I've been doing a rewatch in preparation for the new episodes and damn, this show from the last 1/3 of season 1 through to the end season 7 is one of the best depictions of working-class life to have ever appeared on television. I think the first 2/3 of season 1 is weaker because Roseanne Barr is essentially learning how to act on the fly and her performance is much less nuanced. Season 8 is patchier and the less said about season 9 the better but both still have their moments.
I was in primary school and early high school (I'm Australian, primary school = K-6, high school = 7-12, at least in the jurisdiction where I attended school) when this show aired and I remember being aware at the time that this was pretty much the only family on TV that looked like mine. My parents were overweight and particularly around the time Roseanne premiered were in a similarly precarious financial situation (though as a general rule we were probably 3-4 rungs higher on the socioeconomic ladder than the Conner's were, we were struggling, my parents both worked two jobs for most of my childhood but we were also less precarious, my parents are nurses so they had better job security). They were sarcastic and sometimes mean to each other and they fought and there were years of baggage in the relationships but they still loved each other and that was very much my family.
I love that the show depicted a reality where people have to make the best choice possible from a whole array of poor choices. I love the fact that people are allowed to be frustrated and angry that their economic realities constrain their choices because as an adult, this is very much my reality. I had to drop out of law school (in Australia where education is much, much cheaper) after two years because it had become apparent that I would not be able to afford to complete my post-degree, pre-qualification requirements (more school, paid for up front and in full and an internship) in spite of my best efforts. I had to change my plans for my whole life because of my economic reality and that is something that Becky in particular experiences in the show (I ended up falling on my feet and I'll be entering a PhD program in public health next year).
I am so thankful that this show exists and kind of nervous about the new episodes, I really hope they can capture the reality of working-class life in America in 2018 the way they could in the 90s.