‘The Conners’: Where Did Iconic Characters Missing from ‘Roseanne’ Sequel Series Go?

by Joe Rutland

If you watch “The Conners” on a regular basis, then you might be wondering where some other iconic characters have gone.

“The Conners” showed up on ABC after the re-boot of “Roseanne” got shuffled when the network fired Roseanne Barr. Some of the other actors that appeared on “Roseanne” haven’t made appearances on the latest incarnation.

What happened to some of them? According to an article from TV Line, we can look at what happened to these beloved characters.

‘The Conners’ Fill In Spaces for Absences of Mark Healy, Jerry Conner

Mark Healy, who was Darlene’s husband, died and it was brought up on “Roseanne” in its original run. Now the off-screen truth is that actor Glenn Quinn sadly died from a drug overdose in 2002.

But in “The Conners” third season, Darlene [Sara Gilbert] said Mark died in a freak accident. Her roommate Rachel made a comment about it being part of “God’s plan.” Well, Darlene said, “The last time [God] helped me, she threw a deer in front of my husband’s motorcycle and he died.” So you can take that reasoning around Healy’s departure from the show.

What about Jerry Garcia Conner? Roseanne confirmed he was alive in the 10th season by saying he’s been holed up in a fishing boat in Alaska.

In the third season of “The Conners,” Becky [Lecy Goranson] said that she was one of Dan [John Goodman] and Roseanne’s three children. Dan said that “he had one favorite and two backups.”

Show Addresses Other Missing Characters From The Show

Now we come to the tale of the son of Jackie [Laurie Metcalf] in Andy Harris. He hasn’t appeared on “The Conners” because, well, he never actually existed.

Showrunner Bruce Helford said, “We made a conscious decision that certain years were going to be part of the dream that was revealed at the end of the run of the original ‘Roseanne,’ and [Andy] was part of the dream.

“Andy fell into the same category for us as winning the lottery; [it’s] something we chose not to acknowledge,” Helford said.

You can go ahead and put Fred, Jackie’s baby daddy played by Michael O’Keefe during the sixth, seventh, and eighth seasons of “Roseanne,” as out. He made his last appearance in the eighth season after divorcing Jackie.

Finally, we come to Ed Conner. Dan’s father was played by actor Ned Beatty between 1989 and 1994. Ed did not come up until Dan came across an obituary for his father in the second season of “The Conners.” Beatty, who had a long and illustrious acting career, died this past June at 83 years old.

So, that catches you, Outsiders, up on what’s happened to some of your favorite characters on “The Conners.”