The Conners

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The Conners
The Conners.png
Created byMatt Williams
Developed by
Composer(s)Antonio Beliveau
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes11 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
CinematographyDonald A. Morgan
Editor(s)Brian Schnuckel
Camera setupMulti-camera
Production company(s)
Original networkABC
Picture format720p (HDTV)
Audio format5.1 surround sound
Original releaseOctober 16, 2018 (2018-10-16) –
present (present)
Preceded byRoseanne
External links
Official website

The Conners is an American television sitcom created for ABC as a spin-off of Roseanne. The series is produced by Werner Entertainment, with Bruce Helford serving as showrunner, and stars John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson, Michael Fishman, Emma Kenney, Ames McNamara, Jayden Rey, and Maya Lynne Robinson, with all except Robinson reprising their roles from Roseanne.

Development on a spin-off began following the cancellation of Roseanne in May 2018, due to a comment that was made by Roseanne Barr on Twitter. The next month, ABC ordered the series and confirmed the adult principal cast's involvement, while Kenney, McNamara, and Rey were confirmed in August. The series premiered on October 16, 2018, airing in the Tuesday, 8:00 PM, slot its predecessor was scheduled to hold during the 2018–19 television season. On October 26, 2018, ABC ordered an extra episode, bringing the episode order to 11.[1]

On March 22, 2019, the show was renewed for a second season of 13 episodes.[2] On May 14, 2019, ABC ordered six extra episodes, bringing the episode order to 19.[3] The second season is set to premiere on September 24, 2019.[4]


The show follows the Conners, a working-class family struggling to get by on a limited household income. After the death of the original show's lead character Roseanne, they are forced to face the daily struggles of life in their home in the fictional mid-state exurb of Lanford, Illinois, in a way they never have before.

Cast and characters[edit]




SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
111October 16, 2018 (2018-10-16)January 22, 2019 (2019-01-22)
219September 24, 2019 (2019-09-24)TBA

Season 1 (2018–19)[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
U.S. viewers
1"Keep on Truckin"Andy AckermanBruce Helford & Dave Caplan & Bruce RasmussenOctober 16, 2018 (2018-10-16)10110.56[16]
In a tragic turn of events, Roseanne suddenly dies and three weeks following her funeral – the family learns she died of an opioid overdose, leading them to uncover her hidden drug dependency; DJ's military wife, Geena, returns home from Afghanistan; Darlene's son Mark confides in Dan about his crush on a boy at school. Mary Steenburgen guest stars as Marcy, a neighbor whom Dan blames for Roseanne's death by giving her prescription pain pills. After Darlene finds an additional hidden stash of opioids, the family realizes Roseanne was obtaining pills from multiple sources.
2"Tangled Up in Blue"Bob KoherrDarlene HuntOctober 23, 2018 (2018-10-23)1038.00[17]
Darlene unexpectedly meets David's girlfriend, Blue (Juliette Lewis), at Mark's parent-teacher conference. During a weekend visit with David and Blue, Harris loses her virginity. An angry and upset Darlene insists David be more attentive when he has the children; Dan offers Becky a job, but discovers she has a drinking problem and demands she get help. Darlene begins dating again and decides it is time for her and David to divorce.
3"There Won't Be Blood"Bob KoherrJana Hunter & Mitch HunterOctober 30, 2018 (2018-10-30)1047.83[18]
At Halloween, Darlene feels Mark's school is being overly politically correct in banning offensive costumes; Harris passes her driving test and pressures Dan to use Roseanne's old car; While interviewing for a job at an insult restaurant, Darlene becomes overly enthusiastic, offending her potential boss; Jackie introduces the family to her new boyfriend, Peter (Matthew Broderick).
4"The Separation of Church and Dan"Andy AckermanSid YoungersNovember 13, 2018 (2018-11-13)1026.94[19]
Jackie and Darlene discuss celebrating the upcoming holidays, their first without Roseanne. At his family's urging, Dan reluctantly attends a grief support group; Geena insists Mary attend church after learning D.J. has not taken her in two years; Mark and Jackie poll mall patrons about the election.
5"Miracles"Bob KoherrLiz AstrofNovember 20, 2018 (2018-11-20)1056.86[20]
Becky announces she is pregnant. To Dan's dismay, she intends to raise the baby without the father, Emilio, her co-worker at the restaurant. She confides in Jackie that Emilio may be unable to financially support her anyway. Darlene lands a job with a local crime magazine called, "Lock 'Em Up", and clashes with her new boss, Ben, over creative control.
6"One Flew Over the Conners' Nest"Fred SavageAli LiebegottNovember 27, 2018 (2018-11-27)1067.32[21]
Bridget and Maria, a lesbian couple Becky went to high school with, want to adopt Becky's baby; Jackie receives a city permit to build a chicken coop. Darlene copes with a frequent casino patron who continually harasses her.
7"Hold the Salt"Kimberly McCulloughDave CaplanDecember 4, 2018 (2018-12-04)1076.63[22]
Darlene begins a romantic relationship with Ben but their similar personalities soon clash. Peter asks Dan to restore his Vespa, but Dan is reluctant after learning Jackie is paying for everything; Dan tells Jackie that Peter is "using" her in the relationship.
8"O Sister, Where Art Thou?"Rebecca AsherSid YoungersDecember 11, 2018 (2018-12-11)1086.68[23]
A cop brings Harris home after catching her drinking underage. Becky warns her to stop but agrees not to tell Darlene. Darlene finds out anyway and is angry at Becky, unleashing Becky's long-held resentment over her sister's absence when her husband, Mark, died. Dan's old high school friend, Louise, is romantically interested in him, though he is not yet ready to move on after losing Roseanne. Jackie agrees to participate in Peter's educational project simulating Norwegian medieval life.
9"Rage Against the Machine"Fred SavageJana Hunter & Mitch HunterJanuary 8, 2019 (2019-01-08)1116.85[24]
Dan substitutes for D.J. when he is too sick to work at his vending-machine service job. When an improperly secured machine falls on Dan, injuring him, Darlene hires an attorney to sue for medical damages. Becky's boss warns her about flirting too much at work.
10"Don't Shoot the Piano Teacher"Kimberly McCulloughKimberly Altamirano & Simone FinchJanuary 15, 2019 (2019-01-15)1096.65[25]
Darlene asks Ben to give Mark piano lessons then objects to his aggressive teaching style. Dan and Jackie try to convince Becky that Emilio would be a good father to their baby. Ben wants Darlene to move to Chicago and live with him after receiving an offer to relocate the magazine there.
11"We Continue to Truck"Bob KoherrBruce HelfordJanuary 22, 2019 (2019-01-22)1107.74[26]
Jackie suspects Peter is cheating on her. David breaks up with Blue because she wants to have children and he does not. Darlene has second thoughts about moving to Chicago with Ben. After an ICE raid on a number of restaurants, Dan fears the worst when Emilio is absent from work.



