The Roseanne revival is happening – with the original cast

John Goodman, Roseanne Barr and most of the Conner clan are heading back to TV after a 20-year hiatus

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The rumours are true. Roseanne is the latest American TV show to jump on the revival bandwagon – following in the footsteps of Will & Grace, Twin Peaks and Gilmore Girls, to name but a few. 

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After a two decade hiatus most of the original cast of the hit sitcom are reuniting, with Roseanne Barr of course returning as the title character, alongside John Goodman as husband Dan, Sara Gilbert and Lecy Goranson as daughters Darlene and Becky, Michael Fishman as son DJ and Laurie Metcalf as Roseanne’s sister Jackie.

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One notable exception to the cast is Johnny Galecki, who is busy with his role in The Big Bang Theory.

Roseanne aired for nine series in the 80s and 90s, and was praised for its realistic portrayal of a working-class American family. It centred around the Conners, a family scraping to get by and led by Roseanne in the fictional town of Lanford, Illinois. Its final episode drew nearly 17 million viewers when it aired in 1997.

It will return in 2018 for an eight-episode revival.

“The Conners’ joys and struggles are as relevant and hilarious today as they were then, and there’s really no one better to comment on our modern America than Roseanne,” ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey wrote in a statement.

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Roseanne will air on ABC in 2018, after the network competed with Netflix to restart the show.