"Roseanne: The Complete 1st & 2nd Season Uncut (1988-1990/Mill Creek Ent.)" Review

Show Synopsis: 'Roseanne' is the story of a working class family struggling with life's essential problems: Marriage, Children, Money and Parents in Law. A classic sitcom, the story circles around the Connor family - a family of five (DJ, Darlene, Becky, Roseanne and Dan). The household's mother, Roseanne, is being accompanied in her quest to keep the family together by her sister Jackie and various friends over the years...

Review: Ever so often throughout TV history there has been shows that break ground and do something different than other shows and Roseanne was definitely one of them. The difference that this show had going for it that others did not was a more realistic approach to how life and family life really is instead of trying to sugar coat it like so many shows try to do. You get a rich cast of characters that alot of people will be able to relate to and understand their situation no matter how bad things get. In the first season alot of the jokes were delivered by Roseanne Barr more like if she was doing her stand up and would crack a grin after every joke which eventually changed as the show progressed.
Unlike some shows that I look more back on for nostalgic reasons this one I also look back on because the show is simply great. Even with the sets and clothes being dated the stories and plot lines are not and with a cast of great actors and actresses it makes it that much more likable. When I was younger the only character I didn't care for much was Jackie but now I really like her and she does help the story out. Roseanne and Dan Conner have always been my favorites especially Dan because John Goodman just makes him very likable and he pulls off the wise cracks flawlessly and also shows a very serious side when needed.
The best part about these sets are that you finally get Season 1 in it's uncut form unlike the Anchor Bay setof the first season that came out a few years back. Each episode is about 2 to 3 minutes longer which adds to the show a bit. The picture and audio quality are just as good as the prior sets so for the price of each of these seasons you are getting a great deal since the older sets can be pricey from time to time. If you like this show then I say buy these sets now because you won't be disappointed!

-Daniel "Damnation" Lee

Director: Various
Genre: TV/Comedy/Sitcom
DVD Release Year: 2011
Syndication Years: 1988-1990 (For these 2 seasons)
Time Length: 18 hrs. 37 mins.
Company: Mill Creek Entertainment
Website: http://www.millcreekent.com/