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‘Roseanne’ needs to stay on television

The cast of Roseanne in 2018.

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The cast of Roseanne in 2018.

Maya Benjamin, Staff Writer

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“Roseanne” is back!

After a 21 year departure from television, “Roseanne”returned to television on March 27 for a nine-episode run.

Starring Roseanne Conners, the show first premiered on Oct. 18, 1988, and has gained a huge following ever since.

The series revolves around a working-class family in Illinois, which many critics felt was one of the first shows that showed a realistic portrayal of a working class, blue-collar family.

After a month of circulation about a possible, revival season of “Roseanne,” ABC announced in May 2017 they had picked up a new season of “Roseanne” that would premiere as a mid-season replacement in early 2018.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the tenth season premiere had a whopping 25 million viewers, leading ABC to renew the series for an eleventh season of 13 episodes.

“Roseanne’s” success over the course of multiple decades is for several reasons. One of them being the political discussions the Conner family has that reflect a chunk of Americans.

“Black-ish,” “Will and Grace,” and “Saturday Night Live” (SNL) are just a few comedy shows that only show one side of the political spectrum, which can lead the alienation of certain political ideologies.

Chevy Chase even admitted in an interview that he used his position on “SNL” to hopefully influence elections in favor of the Democratic party and that this practice still continues today on the show.

Vi Di Bona, a producer responsible for “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” “MacGyver,” and “Entertainment Tonight,” agreed during an interview with Ben Shapiro that Hollywood promotes a liberal political agenda, and went on to express her support for it.

Alienating political viewpoints in the media only further perpetuates the stereotype that liberals are less inclined to listen to political viewpoints that don’t match their own.

But “Roseanne” is different. In the premiere episode of season ten, it is revealed that during the 2016 election Roseanne voted for Donald Trump and her sister Laurie voted for Jill Stein.

Throughout the course of the episode, Roseanne and Laurie went back and forth in their discussion about several controversial topics with humorous jokes mixed in.

“Roseanne’s” use of showing diverse political ideologies gives a chance for all political viewpoints to be heard on mainstream television.

Another reason for “Roseanne’s” success is its realistic portrayal of a blue-collar family.

According to the US Census Bureau, in 2013, the working class accounted for almost two-thirds of the country’s civilian labor force between the ages of 18 and 64.

“Roseanne” works to highlight the struggles of the everyday American including healthcare, sexuality, living paycheck to paycheck, and obesity.

While Roseanne Barr herself is far from perfect and has even come under fire in recent weeks for her tweets of fake news about David Hogg, one of the Parkland School shooting survivors, the show needs to stay on air for years to come because of the show’s portrayal of a working-class family and it’s use of diverse political viewpoints that resonate with American viewers.

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