The Conners

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Comedy spin-off is familiar, fun, and socially relevant.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Themes range from family, loss, grief, and moving on with life to raising gender non-conforming kids, addiction, dating, and topics relating to the struggles of working-class America. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Jackie and Darlene try to keep the family going. 

Violence

Death is a theme. Occasional yelling and arguments; some lead to threats of violence. On occasion there are references to military activity in Afghanistan. Concerns about bullying. 

Sex

Some strong innuendo. Dating, relationships, and sex are often discussed. Teen sex is a theme in a few episodes, and condoms and the morning after pill are sometimes discussed. An unexpected pregnancy is a theme. 

Language

Frequent use of words like "ass," "hell," "crap," and "damn."

Consumerism

Occasional references to brands like Snapple, but labels are not shown. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking (beer, hard liquor) is frequent. Opioid addiction is a primary theme. Alcoholism also discussed. 

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. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Kid, 12 years old November 10, 2018

Better than Roseanne

For me, I hated Roseanne in Roseanne after all the bullcrap she did, so just having all the other characters besides Roseanne in the show is exactly what I want... Continue reading

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. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about some of the social issues discussed throughout The Conners. Are there lessons that can be learned, even though it’s a comedy series?

  • What are the differences between The Conners and Roseanne? Is one funnier than the other? 

TV details

For kids who love comedy

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