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Groundbreaking Season, But The Shoddy DVD Treatment Continues,
This review is from: Roseanne: Season 3 (DVD)
The 1990-1991 third season of "Roseanne" was clearly the season where the show really defined itself. While the first two seasons were good, especially the second, the third was the first Perfect Season, and it was also when the show really started to take risks and tackle heavy issus with amazing skill, all the while remaining laugh out loud hilarious.
The first episode of the season was "The Test," and it was test in many ways. It was the first episode to air after Roseanne's National Anthem incident, where she pissed off most of America and was called a disgrace by President Bush (quite ironic considering how his son is running the country these days). Fortunately, the incident was forgotten and "Roseanne" continued to roll along smoothly, turning out some of the finest episodes of the whole series. Who doesn't love "Like, A Virgin," in which Darlene is caught making out with her friend Brian on the couch? And who could forget the classic Halloween special, "Trick Or Treat," in which Roseanne dresses as a man and is so convincing that she spends most of the night hanging with a group of men at The Lobo. Probably the funniest episode of the season is "PMS, I Love You," in which Roseanne's PMS collides with Dan's surprise birthday party and disaster ensues. "Vegas Interruptus" is a very notable episode as Roseanne and Dan debate whether to go to Vegas or stay at home so Roseanne won't lose her job. The episode shows how rare a vacation is for Roseanne and Dan and how Roseanne has to balance the importance of her job over the importance of her trip. The classic "Scenes From A Barbecue" introduced Nana Mary, portrayed brilliantly by the late Shelly Winters. Also, the late Glenn Quinn makes his first appearance on the show in "Becky, Beds, and Boys," and who could know he'd be sticking around until the very final episode? Natalie West as Crystal joins the cast in the credits for this season (and the next one, as well, before pretty much vanishing from the series save for the occasional appearance), and other great characters include Bonnie, played by Bonnie Bramlett, and of course Leon, played by Martin Mull. This season also brings us the Bowman family, including the mother Kathy, who would share some wonderful comic moments with Roseanne before leaving near the end of Season Four.
Season Three is excellent, although not up with the flat out brilliance of Seasons Four and Five (the two finest seasons of the whole run). It's sad to see how poorly the season is treated in this DVD set. The episodes are uncut, thank God, but once again, the features are nearly non-existant. We get 'interviews' with Laurie Metcalf and Lecy Goranson, but these are polluted with so many episode clips we barely get any interview time. It is worth watching to see Lecy Goranson tear up near the end of her interview (very touching) but overall these are not very exciting.
"Roseanne" is one of the best shows of all time, and this season is an example of why. Although the features are again incredibly dissapointing, the episodes are uncut and their quality can not be argued. Although it falls short when put up against Season Four and Season Five, this is definately not a set you want to pass up!