The Conners

The Conners is an American television sitcom created for ABC as a spin-off continuation of the long-running series Roseanne. The series is produced by Werner Entertainment, with Bruce Helford serving as showrunner and stars John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson, Michael Fishman, Emma Kenney, Ames McNamara, Jayden Rey and Maya Lynne Robinson, with all except Robinson reprising roles from Roseanne.

The Conners
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GenreSitcom
Created byMatt Williams
Developed by
Starring
ComposerAntonio Beliveau
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes46 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
CinematographyDonald A. Morgan
EditorBrian Schnuckel
Camera setupMulti-camera
Production companies
Release
Original networkABC
Picture format720p (HDTV)
Audio format5.1 surround sound
Original releaseOctober 18, 2018 (2018-10-18) –
present (present)
Chronology
Preceded byRoseanne
External links
Official website

Development on a spin-off began following the cancellation of Roseanne in May 2018, due to controversial comments by Roseanne star Roseanne Barr on Twitter. The next month, ABC ordered the series and confirmed the adult principal cast's involvement, while Kenney, McNamara and Rey were confirmed in August. The series premiered on October 16, 2018, airing in the Tuesday, 8:00 PM slot its predecessor was scheduled to hold during the 2018–2019 television season. On October 26, 2018, ABC ordered an extra episode, bringing the episode order to eleven.[1]

On March 22, 2019, the series was renewed for a second season of 13 episodes.[2] On May 14, 2019, ABC ordered six extra episodes, expanding the order to 19. An additional episode was then ordered, with season 2 totaling 20 episodes.[3] The second season premiered on September 24, 2019.[4] In May 2020, ABC renewed the series for a third season,[5] which premiered on October 21, 2020.[6]

PremiseEdit

The show follows the Conners, a working class family struggling to get by on a modest household income. After the death of the original show's lead character Roseanne, they are forced to face the daily struggles of life in their home in the fictional mid-state exurb of Lanford, Illinois, in a way they never have before.

While the show follows on from the series Roseanne, producer Bruce Helford has explained that the creative staff have chosen to deliberately ignore certain developments from the sixth season of Roseanne onwards, including the birth of Jackie's son Andy as well as almost all of Roseanne's controversial ninth season.[7]

Cast and charactersEdit

MainEdit

RecurringEdit

  • Estelle Parsons as Beverly Harris, Jackie and Roseanne's mother.
  • James Pickens Jr. as Chuck Mitchell, Dan's best friend and business partner.
  • Johnny Galecki as David Healy, Darlene's estranged husband; father of her two children.
  • Katey Sagal as Louise Guldofski, Dan's girlfriend; a former classmate of Roseanne, Jackie and himself. In the first two seasons, she was Becky's co-worker.[13]
  • Rene Rosado as Emilio, the father of Becky's daughter Beverly Rose and Becky's husband.
  • Matthew Broderick as Peter (season 1), Jackie's freeloader boyfriend.[14]
  • Eliza Bennett as Odessa (season 2), Harris's friend she temporarily moves in with.
  • Noel Fisher as Ed Conner Jr. (season 2), Dan's half-brother. The character previously appeared as a baby in four episodes of Roseanne, portrayed by an uncredited actor.
  • Alexandra Billings as Robin (season 3), a supervisor at Wellman Plastics and Darlene's mentor.
  • Nat Faxon as Neville (season 3), Louise's brother who is a veterinarian, and Jackie's love interest.
  • Evelina Fernandez as Juanita (season 3), a co-worker of Darlene and Becky's at Wellman's who worked with Roseanne and Jackie.
    • Fernandez had previously recurred as Juanita in the first season of Roseanne.

GuestsEdit

EpisodesEdit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
111October 18, 2018 (2018-10-18)January 22, 2019 (2019-01-22)
220September 24, 2019 (2019-09-24)May 5, 2020 (2020-05-05)
320[18]October 21, 2020 (2020-10-21)May 5, 2021 (2021-05-05)

Season 1 (2018–19)Edit

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11"Keep On Truckin'"Andy AckermanBruce Helford, Dave Caplan & Bruce RasmussenOctober 18, 2018 (2018-10-18)10110.56[19]
In a tragic turn of events, Roseanne has suddenly died following knee surgery. Three weeks later, the family learns her death was due to an opioid overdose, leading them to uncover her hidden drug dependency due to chronic pain. Dan blames their neighbor, Marcy (Mary Steenburgen), for Roseanne's death by having given her prescription pain pills. Marcy says she, Roseanne, and many of their friends exchanged medications to help each other out due to the prohibitive drug costs. When Darlene finds additional hidden opioids, the family realizes Roseanne was obtaining pills from multiple sources. Also, DJ's military wife, Geena, is on leave from Afghanistan. Darlene's adolescent son, Mark, tells Dan he has a crush on a boy at school.
