12 Best Shows Like Home Economics That Fans Should Watch Next

Working-class sitcoms have existed since the very beginning of television, from “The Honeymooners” to “Sanford and Son,” but after a decade of comfortable upper middle-class hits like “The Cosby Show” and “Silver Spoons,” 1988’s “. Roseanne” was a breath of fresh air. Based on the stand-up comedy of Roseanne Barr, the show followed the lives of Roseanne and Dan Conner (Barr and John Goodman), a factory worker and construction contractor living in a small northern Illinois town with their three children. The show was an immediate smash hit and magnet for controversy, not just for its risqué humor and the off-camera antics of its star, but for its willingness to take itself seriously and tackle difficult subjects like sexual harassment, spousal abuse, and racism.

In 2018 ABC revived the show, 21 years after its final episode, placing Roseanne, Dan, their children, and now their grandchildren in a very different small-town America than where they lived in the ’80s and ’90s. After a series of racially charged tweets, however, Barr was fired and ABC briefly canceled the show before reviving it yet again as “The Conners,” in which Dan and the rest of the family move on after Roseanne dies offscreen from an opioid overdose. Enjoying a multi-season run of its own, “The Conners” holds down ABC’s Wednesday night lineup alongside “Home Economics” and “Abbott Elementary.”

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