Airing on ABC from 1988 to 1997, Roseanne revolves around the working class, Connor family. But, hell, you probably already know that. It's considered by many to be one of the greatest sitcoms of all time. In fact, It's won awards and been praised by countless critics, fans and other people who praise things like TV shows for countless reasons.
Sounds like we need to hurry up and get in on some of that sweet praising action. So for no reason whatsoever, we happily present to you the Unnecessary Tribute: 11 Things You Should Probably Remember About Roseanne and 5 Maybe You Shouldn't.
1. FACE IT, SHE'S YOU
Look, we get it. You have a lot of stuff in your head. There's a million shows to watch, keep track of and, ultimately, remember. Why should Roseanne be one of them? Well, dummy, because you ARE Roseanne.
2. ACTUALLY, SHE'S MORE LIKE A CLEVER VERSION OF YOUR MOM
If you are, yourself, a mom, THIS STILL APPLIES. Remember, even mom's have moms.
See, what did I tell you?
3. THE THEME SONG IS YOUR NEW JAM
For the show's 9th season, lyrics were added to its already legendary instrumental theme song. Sung by the guy from Blues Traveler, Billboard Magazine instantly called it "the third greatest song ever written." *** So if you've never heard them, give it a spin. No Fall TV Season playlist is complete without it.
*** Bold-faced lie
4. JACKIE WAS A FUCKING FASHION ICON
Jackie's life was a trainwreck, but man, could she rock an outfit.
Still don't believe me? Check out Hipsters Who Dress Like Jackie from Roseanne for more. Although, honestly, I'm offended you wouldn't just believe me.
5. THE WRITING STAFF WAS LEGENDARY
Hey, for the average TV viewer, this could be considered unnecessary information. Not worth your time. Still, allow me to present my case.
A few names you may have heard:
- Norm MacDonald - SNL
- Chuck Lorre - Big Bang Theory
- Amy Sherman-Paladino - Gilmore Girls
- Joss Whedon - Buffy the Vampire Slayer
- Tom Arnold - Briefly Married to Roseanne
Not bad, huh? It really was a regular murderer's row of comedy writers/non-murderers.
6. THE CHICKEN SHIRT
Why everyone doesn't own one of these is one of life's biggest mysteries.
7. THOSE HALLOWEEN EPISODES
Like many shows, Roseanne had an annual Halloween episode. Unlike many shows, they weren't stupid pieces of crap.
SPOILER ALERT! Spookiness lies ahead.
8. THAT ONE TIME THEY ALL SAT AROUND AND LISTENED TO BONNIE SING
Roseanne had a number of different jobs throughout the show's run. Which meant, a whole mess of random coworkers would briefly become friends with her, until she eventually moved on to a new job and just like we all do, never spoke to them again.
Anyhow, one time she worked at a diner in a department store and made friends with this lady named Bonnie and then this happened. So good!
9. THIS ONE'S IMPORTANT. THERE WERE TWO BECKYS.
OK, everyone sort of knows this one. But unlike, say, the Fresh Prince's second Aunt Viv, Roseanne really played up the character switch positively, continuing to use both actresses in later seasons.
Why though? Well, because it's worth a few laughs. I mean, isn't that what we're all hear for? Goofs and spoofs and such?
10. BOTH JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT AND GEORGE CLOONEY HAD MULTI-EPISODE ARCS. I MEAN, THAT'S COOL, RIGHT?
RIGHT GUYS? ARE YOU IMPRESSED? I DIDN'T EVEN GOOGLE THAT INFORMATION. I JUST KNEW IT.
11. THAT LAUGH
Remember how I said this tribute was unnecessary? Here's 10 minutes of Roseanne laughing.
NOW HERE'S 5 THINGS MAYBE YOU DON'T NEED TO BOTHER WITH
1. THE LAST SEASON
As far as I'm concerned, this never existed. Google it, if you must.
2. JERRY GARCIA CONNOR
The Connor's eventually had a fourth child, named, yes, Jerry Garcia. He occasionally shows up, but is of little importance to the greatness of this show. Don't worry your pretty little head about it.
3. The National Anthem
Remember when Roseanne sang the National Anthem and spit on the field and the whole world lost their shit for a few seconds? You don't??? How old are you? Anyhow, that had nothing to do with this show. Stop being an idiot.
4. LOOSE MEAT
For some reason, I can't hear the phrase "loose meat sandwich" without thinking of Roseanne. That's my burden. Please, if you can, don't let this happen to you.
She was a friend of Roseanne's from when they worked together at the plastic factory and she eventually ended up marrying Dan's father ... YAWN. Sorry. Crystal is so boring I'm literally falling asleep trying to write this paragraph. I shouldn't have even brought her up. My apologies.
Anyhow, that's it. That completes today's Unnecessary Tribute.