I paid no attention to the revived Rosanne until reading that the debut episode beat Stormy Daniels on 60 Minutes. The thing everyone is latching onto, of course, is that Rosanne Conner (like Rosanne Barr herself) is a Trumpster.
The show deserves credit, I suppose, for being honest enough to say that some working-class Middle Americans (like Conner) are the personification of the American Heart of Darkness — under-informed, racially resentful, short-sighted, bull-headed and obviously self-destructive. The Rosanne of 2018 is the new Archie Bunker.
That’s a good thing in a way. I respect the honesty of the show’s approach. There are obviously some real assholes out there in the hinterland, and at least the show’s producers are throwing that into the hopper. During last January’s TV critics confab Barr said, “I’ve always attempted to portray a realistic portrait of the American people and of working-class people. And, in fact, it was working-class people who elected Trump.”
But I shouldn’t say any more until I watch a couple of episodes. I understand that the first episode was political but two episodes that follow aren’t. Which HE regulars have seen the show, and what’s the reaction so far?