Greetings, friends! We hope you’ll enjoy our special summer episode “Mall Madness,” in which we discuss the classic Roseanne season 1 episode “Mall Story.” The Conners, Jackie and Crystal are heading to the mall for a big sale—Dan needs shoes, Becky needs a dress, Crystal needs “taaaahhhhls,” and Jackie needs to admire the pecs on some storefront fitness guru. Laugh along with us at this silly episode’s absurd dialogue, and remember the days when you could not only leave your house and be near other humans, but you could spend hours wandering around one of America’s suburban retail meccas in your coolest jean jacket! Join us as we grab an Orange Julius, try on some synthetic party clothes at DEB, pick up some cassingles at Sam Goody, and check out the dirty novelties in the back of Spencer’s Gifts. Yep, we’re here to talk malls, malls, and nothing but malls, including other mall episodes of such programs as Designing Women, The Nanny, Stranger Things, and Daria, and our own favorite mall memories.
Hello all! This is the second half of our talk about “White Men Can’t Kiss,” Roseanne‘s episode about implicit racism and its effects. Here, we continue to deal with what we found especially effective about this episode, as compared to “very special” episodes about race on other TV series – 90210, for example. Starting with Dan’s awkward conversation with Chuck during the guys’ poker game through to the final scene in which Roseanne encounters Gina’s father (and her own racist assumptions), we unpack the successes and failures of the racial politics of this episode. While we do talk about the present, and the racism of our subject’s titular source, we spend our time primarily on this single episode. We hope you’ll listen and tell us your thoughts.
Darlene, why are you being such a Karen? I mean…she confesses to harassing a cop and living to tell the tale – and in fact, didn’t she JUST defy a cop and go to jail a few weeks ago? Oh, man. At any rate, this episode begins with our discussion of “CPAPs, Hickey’s, and Biscuits.” We talk a bit about Darlene and Ben’s relationship progression, and how, like, they aren’t really doing things in the normal order, but that’s cool. More than this, we coo a bit over Dan and Louise sealing the deal (they DO IT), and how maybe this CPAP storyline is an allegory for the importance of wearing your dang mask when you go out! Louise is SO COOL, and like Dan says, she even looks hot in her bedtime bonnet and eye mask strips.
We pair this with a fine old episode of the original series called “Born to be Wild,” in which the Conners are visited by an old friend and his Harley. Ziggy reminds Dan and Roseanne about their younger days, feeling the wind in their hair… and he agrees to help Dan fix up his old bike that has been lying dead and rusting in the garage. Leather jackets are worn by all, and somehow we end up with a lengthy appreciation of Bob Seger. Please enjoy our latest installment, and stay tuned as we finish out season 2 of The Conners!
Hey listeners! You may have noticed that we missed last week. We both had weddings to attend! But we haven’t abandoned ship – BY NO MEANS! Here, we catch up on The Conners second and third Season 2 episodes, “A Kiss is Just a Kiss” and “The Preemie Monologues.” We agree that these two episodes feel more natural and organic, and the pace feels right. Both episodes involve Becky’s struggles as a mom, both physical and financial, and deal with class and women’s issues in a way that is true to the original. Likewise, we see Darlene and David stand up for little Mark in a way that does justice to some of Roseanne Conner’s shining parental moments. Darlene’s LOVE TRIANGLE gets more cumbersome as, once again, she attempts to hide the presence of our dear David, and irresistible Ben begins to worry that Darlene needs some professional help. Dan is back to his sweet, not-so aggro self, and this time, we feel good about Katey Segal’s Louise stepping in. As usual, we get off track discussing hairstyles, Medicare for All, global warming, and whether or not Sinbad played a genie in a movie (he did not, you are thinking of the one with Shaq). And Dan Aykroyd is there for some reason! Join us!
Join us for our last episode of the summer as we discuss a *Very Special Episode* of the highest order: Season 6 episode “A Stash from the Past,” in which Roseanne, Dan & Jackie find some old weed in a drawer…and hijinks, sadness, paranoia, and pudding-pop-eating ensue. Not only is this a start-to-finish hilarious episode about aging and responsibility (named one of the best-ever episodes of television by TV Guide, an infallible publication), but it gives us an excuse to discuss marijuana moms, our favorite Drug-Free America commercials, Katherine’s amazing teenage drug experiences, Greg Brady’s weed habit, and memorable drug-related episodes of Diff’rent Strokes, Freaks and Geeks, Strangers with Candy, and Beverly Hills, 90210. As Jackie so succinctly puts it: “There’s a reason they call it ‘dope.'”
On the latest 714 Delaware St., we’re talking about one of our favorite Roseanne supporting players: the one and only Sandra Bernhard! We gush over Ms. Bernhard’s unconventional career and incomparable mien, from her turn as the desperate-and-deluded Masha in Martin Scorsese’s The King of Comedy (1983) to her one-woman show Without You I’m Nothing (1990) to her regular appearances on Letterman. Katherine reports on seeing Sandra live twice (plus meeting her for a photo op), and we dig deep into her Roseanne character, the charmingly self-centered Nancy Bartlett. We discuss the season 4 “Vegas” episodes, in which she impulsively marries Arnie (Tom Arnold), as well as season 5’s “Ladies Choice,” in which they’re already broken up and she announces she’s dating Marla (Morgan Fairchild), whom she met at Rodbell’s makeup counter. Join us as we celebrate this hilarious—and to us, frankly inspirational—actress and comedian, without whom we can’t imagine Roseanne in its later seasons.
We were going to wait until after The Conners premier, but we couldn’t help ourselves! In this short episode, we talk about the rumors and speculations about the new series, sans Roseanne. We talk at length about Roseanne’s infamous racist tweet and her various tenuous apologies. We also discuss the cast’s family dynamic, and our own deep emotions about the Conner family. Lastly, we really hope John Goodman doesn’t fall down any more stairs!
In the second episode of 714 Delaware St., Maura and Katherine discuss the 1988 pilot episode of Roseanne, entitled “Life and Stuff.” The chemistry between Dan and Roseanne, the wonder of Jackie and Crystal, the stability of Becky and Darlene’s characters, and life at Wellman Plastics are all on the table. Strange iterations of class tensions between Darlene’s teacher and Roseanne come up, and WAIT! That’s not DJ!!
In the first episode of 714 Delaware St., TV studies scholars Maura McAndrew and Katherine Kidd discuss their mutual love for the original series of Roseanne, its role in TV history, and its stars and writers. We also begin our ongoing discussion of Roseanne Barr’s history as a stand-up, sitcom star, as well as her present-day condition as a troubled public figure with shockingly bad politics and social beliefs.