Good News: These Shows Are Even Better Than Roseanne

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On Tuesday ABC cancelled popular US sitcom Roseanne in the wake of a racist tweet from Roseanne Barr, the show's creator and star. The news inspired a whirlpool of reactions, mainly that of the "yay!" and "wahoo!" variety. But there were some crestfallen reactions, especially considering the show's immense popularity. Roseanne, the original, was a good show. Roseanne, the revival, had traces of a good show, but it was dominated by the overwhelming presence of Barr, who, in the years between the cancellation and the revival of her show, only grew more tone deaf.
This opening in the television world — which isn't exactly underpopulated right now — means that we all have more time to devote to other shows. (This doesn't just mean more viewing time. We all have talking time, think piece-reading time, think piece-writing time, and emotional labor-time to spare now that Roseanne is off the air.) Roseanne was lauded for portraying a close-knit family unit. There are actually a number of sitcoms that already did this and still do this. Ahead, the shows still on the air that you can watch instead of Roseanne.
And, if none of these suit your fancy, there's always, always, Golden Girls.
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Superstore (NBC)

Superstore is like if The Office moved to a department store and got rid of the mockumentary styling. America Ferrera stars as a young mother who likes to wear a name tag with the wrong name on it (so none of the customers call her by her real name). Come for the will-they-or-won't-they with Amy (Ferrera) and Jonah (Ben Feldman). Stay for the comedic stylings of Lauren Ash, Colton Dunn, and Nico Santos.
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One Day At A Time (Netflix)

Want to watch a burgeoning working-class family complain about the state of the economy? One Day At A Time, a reboot of Norman Lear's sitcom about a single mother, tackles all that and more. Justina Machado (Six Feet Under) stars as Penelope, a working single mother.
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grown-ish (Freeform)

Yara Shahidi, star of black-ish, got her own college comedy spinoff. Watch her navigate the halls of California University.
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The Middle (ABC)

No, not the song featuring Maren Morris. The Middle, a sitcom about a family in a small town in Indiana, recently completed its nine-season run on ABC.
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Brooklyn Nine-Nine (NBC)

FOX canceled Brooklyn Nine-Nine, a comedy about a police precinct in Brooklyn, last month, but NBC swooped in to save the day.
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Disjointed (Netflix)

Though it only lasted two seasons, Disjointed, created by Chuck Lorre (Two and a Half Men) was a satisfying multi-cam sitcom. It starred Kathy Bates as the owner of a weed dispenser in Colorado. The real story, though, is that Chris Redd (one of the newest members of Saturday Night Live) stars in it as a hapless stoner named Dank. Dank is madly in love with two things: weed, and his girlfriend Dabby (Betsy Sodaro).
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Mom (CBS)

Mom, the sitcom starring Allison Janney and Anna Faris, has won multiple Critic's Choice Awards. Janney and Faris both play recovering addicts and mothers. They're both trying to mend their relationships with their daughters, and struggling with their newly minted sobriety.
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The Goldbergs (ABC)

Want to watch a show set in the late 20th century, like the early Roseanne was? Watch The Goldbergs, which is now a "period sitcom." It follows an average family in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania.
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black-ish (ABC)

We would be remiss not to include the show that Roseanne essentially insulted a few episodes into its tenure. Anthony Anderson stars as Dre Johnson, an ad exec with a demanding family. His wife, Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross) is an anaesthesiologist. And their five kids — Zoey (Yara Shahidi), Junior (Marcus Scribner), Jack (Miles Brown), Diane (Marsai Martin), and baby Devante — are hilarious.
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Fresh Off The Boat (ABC)

Constance Wu and Randall Park star in this sitcom adaptation of the life and times of chef Eddie Huang. It was included in Roseanne's subtle dig at ABC's "diverse" shows.
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Speechless (ABC)

Honestly, it's this easy: Just keep watching ABC. Aside from Roseanne (and maybe The Bachelor), the network has a number of shows that portray "real" America. Speechless, for one, focuses on a family that includes a son with cerebral palsy (played by Micah Fowler).

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