10 Family Sitcoms You Should Watch Instead of the Roseanne Reboot
In theory, ABC's reboot of Roseanne seemed like a good idea: a nostalgic reunion of a beloved cast, family-oriented storylines unafraid of exploring politics, and a production team boasting the comedic talents of Wanda Sykes and Whitney Cummings. But in reality, bringing the '90s sitcom back from the dead was always going to fail because of one important factor: Roseanne Barr.
While Roseanne Conner might have originally had liberal-leaning views and embraced her LGBTQ friends, Barr has made a habit of spewing racist ideas and fact-free conspiracy theories on Twitter over the years. Those qualities resulted in a revamped version of her character, one who supports Donald Trump and fears her Muslim neighbours. ABC finally said enough was enough on May 29 when the network abruptly cancelled the series after Barr shared a particularly racist tweet, which she later blamed on taking Ambien.
Fans have been quick to share their sadness over the loss of the revival, and even came up with ideas of how to continue the show without Barr, but the truth of the matter is that we never needed a Roseanne reboot to begin with. There are tons of other series currently on the air that offer thoughtful, nuanced takes on issues like politics, family, gender, and race without needing to also mock other, more diverse shows or cater to the Islamophobic views of its star.
So, if you're in the market for a TV show that's like Roseanne but isn't Roseanne, you've come to the right place.