Roseanne, the famous American television sitcom, initially aired in 1988. Now, the show is back with a brand new batch of episodes but with the same, fan-favorite cast.
The series revolves around the Conners, a blue-collar, Illinois family, and was a hit in its heyday. In 2002, Roseanne was ranked #35 on TV Guide‘s “50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time.”
On May 16, ABC began airing a revival of the series that picks up where season 10 ended. Which cast members have changed, and which have stayed the same? Read on to learn about the original cast.
Roseanne Barr: Roseanne Barr is back as Roseanne. This time around, Barr is working as one of the writers of the show, along with Whitney Cummings, Wanda Sykes and Norm McDonald.
Barr began her career doing stand-up comedy at clubs before nabbing the role. She earned both an Emmy and a Golden Globe for Best Actress for her work on the show.
John Goodman: John Goodman is back as the beloved Dan Conner… but how exactly is that possible? Fans may remember that when the series closed in 1997, Dan had died from a heart attack. In this season’s premiere episode, Dan is awoken by Roseanne as he removes a sleep apnea mask from his face. He’s asked, “What happened?” and his wife says, “I thought you were dead!” In true Roseanne fashion, the show poked fun at Dan’s 1997 death in order to make the show possible.
Laurie Metcalf: Along with the rest of the cast, Laurie Metcalf is also back to reprise her role as Jackie Harris, Roseanne’s younger sister by three years, and Dan’s sister-in-law.
In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, Metcalf described returning to the show as “putting on a nice old pair of shoes again.” Barr said of her co-star, “There’s nobody like her in TV… She can make [Jackie] really small, and really broad. We are all just in awe of her.”
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