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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thanksgiving 1991 Season 4 Episode 10: Thanksgiving weekend sees another visit by friends and family including Nana Mary and a husband-less Bev.
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.
No Talking Season 2 Episode 12: Rosey Lays Down The Law Of The Land.
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.