Sara Gilbert

Hate Roseanne if you want, but you have to appreciate her show

Hate Roseanne if you want, but you have to appreciate her show

After three weeks of ratings dominance on Tuesday nights, it’s safe to say the reboot of “Roseanne” is here to stay as one of network TV’s highest rated and most culturally resonant series.

The audience size has come down from the 25 million that watched the premiere in week one, but it is still in the upper teens and way above any of the competition. This kind of success is not simply a matter of curiosity or nostalgia.

When a TV show — or any pop culture artifact — is drawing that kind of a mass audience, it has something to tell us about ourselves and the times in which we live. And, in this case, that something involves more than just the Narcissist-in-Chief’s claim when...

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