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"Roseanne: Season One"
Intro
Season: Season 1
Original
network:
ABC-TV
Country/Language United States
Original Run:
First episode: October 18, 1988
Final episode: May 2, 1989
Number of episodes 23
Created by: Roseanne Barr & Matt Williams
Executive producer(s): Roseanne Barr, Marcy Carsey & Tom Werner
Episode guide
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Season 2

Season One follows the Conner family (Roseanne, Dan, Becky, Darlene, and D.J.) as they deal with work, famliy, and friends. Roseanne (Rosanne Barr) is a line worker at Wellman Plastics, along with her sister Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) and friend Crystal (Natalie West).

Jackie has a brief relationship with Booker (George Clooney), the foreman at Wellman. Dan finds sporadic work as a construction contractor and faces a strained relationship with his irresponsible father Ed (Ned Beatty). Roseanne's parents, Beverly (Estelle Parsons) and Al (John Randolph), consider moving to Lanford, but eventually decide against it. Tomboy Darlene struggles with her femininity as she enters puberty and gets her first period. Becky faces dating problems with her first boyfriend Chip, who is introduced in the "Lover's Lane" episode. Season one also finds the Conners experiencing, and surviving, a tornado.

In the "Death and Stuff" episode a door-to-door salesman dies in the Conners' kitchen, and in the season finale, Roseanne stands up to a new foreman Mr. Faber (Fred Thompson), when she leads Jackie, Crystal, and other coworkers as they quit Wellman Plastics. DJ is played by Sal Barone in the pilot episode and by Michael Fishman for the remainder of the series. There is a running gag in this season where they use the word "corn" in every episode. 

Season summary Edit

Roseanne episodesEdit

Season Episodes Originally aired DVD release date
Season premiere Season finale
1 23 October 18, 1988 May 2, 1989 August 30, 2005 (Region 1)
September 19, 2005 (Region 2)
June 7, 2006 (Region 4)
2 24 September 12, 1989 May 8, 1990 December 6, 2005 (Region 1)
February 6, 2006 (Region 2)
October 4, 2006 (Region 4)
3 24 September 18, 1990 May 14, 1991 March 21, 2006 (Region 1)
May 15, 2006 (Region 2)
February 7, 2007 (Region 4)
4 25 September 17, 1991 May 12, 1992 June 27, 2006 (Region 1)
March 17, 2007 (Region 2)
June 6, 2007 (Region 4)
5 25 September 15, 1992 May 18, 1993 September 12, 2006 (Region 1)
September 9, 2009 (Region 2)
November 7, 2007 (Region 3)
    6 25 September 14, 1993 May 24, 1994 December 5, 2006 (Region 1)
September 9, 2009 (Region 2)
March 18, 2008 (Region 3)
    7 26 September 21, 1994 May 24, 1995 April 3, 2007 (Region 1)
October 12, 2009 (Region 2)
July 9, 2008 (Region 3)
    8 25 September 19, 1995 May 21, 1996 August 7, 2007 (Region 1)
October 12, 2009 (Region 2)
January 13, 2010 (Region 3)
    9 25 September 17, 1996 May 20, 1997 October 16 2007 (Region 1)
November 16, 2009 (Region 2)
January 13, 2010 (Region 3)

