Roseanne returns to ABC on March 27, when we'll meet a whole new generation of Connors. All of the original cast members are back (including both Beckys), led, of course, by Roseanne Barr and her on-screen husband played by John Goodman. From its start in 1988, the show was best known for its true-to-life portrayal of working-class America and for tackling controversial topics head-on. From domestic violence to mental illness to racism, the show addressed issues with wit, authenticity and tenderness. We unearthed some of the classics in which the writers and cast dealt with subject matter that was ahead of its time and is still relevant today. You can find episodes from Roseanne's first run on TV Land, Amazon Prime, Netflix and iTunes.
Roseanne and Dan race against the clock to get their income taxes done, only to find out they may be in over their heads; the government tax forms are just too complicated. “I give up. What language is this?” says a frustrated Roseanne. They head down to the local IRS office for help and encounter a few odd characters. It's an amusing critique of the U.S. tax system that may resonate even more this year, as taxpayers wrestle with recent changes. "April Fool’s Day" (Season 2, Episode 22; aired April 10, 1990)
Roseanne dresses up as a man for Halloween and gets into acting like one of the guys at the local bar. While the episode provides a humorous peek into men’s thinking and behavior, it also sheds light on the more crude and unnerving ways of masculinity."Trick or Treat" (Season 3, Episode 7; aired Oct. 30, 1990)
Seventeen-year-old Becky asks Roseanne and Jackie to help her get birth control, signaling she’s ready to have sex with boyfriend Mark — only for them to find out Becky and Mark have already done the deed. Roseanne and Dan grapple with the fact that their little girl is becoming a woman. "A Bitter Pill to Swallow" (Season 4, Episode 1; aired Sept. 17, 1991)