The Conners: Season 1 (2018 - 2019)

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Season 1
The Conners

Critics Consensus

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.

93%

TOMATOMETER

Critic Ratings: 54

38%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 556
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1
Air date: Oct 16, 2018
2
Air date: Oct 23, 2018
3
Air date: Oct 30, 2018
4
Air date: Nov 11, 2018
5
Air date: Nov 20, 2018
6
Air date: Nov 27, 2018
7
Air date: Dec 4, 2018
8
Air date: Dec 11, 2018
9
Air date: Jan 8, 2019
10
Air date: Jan 15, 2019
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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…
Top Critic

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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Top Critic

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…
NPR
Top Critic

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…

Audience Reviews for The Conners: Season 1

  • 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.
  • Jun 05, 2019
    Well of course the TOP CRITICS matter most, they all have to support that SJW narrative!
  • May 01, 2019
    Not the same. Not worth watching.
  • Apr 11, 2019
    Removing Roseanne Barr was actually a great decision in terms of helping the Conners family universe diversify and develop its characters and talk about the need to resist the hypocrisy of political correctness and demonstrate that the family can get by without their portly 300 pound angry Trump-supporting matriarch forcing them to accept or embrace right-wing politics. I actually think Dan is better off WITHOUT Roseanne, a wife who's never been so polite to him at all and only pushed him around to do whatever she wanted. Dan (nor John Goodman) has no reason to mourn her death. He should be happy he's freed of his marriage to the very same malevolent tyrant who embraced Donald Trump's oppressive leadership and call for attacks upon universal health care for all even when she couldn't afford private company health care herself and eventually died from eating too much Thanksgiving-style dinners as seen in every episode's intro sequence with the cast member names.
  • Apr 03, 2019
    Despite what the critic shills will tell you, this show completely falls apart without Roseanne. They tried so hard to make those jokes land, but it was just sad to watch them fail so miserably. I know Roseanne wanted everyone to keep their jobs after she was canned, but this is shamefully unfunny on so many levels.
  • Mar 18, 2019
    This really doesn't work, we all know why, ABC made a big mistake.
  • Mar 14, 2019
    This would be a bad spin off if it was actually an attempt at a spin off.
  • Mar 13, 2019
    Wow, this was horrendous.

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