The Roseanne Show Syndicated

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"I'm an altogether different fat chick," says Roseanne, comparing herself with Rosie O'Donnell. She's right. Her new talk show has none of the comfy good cheer of Rosie's; it's cruder, more sensational and also more serious. Mostly the debut was banal, if often profane, as Whoopi Goldberg pontificated about Monica Lewinsky and Roseanne interviewed a tiresome Linda Tripp impersonator. But Roseanne and Goldberg's conversation with three teenage mothers was surprisingly simple and affecting. Roseanne's emotions are not polished to an Oprah-like smoothness, and she can be appealingly authentic, in her rare quieter moments.

--By James Collins

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