22"Tangled Up in Blue"Bob KoherrDarlene HuntOctober 23, 2018 (2018-10-23)1038.00[20]
Darlene unexpectedly meets David's free-spirited girlfriend, Blue (Juliette Lewis), at Mark's parent-teacher conference. During a weekend visit with David and Blue, Harris loses her virginity. An angry and upset Darlene demands that David be more attentive with the children; Dan offers Becky a part-time job with his construction company, but discovering her drinking problem, insists she get help. Darlene begins dating again and tells David it is time for them to divorce.
33"There Won't Be Blood"Bob KoherrJana & Mitch HunterOctober 30, 2018 (2018-10-30)1047.83[21]
After Mark's school bans his Frida Kahlo Halloween costume for culture appropriation, Darlene clashes with administrators, believing the policy is overly-politically correct; Harris passes her driving test and pressures Dan to let her use Roseanne's old car. Darlene is overly enthusiastic during an interview for a waitress job at an insult restaurant, offending her potential boss. Jackie introduces the family to her new boyfriend, Peter (Matthew Broderick), an unemployed academic.
44"The Separation of Church and Dan"Andy AckermanSid YoungersNovember 13, 2018 (2018-11-13)1026.94[22]
Jackie and Darlene discuss celebrating the upcoming holidays, the first without Roseanne. At his family's urging, Dan reluctantly attends a grief support group. Geena, home on leave, insists Mary attend church after learning DJ has not taken her in two years. Jackie helps Mark poll mall patrons about the upcoming elections for a school project.
55"Miracles"Bob KoherrLiz AstrofNovember 20, 2018 (2018-11-20)1056.86[23]
Becky announces she is pregnant. To Dan's dismay, she intends to raise the baby without the father, Emilio, her co-worker at La Casita Bonita, the restaurant she works at. She tells Jackie that Emilio may be unable to financially support their child. Darlene lands a job with a local crime magazine called, "Lock 'Em Up", but her new boss, Ben, resists her creative ideas.
66"One Flew Over the Conners' Nest"Fred SavageAli LiebegottNovember 27, 2018 (2018-11-27)1067.32[24]
Bridget and Maria, a lesbian couple Becky went to high school with, want to adopt Becky's baby; Jackie obtains a city permit to build a chicken coop in Dan's backyard, using it as an excuse to spend more time with the family. Dan assures her she is always welcome at the Conner house. Darlene, working at the casino, copes with a frequent patron who continually harasses her at work.
77"Hold the Salt"Kimberly McCulloughDave CaplanDecember 4, 2018 (2018-12-04)1076.63[25]
Darlene begins a romantic relationship with her new boss, Ben, but their similarly controlling personalities soon clash. Peter asks Dan to restore his Vespa, but Dan is reluctant after learning Jackie is paying for everything; Dan tells Jackie that Peter is using her in the relationship.
88"O Sister, Where Art Thou?"Rebecca AsherSid YoungersDecember 11, 2018 (2018-12-11)1086.68[26]
A cop brings Harris home after catching her drinking underage. Becky warns her to stop but agrees not to tell Darlene. Darlene finds out anyway and is angry at Becky, unleashing Becky's long-held resentment over her sister's absence when her husband, Mark, died. Dan's old high school friend, Louise, is romantically interested in him, though he still grieves Roseanne. Jackie participates in Peter's educational project simulating Norwegian medieval life.
99"Rage Against the Machine"Fred SavageJana & Mitch HunterJanuary 8, 2019 (2019-01-08)1116.85[27]
Dan substitutes for DJ when he is too sick to work at his vending-machine service job. When an improperly secured machine falls on Dan, injuring him, Darlene hires an attorney to sue the company for medical damages. Becky's boss warns her about flirting with the customers on the job.
1010"Don't Shoot the Piano Teacher"Kimberly McCulloughKimberly Altamirano & Simone FinchJanuary 15, 2019 (2019-01-15)1096.65[28]
Darlene asks Ben to give Mark piano lessons then objects to his demanding teaching style, though Mark finds it challenging. Dan and Jackie try to convince Becky that Emilio would be a good father to their baby. Ben wants Darlene to move to Chicago and live with him after receiving an offer to relocate the magazine there.
1111"We Continue to Truck"Bob KoherrBruce HelfordJanuary 22, 2019 (2019-01-22)1107.74[29]
Jackie discovers Peter is cheating on her and throws him out, but without Roseanne to help her navigate the aftermath, drunkenly invades the old Lunchbox restaurant. David breaks up with Blue because she wants children and he does not. Darlene has second thoughts about moving to Chicago with Ben. After an ICE raid on a number of local restaurants, the family learns that Emilio has been arrested and is being deported to Mexico.

