DVD 505 mins IMDB
Parental Guidance
Roseanne: The Complete First Season
Starz / Anchor Bay (1988)
In Collection

Seen It:

1: Life & Stuff
2: We're In The Money
3: D-I-V-O-R-C-E
4: Language Lessions
5: Radio Days
6: Lover's Lane
7: The Memory Game
8: Here's To Good Friends
9: Dan's Birthday Bash
10: Saturday
11: Canoga Time
12: The Money Thru Friday Show
13: Father's Day
14: Nightmare On Oak Street
15: Mall Story
16: Becky's Choice
17: The Slice of Life
18: Workin' Overtime
19: Toto, We're Not In Kansas Anymore
20: Death & Stuff
21: Dear Mom & Dad
22: Let's Call It Quits
23: Special Features
USA  /  English

Sara Gilbert Darlene
John Goodman Dan
Laurie Metcalf Jackie
Roseanne Barr Roseanne
Natalie West Crystal
Michael Fishman D.J
Alicia Goranson

Director John Pasquin; Ellen Falcon
Producer Marcy Carsey; Tom Werner
Writer Matt Williams; Roseanne
Cinematography Daniel Flannery
Musician Dan Foliart; Howard Pearl

Roseanne burst onto the screen in 1988, when top-rated sitcom The Cosby Show exuded a smug Father Knows Best glossiness. In contrast, the blue-collar Conner family bickered with the offhand nastiness of real families, which didn't mean they loved each other any less. Front and center was Roseanne Barr (now known by the single name Roseanne), a former stand-up comedian who wasn't afraid to rock the boat (her fights with producers were legendary). When even the fat guys on sitcoms have svelte, hottie wives, it's hard to believe that this woman--overweight, abrasive, with a voice like a wood chipper--became top of the television heap. Roseanne spoke up for a kind of lower-class feminism; she didn't concern herself much with politics, but within the family she just as much in charge as her husband Dan (the ever-dependable John Goodman)--though in the final episode of the first season, she took a stand at her factory job that was half Norma Rae, half Cool Hand Luke. But most often the show turned the ordinary rituals of domestic life (putting the kids to bed, coping with visiting parents) into sharp comic scenarios. The stories were smartly hidden in a series of scenes that felt organic and unforced. The entire cast--one of the best ensembles ever, including theatre veteran Laurie Metcalf as Roseanne's sister Jackie; Lecy Goranson as eldest daughter Becky; Michael Fishman as youngest child D.J.; and especially Sara Gilbert as middle daughter Darlene--swiftly cultivated the mixture of comfort and tension that marks most family relationships. The result was a portrait of American family life that rang achingly, hilariously true.

Roseanne's first season was solid from the start; few shows have had such an immediate grasp of their ideal tone and rhythm. Roseanne may have been a little stiff in the first few episodes, but she developed her chops quickly. By only the third episode, in which Roseanne and Dan run into a divorced friend at a restaurant and do some impromptu evaluating of their own married life, Roseanne was already exploring the psychology behind the wisecracks. By episode 6, set in a bowling alley, Roseanne begins to truly inhabit her character, growing more physically and emotionally expansive (she herself singles out this episode as the one where she started to have fun). Roseanne was never afraid to share the spotlight; Goodman, Metcalf, and the kids all had central roles in one episode or another, and one of the most striking episodes focused on Roseanne's coworker Crystal (the underrated Natalie West), whose husband had been embedded in concrete while working on a bridge. This black comic premise gave way to surprisingly touching grief when old secrets emerged. Guest performers like George Clooney (a semi-regular in the first season), Ned Beatty (as Dan's father), Estelle Parsons (an insidious turn as Roseanne's mother), and Fred Thompson (as a domineering supervisor) always had meaty material to work with. Simply one of the best sitcoms of all time. --Bret Fetzer, Amazon.com

Edition Details
Series Roseanne
Distributor Anchor Bay Home Entertainment
Barcode 5060020624445
Region 2
Release Date 19/09/2005
Nr of Disks/Tapes 5
Personal Details
Purchase Price £24.99
Links Roseanne: The Complete First Season at Movie Collector Connect
Amazon UK