Roseanne (TV series)

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Roseanne
Format Sitcom
Created by Matt Williams
Starring Roseanne Barr
John Goodman
Laurie Metcalf
Sara Gilbert
Lecy Goranson (1988-1992, 1995-1996)
Michael Fishman
Sarah Chalke (1993-1995, 1996-1997)
Natalie West (1988-1992)
Country of origin  United States
No. of episodes 222
Production
Running time approx. 22 minutes (per episode)
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Original run October 18, 1988 –
May 20, 1997

Roseanne was an American television series which was shown on ABC from 1988 to 1997. It starred comedian Roseanne Barr. The series was about a working-class family living in fictional city of Lanford, Illinois. For many years, Roseanne was more truthful than other series of the time in how it showed family life. They dealt with tough subjects, for example poverty, alcoholism, narcotics, sex, first menstrual periods, masturbation, obesity, feminism, domestic violence, nudity and homosexuality. Another important thing in the series was Roseanne's control in raising her children. Her husband Dan (John Goodman) felt as though he had no say in their house. Roseanne was important for women because it was one of the first series to put an overweight, powerful, yet smart woman as the main character.

The series was very well liked from its start. It spent its first six seasons in the top five of the Nielsen ratings. During the seventh season the series dropped some in ratings, but still stayed in the top 10 of the Nielsen ratings. However, during its ninth, and final season, the show's ratings dropped much and had fallen out of the top thirty.

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