The Best Episodes of Roseanne

Last Updated: Oct 30, 2018

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.

Another Mouth to Shut Up

#1 - 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 8.18
71 votes
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The Back Story

#2 - The Back Story

Season 4 - Episode 15

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

star 8.12
105 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 8.07
129 votes
Directors: John Pasquin
Writers: Joss Whedon
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Let's Call It Quits

#4 - Let's Call It Quits

Season 1 - Episode 23

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

star 8.05
110 votes
Directors: Ellen Falcon
Writers: Grace McKeaney
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April Fool's Day

#5 - 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 7.99
108 votes
Directors: John Pasquin
Writers: Steve Paymer
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Toto, We're Not in Kansas Anymore

#6 - 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 7.97
156 votes
Directors: John Sgueglia
Writers: Grace McKeaney
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Father's Day

#7 - 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 7.97
165 votes
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One for the Road

#8 - 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 7.97
126 votes
Directors: John Pasquin
Writers: Sheree Guitar
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An Officer and a Gentleman

#9 - An Officer and a Gentleman

Season 2 - Episode 15

When Roseanne is called away, Jackie impresses Dan and the kids with her homemaking skills.

star 7.96
122 votes
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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 7.95
115 votes
Directors: John Whitesell
Writers: Bob Myer, Chuck Lorre
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The Wedding

#11 - 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 7.95
76 votes
Directors: Gail Mancuso
Writers: Michael B. Kaplan, Lawrence Broch
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The Commercial Show

#12 - 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 7.94
105 votes
Writers: Chuck Lorre, Maxine Lapiduss
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Don't Make Me Over

#13 - 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 7.93
100 votes
Writers: Maxine Lapiduss
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Home-Ec

#14 - Home-Ec

Season 3 - Episode 16

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.

star 7.93
112 votes
Directors: John Whitesell
Writers: Mark Lloyd Rappaport
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Good Girls, Bad Girls

#15 - 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 7.92
105 votes
Writers: Amy Sherman-Palladino
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Chicken Hearts

#16 - 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 7.91
126 votes
Directors: John Pasquin
Writers: Joss Whedon
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Dan's Birthday Bash

#17 - Dan's Birthday Bash

Season 1 - Episode 9

Dan's birthday bash at the Lobo Lounge is interrupted by a bully who picks a fight with Dan at the pool table.

star 7.91
214 votes
Directors: Ellen Falcon
Writers: Grace McKeaney
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It's a Boy!

#18 - 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 7.88
106 votes
Writers: Rob Ulin
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Roseanne Gets the Chair

#19 - Roseanne Gets the Chair

Season 10 - Episode 3

Roseanne’s clash with Darlene over how she’s raising her kids – especially Harris – reaches a breaking point; while Dan tries to help Roseanne with her bad knee by getting her an elevator chair, which she refuses to use because she doesn’t want to admit getting old.

star 7.88
1,073 votes
Directors: John Pasquin
Writers: Roseanne Barr, Matt Williams, Bruce Rasmussen, Nick Kurzon
Crime and Punishment (1)

#20 - 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 7.88
123 votes
Writers: Bruce Rasmussen
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Santa Claus

#21 - Santa Claus

Season 4 - Episode 12

Roseanne talks Leon into letting her play Santa Claus at the mall -- and hears something she wishes she hadn't from one of the kids' mothers, who turns out to be Darlene's new friend and confidante.

star 7.87
116 votes
Writers: Chuck Lorre, Maxine Lapiduss, Barry Vigon
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Bingo

#22 - 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 a fight, but at the end they make up and Roseanne learn that Crystal is pregnant again.

star 7.86
104 votes
Writers: Joel Madison, Sid Youngers, Tom Arnold, Robert Miranda
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Tooth or Consequences

#23 - 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 7.86
90 votes
Directors: Gail Mancuso
Writers: Leslie Reider
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Mommy Nearest

#24 - Mommy Nearest

Season 5 - Episode 4

Roseanne and Jackie are stunned when their mother announces she is moving to Lanford; Jackie agonizes over dating Fisher, a perfect but much, much younger man.

star 7.85
135 votes
Writers: Janice Jordan, Monica Piper
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War and Peace (2)

#25 - War and Peace (2)

Season 5 - Episode 14

Dan returns home to rampart rumors about his behavior, while Roseanne urges a dazed Jackie to leave her abusive boyfriend.

star 7.85
108 votes
Writers: DeAnn Heline, Eileen Heisler
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