* BrokenBase: The series finale.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: The Disney World episode is full of them, mostly involving members of the extended Connor family having trouble realizing that various Disney characters aren't actually real. Granted, the episode was only shot because of ExecutiveMeddling, so there was probably a certain amount of SnarkBait deliberately included.
** The whole "Sweet Dreams" episode in Season 2.
* DesignatedVillain: The woman Roseanne and Jackie's father was seeing for over two decades, though this is more in the episode where he died. When Roseanne meets her at a bar to try and talk about the last years of his life, Roseanne learns that her dad told her that his kids never appreciated the sacrifices he made for them and storms off in anger. Though, this is mostly because the woman only had Al's side of the story.
* FanonDiscontinuity: A lot of people have this reaction to the show's final season, and the final episode in particular.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: When Bev joins AA she accuses Dan of being an alcoholic because he has a keg at his Super Bowl party. These are PlayedForLaughs. This episode comes across as jarring after John Goodman admitted he was an alcoholic for thirty years.
** In an early episode DJ bites his Pop-Tart into the shape of a gun and goes "Bang, bang." Flash forward to 2013 when a kid could get suspended from school for doing the same thing.
** An early episode has Crystal lamenting her dead husband, Sonny, and wondering what her life would have been like if he'd lived. Once she leaves the room, Roseanne hugs Dan tenderly, and jokingly ponders what her life would have been like if Dan had lived. May also be a {{Foreshadowing}} / HilariousInHindsight.
** In one episode, Dan goes to DJ's school for the first time. The principal is stunned to meet him, as DJ had told everyone his dad was dead. Cue that finale and...
* HarsherInHindsight: Watching Roseanne and Dan yell at Becky for underage drinking is kind of hard to watch after John Goodman admitted he struggled with alcoholism.
* HilariousInHindsight: Roseanne has lost a winning lottery ticket with a connection to the number one-hundred and eight.
** In one episode, Roseanne is posing for a sexy photograph for Dan for their anniversary. As she's having second thoughts, she says, "What if the negatives get out, I'll never be President." Roseanne Barr actually did run for President in 2012.
** In some early episodes, DJ is a CreepyChild who destroys his sisters' Barbie dolls. Laurie Metcalf, who plays Aunt Jackie would go to be the voice of Andy's mom in WesternAnimation/ToyStory, which features a character who tortures toys.
** In Season 4's "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do" Becky says to Darlene "Why don't you just run away?" Could also be {{Foreshadowing}}, as Becky does that exact thing a few episodes later.
** In season five, after Dan gets into a fight and the rumor mill gets going, a friend says to him, "We heard you [[Film/TheBigLebowski beat up three guys at a bowling alley!]]"
** In season seven, a young child confesses that he doesn't think DJ likes him, to which Roseanne replies, "That's because you're very boring." She's saying this to a young Creator/JosephGordonLevitt, now widely recognized as one of the best actors of his generation.
* {{Narm}}: Watching the beginning of the tornado episode with them treating a tornado ''watch'' with gallows humor and panic can be rather ludicrous to viewers from Tornado Alley (For the record, a tornado '''watch,''' basically means "Conditions are right for a tornado; stay tuned, one might form. A tornado '''''warning''''' means "A tornado has been spotted, YouCanPanicNow.) They are vindicated soon after though...
* RetroactiveRecognition:
** Creator/GeorgeClooney is the factory foreman and dating Jackie in Season 1!
** The Chief from ''GreysAnatomy'' is one of Dan's poker buddies!
** David became [[TheBigBangTheory a brilliant physicist with a quirky roomate]].
** Looks like Becky 2 made good on her plan to [[{{Scrubs}} go to school to become a doctor.]]
** Mark later turned out to be [[Series/{{Angel}} half-demon]].
** A young Creator/JosephGordonLevitt appears occasionally as an acquaintance of DJ's.
** Several writers also made names for themselves in geekdom. [[Creator/JossWhedon One]] [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer made]] [[Series/{{Firefly}} a few]] [[Series/{{Dollhouse}} shows]] with ass-kicking females; another now [[MagicTheGathering designs cards for a living]].
* SeasonalRot: The ninth and final season. The show had been in decline for some years before then, and opinions vary on when it started, but the last season is generally seen as being by far the worst (the drastic GenreShift did ''not'' help matters).
** The controversial and shocking revelation that [[spoiler: the whole show was Roseanne's book, and the last season represented Roseanne's decline as an author after the death of her husband]] rescued it for some people, though for others, it was just the icing on the cake.
* ValuesResonance: The realistic focus on the usual challenges and struggles of a working-class American family still remain relevant 20+ years later. [[WordOfGod Roseanne Barr]] even said during a recent interview that they're even more relevant than they were back then.
* VindicatedByHistory: As bad as the final season is, it's redeemed slightly by the revelation that it was all a fantasy Roseanne escaped into following Dan's death.
* TheWoobie: David. ''Especially'' once we meet his mother.
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