Father's Day was the 14th episode of Season 1 of Roseanne, also the 14th overall series episode. Directed by Ellen Falcon and written by Laure Eve Anderson, it first aired on ABC-TV on February 7, 1989.


Dan's father visits, bearing gifts and all are thrilled to see him except Dan himself. The visit drags out and insults are hurled toward Dan, so Roseanne has to step in. Dan sees his father's philosophy of "Work smart, not hard" as a direct put-down on his life, while his father sees it as caring advice.

Characters PresentEdit

  • Roseanne
  • Dan
  • Becky
  • Darlene
  • D.J.
  • Jackie
  • Ed (debut)
  • Crystal (cameo)


  • This episode is one of the greatest examples of Roseanne's unique composition. In this episode we see foreshadowing as to how Dan's father, Ed really is in Dan's life. Dan explains that his father was always on the road and tried to make up by buying gifts. This is seen through various episodes, but explained in truth during the sixth season when Dan finds out his mother needs psychological help.
  • In this episode, Ed mentions that Dan's mother was eight months pregnant when he was 3 years old, meaning that he has at least one sibling. A sister was mentioned in one of the early episodes, but was never brought up again. This reference might've been deleted when the show began airing in syndication.

Roseanne: Season One (Season 1)

Life and Stuff|We're in the Money|D-I-V-O-R-C-E|Language Lessons|Radio Days|Lovers' Lane|The Memory Game|Here's to Good Friends|Dan's Birthday Bash|Saturday|Canoga Time|The Monday Thru Friday Show|Bridge Over Troubled Sonny|Father's Day|Nightmare on Oak Street|Mall Story|Becky's Choice|Slice of Life|Workin' Overtime|Toto, We're Not in Kansas Anymore|Death and Stuff|Dear Mom and Dad|Let's Call It Quits

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