Later this month, ABC plays host to the revival of classic 90s sitcom Roseanne. Here’s a guide to where the characters are when the revival begins. In the current age of old TV series being resurrected for one last run, it’s not surprising that Roseanne eventually came up in the rotation. At or near the top of the ratings charts for most of its run, Roseanne ran for nine seasons, and became a landmark in the history of sitcoms.
For those wondering what the Conners have gotten up to in the last 20 years, we’ve got you covered below. However, it’s important to note a couple things before continuing on. Firstly, the revelations that ended Roseanne’s highly controversial original series finale will be ignored, meaning Dan never died, etc. More broadly, season 9 as a whole is being glossed over, so don’t expect to see the Conners’ infamous lottery win referenced much, if at all. Finally, for fans wondering what happened to Becky’s husband Mark, actor Glenn Quinn tragically passed away in 2002, at the age of 32. Rather than recast the role, the decision was made to also make the character Mark deceased.
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Roseanne Conner (Roseanne Barr)
Unsurprisingly, Roseanne’s titular character seems to have changed the least in the decades since the series’ original run. She’s still doing her best to take care of her kids – and now grandkids – with limited resources, and is still (mostly) happily married to husband Dan. One change is that Roseanne is now a Donald Trump supporter, which has caused some discord with more liberal members of her family.
Dan Conner (John Goodman)
As made clear by the trailers and marketing for Roseanne’s revival, Dan is now back to being the lovable father and husband he was in the series’ prime, and is most definitely not dead. With season 9 now being at least mostly erased, one assumes that the widely disliked storyline where Dan cheated on Roseanne has too been excised from canon, and that their marriage is back on strong footing.
Jackie Harris (Laurie Metcalf)
Jackie’s past career as a police officer is now behind her, and she plies her trade as a life coach. One could argue that the famously flighty Jackie is hardly qualified for that job, but that’s probably why she’s not exactly making top dollar doing it. As with the original series, nobody here is really on stable ground financially. Jackie – a vocal Hillary Clinton supporter – is also mad at Roseanne’s decision to vote for Trump.
Becky Conner-Healy (Lecy Goranson)
To say Becky isn’t doing great overall would be putting things mildly. Now 43-years-old, Becky finds herself a widow, and her lack of education has limited her employment prospects. At the start of the revival, Becky is struggling to get by while working a low-paying job at a Mexican restaurant. Desperate for cash, she lies to the wealthy Andrea (Sarah Chalke) about her age in order to make $50,000 as the surrogate mother to the other woman’s child. Though it was heavily hinted late in season 9 that Becky was pregnant with Mark’s child, that plot point seems to have been abandoned.
Darlene Conner-Healy (Sara Gilbert)
Darlene isn’t exactly doing great either, as when the revival begins, she’s had to move back in with her parents after losing her job, although what exactly that job was has yet to be specified. Naturally, she isn’t pleased about that. Now single, Darlene brings along her two kids, daughter Harris (Emma Kenney) and son Mark (Ames McNamara). It’s currently unclear what happened to Darlene’s marriage to David (Johnny Galecki), but David is scheduled to appear in at least one episode, so one assumes that question will be answered at some point.
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