TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Blue-collar sitcom with language, sarcasm, social issues.
Popular with kidsParents recommend

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 15 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this tv show.

Positive messages

The series takes a comedic look at blue-collar family life and the realistic ups and downs that come with raising kids, dealing with in-laws, work issues, money struggles, etc.

Positive role models & representations

The parents are a loving, hard-working couple trying to make ends meet and do the best they can for their kids. Their parenting tactics might strike some as unconventional, but they care deeply about raising responsible, well-adjusted kids. Roseanne is very sarcastic and snarky with her kids.


Comments about a girl slipping her boyfriend the tongue, going on the pill, and having sex are part of typical household conversation.


Adults and teens alike use strong language like "bitch," "damn," "ass," and "suck." Moderately graphic talk about sexual issues are common.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

Adults often kick back with a beer (or six) after work or in social gatherings, but there's no underage drinking (except in one episode where Dan finds Becky's underage boyfriend at a bar). Occasionally an adult character will smoke, but again, it's limited to the over-21 crowd.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this series is fraught with strong language, fiery arguments, and examples of blue-collar lifestyles rarely seen on TV. Although it's clear that family members love one another, theirs are not "warm fuzzy" relations. The dominant character, Roseanne, relies on sarcasm and belittling comments in relating to her husband and disciplining her kids. The family faces a variety of challenges, which aren't necessarily handled with grace, making this one sitcom that doesn't sanitize the day-to-day life of regular folks. 

User Reviews

Parent of a 11 year old Written byExerSarah May 27, 2010

Disagree with Common Sense Review

I'm sorry, but I am completely offended by the "Common Sense" review. You say, "Both parents are obese and show no intention of altering th...
Parent Written byrmcavoy June 11, 2013

Roseanne's Weight?

Really, that's what you want to focus on, the Connor's family health? Never mind the fact that they struggle to find work, pay bills, and pay for thei...
Teen, 13 years old Written bythe Liberator August 4, 2009

Very good show for children 11-18

this is a really good show i enjoy watching it a lot and i think it is really funny ill admit there is some not age appropriate stuff in there but come on there...
Teen, 16 years old Written byMaya16 July 26, 2015

Good tv show if your child can handle mature subject matter

This is a good tv show that tackles tough issues. Characters will often make bad choices but then face consequences. I know that this tv show pushed many bounda...

What's the story?

ROSEANNE is an unusually realistic look at the family life of working-class Americans, bringing to light their challenges in balancing the demands of work and home. The Conners of fictional Lanford, Illinois, are a typical blue-collar family of five living on a tight budget and struggling to keep their heads above water. Dan (John Goodman) works hard to provide for his family, and Roseanne (Roseanne Barr) chips in where she can, taking various minimum-wage jobs at factories and fast-food restaurants. Meanwhile, their three kids -- Becky (Lecy Goranson/Sarah Chalke), Darlene (Sara Gilbert), and DJ (Michael Fishman) -- are growing up, and keeping pace with their changing needs is another full-time job. Roseanne's sister, Jackie (Laurie Metcalf), practically lives with the Conners as well, often requiring as much guidance as the kids.

Is it any good?

Roseanne's plotlines can be mature, tackling issues like sex, poverty, homosexuality, and unplanned pregnancy. Characters speak frankly about any and all subjects, and parents will want to preview a few episodes to determine whether their tweens or teens are ready for the subject matter.

As a mother, wise-cracking butt-insky Roseanne personifies "tough love." She domineers her kids and Dan, and she manipulates situations to get her way. Dan often finds himself left out of decisions that involve the household, which leads to heated arguments. But even though she'll never win parent of the year, it's clear that Roseanne's love for her family is her strongest motivation.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the family is similar to or different from their own. Do the members of your family talk to each other like the Conners do? Has your family faced any of the issues that the series highlights? How have you handled them?

  • Even though the Conners fight a lot, it's clear that they love each other. How do they show this love? 

TV details

For kids who love comedy

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