All hail the domestic goddess! In this top-rated third season, Roseanne Conner and family continue to push the sitcom envelope as they deliver one of the most acclaimed and daring shows in television history. Relive all th... more »e classic hilarity as Roseanne explains the facts of life to Darlene, Dan endures PMS, Becky moves in with Jackie, D.J. turns weird, Nana Mary visits, Valentine?s Day gets forgotten, curfews are broken, surprise weddings and pregnancies rock the house and much more! Season Three of Roseanne includes appearances by Tom Arnold, Ned Beatty, Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Garrett, Judy Gold, Alyson Hannigan, Tobey Maguire, Martin Mull, Estelle Parsons, Natalie West, and Shelley Winters« less
Danielle T. (sugarkane) from FITCHBURG, WI Reviewed on 12/19/2007...
This is the season where Roseanne really hit its' stride. The whole season is a laugh fest, but my particular fave episode is PMS, I Love You. Also, it is the season Jackie leaves the Landford Police force and takes an interesting and entertaining journey to finding new employment. The third season is my fave by far!
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WHERE ARE THE COMMENTARIES?
Pageturner in NYC | Manhattan | 02/28/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm delighted that the uncut episodes of ROSEANNE are being issued afterthe snafu of the first season. But, WHERE ARE THE COMMENTARIES? Before Anchor Bay decided to release the show on DVD, Roseanne spoke to HomeMediaReatiling (http://www.videostoremag.com/news/html/breaking_article.cfm?sec_id=2&article_ID=6010) on March 27, 2004 and said:
"Roseanne said she would be happy to create extras for a DVD package. She's particularly keen on providing commentary tracks and promises to come clean on the notorious behind-the-scenes conflicts between cast and crew. "I would totally do commentary for it, because I remember almost every show and what was going on," she said. "I would say, `Well, this is where such and such was fired.' There are good stories." And yet she maintains, "We always had fun, the cast. We always had great fun every day on that show."
We're going into the third season and still no commentaries. You'd think someone who controllled the show so completely as Roseanne did would be proud to talk about her struggles and triumphs on this ground-breaking show.
Wouldn't you all love to hear Roseanne doing commentary either solo or with co-stars John Goodman or Laurie Metcalfe? Hope Roseanne is listening."
A six star season, but the DVD set itself could have been be
calvinnme | 08/23/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Season three of Roseanne doesn't revolve around any particular overriding story arc, but the kids are definitely beginning to grow up. As in almost every season, there are quite a few changes taking place in all of the characters' lives, but the show's greatness mainly lies in the "real life" way that each situation is handled and in the raw emotions and interactions of the characters, not in the situations themselves.
"The Test" is a great season opener as Roseanne and her family wait for the outcome of her home pregnancy test. There are some precious moments, such as when DJ asks if he was an accident, and Roseanne tells him that he was a surprise, the difference being that "an accident is something that you wouldn't do over again if you had the chance, but a surprise is something you didn't even know you wanted until you got it." The girls show their selfish side, trying to make a case for not having the baby even before the test is complete. Becky goes as far as asking her mother "Don't you want me to go to college?".
The audience gets their first look at the late Glenn Quinn as rebel and smart-mouth Mark Healey in "Becky, Beds, and Boys". Mark doesn't even pretend to care what the Conners think when he shows up in a bar, obviously under-aged and the Conners see him there. His answer to their question of how he got in there when he is only 18 is that he has a piece of paper that says he is 21. Becky's concerned parents forbid her to see Mark anymore, but she keeps coming up with ways to see him anyway. I liked how Mark was portrayed in these early seasons when he was "Rebel Without a Cause" as opposed to the last three seasons when he was transformed into "Rebel Without a Clue". Mark and Becky are the cause of quite a bit of trouble, starting with "Her Boyfriend's Back", in which Mark and Becky take Dan's prize Harley out for a ride without telling him. This infuriates Dan who doesn't even bother punishing Becky - his hurt and anger are so deep that he just ignors her for days. Of course, this is far worse than any punishment he could have given her.
In the Halloween episode, DJ decides he wants to dress as a witch this year, and this has Dan very upset as he believes it might mean DJ is having trouble with his own gender identity. You see, Dan believes only girls should dress as witches. Meanwhile, Roseanne decides to find out what it's like to be one of the guys by dressing up in Dan's clothes. She then goes to the Lobo and enjoys conversing with a group of men there on a variety of subjects. You even see Roseanne trying to make conversation with "another" man at the urinal. Unfortunately, the restroom scene has been cut from most (if not all) syndicated showings of this episode. We also get another look at Crystal's desperation for male companionship as she shows an interest in Roseanne ( alias Bob) after "Bob" pays her some well placed compliments.
