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The Conners Review

After the reboot of Roseanne was cancelled earlier this year due to Roseanne Barr’s social media verbal diarrhea, the question of what was going to happen to show was on the lips of many.

Tonight, that question was answered. The Conners picks up where Roseanne left off, albeit without the show’s previous namesake and title character. Roseanne Conner has recently passed away. Her family must deal with the loss while trying to move on with their lives. Dan (John Goodman) is slowly coming to terms with his wife’s death and the reason for her sudden passing. Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) is trying to fill the void that her sister left. Darlene (Sara Gilbert) is doing her best to take her mother’s place in the family while raising her own kids.

I felt like this was the right way to go in terms of the series. While the previous series was called Roseanne, the focus was not just Roseanne Conner. It was the story of the Conners, a working class family who is doing their best every day to get by. But at the same time, absence of Roseanne Conner and the actress who played her was palpable. It was as if as I had just walked into the home of a loved one who had recently passed away. I had been in the home countless times, but this time felt odd and sad at the same time.

I recommend it.

The Conners airs on Tuesdays at 8PM on ABC. 

 

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Roseanne Review

*-Warning: this review contains mild spoilers. Read at your own risk if you have not yet seen the premiere episodes. 

Television is supposed to the medium of the masses. But for most of television history, the family sitcoms focused on middle class families who seemed just a bit too perfect.

Then Roseanne premiered in 1988. Roseanne and Dan Conner (Roseanne Barr and John Goodman) are a working class couple living in middle America just trying to get by as best they can. The original series lasted for 9 years and has become a new classic. This evening, the reboot of Roseanne premiered.

Dan and Roseanne are still living in the same house. Their three kids, Becky (Alicia Goranson), Darlene (Sara Gilbert, who is also one of the show’s executive producers) and DJ (Michael Fishman) are all grown up and dealing with adult issues. Roseanne’s ever-present sister, Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) is still more in her sister’s house than she is her own. Also returning is Sarah Chalke as Andrea (otherwise known as Becky #2), as the mother to be of the child Becky plans on carrying.

Watching this show is like slipping into a pair of jeans that you haven’t worn in a long time. It’s comfortable, it fits perfectly and it makes you feel good. Hitting the right mixture of notes of humor, family drama and current events, Roseanne feels like it never went off the air in the first place.

I recommend it.

Roseanne airs on ABC at 8PM on Tuesday. 

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Flashback Friday-TV Edition-Roseanne

The television of families of the 1980’s were pretty similar. Upper middle class families with two working parents with children who except for the normal childhood scrapes, were too good to be true.

Then Roseanne premiered in 1988.

The Conners were different. They were lower middle class, just struggling to get by and raise their kids the best way they knew how. Roseanne and Dan Conner (Roseanne Barr and John Goodman) were high school sweethearts who had their kids earlier in life. The children, Becky, Darlene and DJ (Alicia Goranson/Sarah Chalke, Sara Gilbert and Michael Fishman) were smart ass and constantly fighting with each other. Roseanne’s sister Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) bounced from job to job and from relationship to relationship.  Over the course of the series, Roseanne and Dan both held a series of jobs, some which lasted longer than others.

In short, unlike the rest of the family sitcoms of the 1980’s and 1990’s, it felt realistic.  Whether it was stretching your paycheck to pay the bills or fighting with your teenager because you did not like their boyfriend or girlfriend, the stories reflected the lives of the audience.  And it was one of the funniest shows on television.

Do I recommend this show? Of course

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