“Thanksgiving Week” continues.
On November 26, 1996, ABC aired “Home is Where the Afghan Is,” the “Roseanne” episode in which Roseanne Conner’s drunken mother Bev (Estelle Parsons) made a shocking confession during Thanksgiving dinner.
“To sleep with a man is to know how much you hate them,” Bev declared. “By the end of my marriage, the only way I could have sex with my husband was if I stopped off at the store and bought myself a Playboy first!”
Critics saw Bev’s coming-out as another example of how “Roseanne” had lost its way during its final season, in which the Conners won the lottery and became super-rich.
USA Today’s Matt Roush called the episode “unconvincing” and “tawdry” – a rejection of the “barbed satire against hypocrisy” that became “Roseanne’s” signature during its working-class heyday.
“Home is Where the Afghan Is” was also a ratings flop: It was seen in just 9.9 million homes, finishing third in it time slot and ranking 31st for the week.
See for yourself: “Home is Where the Afghan Is” is part of the “Roseanne: The Complete Ninth Season” DVD set.
Here’s the prime-time lineup for Tuesday, November 26, 1996:
8: “Roseanne” (ABC), “Promised Land” (CBS), “Cliffhanger” (Fox), “Mad About You” (NBC), “Moesha” (UPN)
9:30: “Spin City” (ABC), “Caroline in the City” (NBC)
10: “NYPD Blue” (ABC), “Dateline NBC”
For the week of November 24, 1996:
Top novel: “The Deep End of the Ocean” by Jacquelyn Mitchard
Top song: “No Diggity” by BlackStreet
Top movie: “Star Trek: First Contact”
Top TV show: “Monday Night Football” (ABC)
In the news: North Korea freed a jailed American
Captions: Bev, played by Estelle Parsons, declares her attraction to women during Thanksgiving dinner in the “Home is Where the Afghan Is” episode of ABC’s “Roseanne” (top); sisters Roseanne and Jackie – played by Roseanne Barr and Laurie Metcalf – react when Al Roker appears on the Conner’s new big-screen TV (bottom).