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  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 16, 2018
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Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 73 Ratings

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  • Summary: The spinoff of Roseanne sees the return of Dan (John Goodman), Jackie (Laurie Metcalf), Darlene (Sara Gilbert), Becky (Lecy Goranson) and D.J. (Michael Fishman) without the family matriarch.
  • Genre(s): Comedy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. 100
    Between Geena (Maya Lynne Robinson), DJ’s wife, and Darlene, the show still features wise women with acerbic wit and zero tolerance for idiocy. Yes, in some ways, Roseanne will never be replaced. But in other ways, she already has been.
  2. Reviewed by: Michael Schneider
    Oct 12, 2018
    83
    Having played Darlene (well, with a 20-year gap) for 30 years, it’s almost effortless to see Gilbert so naturally play Darlene as her mother’s daughter. She’s got a bit of Roseanne Conner in her as we remember her from 1988, not 2018. ... Darlene isn’t Roseanne. But with Barr off the show, “The Conners” can finally be “Roseanne.”
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Oct 16, 2018
    80
    The writing as overseen by veteran Roseanne producer Bruce Helford is sharp--the tone is very similar to the 10 years of the original Roseanne you may have watched and enjoyed.
  4. Reviewed by: Kristen Baldwin
    Oct 12, 2018
    75
    For those on the fence, I’d say if you liked the original and its short-lived revival, this new incarnation will feel like a new--and occasionally laugh-out-loud funny--window into the lives of old friends.
  5. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Oct 15, 2018
    75
    The Conners skillfully picks up where "Roseanne" left off and even manages to improve on the predecessor.
  6. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Oct 17, 2018
    70
    Life goes on, and a family comedy starring Goodman, Metcalf and Gilbert makes this the most promising “new” show in one of the worst broadcast network fall seasons ever.
  7. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Oct 19, 2018
    50
    None of them has ever carried a series before, and as good as they were in The Conners debut, the glue that held the show together was the unseen ghost of Roseanne, as aggravating and amusing as ever, invisible but never absent. I'll believe she's replaceable when I see it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 32
  2. Negative: 16 out of 32
  1. Oct 16, 2018
    10
    Brilliant. We are able to see the talented cast shine. I was not sure what to expect, but the show is written and produced by a stellarBrilliant. We are able to see the talented cast shine. I was not sure what to expect, but the show is written and produced by a stellar crew, and they were able to deliver. Expand
  2. Oct 20, 2018
    10
    Great show made me laugh and cry throughout the first apieosde and accurately describes a family in grieving when you lose someone important,Great show made me laugh and cry throughout the first apieosde and accurately describes a family in grieving when you lose someone important, especially as important as Roseanne. I'd like to see where ths family goes and the direction they are headed to now that their matriarch and the person they always looked to for advice is now gone. Expand
  3. Oct 17, 2018
    8
    I was skeptical of this show when I heard about it, but after watching it last night I have to admit, it was actually pretty good.
  4. Oct 17, 2018
    3
    Show is appreciably worse without Rosanne. That was a foolish mistake to not accept her apology and keep her on HER show. I'm sure it'llShow is appreciably worse without Rosanne. That was a foolish mistake to not accept her apology and keep her on HER show. I'm sure it'll flame out within a half season. Expand
  5. Oct 18, 2018
    1
    Simply Awful.
    Every joke falls flat, and it seems like they are either trying too hard or not at all, leading to a general sense of
    Simply Awful.
    Every joke falls flat, and it seems like they are either trying too hard or not at all, leading to a general sense of awkwardness in every scene. And, no respect for the woman who got them where they are.
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  6. Nov 11, 2018
    0
    The Conners first two programs were well done00well written and well--acted. The third was a bit of a dud. It is hard to tell whether theThe Conners first two programs were well done00well written and well--acted. The third was a bit of a dud. It is hard to tell whether the writers will manage to propel the series forward toward a show with its own identity sans Roseanne Barr.

    I note some politically motivated reviews here that seek to degrade the show because the authors support Barr's racist messages. Truly pathetic!
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  7. Oct 17, 2018
    0
    I already hate that they aren't using Roseanne's name at all despite talking about her this whole episode (she keeps getting called GrannyI already hate that they aren't using Roseanne's name at all despite talking about her this whole episode (she keeps getting called Granny Rose, it's like they writers were told not to trigger anybody into remembering that Roseanne was the name of the show while watching), but why is it funny that Dan's a homophobe? It was funny when Archie Bunker was and every other kind of bigotry, but because it was ironic, Archie was the butt of the joke, Dan is just belittling his grandson that's all that's happening with "you're lucky I didn't run out of the room." That's not a joke, that's a stance **** this ****ing garbage **** I hope it's replaced by reruns of The Crocodile Hunter Expand

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