Roseanne returns and brings back most of its original cast including the infamous “second Becky.” This time, however, Sarah Chalke returned as a new character, Andrea.
The death of actor Glenn Quinn, who played Mark Healy, was quickly and respectfully addressed. Mark is said to have passed away at some point before the new narrative begins.
The on-screen death of Dan Connor, played by John Goodman, was also addressed. Throughout the entirety of the episode, characters poked fun at him possibly being dead in a humorous, fourth wall fashion.
Still neurotic as ever, Laurie Metcalf returns as Jackie Harris. Because of her political views, she stands as the biggest source of conflict for Roseanne in the first episode.
New additions have been added to the cast, expanding the Connor family. Darlene Connor, played by Sara Gilbert, comes back home and brings along her kids claiming she needed to take care of her aging parents.
Darlene has a feminine and flamboyant son named, Mark Connor-Healy, played by Ames McNamara. Needless to say, Dan has a difficult time accepting him. Darlene also brings her oldest daughter, Harris, played by Emma Kenney, who fits the role of the stereotypical teenaged girl of the 2010’s.
Michael Fishman returns, reprising his role as DJ Conner. He’s accompanied by his daughter, Mary Connor, played by Jayden Rey. So far, young Rey gets little screentime and witty one-liners – similar to season one DJ.
Surprisingly enough, actress Judy Prescott returns as well, reprising her role as Miss Crane, Darlene’s old teacher. She now teaches Mark.
Roseanne returns with the same intent: exemplify the average, middle-American family. It exists to prove that these families have multiple political viewpoints and not everyone is a stereotype.
Roseanne Barr appeared very happy about fan reaction and the show’s eventual rating. She tweeted this last night:
I am so greatful to the fans of the Roseanne show for giving it a good Premiere rating. You are all wonderful-here is to making America laugh & talk again! LOVE U
What is Your Opinion on the Roseanne Revival?
Roseanne’s questionable political history leaves a lot of room for debate. In a space filled with only left-wing views, is there room for a show to bring both sides?
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Quick Facts (From IMDB)
Seasons: Original: 9, Reboot: 1
Starring: Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert
Running Time: ~21m
Image Credit: ROSEANNE – ABC’s “Roseanne” stars Ames McNamara as Mark, Sara Gilbert as Darlene Conner, Laurie Metcalf as Jackie Harris, Emma Kenney as Harris Conner, Jayden Rey as Mary, Roseanne Barr as Roseanne Conner, Michael Fishman as D.J. Conner, John Goodman as Dan Conner, Lecy Goranson as Becky Conner, and Sarah Chalke as Andrea. (ABC/Robert Trachtenberg)