Table of Contents
- Sara Gilbert praises ‘Roseanne’ co-star Emma Kenney for seeking help: ‘I’m so proud of you’
- Sara Gilbert praises Roseanne costar Emma Kenney for seeking help
- John Goodman on ‘Roseanne’ reboot: The cast is ‘grateful’ to be back
- Early life
- Television career
- Film career
- Personal life
- ‘The Conners’: Fans are Divided Over Darlene’s Love Triangle
- Team David fans point to the couple’s history as a reason they should be together
- Team Ben fans believe that Ben is a far better match for Darlene
- A therapist might help Darlene make a decision
Fans of the Roseanne revival have definitely noticed how absolutely perfect the casting of Emma Kenney is as Sara Gilbert’s onscreen daughter, Harris. The resemblance is uncanny, plus Kenney has the typical Darlene snarl and sarcasm down pat.
Darlene and Harris really look alike. #goodcasting @EmmaRoseKenney #harris #darlene @THEsaragilbert #Roseanne
— Emie Conrad (@EmieConrad) April 4, 2018
Harris is a spitting image of Darlene when she was younger. And Darlene’s parenting is getting better. #Roseanne
— 𝔄𝔫𝔡𝔯𝔢𝔴 ℭ𝔬𝔩𝔩𝔢𝔱 (@AndrewCollet) April 4, 2018
They did a great job casting for Harris on #Roseanne. I buy her as the child of David and Darlene–great resemblance to Sara and Johnny.
— Miss T (@Mistyrose78) April 4, 2018
The two look so eerily similar that many fans are wondering if they’re related in real life. Alas, the answer is no — though that would be super cool if they were.
Gilbert is from a show-business family. Her grandfather Harry Crane was the cocreator of a little show called The Honeymooners, and two of her four older half-siblings, Melissa Gilbert and Jonathan Gilbert, were stars of Little House on the Prairie. She is best known for Roseanne, but Gilbert also appeared on Welcome to New York, ER, and The Big Bang Theory, and she cohosts The Talk on CBS.
Kenney, on the other hand, is the only actor in her immediate family. She burst onto the acting scene at just 12 years old when she was cast as the fourth Gallagher child, Debbie, on Showtime’s hit show Shameless. Other than Shameless and Roseanne, Kenney hasn’t really been involved in many big projects. She only just turned 18 in 2017, though, so we suspect we’ll be seeing this talented young woman for a long time to come.
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Sara Gilbert praises ‘Roseanne’ co-star Emma Kenney for seeking help: ‘I’m so proud of you’
Emma Kenney’s on-screen mom, Sara Gilbert, is proud of her for seeking treatment.
Gilbert resumed her role of Darlene Conner for the revival of Roseanne, which has been met with ratings success and praise from President Trump. Kenney plays Darlene’s daughter, Harris. She’s also known for her portrayal of Debbie Gallagher for eight seasons on Shameless.
“I just first want to say, Emma, I’m so proud of you,” Gilbert said on Thursday’s episode of The Talk, which she hosts and is an executive producer. “I know that the whole cast and crew is so proud of you.
“It takes a lot of courage to — we all have demons — it takes a lot of courage to face them — particularly at 18. I envy you,” Gilbert continued. “If I could go back to being 18 and start doing things to better myself at the pace you’re doing, I would be at a better person today.
“I commend you, I love you, and I know you will come out the other side,” Gilbert said in conclusion. “Thank you for speaking up and being an example for other people.”
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Kenney shed light on her battles in a statement issued to USA TODAY Thursday through her rep Shyann Reichard.
“I was running with a really fast crowd. I was being naive and very immature, and I was doing things I should not be doing because it was illegal and I’m not 21,” she said. “It wasn’t healthy, and it was making me feel even worse — anxious and depressed. It was just a slippery slope that I did not want to go down. And I knew that I needed to stop it.”
Sara Gilbert praises Roseanne costar Emma Kenney for seeking help
Sara Gilbert’s got your back, Emma Kenney.
