The Conners: Season 1 Reviews

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December 13, 2018
It's not half bad. In fact, it's at least half good. But it is also deeply, deeply conflicted.
November 29, 2018
It needs to definitely move past its grief and regard, with clarity, the many mistakes of its dysfunctional parent in order to avoid repeating them. It's getting there. But it hasn't arrived quite yet.
October 30, 2018
Although the premiere of The Conners stops just when it was getting rhetorically warmed up, it feels like a decent start.
October 19, 2018
Yes, in some ways, Roseanne will never be replaced. But in other ways, she already has been.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 18, 2018
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.
October 17, 2018
Overt politics becomes secondary to character.
October 17, 2018
The writers... -- have done an absolutely masterful job of tackling a post-Barr world, confronting sadness, cynicism and hopefulness in just the right amount of proportions.
October 17, 2018
The Conners reminds us that there's a fine concept for a TV show here despite all that - although, like its predecessor, there's a tendency by its writers to circumvent the thing they ought to be writing toward.
October 17, 2018
Most family sitcoms still drown their humor in saccharine. The Conners have always been different. After 20 long years, it's good to finally have them back.
October 17, 2018
I'm still not sure if The Conners works as more than an epilogue, but it has room to grow.
October 17, 2018
A reminder that life and laughs go on even in the face of loss, particularly for a family like the Conners who have always leaned on biting humor as a coping mechanism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 17, 2018
Roseanne's absence is felt, but not Barr's-her longtime castmates don't miss a beat, and the writing is often poignantly funny.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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October 17, 2018
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.
October 17, 2018
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.
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October 17, 2018
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.
October 16, 2018
But the Conners - as a show and as a family - are up to the task with a half hour that's sharp, funny and cuts deeper than its predecessor.
October 16, 2018
Gilbert also proves surprisingly adept at switching between drama and comedy (not to sell her previous work short, but she's had less opportunity to show off her chops over the years).
October 16, 2018
For those on the fence, I'd say if you liked the original and its short-lived revival, this incarnation will feel like a new - and occasionally laugh-out-loud funny - window into the lives of old friends.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 15, 2018
The Conners even feels closer in tone and intent to the original Roseanne, which is an astonishing thing to pull off with Roseanne herself no longer in the picture.
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October 15, 2018
The indignities and gallows humor remain. That should be enough to sustain The Conners.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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