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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
The fourth season is my favorite!June 1 2006
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Roseanne - The Complete Fourth Season has to be the best season of Roseanne. Some classic and hilarious episodes, The Bingo episode where Roseanne is addicted to bingo, The Birth Control Pill episode, where Becky asks Roseanne for those little white pills. The two-part Vegas episode, where Arnie and Nancy tie the knot in a tacky wedding chapel, Roseanne and Dan serve as the maid of honor and best man. The Fade to Black episode where Darlene becomes depressed for practically the entire season, she is moody, withdrawan, wears black all the time because she feels like an outsider in her first year at high school (hey didn't we all?) This season is freakin' amazing, you won't be disappointed.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Episode GuideSept. 25 2006
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73. A Bitter Pill to Swallow
Roseanne is stunned when Becky asks for advice about birth control.
74. Take My Bike ... Please!
Roseanne and Dan open up shop at Lanford Custom Cycle, but selling a bike proves an exhausting challenge, as does keeping the household fine-tuned with Becky in charge.
75. Why Jackie Becomes a Trucker
After a night out on the town drinking, Jackie awakens and is horrified to find that she has slept with Arnie. Dan invites Leon home for the weekly poker game; DJ trades his comics for a dog, and Roseanne spends all of her time trying to give the dog back to a woman with endless excuses.
76. Darlene Fades to Black
Darlene slips into a depressive state, leaving Roseanne and Dan wondering what is wrong, why she is wanting to wear only black, watch TV and be left alone. Dan gets a moped as a trade-in at the bike shop, and Becky has her sights set on having it. Dan and Roseanne have something different in mind.
77. Tolerate Thy Neighbor
Roseanne's new neighbors the Bowmans are out of town, and Roseanne watches as a truck pulls up,and men start to load up some of their belongings. Roseanne, envious that they are "donating" their nice things, grabs a token for herself. Upon their return, the Bowmans are furious that they had been robbed...as Roseanne watched and did nothing.
78. Trick Me Up, Trick Me Down
Roseanne is on pins & needles, convinced that Kathy Bowman will take revenge for the Halloween prank she played on her; Jackie flirts with a moose at the Lodge costume party only to discover that it's former boyfriend Booker (in his last appearance).
79. Vegas (1)
Arnie decides to wed Nancy in Las Vegas, inviting Dan and Roseanne to stand up for them.
80. Vegas, Vegas (2)
When a tipsy Roseanne and Nancy show up at the night club that Wayne Newton is performing at, they unknowingly start to heckle him. When Dan tries to tell Roseanne that the REAL Wayne is on stage, she nearly gets them all thrown out with her sarcastic remarks. The following day, a hungover Roseanne is set to remarry Dan in a surprise given to them by newlyweds Nancy and Arnie.
81. Stressed to Kill
Becky gets into hot water for helping Darlene with a school assignment; trying to stop smoking cold-turkey has Roseanne frazzled, as does working two jobs.
82. Thanksgiving '91
Thanksgiving brings four generations together to cope with a surprise announcement from Bev.
83. Kansas City, Here We Come
Roseanne and Jackie go to Kansas City to visit their father's mistress; Dan intends to beat up Becky's obnoxious boss.
84. Santa Claus
Roseanne talks Leon into letting her play Santa Claus at the mall -- and hears something she wishes she hadn't from one of the kids' mothers, who turns out to be Darlene's new friend and confidante.
It is Crystal's choice to choose where the gals' night out will be. Crystal chooses bingo and they all hate it. After Roseanne wins $50 playing bingo, she gets hooked on it. Becky and Darlene baby-sit Little Ed, but when Dan comes home its D.J. and Dan that end up taking care of the baby. Roseanne and Crystal get into i fight, but at the end they make up and Roseanne learn that Crystal is pregnant again.
86. The Bowling Show
When Dan and Arnie struggle to bring their bowling team out of last place, some unexpected competition arises. Meanwhile, Roseanne feels shut out of Jackie's new friendship with Nancy.
