Roseanne, Then and Now
Twenty years ago, Roseanne came to a close. Starring Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Michael Fishman, and Sara Gilbert, among others, the sitcom ran from October 1988 to May 1997 and inspired a spinoff decades later. Ahead of the Roseanne revival, take a look back at the show’s stars, then and now.
Roseanne Barr (Roseanne Conner)
Roseanne Barr led her namesake show for nearly a decade, playing Roseanne Conner while also making appearances in Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare and The Larry Sanders Show. Following Roseanne‘s wrap, Barr earned credits for The Roseanne Show, Cecil B. DeMented, and Home on the Range, ran for president, and served as a judge on Last Comic Standing.
John Goodman (Dan Conner)
After racking up roles in The Survivors, Revenge of the Nerds, C.H.U.D., The Big Easy, and Raising Arizona, John Goodman joined Roseanne as Dan Conner. Goodman picked up Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe win for the part, and followed up the gig with turns in Blues Brothers 2000, The Big Lebowski, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Monsters, Inc., The Artist, Treme, Argo, and Alpha House.
Laurie Metcalf (Jackie Harris)
Lecy Goranson (Becky Conner)
Sarah Chalke (Becky Conner-Healy)
Sara Gilbert (Darlene Conner)
Michael Fishman (D.J. Conner)
Michael Fishman made his on-screen debut as D.J. Conner on Roseanne. The young actor continued to act in the ’90s, popping up in episodes of Hitz, Seinfeld, and Walker, Texas Ranger, before stepping back from the spotlight in the 2000s. Fishman has returned to acting in recent years, signing on for indie films.