While watching Roseanne in class it made me think of my family, I was shocked to hear that so few people could relate to the show. Roseanne herself is much like my mother, and my grandmother. Even the family dynamics were much like mine, we did not as children know the financial situation of the family but we all interacted very similar. My family loved to watch shows like Roseanne, that might have made an impact on us. The show itself however I feel shows the situation of some middle class families, but shows humor so that the show is not too real. People do not watch sitcoms to feel bad, they watch them to laugh and have a good time watching TV. The inclusion of the dad being a "typical" white male is just another way to make the audience laugh. My family loved Roseanne and it can still relate to my family. I do understand that the show does show some things that many people can not relate to, and that the dynamics of the family are not typical middle class families. I feel that shows like Roseanne and King of Queens exaggerate the "norms" so that we can laugh and enjoy our time watching TV and can relate without feeling bad about our own lives.