The BEST Episodes of Roseanne
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Jan 23, 2020
Network: ABC (US)
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.
#1 - Good Girls, Bad Girls
Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 24, 1992
Roseanne reluctantly allows Darlene to go to a rock concert in nearby Rockford with Molly -- who abandons her.
#2 - It was Twenty Years Ago Today
Season 5 - Episode 20 - Aired Mar 9, 1993
For their anniversary, Roseanne poses in a sexy photo for Dan, while he moonlights at a big-and-tall men's store to pay for his present for her.
#3 - Home-Ec
Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 5, 1991
Darlene is embarassed when Roseanne gives Darlene's home economics class a supermarket lesson in real-life family budgeting; D.J. has to deal with a bully.
#4 - It's a Boy!
Season 5 - Episode 19 - Aired Mar 2, 1993
Roseanne wants Darlene's boyfriend David to move in with them, but Dan refuses to allow it.
#5 - Another Mouth to Shut Up
Season 8 - Episode 20 - Aired Mar 26, 1996
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.
#6 - An Officer and a Gentleman
Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 23, 1990
When Roseanne is called away, Jackie impresses Dan and the kids with her homemaking skills.
#7 - Skeleton in the Closet
Season 7 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 26, 1994
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.
#8 - Therapy
Season 4 - Episode 20 - Aired Mar 17, 1992
Roseanne accompanies Jackie to her therapist after she chooses the ideal man for Jackie -- dull tax accountant Art; Darlene mouths off once too often about a female school bully.
#9 - Let's Call It Quits
Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired May 2, 1989
Roseanne has difficulty accepting new rules from a tough new supervisor at the factory.
#10 - The Wedding
Season 8 - Episode 23 - Aired May 7, 1996
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.
#11 - Father's Day
Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 7, 1989
Roseanne steps in to referee when Dan's visiting father pontificates about Dan wasting time working as a contractor.
#12 - One for the Road
Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 9, 1990
When the parents are away, Becky and her friend Dana play with a little help from the liquor cabinet.
#13 - Deliverance
Season 4 - Episode 22 - Aired Mar 31, 1992
A pregnant Crystal snaps at everyone in sight, then goes into labour with Dan coaching her in the delivery room; Roseanne and Bonnie feud over who should replace Leon as the new manager of the coffee shop; and Darlene delivers a message to David to quit crowding her.
#14 - BOO!
Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 31, 1989
The Conner family terrify each other out of their wits on Halloween night.
#15 - War and Peace (2)
Season 5 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 12, 1993
Dan returns home to rampart rumors about his behavior, while Roseanne urges a dazed Jackie to leave her abusive boyfriend.
#16 - Bingo
Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 7, 1992
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 a fight, but at the end they make up and Roseanne learn that Crystal is pregnant again.
#17 - Party Politics
Season 6 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 28, 1993
Roseanne attempts to enlist Darlene's aid in taming a rebellious D.J., while scheming to reunite her with David.
#19 - Crime and Punishment (1)
Season 5 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 5, 1993
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.
#20 - The Pied Piper of Lanford
Season 3 - Episode 25 - Aired May 14, 1991
Dan and Roseanne commit to opening a motorcycle shop with a free-spirited old friend who gets cold feet at the last minute.
#21 - The White Sheep of the Family
Season 8 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 9, 1996
D.J. inherits $500 in his great aunt Harriet's will (because he was the only member of the family she never met) and blows half of it on a trombone to impress a girl who plays tuba in the school band. Meanwhile, Darlene alienates everyone by mentioning that she has turned down a $500/week job in advertising, an entry level position that would pay her more than both her parents earn.
#22 - The Back Story
Season 4 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 4, 1992
After Roseanne throws her back out, Bev arrives to help out -- and to spoil her grandchildren.
#23 - Springtime for David
Season 8 - Episode 19 - Aired Mar 12, 1996
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.
#24 - Looking for Loans in All the Wrong Places
Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 20, 1992
Denied a loan to open the restaurant, Roseanne must turn to her mother; Darlene catches D.J. peeping at neighbor Molly.
#25 - Toto, We're Not in Kansas Anymore
Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired Mar 28, 1989
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.