Season 2 (2019–20)Edit

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121"Preemies, Weed and Infidelity"Gail MancusoBruce Helford & Bruce Rasmussen & Dave CaplanSeptember 24, 2019 (2019-09-24)2015.77[30]
Becky is rushed to the hospital after going into premature labor during Dan's poker game. Additionally, Darlene confides to Jackie that she has rekindled her relationship with David while still dating Ben, and is uncertain how to proceed. Harris has been baking and selling marijuana-laced cookies, resulting in Darlene grounding her. Becky delivers a baby girl that she names Beverly Rose, in honor of her grandmother and deceased mother.
132"A Kiss Is Just a Kiss"Gail MancusoDarlene HuntOctober 1, 2019 (2019-10-01)2025.58[31]
Darlene and David meet with the school principal after Mark and another boy are given detention for kissing, breaking the school's strict rules against P.D.A. (Public Displays of Affection). Mark is disappointed when the other boy blames him and denies being gay in front of his grandmother. Becky struggles to produce breast milk and worries that her age and past drinking are against her being a good mother. Meanwhile, Darlene has a close call when Ben unexpectedly arrives at the house while David is upstairs in her bedroom after spending the night.
143"The Preemie Monologues"Gail MancusoJana & Mitch HunterOctober 8, 2019 (2019-10-08)2035.69[32]
As the family take turns sitting with Little Bev in the neonatal ICU, Becky returns to work before she is physically able, stressed about earning enough money to support her child. Harris confronts Darlene about her seeing both David and Ben, and insists she choose one. Otherwise, she will tell her father the truth. Dan grows closer to his platonic friend, Louise, finally asking her out on a date, his first since Roseanne died. In the end-credits scene, the Conner family surprise Becky by having renovated the basement into a comfortable living space for her and Little Bev.
154"Lanford... Lanford"Gail MancusoBruce Helford & Bruce Rasmussen & Dave CaplanOctober 15, 2019 (2019-10-15)2045.50[33]
Jackie helps Darlene realize her true feelings about David and Ben. When David insists he and Darlene attend family therapy together, Darlene intends to use the session to end their relationship. David instead breaks-up with her, saying they have always been unequal partners. Darlene tells Ben about also seeing David, but he already knows and breaks-up with her, though she can keep her job. Dan worries about Becky's sobriety when she wants the bartender job after Louise's promotion to restaurant manager. Becky notes that despite Dan always having ample beer in the house, she has remained sober.
165"Nightmare on Lunch Box Street"Gail MancusoDebby WolfeOctober 29, 2019 (2019-10-29)2056.03[34]
When the old Lunch Box café space becomes vacant, Jackie wants to reopen it with Becky. They discover that Bev still owns the property and has been collecting rent income for years, despite claiming poverty. Jackie and Becky confront Bev, who says Darlene has power of attorney over all her affairs. Jackie, angry, orders her mother to move out, forcing Bev to go to Dan's house. Meanwhile, Ben and Darlene's work relationship becomes strained. Mary feels like a family outcast after a woman believes she is adopted.
176"Tempest in a Stew Pot"Fred SavageSid YoungersNovember 12, 2019 (2019-11-12)2065.48[35]
Jackie and Becky present Darlene with their comprehensive Lunch Box business plan. Darlene considers the venture too risky and already has a potential new tenant. Jackie storms out and an angry Becky claims Darlene does not want her to succeed, then moves in with Jackie. Mark designs personalized turkey place settings for the family's upcoming Thanksgiving dinner. After Harris and her perpetually-stoned friend, Odessa, attempt to take Dan's motorcycle out for a ride, damaging it, Dan bans Odessa from the house. Darlene tells Harris she can no longer see Odessa, which Harris ignores.
187"Slappy Holidays"Gail MancusoEmily WilsonNovember 19, 2019 (2019-11-19)2075.68[36]
Jackie and Becky, still angry at Darlene, agree to attend Thanksgiving dinner at the Conner house. Dan invites Louise and also allows Odessa to come, despite having banned her from the house. During the celebration, Jackie and Darlene feud over re-opening the Lunch Box, their respective family roles, and other long-buried resentments, resulting in Jackie angrily slapping Darlene. Harris, upset by the family turmoil, leaves to stay with Odessa, who is later discovered to have been living alone for five years. Darlene allows Harris to stay overnight to cool off. Dan persuades Darlene to let Becky and Jackie reopen the restaurant. Becky moves back into the house.
198"Lanford, Toilet of Sin"Gail MancusoBruce HelfordNovember 26, 2019 (2019-11-26)2085.74[37]
While breaking through drywall to install the new pizza oven, Dan discovers excessive non-toxic mold. Repairs will cost Jackie her remaining savings, so she decides against opening. After a newspaper article about her predicament, the community rallies to help and Jackie moves ahead with opening the café. Becky tries to get her old waitress job back during the interim, but the position has been filled. Undeterred, Becky persuades Louise to extend the bar's hours to 4 a.m., with herself taking the late shift, which is surprisingly successful. Ben drops off Darlene's work laptop, then stays to help Mark with a school project while Darlene employs desperate measures to see Harris, who is still at Odessa's. When Harris refuses to see her mother, Darlene is arrested for disturbing the peace. Ben bails Darlene out of jail.
209"Smoking Penguins and Santa on Santa Action"Jody Margolin HahnKimberly Altamirano & Simone FinchDecember 10, 2019 (2019-12-10)2095.72[38]
Everyone except Becky forgets Dan's birthday, which he prefers to ignore anyway. Dan invites Louise to join the family's annual Santa photo (minus Harris). After Jackie insults Louise, believing she wants to take Roseanne's place. Dan wants Louise to take part in the annual family Santa photo, but bans Jackie, restricting her to Christmas Eve only. After Jackie makes amends with Louise, who assures says she and Dan are only platonic friends, Jackie is allowed back into the Santa photo. Meanwhile, in a cost-cutting move, Ben is fired as publisher of "Lock 'Em Up." Darlene is promoted at half Ben's salary then fired after demanding more money. As Ben and Darlene commiserate at a local bar, they renew their romance. The family apologizes for forgetting Dan's birthday and give him a special gift; Becky volunteers to remind everyone each year. In a post-episode scene, Jackie pastes the absent Harris' picture onto the family Santa photo and cuts off Louise's image before mailing it as a Christmas card.
2110"Throwing a Christian to a Bear"Michael ArdenTeleplay by : Bruce Helford & Bruce Rasmussen & Dave Caplan
Story by : Lecy Goranson
January 21, 2020 (2020-01-21)2115.40[39]
The family gathers to watch the Bears-Packers football game. Becky brings her new boyfriend, Wyatt, who incites the family's ire by being an avid Green Bay Packers fan. Darlene and Ben meet with a finance broker to secure a start-up loan for a new mugshot-type magazine, but Ben's depressed, defeatist demeanor may derail their chances. When Wyatt, who is religious, later criticizes the Conner family for being overly-zealous sports fans and their unhealthy lifestyle, Becky dumps him. Ben admits he lacks the energy and desire to build a new magazine and worries about the risk for Darlene and the kids. Darlene says she is willing to assume the risk, and will head their magazine's operation. Dan comforts a despondent Becky, saying she will find the right man.
2211"Mud Turtles, A Good Steak and One Man in a Tub"Gail MancusoDave CaplanJanuary 28, 2020 (2020-01-28)2105.31[40]
Dan gets stuck in the bathtub while soaking his bad back, requiring Louise to rescue him. Becky suspects Dawn, the Lunch Box's new food vendor, is only befriending Jackie so she can oversell them supplies. Harris lands a job at Price Warehouse that helps employees earn online college degrees, but Darlene wants Harris to attend Central Illinois State College. However, the school's financial aid package is merely loans taking twenty years to repay, rather than any grants or scholarships. Louise and her band are offered a three-to-six-month Midwest tour, but Louise offers to decline if Dan wants her to stay and he will engage in a fully romantic relationship. Dan, still grieving, is unable to commit, and Louise leaves. Jackie is surprised that Dawn still wants to be friends after Jackie reduces the food order. Dan and Darlene surprise Harris on her first day at work to cheer her on. Darlene says she is proud of Harris and supports her educational plan.
2312"Live from Lanford"Jody Margolin HahnBruce Helford & Bruce Rasmussen & Dave CaplanFebruary 11, 2020 (2020-02-11)2186.21[42]

