Roseanne - Series 1-9 [DVD]
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The complete series one to nine of the popular television comedy that portrayed American working class family life with an affection and honesty previously unseen in U.S. sitcoms. Series one episodes comprise: 'Life and Stuff', 'We're in the Money', 'D.I.V.O.R.C.E.', 'Language Lessons', 'Radio Days', 'Lovers' Lanes', 'The Memory Game', 'Here's to Good Friends', 'Dan's Birthday Bash', 'Saturday', 'Canoga Time', 'The Monday Through Friday Show', 'Bridge Over Troubled Sonny', 'Father's Day', 'Nightmare On Oak Street', 'Mall Story', 'Becky's Choice', 'The Slice of Life', 'Workin' Overtime', 'Toto, We're Not in Kansas Anymore', 'Death and Stuff', 'Dear Mom and Dad' and 'Let's Call It Quits'. Series two episodes comprise: 'Inherit the Wind', 'The Little Sister', 'Guilt By Disassociation', 'Somebody Stole My Gal', 'House of Grown-Ups', 'Five of a Kind', 'BOO!', 'Sweet Dreams', 'We Gather Together', 'Brain-Dead Poets Society', 'Lobocop', 'No Talking', 'Chicken Hearts', 'One for the Road', 'An Officer and a Gentleman', 'Born to Be Wild', 'Hair', 'I'm Hungry', 'All of Me', 'To Tell the Truth', 'Fender Bender', 'April Fool's Day', 'Father's and Daughters', and 'Happy Birthday'. Series three episodes comprise: 'The Test', 'Friends and Relatives', 'Like, a Virgin', 'Like, a New Job', 'Goodbye Mr Right', 'Becky, Beds and Boys', 'Trick Or Treat', 'PMS, I Love You', 'Bird Is the Word', 'Dream Lover', 'Do You Know Where Your Parents Are?', 'Confessions', 'The Courtship of Eddie, Dan's Father', 'The Wedding', 'Becky Doesn't Live Here Anymore', 'Home-Ec', 'Valentine's Day', 'Communicable Theatre', 'Vegas Interrupts', 'Her Boyfriend's Back', 'Troubles With the Rubbles', 'Second Time Around', 'Dances With Darlene', 'Scenes from a Barbecue' and 'The Pied Piper of Lanford'. Series four episodes comprise: 'A Bitter Pill to Swallow', 'Take My Bike, Please!', 'Why Jackie Becomes a Trucker', 'Darlene Fades to Black', 'Tolerate Thy Neighbour', 'Trick Me Up, Trick Me Down', 'Vegas', 'Vegas, Vegas', 'Stressed to Kill', 'Thanksgiving 1991', 'Kansas City, Here We Come', 'Santa Claus', 'Bingo', 'The Bowling Show', 'The Back Story', 'Less Is More', 'Breakin' Up Is Hard to Do', 'This Old House', 'The Commercial Show', 'Therapy', 'Lies', 'Deliverance', 'Secrets', 'Don't Make Me Over' and 'Aliens'. Series five episodes comprise: 'Terms of Estrangement - Part One', 'Terms of Estrangement - Part Two', 'The Dark Ages', 'Mommy Nearest', 'Pretty in Black', 'Looking for Loans in All the Wrong Places', 'Halloween IV', 'Ladies Choice', 'Stand On Your Man', 'Good Girls, Bad Girls', 'Of Ice and Men', 'No Place Like Home for the Holidays', 'Crime and Punishment', 'War and Peace', 'Lanford Daze', 'Wait Till Your Father Gets Home', 'First Cousin, Twice Removed', 'Lose a Job, Winnebago', 'It's a Boy!', 'It Was Twenty Years Ago Today', 'Playing With Matches', 'Promises, Promises', 'Glengarry, Glen Rosey', 'Tooth Or Consequences' and 'Daughters and Other Strangers'. Series six episodes comprise: 'Two Down, One to Go', 'The Mommy's Curse', 'Party Politics', 'A Stash from the Past', 'Be My Baby', 'Halloween V', 'Homeward Bound', 'Guilt By Imagination', 'Homecoming', 'Thanksgiving '93', 'The Driver's Seat', 'White Trash Christmas', 'Suck Up Or Shut Up', 'Busted', 'David Vs Goliath', 'Everyone Comes to Jackie's', 'Don't Make Room for Daddy', 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell', 'Labor Day', 'Past Imperfect', 'Lies My Father Told Me', 'I Pray the Lord My Stove to Keep', 'Body By Jake', 'Isn't It Romantic?' and 'Altar Egos'. Series seven episodes comprise: 'Nine Is Enough', 'Two for One', 'Snoop Davey Dave', 'Girl Talk', 'Sleeper', 'Skeleton in the Closet', 'Follow the Son', 'Punch and Jimmy', 'White Men Can't Kiss', 'Thanksgiving '94', 'Maybe Baby', 'The Parenting Trap', 'Rear Window', 'My Name Is Bev', 'Bed and Bored', 'Sisters', 'Lost Youth', 'Single Married Female', 'The Clip Show - All About Rosey (Part 1)', 'The Clip Show - All About Rosey (Part 2)', 'Husbands and Wives', 'Happy Trailers', 'The Blaming of the Shrew', 'The Birds and the Frozen Bees', 'Couch