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Roseanne Barr Is 63 Today. Here Are 7 Scenes from ‘Roseanne’ That Blew Our Minds

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Roseanne Barr changed the ’80s and ’90s. Literally. Let’s remind ourselves of the fact that she created and starred in a TV show like no other. The fact that it centered around a working class mom who was portrayed as being an actual person with needs, wants, flaws, and virtues is groundbreaking. This is not the typical “Leave It to Beaver” or “Brady Bunch” mom. This was real life.

Love or hate her, the Jewish actress, who turned 63 today, changed the way women have been portrayed in the media ever since. Because of that, I rounded up seven moments of the iconic show “Roseanne” that prove why.

1. When Becky asks Roseanne for birth control.

2. When Darlene wants her boyfriend to move in.

3. When Roseanne confronts Aunt Jackie for being physically abused by her boyfriend.

4. That time Roseanne dressed as a man for Halloween, and turned gender stereotypes on their head.

5. When the Connors are dealing with financial hardship (Dan’s bike shop is going out of business, Roseanne has lost her waitressing job, and Becky ran off and eloped with her boyfriend Mark).

6. The first lesbian kiss on TV happened on the show.

7. When Nancy comes out as a lesbian.

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Joanna Valente

Joanna Valente is the Editorial Assistant at Kveller. She is the author of Sirs & Madams The Gods Are Dead, and Marys of the Sea (forthcoming), and received her MFA at Sarah Lawrence College. You can follow her @joannasaid on Twitter, @joannacvalente on Instagram, or email her at joanna@kveller.com.

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