In terms of iconic American family sitcoms, Roseanne ranks up there as one of the best. The series ran for nine seasons from 1988 to 1997 and connected with audiences all over as they watched the daily life of the Conner family. Clearly, the series resonated with fans as it ended up becoming the most watched TV series in the United States from 1989 to 1990. It is almost hard to believe it has been 20 years since the series came to an end! With the revival premiering today, take a look back at the amazing series with these 10 things you never knew about Roseanne:
10. Creating ‘Roseanne’
Back in the late ’80s, Marcy Caresy and Tom Werner of Carsey-Werner Productions were trying to come up with ideas for new shows, and came up with the idea to try to aim right at average American families. In doing so they decided that the working mother would be the central character, and Werner instantly thought of Roseanne Barr after her appearance on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson in 1985, saying she had the “in your face” voice they wanted. Carsey and Werner had previously been behind The Cosby Show which ABC passed on before NBC picked it up, and they first pitched Roseanne to NBC, but they passed landing the show on ABC. Matt Williams is credited as the creator of the series, and brought the show to life by producing the first season.