Potatoes' and 'Sherwood Schwartz: A Loving Tribute'. Series eight episodes comprise: 'Shower the People You Love With Stuff', 'Let Them Eat Junk', 'Roseanne in the Hood', 'The Last Date', 'Halloween - The Final Chapter', 'The Fifties Show', 'The Getaway, Almost', 'The Last Thursday in November', 'Of Mice and Dan', 'Direct to Video', 'December Bride', 'The Thrilla Near the Vanilla Extract', 'The White Sheep of the Family', 'Becky Howser, M.D.', 'Out of the Past', 'Construction Junction', 'We're Going to Disney World', 'Disney World War II', 'Springtime for David', 'Another Mouth to Shut Up', 'Morning Becomes Obnoxious', 'Ballroom Blitz', 'The Wedding', 'Heart and Soul' and 'Fights and Stuff'. Series nine episodes comprise: 'Call Waiting', 'Millions from Heaven', 'What a Day for a Daydream', 'Honor Thy Mother', 'Someday My Prince Will Come', 'Pampered to a Pulp', 'Satan, Darling', 'Hoi Polloi Meets Hoiti Toiti', 'Roseambo', 'Home Is Where the Afghan Is', 'Mothers and Other Strangers', 'Home for the Holidays', 'Say It Ain't So', 'Hit the Road Jack', 'The War Room', 'Landford's Elite', 'Some Enchanted Merger', 'A Second Chance', 'The Miracle', 'Roseanne-Feld', 'The Truth Be Told', 'Arsenic and Old Mom', 'Into That Good Night - Part One' and 'Into That Good Night - Part Two'.
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9 series, over 220 episodes and alot of characters to take in.
Series 1 shows a sitcom that is finding it's feet and developing the characters, not quite sure of what it wants to be or who it wants to aim itself at. By the end of the run it has started to settle in.
The Connors, Roseanne & Dan, their children Becky, Darlene and David Jacob (DJ) are a working class American family, sometimes living well and at others struggling to make ends meet. Each and every character is different and all have different wants and needs, putting strains on each other and testing their strength as a family.
Other main characters are Jackie, Roseanne's younger sister and their mother Bev, who nobody ever wants to spend time with, tiring of her judgemental attitude towards everything and everyone, especially her daughters. Another character who features throughout, is Crystal, a friend of Roseanne's who can get on people's nerves easily, but at the same time is likeable.
Series 2 continued in much the same way as the first, though showing significant character development, particularly in Becky & Darlene.
Series 3 is the point in which the series really comes into it's own and moves forwards. This series covered what were considered risky subjects, one being Roseanne dealing with the reality of Becky having a serious boyfriend and talking openly to her about sex.
Tackling taboo and difficult subjects would become a regular thing during the rest of Roseanne's run on TV and it's in this series that the show demonstrates it's power to break down barriers that most other shows would not/ could not touch.
Series 4 kicks off in controversial style with Roseanne advising Becky about birth control.
The series has alot of light and funny moments, a highlight are the new neighbours. Dan gets on with the husband but Roseanne and the wife hate each other, despite DJ becoming best friends with their son.
Darelne becomes more difficult and moody than ever, Becky has break ups and make ups with her boyfriend Mark and DJ is forever in his own little weird world.
Jackie takes up a new career in trucking, then ends up in therapy.
Series 5 begins with Dan having to close his business and the Connors are becoming close to losing everything.
One of the characters comes out as gay, becoming the shows second gay character after Leon, Roseannes ex boss.
This is also the series in which Roseanne, Jackie, Nancy and Bev go into business and open the Lanford Lunch Box and Darlene and David get closer, especially when David moves into the Connors house!
Series 6, is so far (still watching it) a good continuation of where series 5 left off. DJ has developed even further and at 12 is starting to show signs of teenage rebellion. Darlene goes to college and Leon is back and buys out Bevs share of The Lunch Box, much to the despair of Roseanne.
