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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

Friday
August 22
2:38am
Promises, Promises
Darlene springs a prom-night surprise on David: she has rented a motel room.
TV-PG
3:16am
Glengarry, Glen Rosey
Roseanne and Dan fear a financial crisis when they cannot sell the house they refurbished.
TV-G
3:54am
Tooth or Consequences
Dan realizes that he needs a steady job to take care of his family when he accidentally knocks out one of Roseanne's teeth on the day she is to meet with a health inspector.
TV-PG
4:27am
Daughters and Other Strangers
Roseanne worries that Darlene may be planning to run away from home.
TV-PG
Tuesday
August 26
2:38am
Two Down, One to Go
Roseanne is suffering from empty-nest syndrome as Darlene heads for school.
TV-PG
3:16am
The Mommy's Curse
Brutally honest Roseanne suffers the consequences after telling Bev that she's had her fill of her at the Lunch Box.
TV-PG
3:54am
Party Politics
Roseanne attempts to enlist Darlene's aid in taming a rebellious D.J.
TV-G
4:27am
A Stash From the Past
Roseanne lectures David for getting high after she finds a stash of pot in the house -- then realizes it is hers from decades ago.
TV-PG
Wednesday
August 27
2:38am
Be My Baby
Roseanne wants another baby. But to everyone's surprise, Jackie breaks the news about being in the "family way" - sending Roseanne into a swirl of activity preparing for Jackie's maternity.
TV-PG
3:16am
Halloween V
Hallowe'en at the diner becomes complicated when Nancy complains that Dan doesn't like her.
TV-PG
3:54am
Homeward Bound
Darlene visits, making David realize how much he misses her.
TV-PG
4:27am
Guilt By Imagination
Dan has a hard time concealing the fact that he had lunch with an old flame.
TV-PG