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Roseanne

Laurie Metcalf

Jackie Harris

Laurie Metcalf is probably best known as the relationship-challenged Jackie Harris (a role that won her three Emmy Awards) on Roseanne, but her acting career began many years prior as one of the founding members of Chicago's famed Steppenwolf Theatre. It was there she first worked with such fine actors as John Malkovich and Gary Sinise. She later earned kudos in the Broadway production of David Mamet's "November," and in 2009, she signed on to perform in Neil Simon's "Brighton Beach Memoirs" and "Bound for Broadway."

Metcalf made her film debut as Rosanna Arquette's sister-in-law in the 1985 cult film Desperately Seeking Susan. She has since appeared in the films Stop-Loss and Georgia Rule, and her easy-going affability has brought her equal success on TV, where her extensive resume includes The Big Bang Theory (with former Roseanne co-star Johnny Galecki), Easy Money, Desperate Housewives and Third Rock from the Sun.

Fun fact: Metcalf's daughter Zoe played "Young Jackie Harris" when Roseanne featured flash-back episodes.

Character Bio

Poor, poor Jackie. Not only doesn't she know what career path to follow (assembly line worker at Wellman Plastics, long haul trucker, police officer, masseuse), she doesn't seem to have much luck with men, either. A long line of suitors (some with names like Booker, Fisher etc.) move in and out of her life like ships in a port.

Though she's as headstrong as Roseanne, Jackie lacks the street smarts of her big sister. Abusive relationships (both verbal and physical) and a lot of heartache are the result. Some of her troubles in life can clearly be traced to the bizarre relationship Jackie has with her parents: Her father was a physical abuser whose death is cause for morbid celebration, and her mother is a passive-aggressive emotional wreck. But her salvation, on a daily basis, is her big sister; it's Roseanne who guides her through the obstacle course of life.

One thing Jackie does enjoy is the sport of "mother-baiting" – she'll do her best to get mom Bev's goat. She prefers doing it in person, telling her mother she's pregnant and plans to raise the child as a single mom. If that's not possible, a telephone call ending with the simple words "Bite me" will also do in a pinch.

Roseanne TV Schedule

Thursday
July 31
3:32am
The Courtship of Eddie Dan's Father
Dan's visiting father shocks everyone by announcing his plans to marry Crystal.
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4:05am
The Wedding
Roseanne forges ahead with wedding preparations for Crystal.
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Friday
August 1
3:30am
Becky Doesn't Live Here Anymore
Becky runs away from home and seriously cramps Jackie's style by moving in with her.
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4:00am
Home-Ec
Darlene is embarassed when Roseanne gives a supermarket lesson in real-life family budgeting.
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Saturday
August 2
4:00am
Valentine's Day
Dan winds up full-figure lingerie shopping.
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4:30am
Communicable Theater
Roseanne must split her time between taking care of her flu-stricken husband and helping Jackie learn lines for her a play.
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2:24pm
Vegas Interruptus
Roseanne may lose her job if she and Dan go on their long-awaited trip to see Wayne Newton perform in Las Vegas.
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3:00pm
Her Boyfriend's Back
Becky and her boyfriend Mark borrow Dan's treasured motorcyle against his orders.
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3:30pm
Troubles with the Rubbles
The new wife next door looks down on Roseanne and complains that D.J. is a bad influence on her son.
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4:00pm
Second Time Around
Dan's near-fatal accident at work makes D.J. follow him obsessively.
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4:30pm
Dances WIth Darlene
Roseanne tries to convince Darlene to wear something feminine to a big school dance.
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5:00pm
Scenes From A Barbecue
The Connors celebrate Mother's Day with a barbecue with Roseanne's feisty grandmother.
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5:30pm
The Pied Piper of Lanford
Dan and Roseanne commit to opening a motorcycle shop with an old friend.
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