When last we saw television’s Connor family, they were, just like everyone else in Middle-Class America, struggling to make it in a world that seems stacked against them. Jobs were being shipped overseas. Factories were closing. Families were facing children doing adult type things before they were grown up enough to handle it.
Basically, Roseanne Barr’s original show was…more realistic than not.
Back in January, Barr announced that her all American family would be returning to ABC. Tuesday night, America got its first glimpse of the Connors in a couple decades, and, well, it seemed that We the People were ready for entertainment to which we can relate.
The typically liberal ABC brought back “Roseanne” after a 20-year hiatus on Tuesday to a massive audience, with a 5.1 rating in the key demo of adults age 18-49 and 18.1 million viewers, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The show’s revival proved that the Conners are not immune to the changing political times. The show, starring a pro-Trump title character, was “the highest-rated regularly-scheduled scripted show of the last few seasons, as well as the highest-rated sitcom in recent memory,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The trade magazine wrote that “Roseanne” dominated every other program on broadcast television on Tuesday night.
If that doesn’t send a message to Hollywood and the “elite” not much else will.
The themes of the show were and are much like what happens in the real world. Roseanne and her sister were not speaking due to the 2016 election. One member of the family tries to get them to reconcile, and in the end, the “snowflake” understands why her family voted the way they did even if she doesn’t agree.
Okay, that last is more wishful thinking than the way Americans are these days when talking about politics, but at least one entertainer out there recognizes that the fruited plain is not full of skulls of mush just waiting for the mainstream media to tell us what to think.
“It’s just realistic,” [Barr] explained. “I have always … attempted to portray a realistic portrait of the American people and working class people. And, in fact, it was working class people that elected Trump so I felt that was very real and something that needed to be discussed.”
Thanks, Roseanne. We appreciate it.