the same for Johnny Galecki (if not this one, then definitely ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'').
** Creator/LaurieMetcalf also got a sizable career boost, winning three Emmys for the role and going on to become a reliable supporting actress in film, TV, and theatre.
* TroubledProduction: See HostilityOnTheSet. ''Roseanne'' quickly became notorious as the worst workplace on television very early into its run (''The Golden Girls'' even joked about it during ''Roseanne'''s second season). Turnover among the writing staff was astronomical.
** On top of that, towards the show's end, John Goodman's burgeoning film career, coupled with his now known alcoholism, made him noticeably less cheerful and easy to work with towards the end of the show's run. By his own admission, he was extremely stressed and "not very grateful".
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: While talks about a revival were in the works, Roseanne was very tight-lipped about what the Connor family was up to, saying it was intellectual property which might be developed later. However, apparently the talks fell through, because at the end of 2009 she posted a [[https://web.archive.org/web/20110108225932/http://www.roseanneworld.com/blog/2009/12/reunion-show.php blog]] that gave a few details as to what the family was up to:
** DJ gets published.
** Mark dies in Iraq.
** David leaves Darlene for a woman half his age.
** Darlene meets a woman and they have a test tube baby.
** Becky works at Wal-Mart.
** Roseanne and Jackie open the first medical marijuana dispensary in Lanford, Illinois and pay off the mortgage before the house is foreclosed on.
** Arnie becomes the best friend of the governor of Illinois.
** Mom sells a painting for ten grand.
** Nancy and Arnie remarry.
** Jerry and the grandsons form a band like the Jonas Brothers
** Dan shows up alive after faking his death.
** [[TransEqualsGay Leon has a sex change op.]]
** Bonnie gets busted for selling crack.
*** It should be noted that some of these have RealitySubtext behind them; in RealLife, Glenn Quinn (Mark) died of a heroin overdose in 2002, Sara Gilbert (Darlene) has come out as a lesbian, and Johnny Galecki (David) is (attempting) to [[Series/TheBigBangTheory date a woman younger than he is]].
** In-universe, one episode had Roseanne's father getting injured, and Roseanne going on a trip to see him, and Jackie babysitting for about a week while she was gone. This turned into an interesting version of What Could Have Been had Dan married Jackie instead of Roseanne. While Roseanne's gone, Becky is polite, Darlene is ''nice'', and there was even one scene where Jackie is sending them off to ''Leave it to Beaver''-style music.
** There were talks for Roseanne's boss and SitcomArchEnemy [[StraightGay Leon Carp]] and his husband, Scott, to get a spin-off series, but this was ultimately rejected by [=ABC=] executives.
* WorkingTitle: ''Life and Stuff''.
* WrittenByCastMember: Creator/SaraGilbert received story credit for the episode "Don't Make Me Over."
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[[folder: 2018 Revival]]
* AbsenteeActor: Michael Fishman (D.J.) does not appear in the episode "Darlene v. David", even though it revolves around his niece Harris' birthday and his daughter Mary does appear.
* ActorAllusion:
** The second actress to play Becky (Sarah Chalke) shows up as the intended mother of a surrogate child.
** In the second episode of the revival, Roseanne and Dan declare that Darlene is gay, though she denies it. Sara Gilbert is a lesbian in real life.
** Casting Sarah Chalke, [[TheOtherDarrin the second Becky]], as Andrea, with them both commenting on how similar they look.
* TheCharacterDiedWithHim: Mark's actor, Glenn Quinn, died a few years after the original series ended. When the show returned in 2018, it was mentioned that Mark was dead.
* CreatorBacklash:
** Several writers from the original run were dismayed at the revival's portrayal of Roseanne as a right-wing Trump supporter, saying it doesn't fit at all with the character they were writing.
** Things however, hit their peak with a controversial tweet by Barr against a former adviser of Barack Obama, prompting producer Wanda Sykes to be disassociated from the series and numerous other cast and crew, including Roseanne's ex and former supporting actor Tom Arnold condemning her words. Within a day, ABC released a statement also condemning Barr's comments, and formally cancelled the series altogether.
* FranchiseKiller: The series was set to have two more seasons due to the strong ratings for the first episode, but thanks to an infamous tweet in late May 2018 from lead actress Roseanne Barr (which also resulted in Wanda Sykes and Emma Kenney leaving), the revival was cancelled afterward. Due to Roseanne's public image having already become shaky before the series aired, this will likely be the death knell for the sitcom.
* HostilityOnTheSet: The series was already contentious given not only Barr's history, but her recent association to far-right politics and [[ConspiracyTheorist conspiracy theories]]. The latter point ultimately became [[RoleEndingMisdemeanor the show's undoing]], with Creator/{{ABC}} canceling it after Barr wrote a controversial tweet[[note]]Specifically, she appeared to call Valerie Jarrett, a former official in the UsefulNotes/BarackObama administration, a [[UnfortunateImplications "cross between the Muslim Brotherhood and the Planet of the Apes"]].[[/note]] -- but not before head writer Wanda Sykes and actress Emma Kenney (who played Roseanne's granddaughter Harris) quit the show in disgust.
* OldShame: Despite its enormous success in the ratings, Barr's extremely controversial Twitter posts led numerous networks to pull all reruns of the series, likely condemning the series for the foreseeable future.
* PrimaDonnaDirector: Averted. In the original production, Roseanne was infamous for her treatment of her writing staff, a interview with a writing assistant claims she did a "180" and was very courteous toward them.
* ProductionPosse: Whitney Cummings is an executive producer on the 2018 revival, and her former ''Series/{{Whitney}}'' costar Rhea Seehorn plays the animal rescue worker in "Eggs Over, Not Easy".
* RoleEndingMisdemeanor: Roseanne Barr has always been treated as a magnet for controversy, but a controversial tweet made on Barr's Twitter account about a black former advisor to Barack Obama proved to be the last straw, and ABC cancelled the revival after one season, despite getting relatively high ratings.
* SeparatedAtBirthCasting: Users in [[https://www.reddit.com/r/roseanne/comments/78cmsa/harris_conner_healy_and/ this Reddit thread]] have commented on the resemblance between Emma Rose Kenney and Sara Gilbert. Some even thought that the posted picture of Kenney on the set of the revival was a picture of Gilbert.
* SequelGap: This one is pretty huge, as the last episode of the first run aired in 1997.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** The revival debuted to incredible ratings and was quickly greenlit by the network for two additional seasons, however, due to controversial remarks by Barr on Twitter, the revival was cancelled by ABC after just one season.
** Before the revival ended, it looked like Darlene was going to commit herself to serious writing, and perhaps become very successful at it.
** Roseanne also teased what would happen in the upcoming season, including a new Halloween episode as well as addressing what happened to Jackie's son, Andy.
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