ROSEANNE.

Author:Shackford, Scott
Position::TV - Television program review - Brief article
 
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Sitcom stalwarts Full House and WHI& Grace have recently enjoyed television revivals, but their modern reboots didn't receive nearly the public attention that this spring's return of Roseanne has. Thank our current culture wars, fueled by the populist rise and election of Donald Trump.

The sitcom's titular star, Roseanne Barr, voted for the president, and her character is a Trump supporter as well. Faced with that unusual-for-Hollywood political identity, television and cultural critics got busy deliberating over whether watchers could or should set aside deeply polarizing political beliefs and just enjoy the show. The reboot initially leans on this rift, presenting Roseanne's sister Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) as a hardcore Hillary Clinton-supporting feminist (though she choked at the ballot box and actually voted for Jill Stein). The series begins with the pair reconnecting after avoiding each other post-election.

The two bicker as they always have, yet the...

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