Gilbert used her perch on The Talk on Thursday to praise the young Roseanne actress, who announced Wednesday that she will be seeking treatment for her “battles.” The 18-year-0ld said she had been running with a “really fast crowd” and “doing things I should not be doing because it was illegal.”
Kenney plays Harris, the eldest daughter of Gilbert’s character on ABC’s Roseanne revival.
“I first want to say, Emma, I’m so proud of you. I know that the whole cast and crew are so proud of you,” Gilbert says. “And it takes a lot of courage to — we have a lot of demons — it takes a lot of courage to face them, particularly at 18. I envy you. If I could go back to being 18 to start doing things to better myself at the pace you’re doing, I would be at a better person today. So, I commend you, I love you, and I know you will come out the other side. Thank you for speaking up and being an example for other people.”
Filming has already wrapped on the first season of Roseanne, which airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET. ABC has ordered a second season.
Roseanne actress Emma Kenney, who plays the daughter of Sara Gilbert’s Darlene on the hit sitcom revival, is seeking treatment for an unspecified substance use, a decision that drew the public support of co-star Gilbert today.
Kenney, 18, who also stars on Showtime’s Shameless, bid her fans a temporary goodbye on her Twitter page, and released the following statement through a spokesperson:
“I was running with a really fast crowd. I was being naive and very immature, and I was doing things I should not be doing because it was illegal and I’m not 21. It wasn’t healthy, and it was making me feel even worse — anxious and depressed. It was just a slippery slope that I did not want to go down. And I knew that I needed to stop it.”
Roseanne was recently renewed for Season 2 revival on ABC, with a return to production expected for August, a hiatus that could give Kenney time to sort things out. Kenney plays Roseanne’s granddaughter Harris Conner-Healy.
On today’s episode of The Talk, co-host Gilbert made a heartfelt show of support for her TV daughter (watch the video below).
“I just first want to say, Emma, I’m so proud of you,” said Gilbert. “I know that the whole cast and crew are so proud of you. And it takes a lot of courage to – we all have demons – it takes a lot of courage to face them, particularly at eighteen. I envy you. If I could go back to being eighteen and start doing things to better myself at the pace you’re doing, I would be at a better person today. So I commend you, I love you and I know you will come out the other side. Thank you for speaking out and being an example for other people.”
In an ABC News report (Roseanne airs on ABC), the young actress was quoted as saying, “I want to be the healthiest, best Emma that I can be, and I know that by going to treatment that’s what’s going to happen, and I’m going to continue on that positive road.
“I just want to send a message to my fans saying that it’s OK to admit that you need help, and it doesn’t make you weak,” she said. “I’m going to come out on the other side, the True Emma that I’ve always been.”
Earlier, Kenney tweeted, “hello & goodbye (for a bit) i’ve decided to take a break from social media and LA for a minute. this sounds so cliche but this town/industry can really get to you. going to re-find my peace happiness.”
hello & goodbye (for a bit) ive decided to take a break from social media and LA for a minute. this sounds so cliche but this town/industry can really get to you. going to re-find my peace happiness✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨xo emma 🌹 pic.twitter.com/6OWCDNrAW0
— Emma Kenney (@EmmaRoseKenney) April 9, 2018
According to her ABC bio, the Manhattan-born Kenney began acting as a child, appearing in commercials and the film Epic. She directed her first movie, The New Girl in Town, which was honored as a finalist at the 2009 New Jersey Film Festival.
Here is Gilbert’s statement on The Talk:
It’s been a difficult few months for the stars of the Roseanne reboot. The show was abruptly canceled by ABC after star Roseanne Barr‘s racist tweet, but soon after, the network announced a spin-off called The Conners starring Sara Gilbert, who played Darlene Conner on the original show from 1988 until 1997 as well as the 2018 revival.
And now, Emma Kenney (who is set to play Darlene’s daughter Harris Conner-Healy on the series) opened up about what it’s been like filming the revival without Roseanne present — and apparently it hasn’t been that hard. “I think that all of us are very professional,” the actress explained to Us Weekly in a new interview. “And there’s just so many more stories that need to be told through the Conner family and so many other different aspects of life that we’re going to get to tell, and I’m really excited and grateful for that.”
