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Roseanne, ABC
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This starred Roseanne Barr as Roseanne Conner. She had a husband named Dan (John Goodman). They had two daughters: Becky (played in seasons one through five, and eight, by Lecy Goranson; and in seasons six, seven, and nine by Sarah Chalke), and Darlene (Sara Gilbert), and a son named D.J. (I must say, Darlene was smart and sarcastic, and easily my favorite character on the show.) Roseanne had a sister named Jackie Harris (Laurie Metcalf). Um, Becky dated a guy named Mark Healy, whom she eventually married. Mark had a younger brother named David (Johnny Galecki), who dated Darlene. (He was my second favorite character on the show.) And we occasionally saw Roseanne and Jackie's mother, Bev, with whom they didn't have a particularly good relationship.

Anyway, the Conners were a working class family, living in the town of Lanford, Illinois. At some point, Roseanne quit her job to open a diner called the Lanford Lunch Box. Her business partners in this included her former boss, Leon Carp (Martin Mull), as well as Jackie, Bev, and a friend named Nancy Bartlett (Sandra Bernhard). Another important character was Fred Oakland, who was a friend and coworker of Dan's, as well as having a relationship with Jackie, for awhile. I'm sure there were other important characters whom I don't remember at all, and I really wish I remembered more about the show in general. It was always fairly amusing, and unconventional, and rather an important cultural phenomenon of the late 80s/early 90s. (It ran for nine seasons, from 1988-97, though I definitely missed the entire last season, and probably at least a couple of seasons before that.) If I recall correctly, it was also one of shows (maybe the show) that started the boom of stand-up comics getting sitcoms, around that time. Anyway, it'd be nice to see the show again sometime, so I could say more about it. ...But I do remember enjoying the Halloween episodes.


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