Trivia / Roseanne

  • Actor Allusion: 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."
  • Adored by the Network: There have been times you would think this was the only show Nick At Night owned the rights to. ABC wasn't exactly neglectful of the show, either. WE, TV Land, and Logo like to show marathons of it as well.
  • The Cast Showoff: John Goodman is an adept impressionist, as seen on his countless Saturday Night Live appearances. This was worked into the show fairly often, with Dan launching into impressions of anybody from De Niro and Brando to The Three Stooges to Julia Child. 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 David Crosby 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.
  • The Danza:
    • Roseanne Barr plays Roseanne Conner.
    • Tom Arnold plays Arnie Thomas.
  • Dueling Shows: With Married... with Children. 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 Old Shame and YMMV.Roseanne for more details.
  • Fake Nationality: 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.
  • Old Shame: As mentioned above, Joss Whedon wrote 5 episodes, but he doesn't look back on it fondly. Apparently Roseanne Barr's prima donna behavior was at its worst and the crew bore the brunt of it.
  • The Other Darrin: One of the most egregious and ridiculous examples of all time, with plenty of unabashed Lampshade Hanging. 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 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 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 Shout-Out / Affectionate Parody of the credits from "The Patty Duke Show." You can see the two scenes back-to-back here.
  • Romance on the Set: 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. 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. Palladino would later work with Sherman on Gilmore Girls as executive producer until 2006, when they both left the show after it moved to The CW, due to creative differences with then CW president of entertainment Dawn Ostroff, and were replaced by former Ellen co-creator David S. Rosenthal.
  • Star-Making Role: Undoubtedly put John Goodman on the map. Debatably did the same for Johnny Galecki (if not this one, then definitely The Big Bang Theory).
    • Laurie Metcalf 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.
  • What Could Have Been: 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 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.
    • Leon has a sex change op.
    • Bonnie gets busted for selling crack.
    • 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 Sitcom Arch Enemy Leon Carp and his husband, Scott, to get a spin-off series, but this was ultimately rejected by ABC executives.
  • Written by Cast Member : Sara Gilbert received story credit for the episode "Don't Make Me Over."
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