Season One
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The Conners are an average American blue collar family in the small town of Lanford, Illinois. Holding them together is Roseanne—wife, mother, sister, daughter and force to be reckoned with. Roseanne and her contractor husband Dan have three children: Becky is a boy-crazy overachiever, Darlene is moody and too smart for her own good, and young son DJ is a little simple. Roseanne is also incredibly close to her younger sister Jackie, but that doesn't stop them from driving...
Season Two
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Roseanne faces difficulty with job hunting, and begins to feel the effects of empty-nest syndrome. Becky starts dating a new guy, but also deals with embarrassment at school. Roseanne refuses to support Jackie's decision to become a cop, which leads to friction. Speaking of friction, one of Dan's friends makes a pass at Roseanne. To no one's surprise, Thanksgiving at the Conner's devolves into a nightmare of familial recriminations. Roseanne and Dan battle over parenting when...
 
Season Three
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Roseanne has a pregnancy scare. Dan makes an ill-advised loan to a friend, which puts the family deeper in debt and gives Jackie the upper hand. Roseanne decides it's time to talk to the girls about the opposite sex. She also gets a new job at the kids' favorite diner, much to their disgust. Elsewhere on the job front, Jackie's boyfriend issues her an ultimatum regarding her career as a cop. Becky becomes a discipline problem at home, while Dan's sexual fantasies get him into...
Season Four
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Roseanne and Dan open a new bike shop, but it's not smooth sailing. Roseanne is caught off-guard when Becky discloses she wants to start using birth control, and hurt when Darlene looks to Dan for advice about a boy. Jackie deals with the aftermath of her breakup with Gary. The family deals with Darlene's depression, and Becky's desire for a car. Darlene strikes up an unlikely friendship that's upsetting to Roseanne. Roseanne tries to quit smoking with no support from the family....
 
Season Five
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The Conner's bike shop goes out of business, which sends Dan into a funk. Becky decides to elope with Mark and move out of state. Darlene's boyfriend David spends the night with her, while Jackie starts dating a much younger man. Rosie's mom Bev announces that she's moving to town—and into a retirement home, where she meets a new man. Roseanne and Jackie decide to go into business together, but Bev wants to buy in. Arnie returns to Lanford to woo back Nancy, who has just dropped...
Season Six
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With Darlene at college, Roseanne deals with empty nest syndrome. Bev sells her share of the Lunchbox to Roseanne's old boss Leon. Jackie has a date with Dan's friend Fred—and it leads to pregnancy. Roseanne is shocked to find a bag of pot in David's room—but is even more shocked when Dan figures out who it actually belongs to. And speaking of stashes, Dan has to have a talk with DJ when they find his racy magazines. When she senses trouble in their relationship, Roseanne...
 
Season Seven
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While Dan is anxious for Becky and Mark to move out so he can have some privacy, Roseanne announces that she's pregnant. A jilted David tries to cope with Darlene seeing other guys. Roseanne steps in to help after Jackie reveals that Becky and Mark are having sexual problems. Dan teaches DJ to defend himself against a local bully, but is upset at his son's surprisingly racist attitude toward a girl at school. DJ also begins to fall behind in school, leading to friction between...
Season Eight
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Roseanne and Dan both have doubts about the new baby. A new business opens in Lanford threatening the success of the Lunch Box. Becky and Darlene continue to rebuild their relationship, while Dan has a case of the "what-ifs" about his life. The Conners are outraged when Darlene turns down a high paying job, and her sister's success sends Becky into a depression. Becky decides she wants to go to medical school, which upsets Mark. Roseanne and Dan, meanwhile, have to make a big...
 
Season Nine
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Roseanne is resisting Dan's attempts to reconcile when the Conners suddenly win a $108 million lottery. Roseanne is bewildered by the family's newfound fame and fortune, while Dan begins contemplating the meaning of life. Jackie begins dating a prince—while Dan leaves for California to get his mother much-needed medical help. Roseanne begins to realize that money doesn't buy happiness, and Bev struggles with a new identity. Returning to Lanford in time for Christmas,...