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The Conners In Considerably Fewer And Less Problematic Seasons, Season 1: Life In Plastic Is Fantastic
Roseanne Barrnoldargent has spent most of the last few years ruining the hard work she did in the 80s and 90s, making the most realistic American sitcom of the 20th century. While the original run of the series had its ups and -- hooooboy -- some very deep downs, it was mostly a well-written family comedy. John Goodman, Sara Gilbert, Laurie Metcalf, and even Roseanne were dextrous enough to be funny while still injecting drama without reaching Melodrama. For the most part, the show has been about being progressive and understanding no matter what your political background. It was about acceptance, and being good to each other, especially your family, no matter what. That's why Roseanne's current pro-Trump racist persona is so sad to people who loved the show.
I loved the show. And I still love what it was. We're only one episode into Roseanne Minus Roseanne, and it was...fine. But it certainly opened the possibility that the show could be great again, but without any stupid red hats.
I don't know how many seasons this imagining will be. I'm going to keep it to ten episodes a season, like a Netflix or BBC show. The first season throws us right in the middle of Lanford, Michigan, as we open with an episode where The Conners get a Huge Windfall, which will be a recurring theme in the show.