'Roseanne' drops P-word and fans are already freaking out at revival premiere

Junie Sihlangu
Feb 04, 2019
10:10 A.M.
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The long-awaited two-episode premiere of Roseanne finally aired recently. The first episode of the reboot saw US politics come into play.


During the March 27, 2018, episode one of the characters wearing a hat with a slogan that was made famous by Hillary Clinton during her election campaign. Many viewers were shocked and upset as the –p-word was also used on the show according to Pop Culture.

Roseanne’s reboot first episode in the series revealed that Roseanne Conner (Roseanne Barr) and Aunt Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) had been estranged for a year. They were estranged after the 2016 presidential election, where Conner voted for Donald Trump and Jackie supported Hillary Clinton.

Darlene (Sara Gilbert), who recently moved back into the Conner household with her two children, decides to end the sister feud. She intends to have the two women talk through their issues.


Viewers get their first glance at Aunt Jackie as she arrives to pick up Darlene for a job interview. In the scene, she could be seen wearing a ‘Nasty Woman’ shirt and a p-word hat.

The hat’s slogan was made famous during the first Women's March. "What's up deplorable?" Jackie says to Conner, poking fun at what Clinton called Trump supporters during the election.

‘wait, did they just say “pussy” on network tv? awesome lol #Roseanne’

Tina Ulrich, Twitter, March 28, 2018

After exchanging a few verbal attacks at each other, Darlene tells the sisters they must make up. "You guys need to talk this out. Mom, Aunt Jackie right here. P-word hat in hand," Darlene says.


This marks a unique occasion when the word has been said openly in a network television comedy. Fans were quick to point this out on social media.


Many cable news organizations used the p-word while covering a tape of then-presidential candidate Trump. In the tape, Trump had been talking about kissing women without asking them and being able to "grab them by the p-word."

Several complaints were filed with the Federal Communications Commission, which sets regulations for permissible televised content. Usually, profanity is censored with a bleep or is muted, but with the Trump tape, the word made it on the air.


According to the FCC's website, it has the authority to revoke a station license, impose a fine or issue a warning. But Roseanne may be in the clear since they were referring to an item of clothing, as opposed to a vagina.

Fans of the show took to social media to express their outrage, many of them angry about using the word in a family-friendly series. But before the show premiered, many fans were already counting it down and sharing their excitement.


The nine-episode 10th season of Roseanne premiered with two back-to-back episodes. It’s been nearly 21 years after the end of its ninth season.

Fans had gotten a sneak peek at the revival during the Oscars on March 4, 2018, when a trailer for the series debuted. In the days and weeks leading up to the revival’s premiere, sneak peek clips were released.


This included the sitcom revival's official opening title sequence, which was the homage to the original credits. It started off with the entire Conner family seated at their kitchen table enjoying a takeout dinner.

The original cast included Barr, John Goodman, Gilbert, and Metcalf. Before the premiere aired critics gave the show mostly positive reviews. A review by USA Today called the reboot exactly what one would expect, for better or worse.

It noted that the original series had broken ground which the revival failed to do according to the review. USA Today gave the revival two out of four stars.

TV Line gave it a B+, and Entertainment Weekly handed down an A-.

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