"PMS I Love You" is one of my all time favorites. Dan's birthday party collides with Roseanne's PMS, and she is on a rampage. Dan, being the guest of honor, must ride out the rollercoaster of his wife's emotions, including her blurting out to everyone present that he cried when he saw "Old Yeller". In one of those great moments that Dan and Jackie often have together, Dan vents to her privately about how his 39 years have been a blur and he wonders when will it be his turn, when does HE get to have HIS PMS?
Ned Beatty returns as Dan's father, although he is more subdued and less buffoonish than he was in season one when he was first introduced. Dan, however, is still somewhat contemptuous of his dad, and it doesn't make things any better when he finds out that his father is planning to marry one of Roseanne's friends. Matters go from bad to worse when he finds out why - the bride-to-be is pregnant. Dan fears that his new brother/sister will have the same kind of life he had as a child - a life with an unhappy mother and an absentee father who is always on the road.
The other plot developments include Jackie being injured and leaving the police force, Roseanne getting a job at Rodbell's, a diner in the mall, and Dan opening a motorcycle shop of his own. This is truly one of the best seasons of Roseanne, and I highly recommend it. I just wish that there were more extras and interviews in the DVD sets than we have been getting."
YOU ARE MISSED GLENN QUINN
JGC | 03/17/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Roseanne Barr (yes, Rosey has taken back her given last-name when she "regained" her sanity) is a genius and a modern-day Lucille Ball. Roseanne spoke for the masses (middle-class, working Americans) when we had no voice. And Roseanne made it ok to be different, to be crazy, to be fat, to be g-a-y, or to be anything else you wanted to be in a Busch-lead society.
I recently read an article about the late Glenn Quinn. He died completely alone, penniless. There wasn't even any money for a proper burial. That surprises me. It's sad that Roseanne doesn't treat the people who worked for her a little better.
I don't think any other TV "sitcom" in the history of modern American culture has touched more lives or portrayed a more realistic nuclear family than "Roseanne." My family was "Roseanne" and there millions of other "Roseanne" families in America, right?
There are a total of twenty-five episodes from Season 3. All the episodes on this box-set will be UN-CUT.
Here's a list of all the episodes from Season 3 with the original ABC air dates:
The Test First aired: 9/18/1990 The family awaits the results of Roseanne's pregnancy test. This was Rosanne's first episode after her "National Anthem" controversy.
Friends and Relatives First aired: 9/25/1990 Lending money to his dead-beat pal Arnie comes easily for Dan, while supporting his family takes a little more effort and thought.
Like, a Virgin First aired: 10/2/1990 Roseanne decides it's time to give Becky "the talk."
Like, a New Job First aired: 10/9/1990 Another "like a" title :-). Despite her misgivings, Roseanne, working late as a coffee-shop waitress, leaves Dan in charge.
Goodbye, Mr. Right First aired: 10/16/1990 After Officer Harris gets slightly injured, Gary says he's tired of always worrying about her.
Becky, Beds and Boys First aired: 10/23/1990 Becky's folks pressure her to stop dating a boy. The tragically late, and very enduring Glenn Quinn makes his "Roseanne" debut as Mark Healy.
Trick or Treat First aired: 10/30/1990 Roseanne, mistaken for a guy in her lumberjack Halloween costume, plays along with some of the patrons.
PMS, I Love You First aired: 11/6/1990 Roseanne is at her bitchiest-best in this ep about Dan's birthday "surprise party."
Bird is the Word First aired: 11/13/1990 Becky is suspended for allegedly giving the finger in her class photo.
Dream Lover First aired: 11/27/1990 Dan ill-advisedly tells Roseanne he's having dreams of a mysterious, and oddly homely, other woman, Marge Dolman (played by Patrika Darbo). Incidenlty, a few years later when the "poison Arnolds" were hot news, Patrika played Roseanne in a horrible network telepic.
Do You Know Where Your Parents Are? First aired: 12/4/1990 Since the girls continually break curfew, Dan and Roseanne celebrate the anniversary of their first lovemaking by revisiting the restaurant/hotel. This is an ep that Nick at Nite doesn't like to air; perhaps because of the sexual themes.
Confessions First aired: 12/18/1990 An angry and deflated Roseanne discovered that her mother always thought sister Jackie had more talent to reach her potential.
The Courtship of Eddie, Dan's Father First aired: 1/8/1991 Dan's visiting father astonishes everyone by announcing his plans to marry thrice-married Crystal.
The Wedding First aired: 1/15/1991 Against Dan's wishes, Roseanne forges ahead with wedding preparations, of Crystal and Ed.
Becky Doesn't Live Here Anymore First aired: 1/22/1991 Another ep where Becky has a temper-tantrum, and runs to Jackie's 1-room pad.
Home-Ec First aired: 2/5/1991 Darlene is embarassed when Roseanne gives Darlene's home economics class a lesson.
