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 plummet into right wing celebrity loon was such a disappointment to the fans of her blue collar past.
This is the first season where I've had to be very selective about continuity. During this era Roseanne was revealed to be pregnant again, and had a fourth child. And then the show went super zany. Then it went off the air. And when it returned two decades later, the fourth child was nowhere to be found. So, apart from a couple of throwaway lines, which we'll consider Weird Jokes, her pregnancy doesn't appear, and we can just pretend any baby who appears on screen is Jackie's.