1989 TV Guide Cover w/Roseanne & Cosby Goes Viral
You've probably seen this in your social media feed a couple of times today. It's an old TV Guide issue from 1989. Teasing the fall lineup and featuring two of the top comedy heavyweights (with two of the biggest sitcoms) on television at that time. Maybe 1989 was trying to tell us something?!?
In '89, these two were at the peak of their game, beloved by audiences and changing the face of mainstream TV. In 2018, Cosby has been accused of sexual assault by over 50 women and was recently convicted of three counts of aggregated indecent assault. He's facing up to 10 years behind bars for each count.
As for Barr, after likening former Obama administration adviser (and African American woman) Valerie Jarrett to an "ape," she's been called a racist, lost her hit ABC series, and Hollywood is celebrating her downfall. (tvinsider.com)
In the late 1980s, and The Cosby Show were dominating primetime network television - and the shows' titular stars were just as popular. These were the highest-rated series on TV, constantly competing for the top spot. In the '88-'89 season, The Cosby Show edged out Roseanne Barr's show, nabbing a whopping 25.6 Nielsen rating, with Roseanne close behind at a 23.8 rating.