When it was announced that Roseanne would be returning, many fans wondered how the show would address the events of the original series finale in which Dan (John Goodman) died from a heart attack, David (Johnny Galecki) married Becky (Lecy Goranson) and Darlene (Sara Gilbert) somehow ended up with Mark (played by the late Glenn Quinn). Plus, how would the show handle Roseanne who has become an outspoken Trump supporter both off-screen and on the series??
Tuesday's premiere, comprised of the back-to-back episodes "Twenty Years to Life" and "Dress to Impress," addressed all of those questions starting with Dan's supposed death, which was passed off as a bad dream. It was again referenced later in the episode as fiction when Roseanne finds her novel which was never published.
The reboot also established that Becky did marry Mark and that he has since died. And while the premiere didn't explicitly address Darlene's relationship with David, we already know that they got married and had two kids before splitting up. (Plus, Galecki will appear in an episode later this season.)
The reboot also explored Roseanne's political views through heated yet comical conversations with her sister Jackie (Laurie Metcalf). The episode saw Roseanne take digs at Hillary Clinton and the NFL players who took a knee during the national anthem while Jackie — pink p***y hat and "nasty woman" shirt and all — took shots at Trump and Roseanne's love of guns before admitting that she felt bullied by her sister into voting for Jill Stein.
As expected, fans had strong opinions about this updated version of beloved series and took to social media to let their sentiments be known. While the changes were well-received by some, others couldn't get past Roseanne's right-leaning political views.
Here's what Twitter had to say about the Roseanne premiere.
Can't stop laughing and smiling #Roseanne is the BEST!!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️— Dana Sabot Robinson (@danalynne74) March 28, 2018
Loving this soooo much! You rock #Roseanne!!— Bridget (@HooliganBridg) March 28, 2018
This is how you do political comedy #Roseanne— randomness (@chrisrtufts) March 28, 2018
Not liking all of the politics. #Roseanne— Ms. T (@Anti40s) March 28, 2018
The show is getting a bit too topical, and has a lot of references to the season that shouldn't have been. Chemistry is still strong as ever, though. #Roseanne— Dr. Q (@QuizzicalOne) March 28, 2018
Done with #Roseanne way too much Trump talk.— Taylor Wood (@TaylorWood717) March 28, 2018
Yikes. This reboot of #Roseanne is trying WAAAAAY too hard. It's pretty painful.— Aimee Why-Rock 🌮 (@TwugMe) March 28, 2018
OMG....hate it or love it, the new Roseanne is hilarious. #Roseanne— smosis (@sydmosis) March 28, 2018
OMG #Roseanne is so freaking funny!!! "Hello Deplorable" ... "Hi Snowflake" 😂 Jackie with the pink pussy hat and the "Nasty Woman T-Shirt" ... I am dying!!! 🤣🤣🤣🤣— Gaby Sunshine (@Schatzilein8) March 28, 2018
I thought I was gonna be out before it even started with the whole Roseanne as a Trump supporter storyline but I'm genuinely cackling and here for all of this. #Roseanne— Allison (@allisonc115) March 28, 2018
Roseanne airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on ABC.