Valentine's Day First aired: 2/12/1991 Roseanne is mad at Dan for forgetting Valentine's Day.
Communicable Theater First aired: 2/19/1991 Roseanne is torn between taking care of her flu-stricken husband and helping Jackie learn lines for her play. Roseanne rips Jackie a new-one but then feels bad for her short-temper and big-mouth.
Vegas Interruptus First aired: 2/26/1991 Roseanne may lose her job if she and Dan go on their long-awaited trip to Las Vegas.
Her Boyfriend's Back First aired: 3/12/1991 Hotty Mark is back for more trouble when he gets his hands on Becky and Dan's bike!
Troubles with the Rubbles First aired: 3/26/1991 The new neighbor next door, Kathy Bowman, looks down on Roseanne and complains that D. J. is a bad influence on her son, Todd.
Second Time Around First aired: 4/2/1991 Roseanne helps Crystal with her Lamaze classes.
Dances with Darlene First aired: 4/30/1991 Roseanne tries to convince Darlene to wear something feminine to a school dance.
Scenes from a Barbecue First aired: 5/7/1991 Nana Mary (the legendary Ms. Shelley Winters) makes her "Roseanne" debut as Rosie's outspoken grandmother at the Connors' mother's day celebration. ABC & their sponsors must have loved all these holiday-themed epsisodes.
The Pied Piper of Lanford First aired: 5/14/1991 Dan and Roseanne commit to opening a motorcycle shop with a free-spirited old friend who leaves at the last minute.
A great show.
Shelley Muscat | 01/08/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am so pleased to read that Roseanne season 3 will be coming out to buy in just s few months when season 2 was only just released a month ago. When i was growning up i never enjoyed wathcing Roseanne until a few years ago i was watching re runs of the show and i couldnt stop watching it and i was so excited when it came out to buy on Amazon as i live in Australia and its not available to buy over here. I was also very pleased with the extras on the last disc of season 1 & 2.
Thanks for bringing this out and i hope more come out real soon."
Groundbreaking Season, But The Shoddy DVD Treatment Continue
belvis | renton, washington | 07/10/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The 1990-1991 third season of "Roseanne" was clearly the season where the show really defined itself. While the first two seasons were good, especially the second, the third was the first Perfect Season, and it was also when the show really started to take risks and tackle heavy issus with amazing skill, all the while remaining laugh out loud hilarious.
The first episode of the season was "The Test," and it was test in many ways. It was the first episode to air after Roseanne's National Anthem incident, where she pissed off most of America and was called a disgrace by President Bush (quite ironic considering how his son is running the country these days). Fortunately, the incident was forgotten and "Roseanne" continued to roll along smoothly, turning out some of the finest episodes of the whole series. Who doesn't love "Like, A Virgin," in which Darlene is caught making out with her friend Brian on the couch? And who could forget the classic Halloween special, "Trick Or Treat," in which Roseanne dresses as a man and is so convincing that she spends most of the night hanging with a group of men at The Lobo. Probably the funniest episode of the season is "PMS, I Love You," in which Roseanne's PMS collides with Dan's surprise birthday party and disaster ensues. "Vegas Interruptus" is a very notable episode as Roseanne and Dan debate whether to go to Vegas or stay at home so Roseanne won't lose her job. The episode shows how rare a vacation is for Roseanne and Dan and how Roseanne has to balance the importance of her job over the importance of her trip. The classic "Scenes From A Barbecue" introduced Nana Mary, portrayed brilliantly by the late Shelly Winters. Also, the late Glenn Quinn makes his first appearance on the show in "Becky, Beds, and Boys," and who could know he'd be sticking around until the very final episode? Natalie West as Crystal joins the cast in the credits for this season (and the next one, as well, before pretty much vanishing from the series save for the occasional appearance), and other great characters include Bonnie, played by Bonnie Bramlett, and of course Leon, played by Martin Mull. This season also brings us the Bowman family, including the mother Kathy, who would share some wonderful comic moments with Roseanne before leaving near the end of Season Four.
Season Three is excellent, although not up with the flat out brilliance of Seasons Four and Five (the two finest seasons of the whole run). It's sad to see how poorly the season is treated in this DVD set. The episodes are uncut, thank God, but once again, the features are nearly non-existant. We get 'interviews' with Laurie Metcalf and Lecy Goranson, but these are polluted with so many episode clips we barely get any interview time. It is worth watching to see Lecy Goranson tear up near the end of her interview (very touching) but overall these are not very exciting.
"Roseanne" is one of the best shows of all time, and this season is an example of why. Although the features are again incredibly dissapointing, the episodes are uncut and their quality can not be argued. Although it falls short when put up against Season Four and Season Five, this is definately not a set you want to pass up!