Welcome to season 3 of 714 Delaware St.! Before the premiere of the new Conners season, we invite you to look back with us on one of our favorite unsung characters of classic Roseanne: Bonnie Watkins, portrayed with down-to-earth charm by Bonnie Bramlett, a well-known rock singer who performed throughout the ’60s and ’70s as half of the duo Delaney & Bonnie. Bramlett, who befriended Roseanne Barr in 1990 and was cast on the show during a break in her singing career, served as Roseanne’s work pal and confidant during seasons 3 and 4. We dive into Bonnie Bramlett’s impressive biography and look back on some of her character’s finest moments, including her rendition of “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me” in the episode “Scenes from a Barbecue,” “The Bowling Show” in which we meet her husband Duke (played by none other than David Crosby), and other Rodbell’s adventures. We consider the robust world of friends and acquaintances that Roseanne had created by its fourth season and how characters like Bonnie made Lanford feel more real through their small but potent contributions.
As usual, we also discuss what we’ve been watching during our hiatus (The Vow! Schitt’s Creek!) and explore some nostalgic trains of thought such as all things Alicia Silverstone and Roseanne’s short-lived 1990 cartoon Little Rosie. Thanks for sticking with us!