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.

Good Girls, Bad Girls

#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.

star 8.36
193 votes
Writers: Amy Sherman-Palladino
It was Twenty Years Ago Today

#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.

star 8.20
149 votes
Writers: Betsy Borns
Home-Ec

#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.

star 8.20
147 votes
Directors: John Whitesell
Writers: Mark Lloyd Rappaport
It's a Boy!

#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.

star 8.19
195 votes
Writers: Rob Ulin
Another Mouth to Shut Up

#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.

star 8.18
161 votes
An Officer and a Gentleman

#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.

star 8.17
264 votes
Skeleton in the Closet

#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.

star 8.17
187 votes
Writers: Lawrence Broch, William Lucas Walker
Therapy

#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.

star 8.14
185 votes
Writers: Chuck Lorre, Joel Madison, Sid Youngers
Let's Call It Quits

#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.

star 8.11
283 votes
Directors: Ellen Falcon
Writers: Grace McKeaney
The Wedding

#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.

star 8.09
166 votes
Directors: Gail Mancuso
Writers: Lawrence Broch, Michael B. Kaplan
Father's Day

#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.

star 8.06
283 votes
One for the Road

#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.

star 8.06
271 votes
Directors: John Pasquin
Writers: Sheree Guitar
Deliverance

#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.

star 8.05
222 votes
Directors: Gail Mancuso
Writers: Chuck Lorre, Joel Madison
BOO!

#14 - BOO!

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 31, 1989

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

star 8.05
355 votes
Directors: John Pasquin
Writers: Norma Safford Vela
War and Peace (2)

#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.

star 8.03
195 votes
Writers: DeAnn Heline, Eileen Heisler
Bingo

#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.

star 8.03
218 votes
Writers: Joel Madison, Robert Miranda, Sid Youngers, Tom Arnold
Party Politics

#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.

star 8.02
227 votes
Don't Make Me Over

#18 - Don't Make Me Over

Season 4 - Episode 24 - Aired May 5, 1992

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 8.02
187 votes
Writers: Maxine Lapiduss
Crime and Punishment (1)

#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.

star 8.01
212 votes
Writers: Bruce Rasmussen
The Pied Piper of Lanford

#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.

star 8.01
227 votes
Directors: John Whitesell
Writers:
The White Sheep of the Family

#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.

star 8.00
163 votes
Directors: Gail Mancuso
Writers: David Raether
The Back Story

#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.

star 7.99
167 votes
Springtime for David

#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.

star 7.99
159 votes
Directors: Mark K. Samuels
Writers: David Forbes, Garland Testa
Looking for Loans in All the Wrong Places

#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.

star 7.97
206 votes
Writers: DeAnn Heline, Eileen Heisler
Toto, We're Not in Kansas Anymore

#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.

star 7.97
304 votes
Directors: John Sgueglia
Writers: Grace McKeaney