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Roseanne: Season 9
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Knowing that her hugely popular sitcom Roseanne was unlikely to return for a tenth season, diva/matriarch/force of nature Roseanne decided to break the mold. The show had always reflected the events of her actual life as a blue-collar housewife; why shouldn't it also explore her current life as a wealthy celebrity? So in the ninth season, the Conner family wins the lottery, and Roseanne takes a strange turn: Roseanne's sister Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) dates a prince; Roseanne buys the plastics factory where she'd worked in the show's first season; Roseanne's mother Bev (Estelle Parsons) comes out at Thanksgiving; the show becomes rife with celebrity guest stars and fantasy sequences parodying Evita and Rosemary's Baby; and Roseanne turns her anger on targets like supermarket tabloids and television executives. These wild, satirical storylines mesh poorly with the show's largely realistic history, even though the cast works hard to keep the show grounded in genuine emotion. But interwoven with these flights of fancy and self-indulgence are stories that would have fit in any season: Roseanne's husband Dan (John Goodman) has an affair that threatens their marriage; her daughter Darlene (Sara Gilbert) has a troubled pregancy; and her son D.J (Michael Fishman) worries about how fast things should progress with his new girlfriend. Even the most out-of-control episodes feature glorious bursts of Roseanne's bilious humor and the rich character performances that made this show a television classic. This season's most valuable player is unquestionably Metcalf, who could push Jackie to the brink of hysteria or sober remorse without hitting a false note. Roseanne - The Complete 9th Season features interviews with Roseanne that may put some of the show's wackier excesses into perspective for her more resistant fans. This season may not have been the ideal end to a great sitcom, but it's unquestionably going out with a bang. --Bret Fetzer
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Look, this season gets slammed by people for being so different from the others and some of the episodes being so "far fetched." In fact, I find this season funnier than the first. It seems that in every episode, Roseanne pokes fun at her own "ample frame," and her delivery is fantastic! She's half the time ... half naked! And it seems she can barely contain her own laughter, which makes it all the more hilarious! People didn't like Leon and Scott being in so many episodes, feeling that Roseanne was just trying to cash in on the "gay comedy" trend, but I found them so awesome and loved that they had extra time in this last season! Bev (Roseanne's mother), added some hilarity, as well. This season just seemed to wrap up everything that had happened in previous seasons. And everybody was involved! I loved that everyone had some plot that surrounded their character.
Don't get me wrong, there are some episodes that I completely skip because I don't care for them ... but that happens (for me, at least) with almost every DVD set you buy. This season was FUN! They knew it was to be the last season and they had fun with it. And let's face it, by Season 9, Roseanne really had no idea what it was like to be a "domestic goddess." She wasn't living that way, herself, anymore. You got to see what the other half live like, were it one of "us" who got lucky. Just like she did. I like that. Also, during the last episode, you find out the reasoning behind all the other episodes and it makes you better understand what was going on. If you gave up half way through the season, it's a shame ... because it does all tie together and is actually very moving and sweet at the end. The first time I watched the finale, I actually cried.
This family was just like mine, just as I'm sure it was for so many other people. I watched them get older and grow as I did. Watching the last season, I celebrated when they won the lottery, just as if it were a regular joe like me. Watching them struggle through the other eight seasons, it was so well deserved and I actually felt great FOR them. In the last episode, you can't help but get choked up - nine years later, the way things turned out. It's an emotional season.
The only real con about this season for me was the amount of episodes that John Goodman was in. For me, "Dan" was always a favorite, his physical comedy being the best part of the show. In this season, he's gone half the time, which is such a let down.
Overall, though, I love this show and Season 9 is a welcome addition to finish my collection. If you watch it all the way through, you'll appreciate it, as well.
are great. They seem so natural, like they are not acting. I liked Colleen Camp guest starring in the episodes
Pampered to a Pulp, Last Thursday in November, and Crime and Punishment. There will never be another series like this one.
I just got the pre-ordered release of Season 7 & 8 and was thrilled to see I can now also pre-order Season 9 for a good price. Those sharks on other sites as well as this one trying to get hundreds of dollars was ridiculous and it's now over for them.
The first 8 seasons hold up very well even 25 years after the show began. The subject matter is relevant and amusing today just as it was then. If anything, it is more advanced than most of the new tripe showing all of the females on sitcoms sexualized, stupid, etc. Roseanne's character is savvy, loving, a realist, perfectly flawed, and a REAL woman through her vivid and assertive personality. She is equal to her husband and he knows it and is evolved enough to accept it...most of the time.
The 9th Season did suffer through some nonsense. Some of the shows are really nearly unwatchable. But at this very reasonable price for the new release, buying this last season is worth every penny. As you watch this season, many of the shows are unrealistic and cross into totally silliness and a few are just not funny, amusing or even able to hold up to reality. However, and this is a big However, The series' 2 part finale is worth the watch of the entire season. This finale is always in the top 100 all time best finales. It puts all of the silly shows through the 9th season into a light that makes most of it make complete sense and I still consider it one of the genius finales ever.
I am so glad it can be bought at a reasonable price now and I will have the complete series.