Thursday, May 30, 2024

Review: “Roseanne” Was Actually Funny Tonight, But Dropped All Its Controversial Material


“Roseanne” was actually funny tonight.

There were no shrill political debates, on the positive side. On the negative, it looks like they cut the baby surrogacy story. Becky’s eggs were too old to be used — she’d been shaving 10 years off her forty three. What that means for Sarah Chalke is unclear since it was going to be her baby.

In addition to the dropped surrogacy story, there was no sign of the cross dressing 10 year old or the black granddaughter. Is this all because of time constraints, or is the show deferring to the conservative audience it attracted in its massive premiere?

More positives: a little bit more of Laurie Metcalf showing her wide range. John Goodman, however, still seems at sea.

We’ll see what the ratings are in the morning. But it was nice to see things calm down a little. And even nicer to see Lecy Goranson and Sara Gilbert get a big sister scene for themselves.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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