Tuesday night’s two-episode revival of Roseanne launched with the same emotional flare that made the original Conner family working-class comedy a 90s cult classic, updated for the millennial age and set in the Trump era. After a 20-year hiatus, the magnanimous matriarch Roseanne Barr is reunited with her on-screen husband Dan (John Goodman) and the pair face new family challenges — Roseanne’s unemployed daughter Darlene (Sara Gilbert) has moved in with her two children, Becky, (Alicia Goranson) widowed, struggles to become a surrogate, and Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) clashes with Roseanne over the election of Donald Trump.
One emotional moment manufactures a rare TV siting: a flyover state denizen offering an honest and raw, reason-based rationale for supporting Trump.
“He talked about jobs, Jackie!” Roseanne says to her “Nasty Woman” T-shirt-clad sister, who vocally supported Hillary Clinton but walked into the booth and voted for Green Party candidate Jill Stein. “He said he’d shake things up! I mean, this might come as a complete shock to you, but we almost lost our house, the way things are going.”
Moments later, just before the family eats dinner, Roseanne says a prayer — she asks Jackie, “Would you like to take a knee?” — in which she thanks God for her son D.J.’s (Michael Fishman) safe return home from his military service in Syria and “most of all Lord, thank you, for making America great again.”