Right from its debut in 1988, Roseanne was a direct hit with audiences. At its brilliant core was the "domestic goddess" angle sarcastically shining through the title character. Her portrayer, Roseanne Barr, had first originated the domestic goddess theme in the early 1980s in her stand up comedy routines about her life as a wife and mother.
With three kids in the main cast of six, Roseanne kept viewers tuned in, literally watching this TV family grow over nine seasons and tackle everything from teenage sex to the relatable struggles of a working class family trying to make ends meet. On top of the incredible acting of the main cast, the show attracted top talent with added recurring characters that included Ned Beatty, Shelly Winters, Debbie Reynolds and...
3. George Clooney...Could He Ever Be In A 'Roseanne' Reunion Show?
George Clooney played Roseanne and her sister, Jackie's, boss Booker Brooks on a recurring basis for three years until 1991. He of course ended up becoming one of Hollywood's top stars. Whether or not guest stars of Clooney's caliber will be written into an upcoming reunion show that's rumored for 2017/2018, isn't known yet. But one thing's for sure...Roseanne has never disappointed in its choice of actors and comedic talent.
As the Roseanne kids grew, so did the cast with the additions of Becky and Darlene's husbands, making the most of a wonderfully dramatic situation when they all lived under the same roof with lead character parents Roseanne and Dan Connor. We also got the prime entertainment chops of Martin Mull as Roseanne's boss at her waitressing job, and Estelle Parsons as the world's most hilariously aggravating mom and grandma.
The show closed after nine seasons. It seemed at least every few years demand and talk of a Roseanne reunion show maked the rounds, and true fans of this sitcom never forgetting about it. So far though a cast reunion show hasn't happened yet and the recent, strong rumors that there could be a Roseanne reunion show on TV by 2018 haven't been confirmed. Then there's the way the Roseanne series ended...
In the final season of Roseanne, the Connors are shown winning the lottery with Roseanne and Dan still at the helm of the family. Yet, in what becomes the actual ending of the show, Roseanne Connor reveals that the lottery win life was what she was writing in a book and what really happened is that Dan died at Darlene's wedding before paramedics could reach him. It was shocking, yet riveting, writing for a sitcom!
Dan Connor's portrayer, John Goodman, has said several times over the years when a Roseanne reunion show was brought up, that he's not sure "an old Dan Connor" is a good idea. The actor himself is turning 65 in June, 2017, but we're glad to report he's also recently changed his mind on not wanting to do more Roseanne episodes.
On the Friday, March 10, 2017 episode of The Talk, Goodman not only appeared as Dan Connor in a Roseanne sketch with Sara Gilbert reprising her role as daughter Darlene, but said afterward that if the writers found a way to bring Dan Conner back from the dead then "Oh hell yes" he'd do a reunion show.
The sketch featured the TV father and daughter on that familiar plaid couch with Darlene telling her father that she had something serious to tell him. After she says she's a talk show host, Dan says he thought she was going to tell him she's gay, which, of course, is hilarious since Sara Gilbert is openly gay in real life, and also a talk show host.
About a week after co-stars Goodman and Gilbert did the Roseanne skit on The Talk, Roseanne Barr hit Twitter and tweeted, in all lower case letters, the "roseanne show cast is up for a reunion show." That remains pretty much the only information on the subject right now as Roseanne fans wonder if the reunion show will get produced. A good sign though is that both leads, Barr and Goodman are ready to do the show.
Although Sara Gilbert has in past discussions of a possible Roseanne reunion voiced concern about trying to redo something that was a success in the first place, she's also ready to do the show if it happens. After the Roseanne sketch with John Goodman on The Talk, Gilbert said doing the skit was "so fun." But her tune on what could go wrong when they do a Roseanne redo hasn't changed as she said in March, 2017 that "...You don't want to do a bad version, right?"
There's no word on whether Johnny Galecki, who played Darlene Connor's boyfriend, then husband, David Healy on Roseanne would even be able to do a reunion show. He's been Leonard Hofstadler on The Big Bang Theory for 10 years and the popular sitcom (Galecki knows how to pick them!) was recently renewed for Seasons 11 and 12 by CBS. Hopefully, if the Roseanne reunion show happens, Galecki will be able to work it in around his current show.
Unfortunately, one thing's for sure about an original Roseanne cast member who definitely won't be making a reunion show is Glenn Quinn. He played Mark Healy, David's brother and Becky's husband and was an interesting addition to the cast. Quinn passed away from a drug overdose in 2002, five years after Roseanne ended.
Roseanne fans may finally get that reunion show they've been waiting for. On the other hand it may not happen as talk about the same thing in years past didn't amount to a show either. The hope is we get the reunion, because as past Roseanne efforts have shown us, there's bound to be compelling story lines and lots of laughs.