Returning over twenty years after the unfortunate final season of the show’s original run, “Roseanne” takes a few episodes to find its footing again, but when it does, it’s a knockout. The writing is strong, the chemistry among the cast is palpable, and the show’s focus on modern economic strife is intensely compelling and heartbreaking. In fact, what the Conners are experiencing as the working class is downright grim and much of the humor is cathartic in nature, making the entire season impressively layered and meaningful. Roseanne Barr is extraordinary in the title role, as is the rest of the cast, and while some of them have more to do than others, it’s a pleasure to catch up with the Conners – even under the circumstances. Not much can be added to the chorus of public damnation that followed Barr’s inexcusable off-screen behavior, other than it adds an electrifying inevitability to the proceedings in retrospect.
Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)