Ruminations on TV Shows, Comics, And Music
Roseanne Barrnoldargent has spent most of the last few years ruining the hard work she did in the 80s and 90s, making the most realistic American sitcom of the 20th century. While the original run of the series had its ups and -- hooooboy -- some very deep downs, it was mostly a well-written family comedy. John Goodman, Sara Gilbert, Laurie Metcalf, and even Roseanne were dextrous enough to be funny while still injecting drama without reaching Melodrama. For the most part, the show has been about being progressive and understanding no matter what your political background. It was about acceptance, and being good to each other, especially your family, no matter what. That's why Roseanne's more recent descent into racist, right-wing celebrity crackpot who blames their problematic opinions on everything but their own brain and mouth has been such a disappointment.
I loved the show. And I still love what it was. We're a few seasons into Roseanne Minus Roseanne, and it's on par with peak Roseanne, and certainly worth watching a large swath of its back catalog.