The premiere of The Conners on Tuesday night made me sad. Real life drama aside, the character of Roseanne Conner has been hovering in and out of American popular culture for 30 years, and there hasn’t been another like her during that time. Over the decades Roseanne and her family came to mean a lot to tens of millions of Americans who rarely see themselves represented on television – working class people who are crushed under the heel of government taxation and exploitation and who spend their entire lives simply trying to provide for their families and remain financially afloat, often without success.
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