‘Roseanne’ is coming back to TV — how American families have changed since 1988

Roseanne Barr is returning to her old sitcom. But will anything look the same?

Two decades after the seminal sitcom, “Roseanne,” appeared on ABC on Oct. 18, 1988 and became a voice of working-class Americans for a generation, it’s coming back for an eight-episode run on the same network. And it comes on the heels of an election season dominated by discussions of income inequality and the struggles of the middle class.

The original series centered on the s, a working class family living in the fictional town of Lanford, Ill. When the show premiered, Roseanne (played by Roseanne Barr) was a mother of three who worked in a plastics factory.

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