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  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 16, 2018
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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 30
  2. Negative: 14 out of 30
  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.
  2. Oct 18, 2018
    10
    The premiere episode felt more close to the original Roseanne series in tone, humor and pathos since the original series. Bravo to theThe premiere episode felt more close to the original Roseanne series in tone, humor and pathos since the original series. Bravo to the extraordinary cast and writers. Roseanne who? Already forgotten.
  3. Oct 18, 2018
    9
    Never big fan of a Roseanne. But here i gave them a shot and i was positively surprised. Its like watching a new show (forget rossie) with aNever big fan of a Roseanne. But here i gave them a shot and i was positively surprised. Its like watching a new show (forget rossie) with a new level of bitterness and jokes. Now everyone is a "star" (not a background to a loud **** cow). I like the atmosphere they went to and i really like it now (for me its not a reboot restart thing-its a new show and i forget the past)
  4. Oct 31, 2018
    4
    I'm trying so hard to like this show, but I'm really struggling with it. The punchy humor just isn't there, and what is there seems forced.I'm trying so hard to like this show, but I'm really struggling with it. The punchy humor just isn't there, and what is there seems forced. It's just not the same. Before, I would never miss an episode of Roseanne. I've even watched the old reruns, some of them 10 times or more and they're still hilarious, and with The Conners, I could care less if I missed an episode or not. Not very impressed.
  5. Oct 16, 2018
    1
    This was not what i was expecting , The Conners show was dark , depressing , and not funny at all , what ashame what ABC did to the RoseanneThis was not what i was expecting , The Conners show was dark , depressing , and not funny at all , what ashame what ABC did to the Roseanne show ,they are trying to ride on the coat tails of Roseanne ,I give it a couple weeks and it will be OFF the air ,
  6. Nov 1, 2018
    0
    This is a horrible show!!!! It was called Roseanne for a reason. The acting is horrible and Darlene and Jackie CANNOT carry this show. TheyThis is a horrible show!!!! It was called Roseanne for a reason. The acting is horrible and Darlene and Jackie CANNOT carry this show. They should never have fired her. HUGE mistake!!
    I tried because I loved the original show and the reboot of Roseanne but I will not waste time with this show again.
  7. Oct 16, 2018
    0
    Terrible. Total waste of time. I don't even understand why Roseanne wasn't on the show. I thought the show was about her.

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