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There are so many good episodes of Roseanne, but which ones really stand out? Do you like "A Stash from the Past" the best, or is "Boo" the funniest episode of Roseanne? To determine once and for all what the best episodes of Roseanne are, let's rank every Roseanne episode from best to worst.

A late '80s sitcom, Roseanne was praised early on for the way it dealt with class issues and the everyday aspects of life for a working class family in middle America. The series, starring Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Michael Fishman, and Lecy Goranson, was a critical and popular hit, ranking in the top five TV shows its first six seasons. Roseanne was nominated for Emmys in acting, editing, art direction, and writing during its nine-year run. On May 16, 2017, ABC confirmed that the sitcom would return for a revival season, with the original cast. Roseanne aired on ABC from October 18, 1988 to May 20, 1997.

Vote up your favorite episodes of Roseanne, and downvote any bad episodes that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you love the series as a whole. It can be painful to put one Roseanne episode over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many episodes you like.

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Crime and Punishment, Part I is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
Crime and Punishment, Part I Season 5 Episode 13: D.J. is busted at school for having obscene reading material. Dan meets with the principal, but dreads it, because he is certain that the reading material D.J. brought to school is one of his porno magazines. He soon discovers that the reading material is far more sick and twisted than just a skin magazine, begging the question of where D.J. got it and leaving him speechless by the answer.

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War and Peace, Part II is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
War and Peace, Part II Season 5 Episode 14: Dan gets bailed out of jail by an amused Darlene, while rumors fly from wild to wilder, as to why he was arrested. Jackie learns why Dan was arrested, and finds herself both angry with, and touched by Dan's protective gesture. Overwhelmed, and feeling like things are moving too fast, Jackie leans on Roseanne to help her move out of Fisher's apartment.

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An Officer and a Gentleman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
An Officer and a Gentleman Season 2 Episode 15: Jackie Runs The House While Rosey's Away.

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Boo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
Boo Season 2 Episode 7: The first of the annual Halloween episodes finds Roseanne doing her best to scare Dan who is waiting to hear about an important business deal going through.

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Scenes from a Barbecue is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
Scenes from a Barbecue Season 3 Episode 24: Family and friends (except Dan's father and Roseanne's mother) gather at the Conner household for food, drink and singing, and Roseanne's fellow waitress, Bonnie, gets a chance to show what a great singer she really is. Beverley still manages to upset Roseanne and Jackie from the other end of the phone, but Nana Mary turns the tables on her.

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A Stash from the Past is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
A Stash from the Past Season 6 Episode 4: When Roseanne finds a bag of pot in David's room, she's angry -- and worried about how Dan is going to react. Of course, he goes ballistic, until he realizes the stuff is a 20-year old relic of his and Roseanne's youth. Inevitably, they roll a joint for old times' sake, and before you can say "like, wow," Dan, Roseanne and her sister, Jackie, are adrift in a Cheech-and-Chong time warp.

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Inherit the Wind is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
Inherit the Wind Season 2 Episode 1: Becky Can't Show Her Face In Public.

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Home-Ec is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
Home-Ec Season 3 Episode 16: Roseanne discovers her inner feminist when an invitation from Darlene's school to Dan for career day inspires her to speak to Darlene's class about being a homemaker.

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Like, a New Job is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
Like, a New Job Season 3 Episode 4: Leaving behind her days at the hair salon, Roseanne starts her new job as a waitress at Rodbell's, much to Becky and Darlene's horror.

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Toto, We're Not in Kansas ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
Toto, We're Not in Kansas Anymore

Season 1 Episode 20: There's A Tornado Headed For The Conners.

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One for the Road is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
One for the Road Season 2 Episode 14: Becky and her friend make "tornadoes": a combination of several liquors they find in the liquor cabinet, topped off with a splash of root beer.

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It's a Boy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
It's a Boy Season 5 Episode 19: It's A Boy!

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Troubles with the Rubbles is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
Troubles with the Rubbles Season 3 Episode 21: Roseanne clashes with her uptight new neighbor, Kathy Bowman.

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We Gather Together is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
We Gather Together Season 2 Episode 9: The Conner Clan's Fighting On Turkey Day.

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Trick or Treat is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
Trick or Treat Season 3 Episode 7: Gender bending abounds with the annual Conner fright-fest that finds Roseanne in drag and Dan worrying about DJ dressing up as a witch.

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Good Girls, Bad Girls is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
Good Girls, Bad Girls Season 5 Episode 10: Roseanne permits Darlene to accompany next-door-neighbor Molly to a concert in Rockford.

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Brain-Dead Poets' Society is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
Brain-Dead Poets' Society Season 2 Episode 10: Roseanne is ecstatic when Darlene is asked to read her poem for her school's recital, but Darlene refuses to do it.

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House of Grown-Ups is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
House of Grown-Ups Season 2 Episode 5: Roseanne feels the empty nest syndrome when Jackie leaves for police training and Darlene goes to her first party.

