It’s been so long since “Roseanne” was on air, I could hardly remember why I stopped watching it the first go around. Now, the show is back and it so familiar, it hardly seems like it ever left. It was due to that nostalgic feeling that I decided to watch the first episode, just to see if she still had “it”. What I saw was everything I remembered from the first time around, a lower middle class family, struggling to survive, painted against the backdrop of today’s politically divided America. Except, for the first time in a long time, I didn’t feel wrong about it. What I mean when I say wrong is one of two feelings; While watching a TV show today, either I feel “left out” and “under attack” due to my personal politics or I feel like the aggressor, listening to someone prove that what I believe is correct. Honestly, either way, it is tiresome. On Roseanne, they go back and forth and never dive too deep, just enough to make me laugh. Even better, both sides get the chance to look stupid. Sounds like real life to me.
Check out a clip from the new show and this article about the show written by Kareem Abdul-Jabbaar.