The Conners: Season 1 (2018 - 2019)

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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.

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Critic Ratings: 54

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User Ratings: 588

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Air date: Oct 16, 2018

A sudden turn of events forces the Conners to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before.

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Air date: Oct 23, 2018

Darlene is in for one surprise after another when David introduces his girlfriend, Blue (Juliette Lewis), at a parent-teacher conference and mentions that Mark and Harris will be spending the weekend with them. Dan hires Becky to help out at work, but they both come to learn that she might need more help than she can offer.

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Air date: Oct 30, 2018

It's Halloween, the favorite time of year for the Conners, but an email from the school banning certain costumes, including Mark's, sets off an argument between Dan and Darlene. Jackie introduces someone new to the family at the Halloween party and insists that Dan vet him, only to immediately wish that she hadn't.

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Air date: Nov 11, 2018

Geena learns that D.J. hasn't been taking Mary to church while she's been away, so insists they go as a family to uphold her traditional values. To make matters worse, Mary refuses to attend without her cousins Harris and Mark, leaving D.J. in the last situation he wants to be in...at the mercy of Darlene. Meanwhile, Mark's attempt to conduct an unbiased survey on the upcoming election for his school project goes south when Jackie volunteers to help.

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Air date: Nov 20, 2018

Life-changing news lands in the Conner household when a member of the family makes an announcement that no one saw coming. Meanwhile, Dan is suspicious that Becky isn't sticking to her end of the deal when it comes to her drinking. Darlene continues her job search, and Jackie offers English lessons to a Casa Bonita busboy in need.

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Air date: Nov 27, 2018

With Mark and Mary's help, Jackie convinces Dan to build a chicken coop in the backyard so the family can eat organic eggs, but from a bird's-eye view, it appears that she may have ulterior motives. Becky meets with Andrea for the first time since the surrogacy mishap, and Darlene is forced to deal with a sleazy customer at her casino job.

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Air date: Dec 4, 2018

Dan questions Peter's motives when he learns about the pricey Christmas gift Jackie purchased for her new, unemployed beau. Elsewhere, Mark and Mary write up their Christmas wish lists, while Darlene receives advice from an unlikely source.

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Air date: Dec 11, 2018

When Becky helps Harris keep a secret from Darlene, it opens up a can of worms that causes a rift between the two sisters. Jackie supports Peter with his Nordic history project, and Dan reunites with an old friend.

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Air date: Jan 8, 2019

Dan gets injured on the job covering D.J.'s vending machine route, but the choice to sue the company could lead to D.J. getting fired. Meanwhile, Jackie is appalled when Lecy seeks life coaching from her nemesis and No. 1 competitor, Rita Silver.

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Air date: Jan 15, 2019

Ben offers Mark free piano lessons, and Darlene uses it to test his parenting skills. Meanwhile, Jackie throws Becky a baby shower, and Emilio continues his efforts to be part of the baby's life.

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After Roseanne's (Roseanne Barr) death, the Conners are forced to face the struggles of everyday life without the woman that always kept the family glued together. In Season 1, Dan (John Goodman) wants to find someone to blame for his wife's death, David (Johnny Galecki) and Darlene (Sara Gilbert) can't seem to see eye to eye on raising their children, Becky (Lecy Goranson) struggles with alcoholism, DJ (Michael Fishman) has to adjust having Geena (Maya Lynne Robinson) back from Afghanistan, and Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) reluctantly takes on a motherly role towards her nieces and nephew. Through parenting issues, job-related problems, pregnancies and financial instability, the whole gang will learn that love and support can overcome anything.

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Critic Reviews for The Conners Season 1

All Critics (54) | Top Critics (25)

It was noble to keep the show going for the unblemished cast and crew, but the resulting show doesn't feel right.

Nov 26, 2018 | Full Review…

By and large, the pilot episode had the feel of a throwback family sitcom, and it kept the salty edge to the interpersonal dynamics that always set Roseanne apart.

Oct 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Overt politics becomes secondary to character.