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Halloween IV is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
Halloween IV Season 5 Episode 7: Roseanne is visited by the ghosts of Halloween past, present and future when she can't get into the spirit of things like usual.

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Do You Know Where Your Parents... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
Do You Know Where Your Parents Are? Season 3 Episode 11: Romantic Getaway.

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It's No Place Like Home fo... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
It's No Place Like Home for the Holidays Season 5 Episode 12: Holiday Hysteria!

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The Commercial Show is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
The Commercial Show Season 4 Episode 19: The Conner family tries to get in on a Rodbell's commercial being filmed at the diner.

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Like, A New Job is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
Like, A New Job Season 3 Episode 4: Rosey Takes Orders!

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Death and Stuff is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
Death and Stuff Season 1 Episode 21: Roseanne's hospitality bites her in the behind when a door-to-door salesman she lets in the house dies in their kitchen and the family must contend with the corpse all day until the coroner can arrive.

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Terms of Estrangement - Part 2 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
Terms of Estrangement - Part 2 Season 5 Episode 2: Becky Says "I Do."

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Pretty in Black is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
Pretty in Black Season 5 Episode 5: Darlene's 16th birthday sees new neighbors moving in next door and an embarrassing game of truth or dare for Roseanne.

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Homeward Bound is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
Homeward Bound Season 6 Episode 7: Roseanne tries to encourage David to snap out of his moping about Darlene being away at school and do something with his life, but it backfires when David decides to move back in with his Mom in Michigan. Darlene comes home for a visit to surprise David, but they wind up at each others' throats.

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Santa Claus is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
Santa Claus Season 4 Episode 12: The Christmas season finds Roseanne volunteering to be Santa at the mall where she makes a surprising discovery about Darlene's new friend Karen.

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I'm Hungry is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
I'm Hungry Season 2 Episode 18: The Conners Are On A Diet, And Go Crazy.

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Halloween V is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
Halloween V Season 6 Episode 6: Trick Or Treat!

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This Old House is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
This Old House Season 4 Episode 18: Roseanne comes down hard on Darlene for running off to Chicago with David, but a trip to the house she grew up in with Jackie gives her a new perspective on her troubled daughter.

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The Dark Ages is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
The Dark Ages Season 5 Episode 3: It's A Black Out!

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Thanksgiving 1991 is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
Thanksgiving 1991 Season 4 Episode 10: Thanksgiving weekend sees another visit by friends and family including Nana Mary and a husband-less Bev.

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Wait 'Til Your Father Gets... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home Season 5 Episode 16: The death of their father finds Jackie a basket case and Roseanne dealing with some long-buried issues; meanwhile Bev meets her husband's mistress.

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No Talking is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
No Talking Season 2 Episode 12: Rosey Lays Down The Law Of The Land.

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Playing with Matches is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
Playing with Matches Season 5 Episode 21: Tired of having their Mom hanging around them all the time, Roseanne and Jackie try to encourage a relationship between Beverly and Jake, her friend from the retirement community they both live in. Molly kisses David, making him nervous and uncomfortable. To back her off, David confesses the plans he and Darlene have for the future.

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Why Jackie Becomes a Trucker is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
Why Jackie Becomes a Trucker Season 4 Episode 3: A one night stand prompts Jackie to improve her life by becoming a trucker.

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Second Time Around is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
Second Time Around Season 3 Episode 22: Crystal Prepares For A Baby.

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Fender Bender is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
Fender Bender Season 2 Episode 21: Roseanne and Dan contemplate a lawsuit after Mrs. Wellman rear-ends Roseanne in her car.

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Tolerate Thy Neighbor is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
Tolerate Thy Neighbor Season 4 Episode 5: The Neighbors Get Robbed.

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Tooth or Consequences is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
Tooth or Consequences Season 5 Episode 24: Darlene Wants Out!

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Lies is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
Lies Season 4 Episode 21: Roseanne frets when she must take a lie detector test at work.

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Darlene Fades to Black is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
Darlene Fades to Black Season 4 Episode 4: Roseanne and Dan are troubled by Darlene's recent withdrawn behavior and try to get through to her with little success.

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Of Ice and Men is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
Of Ice and Men Season 5 Episode 11: D.J. joins a peewee hockey team and Jackie breaks up with Fisher.

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Mall Story is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
Mall Story Season 1 Episode 16: Shop 'Til You Drop At The Mall.

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Promises, Promises is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
Promises, Promises Season 5 Episode 22: Tonight's The Night.

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Saturday is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
Saturday Season 1 Episode 10: Roseanne Bets Dan He Can't Fix His Truck.

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Daughters and Other Strangers is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
Daughters and Other Strangers Season 5 Episode 25: Roseanne worries that Darlene may be planning to run away from home; new neighbor George befriends D.J.

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Life and Stuff is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
Life and Stuff Season 1 Episode 1: In the series pilot, Roseanne is summoned to a parent/teacher conference after Darlene has been barking in class.

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Bird Is The Word is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
Bird Is The Word Season 3 Episode 9: Becky Is In Trouble.