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Of course, Roseanne won’t be on the show, and during a previous interview with The Times of London, John shared how he thinks they’ll address her no longer being on it. “It’s an unknown. I guess he’ll be mopey and sad, because his wife’s dead,” John said. Ouch…
After the spin-off was announced, Roseanne shared her feelings on the show she would no longer be included in. “I regret the circumstances that have caused me to be removed from Roseanne. I agreed to the settlement in order that 200 jobs of beloved cast and crew could be saved, and I wish the best for everyone involved,” she said at the time.
In late May, Roseanne tweeted a racist comment about one of former President Barack’s Obama’s former aides Valerie Jarrett comparing her to an ape. Soon after, Sara addressed how she felt about Roseanne’s hurtful words. “Roseanne’s recent comments about Valerie Jarrett, and so much more, are abhorrent and do not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew or anyone associated with our show. I am disappointed in her actions to say the least,” she wrote on social media. “This is incredibly sad and difficult for all of us, as we’ve created a show that we believe in, are proud of, and that audiences love — one that is separate and apart from the opinions and words of one cast member.”
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How long have we been off the air? Feels like we never left. #Roseanne
It was later reported that Sara won’t ever work with Roseanne again. “She thinks that Roseanne is a disgusting and racist person. Sara will never, ever work with her again,” an insider told Radar Online. The insider added that Sara is glad Roseanne “is finally getting what she deserved a long time ago.”
However, Sara previously shared she’s “so excited” for the new sitcom. “Sara has a new TV show!” Sara’s The Talk co-host Sharon Osbourne previously declared on the show. “Her show, The Conners, has officially gotten the green light and will air this fall.” Sara then exclaimed with a smile on her face, “I’m so excited, thank you all so much. I really appreciate it.”
A source previously confirmed to ET that some other familiar faces will return to the show as well, including Sara’s other kid from the reboot, Ames McNamara as Mark Conner-Healy. Jayden Rey will also return as Mary Conner, the daughter of D.J. Conner (played by Michael Fishman). The actors will join Sara, Laurie Metcalf (Jackie Harris), and John Goodman (Dan Conner), who have already signed on for the project.
“The first table read was great,” Emma, 18, gushed. “It was so nice to see everyone, and I’m so happy. I can’t wait for everyone to see it.” Luckily for us, The Conners will air on ABC on Tuesday, Oct. 16 from 8 p.m. until 8: 30 p.m., the network announced this summer. So much sooner than we thought!
Emma Kenney, who stars on “Roseanne” as Darlene’s daughter Harris, has revealed she getting help for unspecified troubles.
“I’m going to be seeking treatment for my battles,” she told In Touch Weekly Wednesday, though she didn’t provide specifics. “I’m going to work through it. I’m going to get help and make better choices.”
Emma Kenney plays Harris on “Roseanne,” and has been an actor since she was a child.ABC
Her representatives provided a statement to TODAY, in which she said, “I was running with a really fast crowd. I was being naive and very immature, and I was doing things I should not be doing because it was illegal and I’m not 21.
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“It wasn’t healthy, and it was making me feel even worse — anxious and depressed,” she added. “It was just a slippery slope that I did not want to go down. And I knew that I needed to stop it.”
The first season of the rebooted “Roseanne” has already wrapped its nine episodes, according to Entertainment Weekly, so Kenney’s absence won’t affect any stories. She’s been acting since she was a child, co-starring on “Shameless” since 2011.
Kenney with TV mom Sara Gilbert on “Roseanne.”ABC
She told In Touch that she didn’t cope well with stress, which led to “an occasional wild night” that sent her to bars and clubs with “older friends in Hollywood.”
“I just think I need a mental sanity break and a break from the Hollywood scene,” she added.
Her statement continued, “I want to be the healthiest, best Emma that I can be, and I know that by going to treatment that’s what’s going to happen, and I’m going to continue on that positive road. I just want to send a message to my fans saying that it’s OK to admit that you need help, and it doesn’t make you weak. I’m going to come out on the other side, the True Emma that I’ve always been.”
