The Woman Who Loved Elvis‘ Sally Kirkland is only one of many high-profile actors to appear on Roseanne this season (the latest to make his debut — The Rocky Horror Picture Show‘s Tim Curry). To honor these guest stars’ mostly dubious contributions, we present the first annual Roseys:
The Lee Strasberg Award for Method Acting Above and Beyond the Call of Duty: Sally Kirkland, as Darlene’s boyfriend’s verbally abusive mom.
The Funny, She Doesn’t Look Remotely Related to Roseanne Award: Joan Collins, as Conner cousin Ronnie.
The Hippest Guest Star Award: Sandra Bernhard, as Lunch Box co-owner and latter-day lesbian, Nancy Thomas.
Hippest Unhip Guest Star Award: Morgan Fairchild, as Nancy’s lesbian lover, Marla.
The Equal Opportunity Award for Casting Without Regard to Age: Shelley Winters, 70, as Roseanne’s grandma, and Estelle Parsons, 65, as Roseanne’s mother.
The Sure, He Won an Oscar 35 Years Ago, But His Acting Skills Have Gone Sayonara Award: Red Buttons, as Roseanne’s mom’s boyfriend, Jake.
The Maybe They Should Have Cast Sissy Spacek Instead Award: Loretta Lynn, as herself.
The Where’s My Gun? Award for Most Miscast Action Star: Wings Hauser, as the Conners’ nice-guy neighbor, Ty Tilden.
The Tom Arnold Award for Crassest Cross-Promotion: Tom Arnold, as Roseanne’s favorite TV funnyman, Jackie Thomas.