While watching the premiere of The Conners, the audience was first led to believe, along with the fictional family members, that Roseanne had passed away in her sleep because of a heart attack. However, as it was later revealed, the cause of death was an opioid overdose.
Her loved ones find her painkillers stashed throughout the house after she had previously promised to not take them anymore.
The first episode of the spin-off managed to get the fans talking and they definitely had a lot to say.
Some were upset about the way Roseanne Barr’s departure from the show was handled, arguing that an opioid addiction is a very serious problem.
‘Drug overdose is not a joke. It should not be made light of. Poor taste @abc. No need to watch this show anymore. This show has turned to s**t. #TheConners. #missroseanne #Roseanne,’ someone posted.
One user wrote: ‘I wonder if Rosanne is watching The Connors and seeing how they made her character die of a drug overdose. Hmm.’
Similar comments from outraged fans continued to pour in.
‘I look during the commercial break of The Voice. Totally disgusted! So disrespectful towards Roseanne to have her die of an overdose.’
‘They killed Roseanne with an opioid overdose. That is messed up.’
There were also users who thought Roseanne’s firing was a huge loss to the story, arguing that without her character’s sense of humor, the show is just not the same.
‘#TheConners Yeah I don’t like it, Roseanne was the buffer that made all of the other characters shine. It feels like sitting down to do a puzzle and finding out that half of the pieces are missing. Last time I am watching, maybe will have a ‘dallas it was all a dream’ situation.’
‘Watching #theconners just one segment and it is not the same without @therealroseanne. Bring her back!’
But of course, there were also people who thought the spin-off was actually much better without Barr or were at least willing to give The Conners a chance.
‘The acting is so good. Roseanne could never act and it really was noticeable around all the excellent acting on this show. Much better without her. #theconners.’
Some even appreciated the way her character was killed off.
‘I’m loving the raw truth of the pill epidemic in this country, TRUE Roseanne style to tackle REAL issues, call the show whatever you want but as long as it’s honest real material I’ll always be a fan ??.’
‘Laughed more in the first 20 minutes of #TheConners than I did all last season. Roseanne who???’
‘People just want to be mad about no Roseanne and ok, but the show is pretty good to me I’ll keep watching it is what it is #TheConners.’
What do you think about The Conners’ premiere?