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'Roseanne' reboot good for lots of laughs

By Denny West
On April 13, 2018

Source: ABC

There aren’t too many television shows that hold up through the years as far as their social commentary.  Perhaps not since “All in the Family”, a show that has taken on topics that aren’t usually brought up in friendly conversation. Instead, it’s done  through humor and relevance, a similar concept to ABC’s sitcom “Roseanne”. 

From 1988-1997. the sitcom “Roseanne” showed viewers the types of discussions that were going on behind closed doors.  From the perspective of a family that is living paycheck to paycheck, as well as multiple viewpoints from the ultra-liberal to uber-conservative. 

A combination of it all tickles the viewers’ funny bone, making them think aloud, “Oh my God, why did I laugh at that?”   

And now, as remakes and reboots are in vogue, “Roseanne” shows us that a quality program can return and continue to push the envelope with its content.  

With a premiere that consisted of two back-to-back episodes, “Roseanne” consists of stories involving being a surrogate, health care and the presidential election.  In fact, we open with mom Roseanne Connor and her sister Jackie,  having not talked to each other in over a year based on their voting choices.  A sad but honest reflection on how divided our country is, tackled realistically but also with comedy that doesn’t pull its punches. 

The second episode is more powerful. It deals with Roseanne’s oldest daughter, Darlene, and Darlene’s young son who questions his gender fluidity.  He tells his Grandma Roseanne he is a boy but likes the way the clothes look and make him feel.  Darlene wants to unconditionally support the child’s decision while Grandpa Dan is concerned with how his classmates will react.  Eventually, Grandpa Dan supports his grandson while keeping in mind what realistically could happen. Dan reflects by saying, “That’s one tough kid. I’m gonna miss him.” 

The Nielsen ratings for Roseanne’s premiere were over 18.2 million viewers. The second week ratings dipped down by 17% but still had an impressing 15.2 million viewers.  ABC has announced they’ll renew “Roseanne” for another season, so here’s a suggestion. Grab your parents, grandparents or favorite non-traditional student and sit down to watch the new Roseanne. You will laugh (a lot) and might even get an idea about how others are seeing this world we share.  You can catch Roseanne on ABC on Tuesday nights, 7 p.m. Central. 

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