71. ROSEANNE - TIE
Created by Matt Williams, Based on a Character Created by Roseanne Barr
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Aired: ABC, 1988-1997
In 1985, on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, America met a comedian named Roseanne Barr. Three years later she had a hit sitcom that furthered her inimitable persona as the housewife sardonically self-identifying as a “domestic goddess.” Roseanne was a so-called “blue-collar” show, far from the milieu of a Bob Newhart Show or Seinfeld, but its success earned it a place in any conversation about the need for a standup to develop a voice before being given a show. Producers Marcy Carsey and Tom Werner, and co-creator Matt Williams, packaged Roseanne’s comedic matter-of-factness in a working-class, two-parent household in the Midwest. Yes, Roseanne and Dan were obese, and difficult things might happen in the Conners’ world – an incident of domestic violence, a teenage pregnancy – but the characters were who they were, and the humor grew out of their struggle, without pretension or cartoonish pre-judgment.
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