For nine seasons, Roseanne blazed a new trail for family sitcoms as it related to the average American family like never before. Most sitcoms stuck to the topics and subject matter that got easy-laughs, and while Roseanne is an iconic comedy series, some parts of it had fans stop dead in their tracks as it hit a little too close to home with topics that were no laughing matters. Roseanne Barr had no problem taking on sensitive or taboo issues of the time and putting them at the forefront of her show and handled them with such authenticity and wit that it struck the hearts of viewers. With the Roseanne revival underway, and more hard-hitting current issues being discussed, take a look back at Roseanne’s 12 most controversial episodes:
12. Twenty Years to Life/Dress to Impress (S10, E1 & 2)
Twenty-five years after fans said goodbye to Roseanne with the season nine finale on May 20, 1997, the show made its big return with a special one-hour premiere on March 27, 2018. While a lot had changed in the world, the Conners were just as we left them, just a little older, but still stirring up controversy. Before the revival could even premiere, many were taking a stance because they believed the show would be “too political” now. While the tumultuous state of politics was definitely addressed, it wasn’t a focal point, but audiences still took issue with it. Additionally, the revival’s premiere introduced the show’s first ever gender-nonconforming character with Darlene’s son Mark, which caused a stir for the series’ more conservative viewers.