On May 29, 2018, ABC cancelled Roseanne despite initially renewing it for an eleventh season, following remarks made by Roseanne Barr, who starred as Roseanne Conner, on Twitter about Valerie Jarrett, a former advisor to Barack Obama.[27][28][29] In June, reports swirled that the show could possibly be re-tooled as a spin-off focusing on Sara Gilbert's character Darlene.[30][31] Around June 15, 2018, reports emerged that ABC was close to making a deal to indeed continue the show as a Darlene-centric program.[32][33] Barr is not involved in any way in the new program, and likely received a one-time payment in return.[34] John Goodman had stated that Roseanne Conner would be killed off,[35] which indeed was the case.

On June 21, 2018, it was announced that ABC had officially ordered a 10-episode spin-off tentatively titled The Conners, and that it would involve every cast member except Barr.[5] On August 28, 2018, Emma Kenney, Ames McNamara, and Jayden Rey, who starred as Harris Conner-Healy, Mark Conner-Healy, and Mary Conner respectively, throughout the tenth season of Roseanne, were subsequently officially confirmed as series regulars for The Conners.[6]

On December 15, 2018, it was reported by Deadline Hollywood that preliminary negotiations were underway with the cast for a second season.[36] Deadline reported on March 21, 2019 that renewal was close.[37] On March 22, 2019, ABC renewed the show for a 13-episode second season,[2] which is set to premiere on September 24, 2019.[4]


Production on the series began on August 31, 2018, at the Warner Bros. Studios lot in Burbank, California.[38] On October 26, 2018, ABC announced it had ordered an additional episode, bringing the first season's total number to 11.[39]



The series premiered on October 16, 2018, on ABC in the United States,[40], on CTV in Canada[41] and on Network Ten in Australia[42].



Season Timeslot (ET) Episodes First aired Last aired TV season Rank Avg. viewers
Date Viewers
Date Viewers
1 Tuesday 8:00 pm 11 October 16, 2018 (2018-10-16) 10.56 January 22, 2019 (2019-01-22) 7.74 2018–19 31 9.53[43]
2 19 September 24, 2019 (2019-09-24) TBD TBA TBD 2019–20 TBD TBD

Season 1[edit]

No. Title Air date Rating/share
DVR viewers
Total viewers
1 "Keep On Truckin'" October 16, 2018 2.4/10 10.56[16] 0.8 3.08 3.2 13.65[44]
2 "Tangled Up in Blue" October 23, 2018 1.7/7 8.00[17] 0.8 2.64 2.5 10.65[45]
3 "There Won't Be Blood" October 30, 2018 1.8/8 7.83[18] 0.7 2.43 2.5 10.26[46]
4 "The Separation of Church and Dan" November 13, 2018 1.5/7 6.94[19] 0.8 2.66 2.3 9.60[47]
5 "Miracles" November 20, 2018 1.4/6 6.91[20] 0.8 2.58 2.2 9.44[48]
6 "One Flew Over the Conners’ Nest" November 27, 2018 1.4/6 7.32[21] 0.8 2.32 2.2 9.64[49]
7 "Hold the Salt" December 4, 2018 1.3/6 6.63[22] 0.8 2.51 2.1 9.14[50]
8 "O Sister, Where Art Thou" December 11, 2018 1.4/6 6.68[23] 0.7 2.31 2.1 8.98[51]
9 "Rage Against the Machine" January 8, 2019 1.4/6 6.85[24] 0.7 2.25 2.1 9.10[52]
10 "Don’t Shoot the Piano Teacher" January 15, 2019 1.3/6 6.65[25] 0.7 2.33 2.0 8.99[53]
11 "We Continue to Truck" January 22, 2019 1.5/7 7.74[26] 0.7 2.32 2.2 10.06[54]

Critical response[edit]

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 92% approval rating from critics with an average rating of 8.02/10 based on 45 reviews. The website's consensus reads, "The Conners offers the comforts of its source show, but more focus on the family's ever-evolving dynamics adds a welcome layer of working-class empathy without losing any of the laughs."[55] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 75 out of 100, based on 20 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[56] As part of the conditions of receiving an advance release, critics were forbidden from divulging how Roseanne Conner was written out of the series.[57]

Roseanne Barr said having her character killed by an opioid overdose "lent an unnecessary grim and morbid dimension to an otherwise happy family show."[58]

Lecy Goranson received particular praise from critics for her performance in "Miracles".[59][60]


Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result
2019 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Laurie Metcalf Nominated[61]


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