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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Conners is a spin-off of Roseanne, the sitcom featuring a blue-collar family dealing with daily life. It's got lots of blue-collar themed humor, family disagreements, strong language, and beer drinking. There’s also lots of snark, but not as loud (or coarse) as it is in the original show. Death is a theme, as is moving forward after a major loss, but it also addresses contemporary social issues, ranging from addiction to raising a gender nonbinary child. References to brands like Snapple and other products are sometimes audible.
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What's the story?
THE CONNERS, a spin-off of Roseanne, follows the Conner family after their matriarch passes away. After the sudden death of Roseanne Conner, the family must figure out how to pull themselves together. While Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) is trying to fill Roseanne’s shoes, and Darlene (Sara Gilbert) tries to manage the family, Dan (John Goodman) is dealing with the loss the best way he knows how while being there for his grandchildren. Meanwhile, Becky (Alicia "Lecy" Goranson) and D.J. (Michael Fishman) try to cope in their own ways. It’s a difficult time for the family, but they realize that as hard as it is, life must go on.
Is it any good?
This lighthearted series picks up the family narrative left behind after the controversial cancelation of the original show’s reboot- - this time without Roseanne Barr. The absence of her semi-autobiographical character may prove jarring for long-time Roseanne fans. However, the show still pays homage to her character’s head strong personality, and maintains the snarky, blue-collar vibe that she made famous.
To its credit, The Conners still feels both nostalgic and familiar as other long-time cast members take the spotlight. Like its parent series, it also addresses a wide-range of relevant social issues. But there is a also an intentional mildness to it, perhaps to underscore the fact that despite a major loss, people can still come together and move forward.
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