Roseanne Cast

Friday, April 29 by Bobbi Nicolai

From 1988 to 1997, the "Roseanne" cast had us howling on a weekly basis. The series was about the working-class Conner family, led by Dan and Roseanne (high school sweethearts, and still together fifteen years later). Here's the award-winning cast.

  1. Roseanne Conner (Roseanne Barr) Roseanne was the first prime time female character who was seriously overweight, yet her weight was not the target of jokes. She and her husband had a passionate relationship, and at times she teased him unmercifully. She had a temper, but it was almost always shot through with humor.
  2. Dan Conner (John Goodman) This role propelled John Goodman to stardom. Dan Conner was an easygoing, fun-loving man who always had his wife's back. Comparisons were made to "All in the Family," with a gender switch, since Dan was so easygoing and Roseanne was so abrasive.
  3. Becky Conner (Alicia Goranson, Sarah Chalke) The oldest Conner child was a bright girl with a lot of potential. She was also the quintessential teenage girl, loving shopping, clothes and boys. The "Roseanne" cast actually had both girls playing Becky in season eight, with Lecy cast as starring and Sarah listed as a guest.
  4. Darlene Conner (Sarah Gilbert) The quick-witted teen often gave her mother a run for her money on the acerbic humor front. Darlene was a tomboy who grew into a moody artistic vegetarian (all traits of Sarah Gilbert).
  5. D. J. Conner (Michael Fishman) D. J. could really pretty much do no wrong. As the baby of the family and a boy child to boot, he spent a great deal of time skating under the radar while his parents dealt with parenting two teenage girls.
  6. Jackie Harris (Laurie Metcalf) Roseanne's sister. Jackie and Roseanne were very close, and a lot of typical sibling issues and complexities were examined over the course of the show.

By the time the show ended, it was just one huge mess. Both girls were apparently married to the same man, but one was in Roseanne's book and the other was in reality. In the book, Dan died after his heart attack. "Roseanne" went from cutting edge comedy to a joke as big as "Pam's Dream" season on Dallas, whereby an entire season was wiped out to return her husband Bobby. However, for the better part of a decade, the "Roseanne" cast put on a brilliant show.

- Bobbi Esping

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