YMMV / Roseanne

  • Broken Base: The series finale.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: 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 Executive Meddling, so there was probably a certain amount of Snark Bait deliberately included.
    • The whole "Sweet Dreams" episode in Season 2.
    • The season nine Halloween Episode "Satan, Darling" has a newly-rich Roseanne and Jackie at a society Halloween party. While there, a woman who bears a striking resemblance to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis is just standing in the middle of the party like a statue, saying nothing, which causes both sisters to do a double take on more than one occasion. Their reactions to her were similar to the audience's.
  • Designated Villain: 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.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: A lot of people have this reaction to the show's final season, and the final episode in particular.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: When Bev joins AA she accuses Dan of being an alcoholic because he has a keg at his Super Bowl party. These are Played for Laughs. This episode comes across as jarring after John Goodman admitted he was an alcoholic for thirty years.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Watching Roseanne and Dan yell at Becky for underage drinking is kind of hard to watch after John Goodman admitted he struggled with alcoholism.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: 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 Creepy Child who destroys his sisters' Barbie dolls. Laurie Metcalf, who plays Aunt Jackie would go to be the voice of Andy's mom in Toy Story, 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 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 Joseph Gordon-Levitt, now widely recognized as one of the best actors of his generation.
    • In "Kansas City, Here We Come," a subplot involved Becky having a horrible boss who calls her a bad name. Trying to avoid saying it in front of DJ, we get this exchange.
    DJ: The "B" word?
    Darlene: Worse.
    DJ: The "F" word?
    Dan: Deej!
    DJ: The "L" word?
    Darlene: What's the "L" word?
    DJ: I don't know, what's the "F" word?
    • Not only did a popular show called The L Word debut years later, but DJ's asking this question to Darlene, whose actress, Sara Gilbert, actually came out as "the L word" later in her life.
  • 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, You Can Panic Now.") They are vindicated soon after though...
  • Retroactive Recognition:
  • Seasonal Rot: 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 Genre Shift did not help matters).
    • The controversial and shocking revelation that 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.
  • What an Idiot: Dan and Roseanne for opening up a bike shop (that was previously failing) in a small town like Lanford, where the bike demographic would be very small, and having no education in business or economics.
  • Values Dissonance: In one episode, Dan describes Roseanne as person who can only deal with pain by spreading it; while ostensibly to humanize her, it sounds uncomfortably like how one would rationalize/justify the behavior of an emotionally abusive spouse and parent.
  • Values Resonance: The realistic focus on the usual challenges and struggles of a working-class American family still remain relevant 20+ years later. Roseanne Barr even said during a recent interview that they're even more relevant than they were back then.
  • Vindicated by History: 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.
  • The Woobie: David. Especially once we meet his mother.

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