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Roseanne: Season 2

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Editorial Reviews

In its prime, Roseanne was the most honest reflection of American life ever shown on television--and also one of the funniest. The second season of this essential sitcom, built around former standup comedian Roseanne Barr, was perhaps its best. The sterling cast--which featured John Goodman (Raising Arizona, Matinee) as Roseanne's husband Dan; Laurie Metcalf (Dear God) as her sister Jackie; and Lecy Goranson, Sara Gilbert, and Michael Fishman as Becky, Darlene, and D.J., her three kids--were confident and eagerly stretching themselves. The writers (including Joss Whedon, later to create Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly) knew how to write smart but credible dialogue and stories; in one episode, Darlene writes a poem that sounds exactly like a 13 year old girl's poetry, yet squeezes your heart. Watch almost any other sitcom and then watch Roseanne; it's startling how much more natural Roseanne feels.

In the season opener, Becky passes gas in front her classmates at school; but that in itself isn't half as funny as the glee that Darlene takes in describing the event--the kind of viciousness that only real families can cultivate. That's the key to Roseanne's success: The utter believability of the relationships. Dan and Roseanne are a loving couple, but their affection works because their fights are just as potent as their flirting. The relationship between Roseanne and Jackie became particularly strong in this season, as Roseanne fought against Jackie's desire to become a cop and meddled in her relationship with her short-lived fiance Gary (Brian Kerwin); Roseanne and Metcalf developed an interplay that could be caring, playful, and bitterly jealous--and sometimes all three at once. The daily urge of parents to both coddle and strangle their kids was thoroughly explored, as was the fusion of need and contempt children feel for their parents. There is one misstep: A dream episode in which Roseanne goes on trial smacks of star ego in a way the show is normally careful to avoid--and makes clear how sharp the other episodes are. The extras are paltry, but this isn't a collection you get for the frills; the show itself lives up to its reputation. --Bret Fetzer

Special Features

  • Set includes complete original, uncut episodes from season two
  • John Goodman: A candid interview
  • Best of Season Two
  • Wacky Jackie
  • Rosesanne United--Season One Launch Party
  • John Goodman Audition

Product Details

  • Actors: Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Michael Fishman, Sara Gilbert
  • Directors: John Pasquin
  • Writers: Allan Katz, Bill Gerber, Danny Jacobson, Geraldine Barr, Joss Whedon
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: December 6, 2005
  • Run Time: 530 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,971 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Roseanne: Season 2" on IMDb

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Seems like Amazon didn't take the time to list the episode titles for us, so I'll take a crack at it. "BOO!", being the most dimented and memorable episode for me & my sister, wins the title spot for my "review". p.s. Most TV shows can be found on, though beware of occasional glitches in the descriptions (mainly die-hard fans notice these errors and are able to report them for correction).

"Inherit the Wind" - Becky "lays down the law" in front of the whole student council, including the boy she has a date with that night, Jimmy Meltrigger.

"Little Sister" - Jackie defends her decision to enroll in the police academy.

"Guilt by Disassociation" - Roseanne gets a job "psych" when the job offer she thought she had is quickly revoked because she lacks computer skills.

"Somebody Stole My Gal" - While doing some office work at Dan's construction site, Roseanne impresses the architect who turns out to be a needy, yet generous loner latching onto the Conner family.

"House of Grown-Ups" - Jackie prepares for 6 weeks at the police academy while Becky takes Darlene - or shall I say Vivienne - to her first co-ed party.

"Five of a Kind" - Arnie plants a kiss on Roseanne leaving her to wonder what it could mean.

"BOO!" - DJ welcomes trick-or-treaters to the Conner's "tunnel of terror", while Dan and Roseanne try to "out trick" each other.

"Sweet Dreams" - Roseanne's first attempt at a fantasy episode as she tries to get a few minutes of peace in the tub.

"We Gather Together" - Another dysfunctional Thanksgiving on Delaware St. as Roseanne tries to find a way to tell her parents she prefers they stay at a motel.
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So all us whiners and complainers HAD an effect!!! Season two will be unedited!!!! Anchor bay should be commended for listening to the complaints of the TRUE fans of the show who would not settle for a half-assed presentation of this classic show. Thanks to us, we can ALL enjoy this show the way it should be.

And if you STILL don't believe that season one was edited, had cut epsiodes? The cast of ROSEANNE was on Larry King Live last week and she admitted it!!!! Roseanne herself!

The cast appeared on Larry King Live and someone called the show asking about the DVDS
Heres a transcript from the LarrykingLive website

CALLER: I bought the season one DVD of "Roseanne." And I noticed that you guys used the edited syndicated version.

BARR: I know everybody is so mad. You guys, I don't know if you guys have heard.

GOODMAN: I wouldn't know.

CALLER: How come? And are you going to fix that for season two?

BARR: Yes, we ...

KING: Explain what he means.

BARR: Well, they, I don't know, they -- for season one for some reason they accidentally put out the syndicated, edited ...

GOODMAN: OK. Yes. So ...

BARR: But they have assured me today that from season two on, it will be the regular network.

GOODMAN: I'm sorry, I thought all that stuff was at the, like the bumpers at the end and stuff like that. Remember we'd go to -- I'm sorry ...

BARR: We didn't start that until third season.


KING: What did they edit out for syndication?

BARR: They always take out two minutes when they syndicate, for more commercials. But, so they went ahead and put that in, but people are mad, the fans.
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Well! I'm surprised that the second season is being released so quickly! At this rate, they'll have all 9 seasons out in maybe 3 years,which means I better clear some space on my shelf! I didn't have a problem with the Season 1 set, perhaps because I didn't really tune into Roseanne until it went into syndication, but I was surprised to see so many people complaining about it.
Don't get me wrong, I prefer the uncut episodes myself! [...]

The second season of Roseanne brought the series more to life, IMHO, with the characters each exploring their own directions, instead of Roseanne and her friends working in that factory, which was, in all honesty, a little dull, and if you check Roseanne's interview on the Season 1 set, you'll see she agrees with me 100% on that one, lol.

To get these episodes unedited, I'm anxious to see them in their original formats! It's like seeing them again for the first time!

Hope you enjoy it as much as I will!
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To me, this second season of Roseanne marks the first of the very best seasons of the series, which includes seasons two through four, ending with Becky's marriage to Mark at the beginning of season five and the exit of her character from the show.

The season opener, "Inherit the Wind", is one of the series' best episodes as Becky attempts to recover from an embarrassing accident in front of the student council. Her mother and aunt try to convince her that what happened is not important by bringing up embarrassing moments in their own teen years, which only seems to confirm to Becky that years from now people will still remember what happened to her. "One for the Road" also focuses on Becky, who decides to make mixed drinks with her friend when her parents are away only to come away from the ordeal with a horrendous hangover and a lack of trust from her parents when she is found out.

A big theme in this year's show is Roseanne trying to find stable employment after she walked off of her factory job at the conclusion of the first season. At first she is only able to get a job selling magazines by phone, with the recipients of her calls showing all of the enthusiasm for her products that you would expect. Revolving around this theme is the episode "Guilt by Disassociation", in which Roseanne appears to have landed a good job with a solid company, but when the woman who hired her learns she has no experience working with a personal computer, she retracts her offer. To make Roseanne feel worse, her friends are waiting at home to give her a surprise party over landing the job, with each of her former colleagues having a tale of how quitting the factory job was the best thing that ever happened to them.
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