Sorry, ‘Roseanne Fans, the Show Isn’t Actually Filmed in Illinois
Now that the highly-anticipated Roseanne reboot has finally premiered, fans are more obsessed with the iconic TV show then ever before. But now that the series is back, many people have forgotten where in the US the beloved sitcom — which originally aired for nine seasons from 1988 to 1997 — actually takes place.
Well, it turns out that Roseanne Conner (played by Roseanne Barr) and her working-class family live in the fictional town of Lanford, IL. The home featured on the original ABC series is actually located in Evansville, IN, which is about a six-hour drive from Chicago. While exteriors were shot in Indiana, the rest of Roseanne was filmed on the CBS lot in Studio City, CA. In 2013, the Roseanne house underwent a mini remodel and was updated with a new kitchen, new windows in all the main rooms, and new decking on the front porch. At the time, it was put on the market for $129,999, according to ABC News.
Though the home’s real-life buyer remains unknown, Roseanne herself previously revealed that she knew someone who might be interested in purchasing her old TV pad. “I know someone who wants it!” she tweeted not longer after it was placed up for sale.
The return of Roseanne has already garnered super high ratings and positive reviews for ABC. In fact, the series — which premiered on Tuesday, March 27 — has already been renewed for Season 11! “We’re thrilled that America has welcomed the Conner family back into their homes,” Channing Dungey, president, ABC Entertainment, said in a statement. “The show is as fresh and relevant today as it was when it left the air 21 years ago. We can’t wait to see what the Roseanne team has in store for next year.”
One of the show’s stars, Sara Gilbert, also spoke out about the series’ high premiere ratings. “You’re always nervous before you do something, and we’re so grateful to the fans. I mean it’s just unbelievable,” she said. “I was flying on the day of the premiere and I was kind of watching the clock and I was like ‘Oh it’s coming on in New York, oh it’s coming on in Chicago.’ When I got to LA, I was almost home and I was in the car and I was like, ‘Oh my god it’s 8:01, it’s on in LA!'”