The 2010s have brought forth new era of nostalgia. Sequels, reboots and revivals make up much of today’s entertainment, so it isn’t a huge surprise that the Conner clan has made their way back to ABC.
Tuesday, March 27 saw the premiere of the first Roseanne episode in over 20 years. The entire original cast has returned for this continuation including John Goodman, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson, Michael Fishman, Laurie Metcalf, and the domestic goddess herself, Roseanne Barr.
Unlike most TV revivals of recent years that serve as more or less a reboot with a different title (i.e. Fuller House, Girl Meets World), these new episodes serve as a direct continuation of the original Roseanne. From the moment the first episode begins, we are shown Roseanne (Barr) and Dan (Goodman) waking up from what many of us thought was a very bad dream (Season 9). Soon after we’re all welcomed back to the Conner’s kitchen table where the family prepares the start of their day by bickering over breakfast and delivering the usual hysterical one-liners.
The first episode finds the eldest Conner daughter, Becky (Goranson), revealing to the family she has agreed to be a surrogate for an upper class business woman named Andrea (Sarah Chalke, who was Goranson’s replacement as Becky during the original show’s later seasons), much to the dismay of her parents. Aunt Jackie (Metcalf) is proud to support Becky in her decision, which only adds fuel to the fire in an intense political feud that’s already been raging between her and Roseanne. The episode culminates in a tearful hug between the two sisters who finally apologize and let bygones be bygones.
The second episode focuses more on Darlene’s (Gilbert) young son, Mark (Ames McNamara), who enjoys wearing female clothes and wishes to wear a skirt to his first day of school. This concerns Dan and Roseanne whom each are comfortable with Mark expressing himself, but are worried about the backlash Mark will receive at school. This culminates in a mother-son discussion with Darlene and Mark after it’s revealed Mark had pulled out a pocket knife to defend himself from a bully. Darlene assures her son that it’s okay to be “weird” and “different”, and that no matter what he’ll always be loved by his family.
Roseanne’s return boasts some sharp writing, terrific performances, and such a sweet dose of nostalgia that fans of the original series can’t help but tune in to see more of what’s going on in Lanford, IL.
Roseanne airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on ABC.