The show was also something of an awards darling. Roseanne Barr and her on-screen sister Laurie Metcalf both won Emmys. The former and her on-screen husband John Goodman also picked up Golden Globes for their performances in the series. The People’s Choice Awards, American Comedy Awards and Peabody Awards also recognized Roseanne.
Roseanne’s mainstream success is even more remarkable considering it continued to push boundaries throughout its ten-year run. In season four, the show tackled depression; in season five, the show addressed domestic violence and in season seven, Dan and Roseanne discussed abortion at length. However, the show’s liberal attitude to homosexuality most angered its more conservative viewers.
In the sixth season, Roseanne and Jackie visit a gay bar with lesbian friend Nancy to help establish their cool credentials. But the former gets more than she bargained for when she’s kissed by Nancy’s girlfriend. Fearful of screening a prime-time same-sex kiss, ABC wanted to pull the episode before Barr pledged to take the show to a rival network.