Roseanne's 7th series (although not got around to it yet on DVD) was similar to series 3-6 in it's storylines and style, series 8 started to deviate from the template slightly and was thought at the time to be the last until series 9 was announced.
The 9th series has always been seen by many as a series too far and has been lamented for it's ending just as much as several of it's storylines along the way.
Throughout the 9 series each character, in particular Becky, Darlene and DJ develop considerably and it is easy to be drawn into their world, watching them grow up and dealing with everyday issues, from relationships, drugs, babies, near poverty and winning the lottery to name just a few.
The adult characters develop emotionally and no one is at the same place in their lives that they were in the first series by the time series 9 has ended. It is almost like having a window inside the house of a normal family.
Roseanne Arnold/ Barr plays the title role. She is loud, outspoken but also loyal, loving and humouress.
John Goodman plays Dan Connor, a family man he tries to do his best for his family by trying to stay in work to make ends meet, though not always successfully. He is very protective over his family, including Jackie, but is not afraid to show his feelings at times.
Jackie is Roseanne's sister, played brilliantly by Laurie Metcalf. She is usually unlucky in love and has not settled down in a career at times becoming a police officer, truck driver and then owning a share in a diner. She ends up in therapy after years of emotional abuse from her mother.
The children, Becky, Darelne and DJ are all different. Lecy Goranson plays Becky for most of the series run, being replaced (on and off) by Sarah Chalke from series 6. Becky is the oldest, a daddys girl she likes to get what she wants and often acts spoilt. She rebels against her parents and eventually moves out after eloping to get married.
Darlene is the middle child, played by Sara Gilbert. She is more sensible than Becky, having learnt from her mistakes, therefore being able to work her way around her parents more and also refraining from having a sexual relationship with her boyfriend as quickly as Becky first did. She has moody spells and is often witty and sarcastic (often at the same time) leading to some of the funniest scenes.
DJ, is played by Michael Fishman, who was only 6 when the series first aired. DJ is the youngest child, he is slightly weird, has hardly any friends and dismembers his sisters dolls, which then get kept under his bed.
He is also very bright and learns from his sisters (particularly Darlene's sarcasm and wit) and it's with DJ that the viewers can see the most character growth, watching him grow from a small boy to a teenage one ending the series in much the same place as his oldest sister started.
The other smaller characters such as Bev, Crystal, Leon and Nancy are all vital to the series, each with their own quirks and various oddities. There seems to be someone for everyone to relate to, parents can relate to Roseanne and Dan, children can see themelves in Becky, Darlene and DJ. People from all walks of life seem to be included and even aliens get a look in.
Some people may judge Roseanne as being crass and OTT, but scratch the surface a little and there are a whole host of well rounded characters with enough depth to them to make them, at times, both likeable and detestable. It tested the water with controversial subjects and shaped the future of US TV comedies.
It has stood up very well over the years since it was broadcast (1988 - 1997) and I would recommend it to anybody.
9 Series & 220+ episodes over a massive 37 discs. It will keep you entertained for weeks, even months.
Roseanne was a daring innovative sitcom. It dares you to try it.
One of the things I most like of this set is that is small, compact and well organized. I was expecting to receive a huge box with all the series inside in another big dvd folding-cases. But I found that it does not take a lot of space in your shelves, every season is inside a single dvd thin case, so no big folding boxes. I also have the Lost complete series ,for example, and only two season boxes (of the 6) occupy the same space as Roseanne DVD set does with its 9 seasons.
The quality of image and sound is very good, also the menus are good with the tittle of every chapter. That wasn't necessary to say though, but just in case someone wanted to know :)
The only thing I don't like is the lack of English subtittles, but that I knew before the purchase. Only season 1 has subtittles but the rest of the 8 seasons don't. At the moment I'm still watching the first season and often I need them because sometimes they speak so fast or because I don't know the vocabulary they're using. I think it will be a bit hard to understand the jokes of second season without subtittles.
But since Roseanne wasn't released in DVD here in Spain and also because I used to enjoy it so much when I was younger, I prefer having this magnific set than nothing at all, and for what it costs it's worth having. You always can find the subtittles searching on internet (or at least I hope so).
So get this Roseanne DVD box and watch it, I laughed so much on what I have seen until now...It's a cruel humour, very very funny. Someone said in another review this comedy is art and I completely agree. Sometimes it reminds me of The Simpsons but with real people.
I hope this review helps.
Roseanne - Series 1-9 [DVD]
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on the whole was as funny as when first shown