87. The Back Story
After Roseanne throws her back out, Bev arrives to help out -- and to spoil her grandchildren.
88. Less is More
When Roseanne throws her back out again, she decides to visit the Doctor. Jackie and Roseanne tell the Doctor the history, and as Jackie is flirting away, Roseanne is spinning with confusion at the Doctor's suggestion. After Roseanne claims to have tried everthing, to no avail, the Doctor recommends a breast reduction.
89. Breakin' Up is Hard to Do
Roseanne and Dan breathe a sigh of relief when Becky breaks up with Mark.
90. This Old House
On a last visit to their childhood home, Roseanne and Jackie recall their adolescent years, causing Roseanne to reconsider a punishment for Darlene, who skipped school with David to attend a comic-book convention in Chicago.
91. The Commercial Show
The Conners are sitting pretty for a TV ad for Rodbell's Luncheonette, but at home things get ugly between D.J. and Todd. Leon and Steven break up, and the Bowmans move back to Chicago.
Roseanne accompanies Jackie to her therapist after she chooses the ideal man for Jackie -- dull tax accountant Art; Darlene mouths off once too often about a female school bully.
Roseanne freaks out when she learns that Rodbell's employees must take a lie detector test to find out who has been stealing from the restaurant; Darlene bypasses Roseanne for advice about her beau.
A pregnant Crystal snaps at everyone in sight, then goes into labour with Dan coaching her in the delivery room; Roseanne and Bonnie feud over who should replace Leon as the new manager of the coffee shop; and Darlene delivers a message to David to quit crowding her.
Mark turns to alcohol to solve his problems with Becky, and Dan lies to Roseanne about the boy's drunken, reckless evening at the Lobo Lounge to cover both their tracks.
96. Don't Make Me Over
The girls take Roseanne to the Beauty Box for Mother's Day in hopes of convincing her to let them attend a weekend rock concert.
As the luncheonette closes and the bike shop folds, D.J.'s scholastic achievement is the only light on the Conners' dim horizon. (Coda: an ice-cream fight in the Conner kitchen; Arnie is abducted by aliens)
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Video Commentaries on Season FiveJune 19 2006
Pageturner in NYC
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Season four is the 1991-92 season that won Laurie Metcalf her first of three consecutive EMMY Awards as Best Supporting Comedic Actress. (Roseanne would finally win her only Best Actress-Comedy EMMY for season five; and John Goodman--shockingly--never won an EMMY for playing Dan Connor altho he was nominated seven years in a row!).
FINALLY, for this fourth season set, there are at last commentaries by Roseanne! And even better, they are video-commentaries, which means you actually watch Roseanne live on the right-side of your TV screen as she watches and comments on the episode playing on the (larger) left side of your screen. The two episodes she comments on are TRICK ME UP TRICK ME DOWN (that season's Halloween episode, which also marked the final appearance of George Clooney as Booker--and Roseanne has some great, sharp comments on the fact that her series's writers didn't appreciate Clooney the way she did) and THANKSGIVING '91 (with guests Shelley WInters and Estelle Parsons). These are wonderful commentaries, very funny, very honest and Roseanne's comments are aided by some pop-up blurbs at the bottom of the screen that sometimes corrects or elaborates on something Roseanne has said. (For instance, Roseanne says Shelley Winters wasnt too happy about playing Parson's mother because she was only a few years older than Parsons. The pop-up track tells us that WInters was seven years older than Parsons.)
The second extra is a brief on-camera interview with Roseanne about the show. It's spirited and fun and filled with clips. The final extra is called "A Grown-Up Sit Down Interview with "an Adult" Becky and D.J. It's merely a condensed and reedited compilation of the interview Michael Fishman did for the season two set and the interview Lecky Goranson did for the season three set. It offers no new material and is just a rehash of previously seen footage.
