The Ultimate 'Roseanne' Quiz

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What's the surname of Roseanne's family?

Roseanne Barr plays the matriarch of the working-class Conner family, that also includes Dan, Becky, Darlene and D.J.

Where do the Conners live?

The Conners live in the fictional town of Lanford, Illinois. The exterior shots were of a home in Evansville, Indiana.

The season six episode, "A Stash From the Past," was ranked No. 21 in a 1993 TV Guide list of the 100 best TV episodes ever. What happened in that episode?

Roseanne and Dan find an old stash of pot. They then reminisce while secretly smoking it in the bathtub.

Which was the only leading character outside of the immediate Conner family (Roseanne, Dan, Becky, Darlene and D.J.) to appear in all nine seasons?

Laurie Metcalf, who played Roseanne's sister, Jackie, was in 219 out of the 222 episodes.

Who appeared in more episodes as Becky: Lecy Goranson or Sarah Chalke?

Goranson was in 111 episodes of "Roseanne," and Chalke was only in 40 episodes.

Why did Goranson leave the show?

Goranson tried to stay on the show sporadically when she went to college, but Becky ended up having bigger storylines than she could handle. Thus, the hiring of Chalke.

In how many episodes do Goranson and Chalke appear together?

The two Beckys appear in a parody of "The Patty Duke Show" theme in the closing gag of the season eight opener.

At the start of the series, where does Roseanne work?

Roseanne is a line worker at Wellman Plastics. Crystal Conner and Jackie Harris also work there.

Why isn't she working there anymore by the end of the first season?

Roseanne and her coworkers have finally had enough of their terrible manager at the end of the first season, and Roseanne leads a group to quit in the finale.

Who does George Clooney play in the first season?

Clooney played Booker Brooks, the original Wellman Plastics foreman. He appeared in eleven episodes.

This future star also appeared on the show:

A 16-year-old Leonardo DiCaprio had no lines in a third-season episode as one of Darlene's classmates.

This is one job that Roseanne never has in the course of the series:

Roseanne had many jobs throughout the course of the show, but a teacher was not one of them.

What career does Jackie decide on after she quits the factory?

Jackie heads to the police academy. She works as a police officer for awhile, but eventually leaves the force due to an injury sustained on the job.

How many seasons of "Roseanne" were there in the original series?

It lasted nine seasons, running from October 1988 until May 1997. The show was briefly number one in the Nielsen ratings.

Rumor has it that this thing is said or shown in nearly every episode:

The magic word is "corn." Corn was supposed to be Dan Conner's favorite food, and therefore, it appeared in some form or another in almost every episode.

True or false: David never calls Roseanne by her first name.

David never once calls Roseanne by her first name. Instead, he calls her "Mrs. Conner."

What role did Roseanne's future husband, Tom Arnold, play?

Tom Arnold played Dan's poker buddy, Arnie, who once kissed Roseanne.

Which of these characters does not have a surprise pregnancy over the course of the series?

Surprise pregnancies abounded on "Roseanne." Becky did find out she was pregnant in the final season, but it wasn't a shocker.

In season four, Roseanne and Dan run this kind of business:

In season three, the Conners decide to start a motorcycle repair shop, and open Lanford Custom Cycle in season four. It fails by the end of the season.

Which of the following stars did not appear on the show?

Dolly Parton probably would've fit right in on the show, but she was never on it.

Which business does Roseanne open with Jackie when their mother leaves them money?

The sisters open the Lanford Lunch Box. The specialty at the restaurant was the 'loose-meat' sandwich.

In season seven, a T-shirt gets passed around among the characters through multiple episodes. What is on the shirt?

Apparently, Tom Arnold hated the chicken shirt, so after he and Roseanne divorced, she used it in the show as much as possible.

When did the first episode of "Roseanne" air?

"Roseanne" premiered in October 1988. It was on at 9pm ET on Tuesdays and was second in Nielsen ratings the year it premiered.

What's Roseanne's costume in the show's first Halloween episode?

In the first of the show's Halloween episodes, Roseanne dresses as a witch and tries to rekindle the spirit of Halloween in Becky.

How much money does the Conner family win in the lottery?

The state jackpot is $108 million, and the Conners win it. Actually, they don't, because as the series ends, we realize that the lottery win was merely a fantasy.

Roseanne and Dan name their surprise baby after this singer.

Little Jerry Garcia Conner is born in season eight. He was named after the lead-guitarist and vocalist of the Grateful Dead.

Why did Roseanne boycott an episode of the show?

Roseanne had constant disagreements with the show's creator, Matt Williams, culminating in her boycotting the 15th episode of season two over a line of dialogue.

How was the absence of Roseanne's character explained away?

Roseanne is in only the first and last scenes, when she leaves for (and returns from) a visit to her parents.

How were the major plot and character twists of the final season explained?

So as it turns out, there was no lottery win; Jackie was actually gay; Becky married David; and Darlene married Mark. It was all Roseanne's based-on-real-life novel.

What is the actual fate of Dan?

A heart attack kills Dan. The affair was just Roseanne's way of processing the loss which she felt was a betrayal.

How many seasons was the "Roseanne" reboot?

The re-boot premiered in March 2018 and was cancelled in May of the same year. Then, a spin-off called "The Conners" premiered in October 2018.

True or false: "Roseanne" had been renewed before it was cancelled:

Three days after it premiered, it was renewed by ABC. It was only cancelled after a controversial tweet by Roseanne Barr echoed across the internet. "The Conners" was the way the network could keep the show going without including Roseanne Barr.

Which topics did "Roseanne" cover before they were more mainstream in media?

The show broached topics like gay marriage, poverty and how having to work affects traditional gender roles.

How many Emmy Awards did the show win?

Laurie Metcalf won three Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, and Roseanne Barr won one Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.

True or false: President Donald Trump personally called Roseanne Barr to congratulate her on the success of the reboot premiere.

The president of the United States, Donald Trump, personally wanted to congratulate Roseanne Barr on her success. She had been a vocal supporter of his politics.

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About This Quiz

Whether or not you loved the show, "Roseanne" was ahead of the curve when tackling controversy with biting social commentary. Not only was it one of the first shows to normalize average-looking, working-class families without making things like being overweight constant punchlines, but it dared to tackle things like gay rights, traditional gender roles, abortion and income inequality. 

While the first nine seasons weren't without some controversy, the controversy didn't come to a head until the much-delayed tenth season. 

But between 1988 and 1997, the world came to love looking-in on the life of the Conners and their ilk. If you're a true "Roseanne" fan, you'll know that there were a number of running jokes throughout the years. Do you remember what item made an appearance in nearly every episode of the show? What about the "stash" that Roseanne and Dan found? Can you name the kind of shirt that Roseanne used as revenge against her ex-husband, Tom Arnold?

Find out how much of a "Roseanne" aficionado you are by taking this quiz!

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