Mark and Harris watch the 2020 New Hampshire Democratic primary on TV for Mark's school assignment, prompting other family members to express their own political opinions and stress the importance of voting. Mark resents assumptions that he supports Pete Buttigieg because he is gay. The family throws an impromptu going-away party for Louise, believing it will compel Dan to ask her to stay. Their plan backfires, forcing Dan to admit that he and Louise have broken up. Dan consults a priest about his inability to move past Roseanne's death, then determines he will do so when ready. Mark's anger over Harris leaving home comes out, leading her to take time to discuss his and Austin's renewed, though troubled, relationship.

The episode was performed live for both East and West Coast airings and incorporated actual updates on the primary results.[41]
2413"Brothers, Babies and Breakdowns"Timothy BusfieldDebby WolfeFebruary 18, 2020 (2020-02-18)2125.51[43]
On the eve of Lunch Box's grand opening, the new cook seriously injures his finger. Desperate, Jackie recruits Dwight, a former cook, as the replacement. After babysitting Beverly Rose, Ben wants a baby with Darlene, though she is reluctant. Dan reads in the obituary column that his estranged father, Ed, has died. He later receives a phone call from someone wanting a drywall estimate. The caller is Dan's half-brother, Ed Jr., who bitterly resents Dan for ignoring him and his sister while they were growing up and who claims Ed was always a good father. Jackie employs an unorthodox relaxation technique after Dwight suffers a panic attack on the Lunch Box's opening day. Dan and Ed Jr. reconcile after Dan proves that their father blocked his numerous attempts to contact his siblings over the years. Darlene strikes an agreement with Ben to consider having a baby together. As the Conner clan celebrates the Lunch Box's successful first day, Dan arrives with Ed Jr. to reunite him with the family.
2514"Bad Dads and Grads"Jody Margolin HahnSid YoungersFebruary 25, 2020 (2020-02-25)2135.11[44]
Dan and Ed Jr. bond as brothers, though Dan is dismayed that their father, who had refused to pay for Dan to go to college, paid for Ed Jr.'s education. Harris and Mark are unhappy that Darlene and Ben are considering having a baby. Mark worries Darlene's age makes it too risky and suspects she is doing it only to keep Ben. When Jackie's blind date stands her up at a restaurant, a friendly, middle-aged married couple, Ron and Janelle, invite her to their table. Soon after, the couple ask her to be their relationship "partner," a situation Becky calls a "thrupple." Becky tells Dan it is unfair to blame his brother for Ed Sr. failing him as a father and suggests he needs closure. Dan reconciles his conflicted feelings by blowing up Ed Sr.'s beloved old car that Ed Jr. gave him. The ending scene is from the series, "Roseanne," season 4, episode 13, “Bingo” and shows Dan babysitting infant Ed Jr.
2615"Beards, Thrupples and Robots"Gail MancusoBruce Helford & Bruce Rasmussen & Dave CaplanMarch 17, 2020 (2020-03-17)2146.49[45]
Darlene and Ben struggle to launch their new magazine. Desperately needing money, Darlene gets a job at Price Warehouse, creating tension with Harris, who becomes Darlene's boss. Jackie hesitates when Ron and Janelle want to consummate their "thruple" relationship. Ben shocks everyone by shaving his beard to look more professional to potential magazine advertisers. Harris fires Darlene after catching her working on the magazine during work hours. Jackie discovers Ron and Janelle are an angry, unhappy couple and ends their arrangement before it starts. Ben lands a big advertising account for the magazine. Harris loses her job and college assistance when she is replaced by a robot. Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne make a cameo appearance as a couple interested in Jackie.
2716"Tats and Tias"Don ScardinoJana & Mitch HunterMarch 24, 2020 (2020-03-24)2156.40[46]
A jobless and dejected Harris moves back home. When Becky needs affordable childcare for Little Bev, Emilio recommends his two aunts, who live in Lanford. Darlene cheers up Harris by them making prank phone calls, including pranking Jackie. Becky and Jackie drop off Little Bev with Emilio's aunts, who make insulting remarks about them in Spanish, unaware Jackie speaks the language. Dan runs into an old biker buddy, Lord Tony, at his newly-opened bike shop. When Tony mentions needing to hire more help, Dan recommends Harris. Darlene delays telling Harris, claiming she is still too depressed to work, but Dan says Darlene enjoys nurturing her. Emilio's aunts insult her again. Understanding a derogatory word, she confronts them, then learns they blame her for Emilio's deportation and want her to marry Emilio so he can return to the US. Harris starts working at the bike shop and suggests the family get matching tattoos. Humorous suggestions include: a sinking ship, a burning house, and an atomic mushroom cloud.
2817"The Icewoman Cometh"Don ScardinoAmy FoxApril 7, 2020 (2020-04-07)2166.18[47]
Returning from Arizona, Bev announces she is removing Darlene as her power of attorney, then offers to give Mark $5000 to attend tech camp. Darlene asks Bev to also pay for Harris to enroll in tattoo school. Bev agrees, but will then not pay for Mark's camp. Dan's poker buddies encourage him to reconnect with Louise, who is still on tour. Bev tells Mark that Darlene wants the $5000 for Harris instead of him. Mark angrily confronts Darlene, complaining she always focuses on Harris' troubles while ignoring him. Becky urges Dan to move past Roseanne's death but he experiences guilt over having feelings for Louise. Darlene is angry that Bev told Mark the money is now for Harris. Bev reveals it was always intended for Mark; she only wanted to create turmoil to punish Darlene for giving Jackie the restaurant against her wishes. Darlene is furious and wants to withdraw an additional $5000 from Bev's bank account for Harris while she still has power of attorney, though Harris dissuades her, saying it is illegal. Dan goes to where Louise is performing to tell her he is ready to move on from Roseanne. He leaves when he sees her kissing Zack, her bandmate.
2918"Pilot Lights & Sister Fights"Fred SavageDaniel TalbottApril 14, 2020 (2020-04-14)2175.94[48]
Dan returns to the bar and tells Louise he wants a committed relationship. She says it is too late and is with someone else now. Harris weighs in about Darlene and Ben starting a family together. Darlene finds Becky and Ben watching late-night TV together when neither can sleep. Ben skips an important business meeting to stay home and fix the broken water heater after Becky, badly needing a shower, has a meltdown. Darlene accuses Becky of wanting to steal Ben when she finds him downstairs feeding Little Bev and talking to Becky. She later confides to Ben that she may be unable to conceive and fears he will leave her for another woman to have a family. Jackie consoles Dan and offers helpful advice about moving on from Roseanne's death. Louise shows up at Dan's house, and they reconcile. Becky and Darlene make-up.
3019"CPAPs, Hickeys and Biscuits"Lynda TarrykKimberly AltamiranoApril 28, 2020 (2020-04-28)2195.96[49]
Dan's poker buddies chide him about his and Louise's upcoming first official date and them "buttering the biscuit." When Darlene spends the night in jail after refusing to sign a traffic ticket, Ben stays over to watch the kids. Mark and his female classmate, Harper, are working late on their science project; Ben allows Harper to stay overnight in Harris' vacant bed, unconcerned because Mark is gay. Darlene is furious and blames Ben after discovering the two kids gave each other hickeys. Mark defends himself, saying he and Harper were only practicing hickeys before she tries it with her boyfriend. Dan sleeps over with Louise, but wakes up during the night needing his CPAP machine. He is embarrassed to reveal he uses one but Louise assures him it is a normal part of aging. Emilio's aunts pressure Becky to marry him, but she resists a loveless, sham marriage just to allow Emilio back into the country. Ben and Darlene argue over their stalled relationship and Ben's role regarding the kids. The bank issues a house foreclosure notice after Dan falls behind on his mortgage payments.
3120"Bridge Over Troubled Conners"Gail ManuscoEmily WilsonMay 5, 2020 (2020-05-05)2206.05[50]
Dan is $4,000 behind on his home mortgage and facing foreclosure after the bank declines to extend his loan, considering him an unacceptable risk. Meanwhile, Ben and Darlene find a perfect apartment but when Darlene learns about the foreclosure, she wants to use their deposit money to bail out Dan and live at the house. Ben, wanting their own place, refuses, saying Dan will only fall behind again due to his advancing age and slowing business. He relents after Darlene becomes distraught over losing her childhood home. Dan stubbornly refuses their offer to take over the mortgage. Elsewhere, Becky and Jackie drive to the Mexico border so Emilio can meet Beverly Rose. Becky later stuns the family by announcing she married Emilio, although he must remain in Mexico for two years. Shortly after, Emilio shows up at the Conner house, having illegally returned to the US. Becky demands he return to Mexico before he gets caught.

