I am one of the people that Susan McLeland described who was not impressed when watching Roseanne on television as a kid. She explains this idea that many children did not like the show Roseanne because the kids in the show were “pills.” Not only were the children on the show were hard to relate to, but they were also older than me and going through challenges and difficulties that I had not yet experienced. I did not feel that I could relate to the show. I also did not like to see Roseanne and her husband, Dan, argue so viciously with one another.
However, after reading the chapter and watching the episode of Roseanne, I have an appreciation for how progressive and realistic Roseanne was. The sitcom simply depicts everyday life for many Americans. The challenges that the children face and the relationship between the parents is simply something that reflects American life today for many people. I think it’s fascinating that the show essentially took the idea of the “American Dream” and flipped up on its head. I commend Roseanne Barr herself for making the show depict real life America as she saw it. She was not shy to express her struggles and this is depicted in the show. After watching this show now, I have become a fan of it. Rather than thinking it is too crude or almost depressing at some points, I now understand and appreciate how truly progressive it was at the time. I’m sure many of you have also come to a similar appreciation.