Although the Conners have not always been able to successfully refer to Roseanne, the 4th season of the spin-off sitcom proved that the series can create touching, funny and appropriate allusions to its former heroine. Conners has a difficult history with its original star Roseanne Barr, who played the main character of the first incarnation of the show, Roseanne. In fact, Roseanne Barr is the reason that Conners was almost shut down, and the actor’s racist statements on Twitter led to her being fired from the revival of Roseanne, and her character was killed.
However, in the Conner universe, Rosanna’s character is a beloved, tragically deceased wife, sister and mother of titled family members. Thus, the series must balance between recognizing the vast legacy of Roseanne’s fictional character in The Conners series and not justifying or justifying the actions of her real actor. It’s difficult to implement, and that’s probably why Conners almost didn’t try from seasons 1 to 3.
The early seasons of “Conners” are notorious for their failure to solve the problem of the former star’s departure from the series: entire segments of the series passed without mentioning Roseanne, despite the fact that her character was a former core of the show. However, Roseanne’s spin-off coped better with this problem in season 4 of Conners, when the series gradually added more and more references to its former heroine in ways that seemed appropriate for the plot and tone of the sitcom. From Mark’s problems at school, which led to problems with pills, to Jackie and Dan’s different attitude to the character, the spirit of Roseanne loomed in season 4 of Conners, and this time the series was able to recognize this fact.
Mark’s Drug Addiction to ADHD
Mark’s misuse of ADHD medications for other purposes was almost identical to Roseanne’s addiction to painkillers, to the point that the character claimed that he needed the pills to relieve stress. So it was a surprise to see Roseanne barely mentioned in the storyline, but Dan said he didn’t want his grandson to end up as his first wife in one sobering scene. While Mark’s storyline needed a reference to Roseanne, it was one of the faintest hints of the character in season 4 Conners. Roseanne losing her life to opiate addiction off-screen was a devastating twist, and Mark’s situation could have been more impressive if Conners Season 4 had drawn a clearer comparison between the character and his late grandmother.
Controversial joke of the 8th episode of the 4th season of “Roseanne in hell”
When Darlene suggested that the Conners burn their old furniture and send the ashes to heaven in “Yard Sale, Phone Failure and Betrayal in College” (season 4, episode 8), Becky sardonically added that if the ashes went to hell, there they could join the matriarch of the family. The implication that Roseanne went to hell seemed harsh, but this joke matched the family’s merciless sense of humor and elicited a smart nod later in season 4 of Conners. During the episode’s release, this phrase caused a series of hand-wringing thoughts from commentators concerned that Roseanne’s death was not covered in this episode. However, this attitude seems to overlook much of the essence of “Conners,” an often merciless look at working-class issues in which the characters rarely give each other a break and usually mercilessly mock each other. Roseanne has been the constant queen of cruel prickly insults in the series, so it’s fitting that season 4 of “Conners” will deliver such a hilarious blow below the belt after her demise.
Dan’s sweet talk about marriage
When Dan visited Chuck Mitchell from James Pickens Jr. and found that his old friend was struggling to keep the family together while his wife was in the hospital, he gave an uncharacteristically sweet and sincere speech about what it was like to lose a spouse and how much marriage costs. defined his life before Rosanna’s death. It was probably the most moving tribute to Roseanne that The Conners have carried out so far, giving John Goodman a long-awaited chance to show his considerable dramatic abilities. Although Dan is often one of the broader and cartoonish characters in The Conners, the speech in this season 4 allowed viewers to understand the regret and pain that the character bears after losing his wife, without feeling sentimentality, depression or causelessness. In the hands of a less experienced star, this scene could have turned into a mess, but thanks to Goodman’s disarmingly direct and heartbreaking performance, this tribute to Conners Roseanne became a highlight of season 4.
Jackie and Dan’s Conflicting memories of Roseanne
When Darlene began to lose her temper about being fired from her job if she was denied a raise, she turned to her trusted father and aunt for advice.