Season 3 (2020–21)Edit

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321"Keep On Truckin' Six Feet Apart"Jody Margolin HahnBruce HelfordOctober 21, 2020 (2020-10-21)3014.90[52]
The Conner family copes with the COVID pandemic while Mark oversees health protocols at home. Jackie keeps the Lunch Box afloat doing take-out orders and delivering them herself but is unable to afford Becky's salary. Emilio, still hiding from ICE (and Dan), works behind the scenes at the restaurant. A neighbor, working as a process server, serves Dan an eviction notice, giving him five days to vacate the house. Jackie discovers Dan has laid off his crew and is doing drywall jobs by himself to make more money but risking his health. Darlene and Ben lose all advertising for their new crime magazine and, nearly broke, consider shutting it down. Louise convinces Dan to allow everyone living in the house to pay him rent so he can pay the mortgage. Darlene and Becky are hired at the newly reopened Wellman Plastics plant.
332"Halloween and The Election vs. The Pandemic"Michael FishmanBruce HelfordOctober 28, 2020 (2020-10-28)3074.36[53]
Mark and Mary are disappointed when the mayor cancels all Halloween "Trick or Treating" due to the pandemic. Mark encounters conflicts with other classmates over social distancing. Mary is unhappy being home alone while D.J. works long hours after his promotion. Without consulting D.J., Becky and Darlene decide Mary should live with them during the week until D.J.'s work schedule stabilizes. The school suspends Mark after an altercation with another student about COVID. The Conners surprise Mark and Mary by turning their home into a Haunted House. D.J. arrives and is angry that Mary was moved without his permission and says people intermittently check on her while he is away. He relents when Mary admits she prefers staying with family. Darlene and Dan discuss their differing views on the current political climate.
343"Plastics, Trash Talk & Darlene Antoinette"Jody Margolin HahnDave CaplanNovember 4, 2020 (2020-11-04)3024.00[54]
Becky makes new friends at Wellman's, but Darlene is aloof, offending co-workers. Louise bonds with Harris by teaching her guitar. Louise suggests having a family poker game after Dan's buddies cancel due to COVID. When Ben mentions the Lanford Lotus restaurant may shut down, Jackie wants to start offering Thai food to help keep the Lunch Box afloat. At work, Darlene finds an unflattering drawing depicting her as Marie Antoinette taped to the restroom mirror. During the poker game, Louise goads Harris into making a twenty-dollar bet. Harris loses and, upset with Louise, storms off. Darlene's co-workers rebuff her excuses for acting condescending, contrasting her behavior to her late mother's. Louise, staying over at the Conner house, tells Dan she will always want to be with him, but is keeping her own apartment. Mark struggles with online school because he needs a new computer. Darlene makes amends with her co-workers, and realizes her job means she can support her family. Louise makes up with Harris.
354"Birthdays, Babies and Emotional Support Chickens"Fred SavageBruce RasmussenNovember 18, 2020 (2020-11-18)3033.65[55]
When the Conner chickens stop laying eggs, Louise asks her veterinarian brother, Neville, to check them. Neville says the chickens' diet needs more protein, then he asks Jackie out. She declines, uninterested in dating anyone. Emilio wants a big party for Beverly Rose's first birthday and for her to be baptized Catholic. Becky agrees to a small party, but not a baptism. Dan is furious to discover Emilio is in the country. Neville pursues Jackie, who agrees to a coffee date, but only to explain how emotionally damaged she is. Darlene tells Ben she is pregnant, but their happiness is short-lived after the doctor says it was a false positive due to Darlene's early-stage menopause (at 43), and she can no longer have children. Emilio goes overboard for Beverly Rose's birthday party and says he wants to be more involved in her life. Becky agrees to having Beverly Rose baptized. Darlene and Ben are the godparents, and Dan, who boycotted the event, shows up.
365"Friends in High Places and Horse Surgery"Fred SavageJana & Mitch HunterNovember 25, 2020 (2020-11-25)3053.85[56]
Darlene wants Robin, a Wellman supervisor, to help her move into management. Meanwhile, Becky receives multiple written warnings for excessive video chatting with Beverly Rose during work. Neville continues pursuing Jackie, but his small gift evokes an unhappy childhood memory and an extreme response. Darlene invites Robin to dinner which results in an unexpected confrontation when Becky reveals it was Robin who sanctioned her. Louise advises Jackie on how to discourage Neville, explaining he has been excessively determined about everything since childhood. Becky wants Darlene to persuade Robin to expunge her work infractions. Robin instead tasks Darlene with deciding Becky's discipline. After Jackie visits Neville at his clinic to ask him to stop pursuing her, they agree to be friends. Darlene tells Becky she has docked her pay for missed work time. Becky is furious, even though it was a lesser sanction than what management intended.
376"Protest, Drug Test and One Leaves the Nest"Lynda TarrykDebby WolfeDecember 2, 2020 (2020-12-02)3063.58[57]
The family watches the televised Chicago "Share the Wealth" protest. At Wellman's, Robin announces staff must undergo supervised drug testing, though she personally disagrees with the policy and is resigning. Jackie suspects Robin is quitting because she may be using drugs. Craving privacy, Louise returns to her own apartment. Darlene encourages Harris to join the protests. Robin confides to Becky that she is not an addict but is transgender and wishes to keep it private. Harris' boss threatens to fire her if she misses work to protest. Harris wants to keep protesting, but Darlene insists she go back to work to help pay the rent. Jackie leads a protest at Wellman's against supervised drug testing by strangers. Mr. Wellman then appoints Becky to be the drug supervisor, satisfying the employees and allowing Robin to stay. Louise returns to spend the night with Dan.
387"A Cold Mom, A Brother Daddy and a Prison Baby"Michael ArdenJana & Mitch HunterJanuary 13, 2021 (2021-01-13)3123.89[58]
Ben's mother, Barb, calls from Florida saying his father died, leaving Ben remorseful about their unresolved strained relationship. When Barb arrives, Jackie finds her caustic personality similar to her own mother Bev. Barb stuns Darlene by confiding that Ben's dad was not his biological father. She then wants Darlene to tell Ben, and leaves him a note saying Darlene has something important and upsetting to share. To spare Ben the upsetting truth, Darlene concocts a preposterous story that he was born in prison after Barb was convicted of car hijacking. Barb returns and confesses to having a one-night affair with his deceased real father. Barb admits to never knowing his last name or anything about his life. Her husband found out and agreed to raise Ben as his own son. Meanwhile, Emilio babysits Beverly Rose while Becky goes on a date. Both are dissatisfied dating others and begin spending more time together, though Emilio wants more than friendship.
398"Young Love, Old Lions and Middle-Aged Hyenas"Gail MancusoSid YoungersJanuary 20, 2021 (2021-01-20)3083.18[59]
Harris introduces her new friend and fellow "Share the Wealth" protester, Josh, to the family. Becky, Jackie, and Darlene search Josh's online profile. They discover he has a rich family and regularly attends international protests, live streaming the events and getting photographed with a different girl for each cause. The family believes Josh uses women as protest "props," and is showcasing Harris as the "poor girl" to symbolize wealth inequality. Harris dismisses Darlene's warning that Josh is exploiting her. Meanwhile, Ben starts building a closet for Becky's basement living space, only to incur Dan's wrath, who criticizes Ben's workmanship and claims Becky thinks him too old to handle additional projects. Becky says she just wants Dan to be able to relax after working hard all day; Ben and Dan later compromise about working on the house. Dan privately tells Josh the family knows his history and strongly cautions him to break-up gently with Harris before moving on to a new protest.