Season 1 (1988-89)Edit

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Title Directed By Written By Original air date
1 1 "Life and Stuff" Ellen Falcon Matt Williams October 18, 1988
Roseanne and Dan Conner, parents of a low-income family, deal with the trials and tribulations of suburban domesticity. Roseanne must keep her sanity while keeping her family together and dealing with her troubling daughter, Darlene. Note: This is Sal Barone's only appearance as D.J. Conner. He would later be replaced by Michael Fishman. 
2 2 "We're in the Money" Ellen Falcon David McFadzean October 25, 1988
When Dan's new drywall job pays him a $500 advance, both him and Roseanne decide to use the remaining money responsibly after paying bills with most of it. However, each of them have their own ideas for spending the leftover $50. Note: This is Michael Fishman's first appearance as D.J. 
3 3 "D-I-V-O-R-C-E" Ellen Falcon Lauren Eve Anderson November 1, 1988
It's Two for One Tuesday at the Lanford Inn and Dan reluctantly agrees to have a nice dinner-for-two with Roseanne. While there, they discover an interesting piece of news about their old friend Patsy. 
4 4 "Language Lessons" Ellen Falcon Laurie Gelman November 22, 1988
Dan is irritated with Jackie and her meddling ways. Anything that she says is grating on his nerves, so when she says that his "special chili" is bland, he loses it. Roseanne is caught in the middle, as the two of them pull her in each direction for support. The arguing explodes, and Roseanne is left to straighten it all out. 
5 5 "Radio Days" Ellen Falcon Laurie Gelman November 29, 1988
When a local radio station holds a country-western songwriting contest, Dan digs through trash to find Roseanne's treasure: one of her poems could be the perfect fit for the contest! Meanwhile, Becky and Darlene fight over their room space and Booker chases down Jackie. 
6 6 "Lovers' Lane" Ellen Falcon Danny Jacobson December 6, 1988
A Friday night of fun begins as Roseanne and her family travel to the bowling alley. Becky deals with the problems of most teenagers as she is interested in a boy at the bowling alley and is afraid of the embarrassment that might occur due to her mother. In the meantime Jackie and Booker raise the stakes in their friendly game of bowling. 
7 7 "The Memory Game" Ellen Falcon Grace McKeaney December 13, 1988
Dan has a photographer coming over to take a family portrait for his upcoming high-school reunion newsletter. Just when everyone and everything is ready, Jackie accidentally reveals that Dan cheated on Roseanne long ago with her nemesis, turning the smiles to glares. 
8 8 "Here's to Good Friends" Ellen Falcon Danny Jacobson December 20, 1988
Roseanne and Jackie are worried about their friend Crystal and take her out to show her she is a good soul who just needs to stop letting people walk all over her. Meanwhile, Darlene is stuck at home doing a report for her American history class while the rest of the family watches football. 
9 9 "Dan's Birthday Bash" Ellen Falcon Grace McKeaney January 3, 1989
Happy Birthday Dan! Roseanne and the kids surprise Dan with an extensive birthday breakfast. Later on in the evening, Roseanne throws Dan a party at the Lobo. During the party Dan comes close to being violent but is stopped by Roseanne. Afraid that he will look like a wimp Dan vows that he will beat up the billiards bully the next time he sees him. Becky is invited to Chip's for a dinner. 
10 10 "Saturday" Ellen Falcon David McFadzean January 10, 1989
A Saturday at the Conners means chilling out at relaxing but Dan believes he can conquer fixing the truck while relaxing. Roseanne & Dan place a friendly wager to see if Dan and the gang can fix the truck in the afternoon. 
11 11 "Canoga Time" Ellen Falcon David McFadzean January 17, 1989
Dan can't bear to part with the "junk" Roseanne wants to donate to a rummage sale, so Roseanne proposes a deal. Darlene forges a passing grade on her report card, but will it fool her parents? 
12 12 "The Monday Thru Friday Show" Ellen Falcon Danny Jacobson January 24, 1989
Dan and Roseanne disagree about where to spend a romantic 15th anniversary; Becky refuses to dissect a frog in biology class; Darlene finds her paper route more than she can handle, until Jackie took the kids to a water park. 
13 13 "Bridge Over Troubled Sonny" Ellen Falcon Laurie Gelman January 31, 1989
Crystal struggles to cope with the death of her husband Sonny, who is buried in the bridge that Jackie drove them over on the way to work. Roseanne struggles with whether or not to tell Crystal a secret she knows about Sonny (who was a cheat), until Crystal reveals that she had an affair while still being married to Sonny and she never told him. Darlene decides it's cool to smoke--until Roseanne finds her pack of cigarettes. 
14 14 "Father's Day" Ellen Falcon Lauren Eve Anderson 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. 
15 15 "Nightmare on Oak Street" John Pasquin Grace McKeaney February 14, 1989
The girls watch a slasher-horror film, and Roseanne has been losing sleep, due to what she believes are Darlene's re-occurring nightmares. When the truth is revealed, that the scary movie isn't behind the insomnia, Roseanne learns that Darlene is entering puberty. 
16 16 "Mall Story" John Sgueglia Laurie Gelman February 21, 1989
It's time for the annual Landford Mall-A-Thon and Roseanne and her gang are ready to scout out the deals and spend a lovely Saturday in retail heaven. Roseanne takes her family as she realizes Dan needs new shoes, Becky needs a dress, and Roseanne just needs a day to escape work. Jackie converses. 
17 17 "Becky's Choice" John Sgueglia Laurie Gelman and David Jacobson February 28, 1989
Bachelor 1 or Bachelor 2? Becky must decide between her first crush, Chip, and the infamous "Tongue Bandit". The decision worsens when Roseanne & Dan invite Chip's parents over for a family dinner. Later on, Becky is caught with the other guy in the backyard. 
18 18 "Slice of Life" John Sgueglia Lauren Eve Anderson and David McFadzean March 7, 1989
Becky is getting ready for a big slumber party, and Darlene is getting ready to pitch the big game. Darlene is extremely moody, and argues with Roseanne before slamming out of the house. After Roseanne gets a phone call that Darlene is under going emergency surgery in the emergency trauma center for a ruptured appendix that is causing a fever and raptured intestice, Roseanne becomes wrecked with guilt over the morning's fight. 
19 19 "Workin' Overtime" Ellen Falcon Bill Pentland March 14, 1989
The Wellman Plastics group is growing tired as Booker continues to lengthen the worker's shifts due to quotas, factory mistakes, etc. Roseanne, queen of the group, cannot take it any longer. When Roseanne completes another long day of work and comes home to the everyday craziness, she must escape and take a breather. 
20 20 "Toto, We're Not in Kansas Anymore" John Sgueglia Grace McKeaney March 28, 1989
As a tornado spins through Lanford, the Conners panic about Jackie, who hasn't returned from her trip to the store. 
21 21 "Death and Stuff" John Sgueglia Bill Pentland April 11, 1989
During the family's busy weekend activities, a door-to-door salesman drops by -- and then drops dead in the Conner kitchen. Meanwhile, they are expecting company, potential buyers for the washer and dryer, and the coroner is taking his time getting the body out of the Conner kitchen. 
22 22 "Dear Mom and Dad" John Sgueglia Danny Jacobson April 18, 1989
An unannounced visit by Roseanne's parents has the Conner house in an uproar. Dan and Jackie are pushing a usually outspoken Roseanne to stick up for herself, because she is now at a loss for words. Hostility and stir-craziness abound, but the biggest shock comes when Bev announces that they are moving to Lanford. 
23 23 "Let's Call It Quits" Ellen Falcon Grace McKeaney May 2, 1989
Roseanne has difficulty accepting new rules from a tough new supervisor at the factory. After he raises the cap on the quotas yet again, Roseanne approaches him to try and get him to ease off. The boss agrees, but he needs a favor from her, in return. They come to a temporary agreement that results in a permanent solution. 

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