Roseanne is an Emmy Award winning American sitcom which aired on ABC from 1988 to 1997, starring stand-up comedian Roseanne Barr.
This show changed American television for the better. It was one of the few (and sadly still is) that featured working class families. And used realistic actors to portray them. It showed realistic struggles that come with unemployment and bad economies for the people Hollywood largely forgets. It was groundbreaking for women behind the scenes and on camera. It heavily featured strong women without demeaning the male characters. They were complex and showed the real lives of women. They handled domestic violence, sexism, breast reduction, female friendships, teen birth control, etc. It included on of the funniest first period episodes of television. It was also groundbreaking for LGBT issues. One of the first lesbian kisses on primetime network television. It wasn't done for ratings and Roseanne had to fight to have it aired. A hilarious over the top gay wedding. A variety of interesting LGBT characters. Also: Riot Grrrls and Traci Lordes. One of the most subversive shows to air. Thanks largely to Roseanne's constant willingness to take on producers and network execs. Just skip the last season.
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