Oct 17, 2018 | Full Review…
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It's a sad irony that by stocking the show with great performers like Gilbert and Goodman, Roseanne Barr built a sitcom machine that could survive her departure. Goodman in particular gets a little more room to shine as Dan Conner.

Oct 17, 2018 | Full Review…
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The working-class sitcom leans more middle-of-the-road than its predecessor, and while that may help pull viewers from both sides of the aisle, it also makes it kind of boring. Now, The Conners looks just like every other run-of-the-mill sitcom on TV.

Oct 17, 2018 | Full Review…

There's certainly enough story with these characters to make a terrific show. But it needs to be funnier, or it won't survive as a comedy.

Oct 17, 2018 | Full Review…
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What remains is the often-humorous take on blue-collar family life that fans will remember from the early years of the show.

Jan 29, 2019 | Full Review…

The Conners is still quite watchable, if for no reason than the strong talent of Goodman, Metcalf and Gilbert as the acerbic heir to her mother Darlene.

Dec 17, 2018 | Full Review…

It's like I said: fine. It exists perfectly well without all the baggage of waiting for Barr...

Dec 10, 2018 | Full Review…

While it's specious to frame The Conners as the show most representative of working class America, it's certainly a show about working-class America, and a well-made one.

Oct 25, 2018 | Full Review…

Comedy spinoff is familiar, fun, and socially relevant.

Oct 24, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The Conners didn't give [Roseanne's] character and show the Viking funeral she wanted. It gave them the funeral they deserved: gritty, sad, and true to the times.

Oct 22, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Conners: Season 1

  • Feb 16, 2020
    This show is awful without Roseanne.
  • Jan 28, 2020
    Ugggg... Smh, this is horrible.
  • Dec 29, 2019
    I'd love to give this show a perfect score, but it does miss it's genius creator a bit...
  • Oct 30, 2019
    This show lacks humor and any semblance of a soul.
  • Oct 02, 2019
    The sidekicks show. Not worthy to watch.
  • Sep 24, 2019
    I love watching reruns of Roseanne, so seeing the family all grown up and where they are today is truly an enjoyment... as much as I had a certain idea of what they'd be, I love that they aren't in any way near "tv troubled" but "real-life" troubled... Love the show.. and I love that they were able to carry on the show just seamlessly without Roseanne too. Sad about what she did, but it's a show and they did it well.
  • Aug 08, 2019
    I believe that with so much concrete thinking out there this beloved family has a point of view that describes the grey area we must acknowledge in this country. It has progressive ideas interwoven in its message. The message is delivered by folks that are real, relatable & it comes from a place that those with less eat sleep and breathe. I think it is an opportunity for us to be reminded that it's ok to listen to multiple points of view, think for ourselves and work together to find solutions instead of shutting people up and ostracise them. Sweet Irony you are such a pain. I think it also shows us that it's ok to laugh at ourselves as well. I thought this would not work without Its force of nature Matriarchal driver but this is a testament to fantastic writing and a group of truly talented actors. Kudos on the second season. I hope that the audience finds its way to you and does not believe it has to change the channel out of some misguided loyalty. RIP Rosanne gone but not forgotten mad respect for the time she put in but the world has changed a little less forgiving and a lot more virtue seeking. I hope that we dial back the "vIrtue seeking" soon and start laughing together again. Much love to all the humans we could sure use more of it.
  • Jun 16, 2019
    Although Roseanne is missed, The show its self is strong enough to continue on its own. In Roseanne there was 2 storylines to each episode, Roseannes & another, Ether pertaining to Dan, Jackie, The kids, etc. So its like watching an indepth view of the 2nd storyline each week while Roseanne is at Aunty Barbara. 😂 (Dads dead, No dead, DEAD!)
  • Jun 09, 2019
    Darlene's kids are alright, but the rest of the cast is pretty drab. I really wanted to like this show. because I really liked Rosanne, but I will have to pass.
  • May 01, 2019
    Not the same. Not worth watching.

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