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ABC is going big on revival nostalgia in the first half of 2018 by not only bringing American Idol back, but also the classic blue-collar family sitcom Roseanne. Perhaps because the network is aiming to keep new footage as hidden as possible ahead of the premiere, ABC hasn't yet put out very many trailers for Roseanne's return. We did get to see a new spot drop during the 90th annual Academy Awards, however, and it showcases one of the most recognizable TV sounds of the 1980s and 1990s: Roseanne's hearty laugh. Now laugh along with the trailer below!
Roseanne's first big trailer initially plays up the old sentimentality feeling with a couple of old clips that remind us what life used to be like for the Conners. Basically that just means joking about being miserable for one reason or another, such as being married. The first bit of new footage that we see also challenges our memory banks, as Roseanne wakes Dan up by saying she thought he was dead, and his response is to ask why everybody always thinks he's dead. This, of course, is a callback to the original Roseanne finale, in which it was revealed that Dan had died of a heart attack. That story point, along with a few others, has gloriously been retconned for the new season, and we'll hopefully get to see a few more winks and nods to that reviled final season.
With one of the most infectious laughs on TV, Roseanne Barr will once again be chortling, hooting and guffawing when the sitcom returns to primetime. The original run's theme song and opening credits changed quite a few times over the years, but the unwavering element was always Roseanne's cackles capping things off. The new trailer above brings that laugh back several different times, and we can't wait to hear what set her off each time.
The trailer isn't very in-depth about where the season will be heading, but we get a pretty good idea that the subject matter won't have strayed too far from what we're used to. We see O.G. Becky making a joke about how the family used to be fatter, which Roseanne basically substitutes with "happier." We see Darlene proving to her daughter that money most certainly does not grow on trees within the Conner household. And we also see a little bit more of Roseanne's grandmotherly relationship with the new-to-viewers characters like Darlene and D.J.'s kids; and that relationship is one that's partially fear-based, as one probably expected.
And, of course, Roseanne's revival will contain that most classic of all TV scenes: the hands-free cake-eating contest in the middle of the kitchen. Okay, so maybe that isn't exactly the most memorable sitcom moment. But perhaps after Roseanne's return, we'll see more of them.