Roseanne was one of the first shows to feature openly gay characters. The network was not too keen on the idea, but Roseanne insisted partly due to the fact that Barr’s siblings are gay in real life. She wanted to expose the audience to the idea that all people, gay or straight, are the same.
Lecy Goranson, who we will call "Becky 1," left the show after Season 4 so she could attend Vassar. She was back in Season 8 but then left again after that season. Sarah Chalke aka “Becky 2” played Becky when “Becky 1” was off to school.
Goodman and Barr fought like a married couple in real life which is why he booked the role.
"We brought him in the room; he looked at Roseanne and said, 'Scoot over.' She said, 'Shut up,' he plopped down, and it was like they had been married for 16 years," a writer for the show told Entertainment Weekly in 2008.
There was a huge feud for creative control between the writers and Barr. In 2008, several of the writers told Entertainment Weekly that she made them wear T-shirts with numbers on them and would refer to them by the numbers instead of by name. When asked about it, Roseanne said, "I wanted to strip them of their huge, colossal self-entitlement. 'Hey, you're just a cog in the wheel here! It's not about you.'"