Even thought Roseanne ends each commentary track with the same statement of "Am I done?", I hope that the next sets have even more video commentaries. This is a terrific DVD set.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
A PERFECT season of one TV's GREATEST shows!!April 14 2012
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I envy the person who has not seen this beloved classic. Truly one of the all-time greatest shows ever made, Season 4 was when "Roseanne" reached the zeneth of creative perfection; an amazing feat, considering the first three seasons were spectacular.
Many fans agree that seasons 4 and 5 contain the best set of episodes, not just for Roseanne, but for any sitcom period. With 20-plus episodes in each season, it's shocking that there simply isn't even a single dud in the bunch. EVERY single episode in seasons 4 and 5 play like mini-masterpieces, blending that trademark comedy and realistic drama like no other. Enjoy!!!
I was twelve years old when "Roseanne" came out, and vividly remember it having such a huge impact on my family, as well as society as a whole. For the first time, middle-class families could identify with characters on a sitcom, and enjoy real life issues and problems being handled with utmost care and realism.
What made "Roseanne" unique was its utter lack of vanity, superficiality, and unrealistic idealism. In the age of "The Cosby Show," and "Family Ties," Roseanne stormed in as an overweight, screaming mother who didn't always keep her house clean, didn't pay the bills on time, didn't always have the answer, and didn't keep her sexuality hidden. From the very first episode, viewers got to see a messy house, screaming kids who don't always listen, and parents who struggle with money, menial jobs, and weight issues. Finally, a real family on television! Can you think of another show where the female lead walks around the house with an xxx-large bright pink bathrobe, rollers in her hair, and can still be taken seriously? Whatever you might think of Roseanne personally (in terms of her public behavior), she never let it effect the quality of the show. The show benefited from WONDERFUL writing, a fantastic cast, and a pitch-perfect blend of comedy and drama. The show had some incredibly funny moments, combined with profoundly touching scenes that really played well on television; the show was never sappy, and stayed true to life. In my opinion, virtually every episode during seasons one through six, with rare exceptions, played out like thirty minute masterpieces. By seasons three and four, the show had reached perfection.
Roseanne acted her heart out on this show, and got better every year. She could always deliver a sarcastic one-liner like no other, but as the show progressed she managed the dramatic scenes with perfect accuracy. She managed to infuse her strong, sarcastic exterior with an incredible dose of heart and generosity. John Goodman had exceptional chemistry with Roseanne, and turned Dan into a hard-working, loving father that we all wish we could have. Laurie Metcalf's Jackie was, perhaps, the shows most complex character, and, in my opinion, the best actor of them all. She could take even mundane lines and turn them into hysterical comedy. Metcalf turned Jackie into a cool, sympathetic character you always wanted around. The sister relationship between Roseanne and Jackie was perhaps the most realistic ever portrayed on TV.
The kids of the show were also exceptional. I remember watching Darlene when I was a kid/teenager, and thinking "finally, a realistic depiction of a teenager." The iconic Darlene was a tomboy, depressed at times, and certainly not your typical happy, popular, beautifully perfect character. She had many challenges, emotions, and Gilbert pulled them all off with complete ease. Darlene was a hero to anybody who felt like they didn't fit in. Becky was the whiny, spoiled brat of the bunch, played beautifully by Lecy Garonson; she never hit a false note. Sarah Chalke, on the other hand, was sub par, and really should never have been cast as a replacement. Even DJ, the youngest of the bunch, had some incredible one-liners, and managed to be completely real.
Overall, this show goes down as a masterpiece; it's exactly what a TV show should be: Hysterically funny, profound, insightful, relevant, and, above all, completely entertaining.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Roseanne Season 4April 19 2006
A Kid's Review
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I LOVE ROSEANNE! I have bought all three of the seasons so far and have been happy with all of them! Season 4 is definitly a great buy. It is a continuation to the last episode in season 3, when Dan gets ready to buy a motor cycle shop. Make sure you buy season 3 first!