A suburban waitress and housewife, her mechanic husband, their three children, her sister, and shenanigans. The early seasons of Roseanne were actually pretty awesome, and brought us Sara Gilbert. But somewhere between the multiple Becky’s and the overly meta commentary, the show jumped the shark and went weird.
The problem with season nine is that either a mess of characters were gay or no one was. Because in the finale episode it was revealed that Roseanne had made up the last season and written about everyone in her book. As the character explains:
My mom came from a generation where women were supposed to be submissive about everything. I never bought into that, and I wish Mom hadn’t either. I wish she had made different choices. So I think that’s why I made her gay. I wanted her to have some sense of herself as a woman.
My sister in real life, unlike my mother, is gay. She always told me she was gay. But for some reason, I always pictured her with a man.
What the hell, Roseanne!?!
The show ran from 1988 to 1997, but was revived in 2017. In that season, Darlene and David have a son named Mark (for David’s brother, who’s actor died in 2002), who was described as gender-creative, and wears dresses. However, Darlene and David only married and had children in Roseanne’s fictional season 9, and Dan (Roseanne’s husband) had died.
It appears that they’ve retconned that part of season 9, which means Jackie isn’t gay and Beverly is. Maybe.
Notable Queer-Centric Episodes
- “Ladies’ Choice” (Season 5, Episode 8) – Nancy announces her new ‘guy’ is named Maria.
- The Kiss from “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (Season 6, Episode 18) – Rosanne kisses a woman. For sweeps.
- Riot Grrls in “The Getaway, Almost” (Season 8, Episode 7) – Jackie sure seems lesbianish…
- Home Is Where the Afghan Is” (Season 9, Episode 10) – Bev (Rosanne’s mother) comes out as gay.
- “Into That Good Night, Part 2” (Season 9, Episode 24) – Surprise! It’s Jackie who’s gay!