The lights go out. The Conner family just got their electricity cut off because they can't pay the bill. Out of the darkness, Roseanne's voice: "Well, middle class was fun." Roseanne came as a blast of Midwestern blue-collar grit that made all other Eighties sitcoms look like contemptible fluff as soon as it dropped. She was the unsaintly matriarch of this struggling heartland family, with biker husband John Goodman and Laurie Metcalf as her hard-luck sister, Jackie. Roseanne carried the torch during a truly wretched time for network comedies.