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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
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
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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Scenes from a Barbecue is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
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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Boo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
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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13 2
Toto, We're Not in Kansas ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne

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

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6 0
Why Jackie Becomes a Trucker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
Season 4 Episode 3: A one night stand prompts Jackie to improve her life by becoming a trucker.

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12 2
Inherit the Wind is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
Season 2 Episode 1: Becky Can't Show Her Face In Public.

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12 2
Home-Ec is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
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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13 3
An Officer and a Gentleman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
Season 2 Episode 15: Jackie Runs The House While Rosey's Away.

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A Stash from the Past is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
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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11 2
We Gather Together is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
Season 2 Episode 9: The Conner Clan's Fighting On Turkey Day.

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12 3
Brain-Dead Poets' Society is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
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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12 3
Like, a New Job is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
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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12 3
Good Girls, Bad Girls is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
Season 5 Episode 10: Roseanne permits Darlene to accompany next-door-neighbor Molly to a concert in Rockford.

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9 1
Do You Know Where Your Parents... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
Season 3 Episode 11: Romantic Getaway.

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9 1
Halloween IV is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
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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9 1
House of Grown-Ups is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
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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10 2
Troubles with the Rubbles is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
Season 3 Episode 21: Roseanne clashes with her uptight new neighbor, Kathy Bowman.

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10 2
It's a Boy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
Season 5 Episode 19: It's A Boy!

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10 2
It's No Place Like Home fo... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
Season 5 Episode 12: Holiday Hysteria!

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11 3
Death and Stuff is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
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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12 4
One for the Road is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
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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8 1
Pretty in Black is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
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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9 2
Thanksgiving 1991 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
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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9 2
Like, A New Job is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
Season 3 Episode 4: Rosey Takes Orders!

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9 2
The Commercial Show is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
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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9 2
Halloween V is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
Season 6 Episode 6: Trick Or Treat!

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9 2
The Dark Ages is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
Season 5 Episode 3: It's A Black Out!

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10 3
Trick or Treat is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
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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11 4
Terms of Estrangement - Part 2 is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
Season 5 Episode 2: Becky Says "I Do."

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7 1
Homeward Bound is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
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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7 1
Saturday is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
Season 1 Episode 10: Roseanne Bets Dan He Can't Fix His Truck.

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7 1
Life and Stuff is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
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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7 1
Darlene Fades to Black is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
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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8 2
Santa Claus is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
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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8 2
I'm Hungry is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
Season 2 Episode 18: The Conners Are On A Diet, And Go Crazy.

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8 2
Becky, Beds and Boys is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
Season 3 Episode 6: Roseanne and Dan contend with a newly rebellious Becky when they forbid her to see her new boyfriend. First appearance of Glenn Quinn as Mark.

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9 3
No Talking is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
Season 2 Episode 12: Rosey Lays Down The Law Of The Land.

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5 0
Tooth or Consequences is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
Season 5 Episode 24: Darlene Wants Out!

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8 3
Skeleton in the Closet is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
Season 7 Episode 6: Roseanne's attempts to prank everybody at Leon's Halloween party at the diner fall flat when it's revealed to her that Fred is gay.

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6 1
Promises, Promises is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
Season 5 Episode 22: Tonight's The Night.

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8 3
This Old House is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
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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6 1
Of Ice and Men is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
Season 5 Episode 11: D.J. joins a peewee hockey team and Jackie breaks up with Fisher.

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5 0
Tolerate Thy Neighbor is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
Season 4 Episode 5: The Neighbors Get Robbed.

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8 3
A Bitter Pill to Swallow is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
Season 4 Episode 1: Roseanne has a hard time dealing with Becky's announcement that she wants to go on the pill.

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5 0
Lies is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
Season 4 Episode 21: Roseanne frets when she must take a lie detector test at work.

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5 0
Second Time Around is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
Season 3 Episode 22: Crystal Prepares For A Baby.

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9 4
Wait 'Til Your Father Gets... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
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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7 2
Valentine's Day is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
Season 3 Episode 17: Valentine's Day Is Ruined.

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5 0
Playing with Matches is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Episodes of Roseanne
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.