‘Roseanne’ has been canceled — how America changed since the show premiered

Roseanne Barr’s return to the top of the ratings was a familiar feeling for the star. It was also brief. Did anything really look the same?

The 10th season of “Roseanne” will be its last following Barr’s racist tirade on Twitter TWTR, +1.22% directed at Valerie Jarrett, former senior adviser to Barack Obama. The show-ending controversy in some ways highlights how much has changed — about America and Barr herself alike — since the sitcom first hit the airwaves.

The original series centered on 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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