409"Promotions, Podcasts and Magic Tea"Gail MancusoAmy FoxJanuary 27, 2021 (2021-01-27)3093.52[60]
Darlene is promoted to line supervisor at Wellman's, leaving Ben pleased for her but dejected over his own stalled career. He reacts by quitting his grocery job and spending $400 on media equipment to produce a regular web podcast about food and true crime. Darlene is dismayed that Ben did not first consult with her but later supports the endeavor, realizing its importance to him. At a family poker game, Louise mentions having used a "magic" herbal tea during her rock band touring days. Jackie and Neville later try the hallucinogenic brew together, causing extreme reactions in both. After recovering, Jackie, appreciating Neville's help, says she can see them possibly having a future together.
4110"Who Are Bosses, Boats and Eckhart Tolle?"Lynda TarrykErica Montolfo-BuraFebruary 3, 2021 (2021-02-03)3103.63[61]
Dan expresses little enthusiasm for his business partner Chuck's new boat, inwardly resentful that he barely can afford to keep his house. Chuck, angry over Dan's lukewarm reaction, wants to dissolve their partnership. After applying to be on Jeopardy, Jackie receives notice she has made it to the audition phase. Darlene hires an assistant, Lisa, without thoroughly interviewing her, swayed by Lisa's hard-luck story. She soon regrets her decision after Lisa becomes overly possessive and zealously implements stringent employee rules and otherwise takes inappropriate action on Darlene's behalf without permission. Dan and Chuck resolve their issues, but Chuck wants to retire. Darlene, determined to restrain Lisa, gives her another chance, only to fire her after learning Lisa lied to get hired.
4211"Panic Attacks, Hardware Store and Big Mouth Billy Bass"Jude WengBruce Helford & Dave Caplan & Bruce RasmussenFebruary 24, 2021 (2021-02-24)3113.79[62]
Becky rushes Darlene to the E.R. when she suffers a panic attack after Robin unexpectedly asked her to give a presentation during a Wellman's teleconference. Ben's mother wants him to take over his late father's hardware store, for which Ben is ill-prepared and says it interferes with his podcast production. Dan loses a construction job due to his impaired hearing making him a liability risk on the jobsite. He accepts a temp job at the hardware store until Ben can hire a permanent employee. Dan surprisingly likes working there until he and Ben clash over who knows more, causing Dan to storm off. Robin has given Darlene a massage gift certificate as an apology for imposing on her during the teleconference. Booking an appointment triggers another panic attack when Darlene feels the spa is too swanky for someone like herself. A psychiatrist determines the attacks stem from Darlene feeling unworthy due to unrealized goals and career setbacks. He encourages finding a balance between her new role and old self. Jackie offers advice when Dan admits being too old to do drywalling anymore. Dan and Ben resolve their differences and the two agree to Dan returning to the hardware store. Mark colors Jackie's grey hair.
4312"A Stomach Ache, A Heartbreak and a Grave Mistake"Michael ArdenEmily WilsonMarch 3, 2021 (2021-03-03)3043.56[63]
Harris had not heard from Josh for several weeks. Becky thinks he is deliberately avoiding Harris, though Harris excuses his absence, claiming he is probably busy protesting elsewhere. Dan accuses Darlene of stoking Mark's COVID fears by constantly discussing the pandemic, while she believes that being open and truthful is healthier being than overprotective. A furious Jackie discovers that the grave next to Roseanne's, occupied by a once-feuding neighbor, has a disparaging remark about her late sister on the tombstone. Mark experiences severe stomach pains which the doctor says has been ongoing and caused by extreme anxiety. Darlene promises Mark less COVID talk to ease his worries. Becky learns Josh has been at home the entire time he has been ignoring Harris. Becky and Harris go to Josh's house to confront him. He admits he is no longer interested in Harris. When the cemetery director says nothing can be done about the insulting tombstone, Jackie has Roseanne moved to a new plot, reserving the vacated one for her mother, Bev. Dan buys hearing aids that improve his hearing.
4413"Walden Pond, A Staycation and The Axis Powers"Jody Margolin HahnEmily WilsonMarch 24, 2021 (2021-03-24)3133.45[64]
Jackie reopens the Lunch Box, while Dan is refurbishing a vintage trailer for him and Louise to travel in. Louise calls to say she has COVID. She refuses Dan's offer to care for her, and the family agrees it is too risky. Worried the family may have been exposed, Jackie suggests everyone get COVID tests. Darlene worries she may already have COVID and infected Louise after secretly spending time at a hotel pool to relax. Jackie discovers that negative Yelp reviews are targeted at the ethnic dishes she recently added to the menu. She suspects the local Italian, German, and Japanese restaurant competitors wrote them. Neville impersonates a lawyer and intimidates one owner into removing the false review, impressing Jackie with his assertiveness. Everyone tests negative for COVID, but both Dan and Ben are angry at Darlene for risking infecting the family. Darlene tells Ben she lied about the pool because she has been overwhelmed by work and family demands, leading to a deeper discussion about their relationship.
4514"Money, Booze and Lies"Lynda TarrykDebby WolfeMarch 31, 2021 (2021-03-31)3143.26[65]
The family prepares a "care" package for Louise, who is still isolating with COVID. Dan wants a raise for having doubled business at Ben's hardware store. Becky's old high school honors rival, Mike Withers, is in town and invites her to dinner. She reluctantly accepts, intimidated by his college credentials and successful career while embarrassed about her own lackluster life. Instead of a raise, Dan now wants a 25% share in the store. Ben angrily refuses, causing a rift between Dan and Darlene, who attmepts to mediate. At dinner with Mike, Becky, feeling inadequate, lies about her life and succumbs to drinking wine to hide her alcoholism. Becky later tells Darlene about drinking the wine, but insists she is committed to being sober. Dan demands that Ben make him partner, causing a fight. Ben fires Dan who then evicts Ben.
4615"An Old Dog, New Tricks and a Ticket to Ride"Jude WengErica Montolfo-BuraApril 7, 2021 (2021-04-07)3153.39[66]
Dan resorts to fostering a senior dog for money and working as a security guard to pay the mortgage. Dan refuses to ask Ben for his job back, but says he can move back into the house. Ben declines, wanting him and Darlene to have their own place. Emilio and his cousin, Lupe, care for Beverly Rose while Becky works double shifts to save for business classes. Becky, despondent that Beverly Rose has become more attached to Lupe than her, relapses into drinking. Molly Tilden, Darlene's high school rival, returns to Lanford. She and Darlene resolve their old conflicts during an evening out together. Dan returns to the hardware store after Ben offers him 10% ownership. Ben then gives Darlene six months to allow for Dan to become financially stable so they can then find their own place. Molly has two first-class tickets to Hawaii and offers to take Darlene.
4716"A Fast Car, A Sudden Loss and a Slow Decline"Jean SagalBruce HelfordApril 7, 2021 (2021-04-07)3163.37[66]
Darlene suspects Becky is drinking again, which she denies. Darlene decides to accept Molly's Hawaii offer, but after hearing nothing from her for several days, goes to the Tilden's house. Mrs. Tilden says Molly has died following a seizure from brain cancer. Becky, depressed over her finances, drinks until passing out, leaving Beverly Rose unattended in her crib. Darlene's driver license is suspended after she is caught speeding in a sporty loaner car. Molly has left the plane tickets to Darlene. Ben thinks Darlene should get them refunded to help pay off Dan's bills so they can get their own place sooner, but she wants them to go to Hawaii. When Jackie finds Becky passed out in her bed, the family confronts her, demanding she go into rehab.
4817"Regrets, Rehabs and Realtors"Lynda TarrykDave CaplanApril 14, 2021 (2021-04-14)317TBD
4918"Cheating, Revelations and A Box of Doll Heads"Lynda TarrykBruce RasmussenApril 21, 2021 (2021-04-21)318TBD

