Roseanne is widely considered one of the greatest TV sitcoms ever. Millions of Americans have watched the Conner family drama play out in living rooms across the country from 1988 to 1997, then again in a rebooted version starting in 2018. But even wilder drama was playing out behind the scenes - of both versions.
According to insider accounts, the backstage was plagued by Roseanne Barr's erratic behavior, instances of physical violence, a battle with a Seinfeld star, and Barr's train-wreck marriage to Tom Arnold. After the original Roseanne went off the air (following a final season that made no sense), the revived version was canceled after a few months due to a controversy over remarks Barr made on Twitter, and the series was restarted and renamed The Conners - without her.
The beloved comedy still serves up a heaping plate of drama alongside the laughs. These behind-the-scenes Roseanne stories are as funny as they are cringe-worthy.