Why Roseanne Conner is Still Popular With Audiences Today
For many decades, sitcom moms were pretty, perky, and near perfect. Characters like June Cleaver and Carol Brady kept themselves and their homes neat and orderly and attractive, and always seemed to have a smile on their face at all times. They were also often portrayed as being completely supportive of their husbands and their children, and of always being the voice of reason that restored calm and order in the home. This was until the arrival of Roseanne Conner, the somewhat obnoxious and less than perfect main character of the hit sitcom ‘Roseanne’, portrayed by comedienne Roseanne Barr.
Roseanne Conner was the matriarch of the blue-collar Conner family, living outside of Chicago. Roseanne is portrayed as loud, domineering, obese, controlling, and a bit slovenly at home. She dominates her home with a shrill voice, and gets involved in the lives of everyone around her, including her sister, her children and their dates, and those with whom she works. The sitcom itself was also very different than many other classic TV sitcoms that revolved around suburban families, as it portrayed the family as being a bit irresponsible about work, always struggling financially, and not keeping their home perfectly presentable. This more realistic portrayal of suburban family life and of a typical suburban mom may be one reason that so many audience members responded to the show and to the Roseanne character in particular.
The character was based on the comedy of Roseanne Barr, and her somewhat skewed take on suburban life. Her comedy was always very acerbic and a bit crass, and something that many women related to especially. She never glorified housework or marriage or the typical role of a housewife, and instead portrayed its dull nature in a more realistic fashion. Her character on the show did the same; while always making time for her children and her husband and showing a deep loyalty to her family, she struggled a bit with domestic duties and never felt the need to put on airs when it came to her overall personality or even her appearance.
Roseanne the character was often praised by critics during the show’s run. In June 2010, ‘Entertainment Weekly’ named Roseanne one of the 100 Greatest Characters of the Last 20 Years, and in 2009, she was listed in the Top 5 Classic TV Moms by Film.com. The show also remained a constant hit, being in the top 5 for its first six seasons.
If you are looking for a character you might relate to more easily than your standard sitcom mom, you might want to check out reruns of ‘Roseanne’. You may see yourself or your family in the show’s portrayal and may appreciate the everyday humor and style she brings to the show.