by Elissa Blattman, Project Assistant
Roseanne premiered on television on October 18, 1988 – 25 years ago tomorrow. During its first season, it was second in the ratings behind only The Cosby Show. By its second season, it was number one. It spent six of its nine seasons in the top five. Not bad for a show that told the proverbial sitcom family to shove off.
Roseanne was a groundbreaking sitcom on many levels. It dealt with issues such as domestic violence, child abuse, birth control, teen pregnancy, drugs, racial prejudice, body image, mental illness, and family dysfunction. It did so, sometimes for the first time in primetime, in a way that felt real and honest to many viewers. It had two homosexual regular characters, and was the first show to promote LGBT rights, the first to feature a lesbian kiss (1994) and the first to feature a gay marriage (1995). Read the rest of this entry »