It’s been almost 21 years since we said a sad goodbye to Roseanne and the Connor family but it is with some surprise that ABC has decided to bring it back, and with most of the original cast in tow.
For those who weren’t alive when the show first aired let’s give you a recap.
Roseanne was one of the biggest sitcoms of the late ‘80s and early ‘90s as audiences in their millions tuned in every week to watch the story of the Connor family. The show ran for nine seasons between 1988 and 1997.
Roseanne, the matriarch of the family, was played by Rosanne Barr (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Home on the Range) she was joined in the cast by John Goodman (10 Cloverfield Lane, Argo, The Big Lebowski) as her husband Dan, Laurie Mecalf (Scream 2, Uncle Buck, Lady Bird) as her sister Jackie, Sara Gilbert (The Big Bang Theory, Bad Teacher, ER) as their daughter Darlene, Alicia Goranson (Boys Don’t Cry, The Extra Man, Fringe) as their daughter Becky, Michael Fishman (Seinfeld, Undrafted, A.I) as their son DJ, Glen Quinn (Angel, Fair City, R.S.V.P) as Darlene’s boyfriend Mark and Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, I Know What You Did Last Summer) as Mark’s brother David.
The show became a hit as it dealt with real issues as it told the story of a poor, working-class family and their daily struggle to put food on the table, albeit in a comedy setting. Rosanne became a household name for her loud mouth and sharp tongue as she constantly put the family in their place.
It’s worth remembering that very few shows back then had female leads a strong and independent as Rosanne and certainly didn’t realistically portray working-class families in such a gritty manner.
The revival will see a large amount of the cast return, with the notable exception of Galecki who is only rumoured to be making a guest appearance, and the new season is said to be set in the present with 21 years having passed since the events of the bizarre season 9 finale.
Sarah Chalke (Scrubs, How I Met Your Mother, Rick & Morty), who also played daughter Becky for two seasons and then played Andrea in the final season will also reprise her role as Andrea.
A number of other previous guest stars are rumoured to be making an appearance too so if you were a fan of the show then this should be a real nostalgia trip.
In preparation for the release of the new season later this year ABC has released the new opening credits which mirror the original opener, showing the family sitting down for a family meal and finishing with Roseanne’s trademark laugh.
You can view the intro below.
Roseanne returns on 27th March 2018 in the United States on ABC. A UK release has not yet been confirmed but we will be sure to keep you updated when news becomes available.
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