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If We Controlled Your Remote… 3/27/18

Have you ever been at a loss as to what to watch? Too many shows to pick from? We’re here to give you our opinions on what we feel is worth watching. Check it out and then let us know in the comments below what you’re choosing for tonight!

Jenny’s Choice #1

I was a big fan of Roseanne back in the day. There was something just…real about them. They didn’t put on airs, and unlike a lot of shows nowadays, it wasn’t a show about wealthy people and their first-world problems. They were relatable in that the problems they had, I could see myself having those same problems. So when I heard they were bringing it back, I was excited but nervous. Then every little piece of news that came out about it made me happy: same cast, same set, Dan is alive, etc etc etc. Even Johnny Galecki, who is busy over on another network on The Big Bang Theory, is going to be back on an episode as David. And both Beckys are back — the original Becky (Lecy Goranson) is back as Becky, while Sarah Chalke (Becky #2) is guest starring on a few episodes in a special role opposite Goranson. The nostalgia factor is high in this one, I swear. One original character not back is Becky’s husband Mark. The actor, Glenn Quinn, died of a drug overdose in 2002. But Darlene’s son is named Mark after the character, so he’s there in spirit.

Then I saw the first two episodes, and it really blew me away. It’s still the same down to earth, relatable, funny show from the 80s/90s, but they’ve kept it real. Dan and Roseanne are older, so there are health concerns (including Dan wearing a CPAP breathing machine when he sleeps and Roseanne nursing a bad knee), financial and insurance concerns, and adult children/grandchildren moving back in (like is so common now). The snark is still the same, the humor is there, yet everything is updated to 2018: Dan and Roseanne are Trump supporters, Darlene’s son is gender-fluid, and even the opioid crisis plays a part in the new episodes. It’s all really well done and makes me so glad it’s back.

On tonight’s first half hour of the 1-hour episode, “Twenty Years to Life,” Roseanne and Dan adjust to living under the same roof with Darlene and her two children, Harris and Mark, when Darlene loses her job. Meanwhile, Becky announces she is going to be a surrogate to make extra money; and Roseanne and Jackie are at odds with one another. Then in the second half hour, “Dress to Impress,” Darlene’s son, Mark, gets caught with a pocket knife after being bullied on the first day of his new school. Meanwhile, Becky invites Andrea over to meet the family and is nervous to bring her home.

Don’t miss the start of the revival tonight on ABC at 8/7c.
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