In 1988, Roseanne Barr introduced us to the most relatable TV family in many years, the Conners. Barr's sitcom, Roseanne ran for a massive nine seasons and followed the ups and downs of a working-class family in Illinois. The show wasn't glamorous, it tackled real life issues unapologetically and as a result is still consistently considered one of the greatest shows of all time.
For the main cast members of Roseanne it's been 20 years since they all sat around that famous kitchen table, and recently it was announced that the show would be revived. With production currently underway on Roseanne Season 10, take a look at how different the cast look compared to the first season of the show, back in 1988:
Roseanne Barr a.k.a. Roseanne Conner
Age then: 36
Age now: 64
What has she been in since? The Office, Portlandia, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (as Kraang Prime!)
Fun fact: Roseanne based the Conner family on her own and wanted to give Roseanne a voice to the average American working mother. In addition to this, all three of Barr's husbands made appearances on the show over the years: Bill Pentland, Tom Arnold, and Ben Thomas.
John Goodman a.k.a. Dan Conner
Age then: 36
Age now: 65
What has he been in since? The Big Lebowski, Monsters, Inc. and Monsters University (as the voice of Sully!), Argo, 10 Cloverfield Lane and Kong: Skull Island.
Fun fact: Apparently, John Goodman knew he had the role of Dan Conner after just one reading, and so did everyone in the room. Matt Williams, the series co-creator told Entertainment Weekly in 2008 that Goodman and Barr immediately gelled as their characters saying:
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.
Lecy Goranson AND Sarah Chalke a.k.a. Becky Conner
Age then (beginning of season 1): 14
Age now: 43
What has she been in since? Love, Ludlow, The Extra Man, Co-operation
Age then (beginning of Season 6): 17
Age now: 40
What has she been in since? Nothing Too Good for a Cowboy, Scrubs, How I Met Your Mother, Rick and Morty.
Fun fact: The role of Roseanne and Dan's eldest daughter was played mostly by actress Lecy Goranson, though she was replaced by Sarah Chalke for Seasons 6, 7 and 9. Unusually, in Season 8 the two actually shared the role of Becky.
The changing Becky's became a running gag in the show. Goranson's first re-appearance was marked with a "where the hell have you been?" from several characters, while Chalke's appearances in Season 8 were often played for humor. For example, in Season 8, Episode 17 when the family went to Disney World, Roseanne turned to Chalke and said "aren't you glad you're here this week?"
Note: Lecy Goranson was cast in the role of Becky back in 1988 in Season 1, whereas Sarah Chalke replaced her as Becky at the start of Season 6 in 1993 (the two even shared the role in later seasons). And despite playing the eldest Conner daughter, Chalke was actually two years younger than co-star Sara Gilbert.
Sara Gilbert a.k.a. Darlene Conner
Age then: 13
Age now: 42
What has she been in since? The Talk, Bad Teacher, The Big Bang Theory and talk show The Talk.
Fun fact: Roseanne thought Sara Gilbert so important to the show that in later seasons when she began studying at Yale University the show's producers organized taping schedules to allow her to remain part of the cast, including shooting some scenes on a soundstage in New York.
Michael Fishman a.k.a. DJ Conner
Age then: 7
Age now: 35
What has he been in since? A.I. Artificial Intelligence, The Chaldean, Undrafted
Fun fact: While Michael Fishman ultimately ended up as DJ, originally another actor was cast in the role. Sal Barone played DJ in the show's pilot but was allegedly replaced due to two reasons. Firstly, he and co-star Sara Gilbert reportedly did not get along behind the scenes. Secondly, Hollywood writers went on strike after the pilot was shot, and when it was time to pick up production, Barone had grown so much that producers were afraid he would soon grow taller than the actresses playing his older sisters.
Laurie Metcalf a.k.a. Jackie Harris
Age then: 33
Age now: 62
What has she been in since? Toy Story franchise (voicing Andy's mom!), The McCarthys, Getting On, The Big Bang Theory.
Fun fact: In Season 5, Matt Roth starred as Jackie Harris's deadbeat boyfriend, Fisher. However, in real life, Laurie Metcalf and Roth had a much happier relationship, the two were married from 1993 until 2014.
Johnny Galecki a.k.a David Healy
Age then: 33
Age now: 42
What has he been in since? Suicide Kings, Vanilla Sky, Bookies, Hancock,The Big Bang Theory
Fun fact: Following Roseanne Galecki went on to star in the ongoing sitcom, The Big Bang Theory. However over the years his former Roseanne costars Sara Gilbert and Laurie Metcalf have also had regular roles on the show as with Gilbert appearing as Leslie Winkle and Metcalf as Sheldon's mom, Mary Cooper.
Glenn Quinn a.k.a Mark Healy
Age then: 20
Age now: Glenn Quinn sadly passed away after a heroin overdose in 2002, he was 32-years-old.
What else was he in? Angel, At Any Cost, Some Girl, R.S.V.P.
Fun fact: In the final few seasons of Roseanne, Mark and David (Quinn and Johnny Galecki) actually appear in more episodes than their partners, Darlene and Becky (Sara Gilbert and Sarah Chalke/Lecy Goranson)!
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