ProductionEdit

DevelopmentEdit

On May 29, 2018, ABC cancelled Roseanne despite initially renewing it for an eleventh season, following perceived racist remarks made by Roseanne Barr (who starred as Roseanne Conner) on Twitter about Valerie Jarrett, a former advisor to Barack Obama.[67][68][69] In June, reports swirled that the show could possibly be re-tooled as a spin-off focusing on Sara Gilbert's character, Darlene.[70][71] Around June 15, 2018, reports emerged that ABC was close to making a deal to indeed continue the show as a Darlene-centric program.[72][73] Barr is not involved in any way in the new program, and likely received a one-time payment in return.[74] John Goodman had stated that Roseanne Conner would be killed off,[75] which indeed was the case.

On June 21, 2018, it was announced that ABC had officially ordered a 10-episode spin-off tentatively titled The Conners, and that rather than focusing on Darlene, it would involve every cast member except Barr.[8] On August 28, 2018, Emma Kenney, Ames McNamara, and Jayden Rey, who starred as Harris Conner-Healy, Mark Conner-Healy, and Mary Conner, respectively, throughout the tenth season of Roseanne, were officially confirmed as series regulars for The Conners.[9] On December 15, 2018, it was reported by Deadline Hollywood that preliminary negotiations were underway with the cast for a second season.[76] Deadline later reported on March 21, 2019 that renewal was close.[77] On March 22, 2019, ABC renewed the show for a 19-episode second season,[78][79] which premiered on September 24, 2019.[4]

On May 21, 2020, ABC renewed the series for a third season,[5] which premiered on October 21, 2020.[6] On March 18, 2021, the show's sound engineer and boom operator Terrel Richmond died after suffering a medical event on set.[80]

TapingEdit

Production on the series began on August 31, 2018, at the Warner Bros. Studios lot in Burbank, California.[81] On October 26, 2018, ABC announced it had ordered an additional episode, bringing the first season's total number to 11.[82] Production on the third season began on August 17, 2020.[83]

ReleaseEdit

The series premiered on October 18, 2018, on ABC in the United States,[84] on CTV in Canada[85] and on Network Ten in Australia.[86]

ReceptionEdit

RatingsEdit

The Conners has been a strong and consistent performer for ABC, ranking as the #1 new comedy for the 2018 TV season in both the key demographic of adults 18-49 (2.2 rating)[87] as well as in total viewers (9.5 million).[79] When compared to all other broadcast network TV shows, The Conners finished the 2018-19 TV Season as the 16th highest rated program in the 18-49 demo, the third highest-rated comedy in the 18-49 demo (behind the final season of The Big Bang Theory at #1, and its spin-off Young Sheldon at #2), 31st place overall in total viewers and as the #4 comedy in total viewers (behind The Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon and Mom on CBS).[88]

Even with the overall solid ratings performance of The Conners, it is worth noting that viewership has decreased drastically. The Roseanne revival finished the 2017-18 TV season with a 5.0 rating in the 18-49 demo, and 17.8 million viewers, making it the #3 show overall in both the 18-49 demo as well as in total viewers.[89] Still, The Conners has been an undeniable hit for ABC, with its first season ratings nearly doubling the average rating of all prime time shows to air on ABC during the 2018–19 season. ABC finished that season in last place among the "big four" TV networks in the 18-49 demo (1.2 average rating) and second-to-last in total viewers with an average of just 5.6 million,[88] making The Conners one of the few ratings bright spots on the ABC schedule.

So far the 2019-20 TV season has been a turbulent one for the industry, with most networks and programs seeing a rather dramatic decline in ratings.[90] Viewership across the board has been "paltry" and "inauspicious"—a "rude awakening" for the television industry, according to Deadline.[90] Bucking the industry trend in its second season, however, The Conners ratings have been remarkably consistent from one episode to the next, and are only down slightly from season one. The show has actually improved its rank with younger viewers; it is now the #2 highest rated comedy in the 18-49 demo (with the final season of Modern Family edging it out for the top spot by around 275,000 young viewers per week).[91] In total viewers, The Conners again improves on its season one ranking, now coming in as the third highest rated comedy on TV (after Young Sheldon and Mom). The Conners remains by far the highest-rated comedy on ABC. [92]

Viewership and ratings per season of The Conners
Season Timeslot (ET) Episodes First aired Last aired TV season Viewership
rank
Avg. viewers
(millions)
Date Viewers
(millions)
Date Viewers
(millions)
1 Tuesday 8:00 pm 11 October 18, 2018 (2018-10-18) 10.56[19] January 22, 2019 (2019-01-22) 7.74[29] 2018–19 31 9.53[93]
2 20 September 24, 2019 (2019-09-24) 5.77[30] May 5, 2020 (2020-05-05) 6.05[50] 2019–20 37 7.73[94]
3 Wednesday 9:00 pm (1–7, 9–15, 17–20)
Wednesday 10:00 pm (8)
Wednesday 9:30 pm (16)
20 October 21, 2020 (2020-10-21) 4.90[52] TBA TBD 2020–21 TBD TBD

Season 1Edit

Viewership and ratings per episode of The Conners
No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Keep On Truckin'" October 18, 2018 2.4/10 10.56[19] 0.8 3.08 3.2 13.65[95]
2 "Tangled Up in Blue" October 23, 2018 1.7/7 8.00[20] 0.8 2.64 2.5 10.65[96]
3 "There Won't Be Blood" October 30, 2018 1.8/8 7.83[21] 0.7 2.43 2.5 10.26[97]
4 "The Separation of Church and Dan" November 13, 2018 1.5/7 6.94[22] 0.8 2.66 2.3 9.60[98]
5 "Miracles" November 20, 2018 1.4/6 6.91[23] 0.8 2.58 2.2 9.44[99]
6 "One Flew Over the Conners’ Nest" November 27, 2018 1.4/6 7.32[24] 0.8 2.32 2.2 9.64[100]
7 "Hold the Salt" December 4, 2018 1.3/6 6.63[25] 0.8 2.51 2.1 9.14[101]
8 "O Sister, Where Art Thou" December 11, 2018 1.4/6 6.68[26] 0.7 2.31 2.1 8.98[102]
9 "Rage Against the Machine" January 8, 2019 1.4/6 6.85[27] 0.7 2.25 2.1 9.10[103]
10 "Don’t Shoot the Piano Teacher" January 15, 2019 1.3/6 6.65[28] 0.7 2.33 2.0 8.99[104]
11 "We Continue to Truck" January 22, 2019 1.5/7 7.74[29] 0.7 2.32 2.2 10.06[105]