Kenney at the “Roseanne” premiere earlier this year.Getty Images
On Monday, Kenney posted on Twitter that she was taking break from social media:
hello & goodbye (for a bit) ive decided to take a break from social media and LA for a minute. this sounds so cliche but this town/industry can really get to you. going to re-find my peace happinessxo emma pic.twitter.com/6OWCDNrAW0
— Emma Kenney (@EmmaRoseKenney) April 9, 2018
We wish her a speedy recovery.
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ABC’s upcoming Roseanne revival has tapped Shameless vet Emma Kenney to play the series-regular role of Harris, Darlene and David’s daughter. The news, coupled with the earlier hiring of Ames McNamara as Harris’ younger sibling Mark, completes casting of Darlene and David’s children. It also comes as ABC has yet to make a deal with the clan’s patriarch, played by Big Bang Theory‘s Johnny Galecki.
As Roseanne diehards know, the character of Harris was first introduced to viewers in Season 9’s 19th episode, when Darlene delivered the baby very prematurely. The original casting breakdown for the now 14-year-old Connor offspring described her as a hellion and the spitting image of her mother — in appearance and attitude (although we hear the character continues to evolve and may end up being much lighter than Darlene).
Kenney joins returning Roseanne vets Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Michael Fishman, Lecy Goranson and Sarah Chalke.
ABC’s eight-episode Roseanne revival — production of which begins in early October — is slated to air in early 2018.
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Nearly a year after she was fired from ABC and the Roseanne revival for her racist tweet about Valerie Jarrett, it appears Roseanne Barr has found a new person to blame for her professional downfall: Sara Gilbert, who she said “destroyed the show and my life” with one tweet.
Gilbert returned to play Darlene Conner in the revival and also served as an executive producer. Speaking with The Washington Post, Barr said she can’t forgive Gilbert for tweeting that her comment regarding Jarrett was “abhorrent.”
“She will never get enough until she consumes my liver with a fine Chianti,” Barr said. Gilbert, meanwhile, told the Post that her conversations with Barr ahead of the revival had reassured her that the project was a good idea, despite Barr’s troll-like online presence. “I knew that Roseanne, the person, was unpredictable at times, but she told me this was her redemption,” Gilbert said. “I chose to believe her.” (A representative for Gilbert did not immediately respond to V.F.’s request for comment regarding Barr’s digs.)
In the same interview, Barr also railed against the deal she signed that allowed The Conners, which just got renewed for a second season, to air without her participation—creative or financial. Barr said Tom Werner, who executive produced Roseanne and now serves as an E.P. for The Conners, told her the deal would make her look like a hero—and that he personally would publicly state that she was not racist. That promise was never honored, she said, and all hope she might have had of appearing on the new series was dashed when her character was killed via an opioid overdose in the new show’s premiere. Now, the Post reports, Barr is considering whether she should sue Werner, ABC, or everyone involved in the debacle.
“The process has been difficult for me,” Werner told the Post. “I did not want the last note of the series to be such a sour one.” As for Barr’s accusation, Werner said he has always considered Barr “to be tolerant of others and inclusive,” adding that he does not believe Barr herself is racist—“although I find the tweet to be repugnant and racist.”
Either way, it appears Barr has found plenty of outlets for her anger over the way the series—and her involvement in it—ended. Earlier this week, video surfaced of a comedy appearance in Las Vegas in which Barr copied a classic Donald Trump tactic: insulting the network that spurned her. “Dear ABC,” she said during the appearance, reading from a script. “When you asked me back to once again bail out your shit, fuckin’ low-rated network, I did so with the same vigor I’ve always rocked, and I delivered you the highest ratings that you had in 10 fucking years. At the first sign of controversy, you killed me off with a drug overdose. But you know what? I ain’t dead, bitches.”
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Sara Gilbert (born January 29, 1975, Santa Monica, California) is an USA|American actress best known for her role as Darlene Conner-Healy from 1988–1997 and again in 2018 in the U.S. sitcom Roseanne. She also guest stars as Leslie Winkle in CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory.
Gilbert was born Sara Rebecca Abeles in Santa Monica, California. