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2.0 out of 5 stars The "middle" of the end, April 18, 2007
This review is from: Roseanne: Season 7 (DVD)
A couple reviews have called this season the beginning of the end. As I see it, however, it's more like the middle. The "beginning" of the end came about halfway through season five when Lecy Goranson hit the road, Roseanne's ego started to surface more persistently, and the Conner family dynamic began changing. The show started its decline back then, and with season seven there was unfortunately no turning back to the glory days of the show's first four years.

Season seven had its share of problems, but the biggest of them may have been the star herself. The lines between Roseanne Barr and Roseanne Conner were terribly blurred by this point. The working class heroine from the show's early years had vanished. Barr was harsh, abrasive, and always screaming this season. That stuff worked fine early on because it wasn't constant, and she managed to play Roseanne Conner with heart and a bit of humility (qualities that weren't so apparent later on).

Meanwhile, sitcoms that center on families always suffer as the kid's age, so I don't mind the fact that the family dynamic changed w/ Darlene and Becky both leaving the house (temporarily), but having David in the house full-time was a bit of a stretch. And having Mark and Becky move in just to fill a void wasn't necessary either. Of course, had Goranson been playing Becky at the time, I may not have minded so much. The horribly miscast Sarah Chalke was terrible as Becky, merely saying her lines with no emotion or impact at all.

The heart of the show was just gone by this point, but I'll keep buying the DVDs to complete the collection.
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Initial post: May 26, 2011 1:08:15 PM PDT
D.V. Lindner says:
I agree. The season finale here, the "Gilligan's Island" fantasy, is in my opinion the show's jump-the-shark episode, and it's best to stop after this season and not look forward. At its height, "Roseanne" was as great a sitcom as "Seinfeld" and "Mary Tyler Moore," but unfortunately, like "Murphy Brown" it didn't choose to call it quits when its strength was undiminished. "Always leave them wanting more" is one of the best commandments of show business; "Roseanne" and Roseanne could have observed it, but opted not to.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2013 12:00:48 AM PST
I enjoyed all 9 seasons and if you watch them all in a row, you see how the characters grow and change. Roseanne as she hits 40 becomes even more of an outspoken woman who is involved with her family and unafraid to be herself. Many people hate her and the show for this. However, this is the reason this entire series is one of my all time favorites. Season 9 got somewhat fantastical. However, when it came down to the series finale, it was one of the best ever.

Posted on Jul 2, 2015 2:30:50 AM PDT
I just want to say that I agree wholeheartedly with absolutely everything you've written. I think you have a great apprehension of what makes for good character development and the ways writers can essentially write themselves into a corner after a while. It seems you have a passion for television on an intellectual level (or at least sitcoms), and that's awesome. It's awesome when people take something that is generally considered mind numbing (T.V.), and present a critical distance indicating that they've been thinking clearly the whole time.
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