Season 2Edit

Viewership and ratings per episode of The Conners
No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Preemies, Weed and Infidelity" September 24, 2019 1.3/7 5.77[30] 0.5 2.06 1.8 7.84[106]
2 "A Kiss Is Just A Kiss" October 1, 2019 1.2/6 5.58[31] 0.5 2.02 1.7 7.60[107]
3 "The Preemie Monologues" October 8, 2019 1.2/6 5.69[32] 0.5 2.05 1.7 7.75[108]
4 "Lanford...Lanford" October 15, 2019 1.1/6 5.50[33] 0.5 2.13 1.6 7.63[109]
5 "Nightmare on Lunch Box Street" October 29, 2019 1.2/6 6.03[34] 0.6 1.97 1.8 8.00[110]
6 "Tempest in a Stew Pot" November 12, 2019 1.0/5 5.48[35] 0.6 2.05 1.6 7.55[111]
7 "Slappy Holidays" November 19, 2019 1.0/6 5.65[36] 0.6 2.03 1.6 7.71[112]
8 "Lanford, Toilet of Sin" November 26, 2019 1.2/6 5.74[37] 0.5 1.99 1.7 7.73[113]
9 "Smoking Penguins and Santa on Santa Action" December 10, 2019 1.1/5 5.72[38] 0.5 1.84 1.5 7.56 [114]
10 "Throwing a Christian to a Bear" January 21, 2020 1.0/5 5.40[39] 0.5 2.03 1.5 7.43 [115]
11 "Mud Turtles, A Good Steak and One Man in a Tub" January 28, 2020 0.9/5 5.31[40] 0.6 1.99 1.5 7.30[116]
12 "Live From Lanford" February 11, 2020 1.1/6 6.21[42] 0.5 1.60 1.6 7.85[117]
13 "Brothers, Babies and Breakdowns" February 18, 2020 1.1/6 5.51[43] 0.5 1.86 1.6 7.38
14 "Bad Dads and Grads" February 25, 2020 0.9/5 5.11[44] 0.5 1.97 1.4 7.08
15 "Beards, Thrupples and Robots" March 17, 2020 1.2/6 6.49[45] 0.5 1.88 1.7 8.39[118]
16 "Tats and Tias" March 24, 2020 1.1/5 6.40[46] 0.5 1.78 1.6 8.02[119]
17 "The Icewoman Cometh" April 7, 2020 1.0/5 6.18[47] 0.6 1.88 1.6 8.01[120]
18 "Pilot Lights & Sister Fights" April 14, 2020 1.0/5 5.93[48] 0.5 1.83 1.6 7.73[121]
19 "CPAPs, Hickeys and Biscuits" April 28, 2020 1.0/5 5.96[49] 0.6 1.95 1.5 7.86[122]
20 "Bridge Over Troubled Conners" May 5, 2020 0.9/4 6.05[50] TBD TBD TBD TBD

Season 3Edit

Viewership and ratings per episode of The Conners
No. Title Air date Rating
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Keep On Truckin' Six Feet Apart" October 21, 2020 0.9 4.90[52] 0.5 2.08 1.4 6.98[123]
2 "Halloween and the Election vs. The Pandemic" October 28, 2020 0.8 4.36[53] 0.5 2.01 1.3 6.37[124]
3 "Plastics, Trash Talk & Darlene Antoinette" November 4, 2020 0.7 4.00[54] TBD TBD TBD TBD
4 "Birthdays, Babies and Emotional Support Chickens" November 18, 2020 0.6 3.65[55] 0.6 2.16 1.2 5.81[125]
5 "Friends in High Places and Horse Surgery" November 25, 2020 0.7 3.66[56] TBD TBD TBD TBD
6 "Protest, Drug Test and One Leaves the Nest" December 2, 2020 0.6 3.58[57] 0.6 2.26 1.2 5.84[126]
7 "A Cold Mom, A Brother Daddy and a Prison Baby" January 13, 2021 0.6 3.89[58] TBD TBD TBD TBD
8 "Young Love, Old Lions and Middle-Aged Hyenas" January 20, 2021 0.6 3.18[59] TBD TBD TBD TBD
9 "Promotions, Podcasts and Magic Tea" January 27, 2021 0.6 3.52[60] TBD TBD TBD TBD
10 "Who Are Bosses, Boats and Eckhart Tolle?" February 3, 2021 0.6 3.63[61] TBD TBD TBD TBD
11 "Panic Attacks, Hardware Store and Big Mouth Billy Bass" February 24, 2021 0.6 3.79[62] TBD TBD TBD TBD
12 "A Stomach Ache, A Heartbreak and a Grave Mistake" March 3, 2021 0.6 3.56[63] TBD TBD TBD TBD
13 "Walden Pond, A Staycation and The Axis Powers" March 24, 2021 0.6 3.45[64] TBD TBD TBD TBD
14 "Money, Boozes and Lies" March 31, 2021 0.5 3.26[65] TBD TBD TBD TBD
15 "An Old Dog, New Tricks and a Ticket to Ride" April 7, 2021 0.7 3.39[66] TBD TBD TBD TBD
16 "A Fast Car, A Sudden Loss and a Slow Decline" April 7, 2021 0.6 3.37[66] TBD TBD TBD TBD

Critical responseEdit

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 93% approval rating for season 1 based on 54 reviews, with an average score of 7.86/10. The site's consensus reads, "The Conners offers the comforts of its source show, but more focus on the family's ever-evolving dynamics adds a welcome layer of working-class empathy without losing any of the laughs." [127] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 75 out of 100, based on 22 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[128] As part of the conditions of receiving an advance release, critics were forbidden from divulging how Roseanne Conner was written out of the series.[129]

Roseanne Barr said having her character killed by an opioid overdose "lent an unnecessary grim and morbid dimension to an otherwise happy family show."[130]

Lecy Goranson received particular praise from critics for her performance in the season one episode "Miracles".[131][132]

AccoladesEdit

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2019
Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Laurie Metcalf Nominated [133]
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Multi-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series Brian Schnuckel (for "Keep On Truckin'") Nominated [134]
2020
Primetime Emmy Awards Brian Schnuckel (for "Slappy Holidays") Nominated
2021
Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Lecy Goranson Nominated [135]

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