Air Dates: October 18, 1988-May 20, 1997
Stars: Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Michael Fishman, Lecy Goranson
Roseanne Barr has made questionable decisions recently, but there was a time when the comic was one of the bravest voices in television. Her show Roseanne, which for a year was the highest-rated series in America, explored blue-collar life in a way that no show had done before. Her depiction of a woman-run household where the parents are barely making ends meet was a powerful thing in the late '80s and '90s. Class politics aside, Barr's show expanded TV's horizon even further, speaking frankly about gay rights, abortion, domestic violence, povery, alcoholism, and a slew of other issues you don't associate with the CBS sitcoms pulling in millions of viewers in 2013.
The jokes were pretty good, too. —RS