Amazon Prime Serves Up Classic ‘Roseanne’, ‘3rd Rock’ & ‘Cybill’


Amazon Prime Video members can bone up on their Roseanne history this month in preparation for next year’s ABC revival series. Through Amazon Video Direct’s partnership with FilmRise, Amazon Prime is streaming Roseanne — along with 3rd Rock From the Sun, A Different World, Cybill, Grace Under Fire and Grounded for Life — this month.

AVD’s partnership with FilmRise makes the six ’80s-’90s sitcoms watchable to Prime members free of additional charge as the shows roll out through August. Included are all nine seasons of the original Roseanne, six of 3rd Rock and The Cosby Show spinoff A Different World; five of Grace Under Fire and Grounded for Life and four of Cybill.

The Roseanne and 3rd Rock episodes are available now, and the other series will go up throughout the month.

The six-sitcom pack marks the service’s biggest FilmRise acquisition deal to date, said a spokesperson for Amazon Video Direct, the self-service program for studios, distributors and content creators to make video content available to Amazon customers.

Roseanne is especially timely: A revival of the blue-collar family sitcom, reuniting the original cast – Roseanne Barr (Roseanne), John Goodman (Dan), Sara Gilbert (Darlene), Laurie Metcalf (Jackie), Michael Fishman (D.J.) and Lecy Goranson (Becky) – was given the greenlight by ABC in May. Sarah Chalke, who played Becky in later seasons, will also appear in another role. It will bow in midseason.

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