The Best Episodes of Roseanne

Roseanne is an American sitcom broadcast on ABC from 1988 to 1997 starring stand-up comedian Roseanne Barr. The show portrayed a working-class family struggling to get by on a limited income in the fictional town of Lanford, Illinois. Many critics considered the show notable as one of the first sitcoms to portray an American family in which economics necessitated two parents working jobs outside the home.

The Back Story

#1 - The Back Story

Season 4 - Episode 15

After Roseanne throws her back out, Bev arrives to help out -- and to spoil her grandchildren.

star 8.26
85 votes
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Another Mouth to Shut Up

#2 - Another Mouth to Shut Up

Season 8 - Episode 20

Just weeks after their hot night in Disney World, Darlene drops a proposal -- and a surprise announcement: she's pregnant -- on David, whose major life changes seem to be happening all in one day.

star 8.22
54 votes
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Brain-Dead Poets Society

#3 - Brain-Dead Poets Society

Season 2 - Episode 10

Darlene refuses to read her prize-winning poem on Culture Night at her school, preferring to stay home to watch a ballgame with Dan, until Roseanne lays down the law.

star 8.15
98 votes
Directors: John Pasquin
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April Fool's Day

#4 - April Fool's Day

Season 2 - Episode 22

On April 15th, Dan and Roseanne offer the kids a frantic lesson in family accounting; and in despair finally visit the local IRS office.

star 8.14
78 votes
Directors: John Pasquin
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Let's Call It Quits

#5 - Let's Call It Quits

Season 1 - Episode 23

Roseanne has difficulty accepting new rules from a tough new supervisor at the factory.

star 8.12
90 votes
Directors: Ellen Falcon
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One for the Road

#6 - One for the Road

Season 2 - Episode 14

When the parents are away, Becky and her friend Dana play with a little help from the liquor cabinet.

star 8.08
95 votes
Directors: John Pasquin
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Skeleton in the Closet

#7 - Skeleton in the Closet

Season 7 - Episode 6

Leon outdoes himself hosting a Halloween soirée with the Lunch Box clan and a bevy of his gay friends, many of whom seem to know Fred – intimately. Meanwhile, Jackie and Roseanne visit Bev's hairdresser and become convinced that she wears a wig.

star 8.06
73 votes
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Don't Make Me Over

#8 - Don't Make Me Over

Season 4 - Episode 24

The girls take Roseanne to the Beauty Box for Mother's Day in hopes of convincing her to let them attend a weekend rock concert.

star 8.05
74 votes
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Toto, We're Not in Kansas Anymore

#9 - Toto, We're Not in Kansas Anymore

Season 1 - Episode 20

As a tornado spins through Lanford, a storm is brewing inside the Conner house over the whereabouts of Jackie who hasn't returned from her trip to the market.

star 8.05
117 votes
Directors: John Sgueglia
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Scenes from a Barbecue

#10 - Scenes from a Barbecue

Season 3 - Episode 24

The Connors celebrate Mother's Day with a barbecue with Roseanne's feisty grandmother.

star 8.05
86 votes
Directors: John Whitesell
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Springtime for David

#11 - Springtime for David

Season 8 - Episode 19

David moves out after getting a job at a theme park known as "the happiest place in Illinois," where he's soon transformed into an ultra-perky worker with an eerie smile.

star 8.04
51 votes
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Tooth or Consequences

#12 - Tooth or Consequences

Season 5 - Episode 24

Dan realizes that he needs a steady job to take care of his family when he accidentally knocks out one of Roseanne's teeth on the day she is to meet with a health inspector (who turns out to be Leon); Darlene is accepted to art school – but David is rejected.

star 8.03
65 votes
Directors: Gail Mancuso
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Lanford Daze

#13 - Lanford Daze

Season 5 - Episode 15

Darlene does NOT serve meat at the counter. She is forced to work there by Roseanne, but out of principal, will not serve the meat. That was her whole point

star 8.03
82 votes
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Chicken Hearts

#14 - Chicken Hearts

Season 2 - Episode 13

Roseanne strains to treat her 17-year-old boss with respect so she can have weekends off to be with her family.

star 8.02
97 votes
Directors: John Pasquin
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Vegas, Vegas (2)

#15 - Vegas, Vegas (2)

Season 4 - Episode 8

The Conners risk getting thrown out of a Vegas nightclub, and visit a wedding chapel with Arnie and Nancy.

star 8.01
83 votes
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Father's Day

#16 - Father's Day

Season 1 - Episode 14

Roseanne steps in to referee when Dan's visiting father pontificates about Dan wasting time working as a contractor.

star 8.01
122 votes
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#17 - BOO!

Season 2 - Episode 7

The Conner family terrify each other out of their wits on Halloween night.

star 8.01
133 votes
Directors: John Pasquin
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The Commercial Show

#18 - The Commercial Show

Season 4 - Episode 19

The Conners are sitting pretty for a TV ad for Rodbell's Luncheonette, but at home things get ugly between D.J. and Todd. Leon and Steven break up, and the Bowmans move back to Chicago.

star 8.00
84 votes
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#19 - Bingo

Season 4 - Episode 13

It is Crystal's choice to choose where the gals' night out will be. Crystal chooses bingo and they all hate it. After Roseanne wins $50 playing bingo, she gets hooked on it. Becky and Darlene baby-sit Little Ed, but when Dan comes home its D.J. and Dan that end up taking care of the baby. Roseanne and Crystal get into i fight, but at the end they make up and Roseanne learn that Crystal is pregnant again.

star 7.99
79 votes
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Into That Good Night (2)

#20 - Into That Good Night (2)

Season 9 - Episode 24

Roseanne fans find out much more than they thought they would in the second half of the season finale

star 7.99
80 votes
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The Wedding

#21 - The Wedding

Season 8 - Episode 23

Darlene's wedding day brings unexpected tears, joy and tenderness as Dan is finally able to express his love to Darlene and the young couple's wedding vows bring Roseanne to tears.

star 7.98
51 votes
Directors: Gail Mancuso
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Crime and Punishment (1)

#22 - Crime and Punishment (1)

Season 5 - Episode 13

Dan disciplines D.J. for taking offensive reading material to school-- Darlene's comic book. Dan reacts strongly when Roseanne discovers that Fisher has beaten Jackie.

star 7.97
90 votes
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Good Girls, Bad Girls

#23 - Good Girls, Bad Girls

Season 5 - Episode 10

Roseanne reluctantly allows Darlene to go to a rock concert in nearby Rockford with Molly -- who abandons her.

star 7.97
86 votes
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It's a Boy!

#24 - It's a Boy!

Season 5 - Episode 19

Roseanne wants Darlene's boyfriend David to move in with them, but Dan refuses to allow it.

star 7.96
79 votes
Promises, Promises

#25 - Promises, Promises

Season 5 - Episode 22

Darlene springs a prom-night surprise on David: she has rented a motel room. Meanwhile, Dan is reluctant to share with Roseanne his plans for a new business.

star 7.96
68 votes
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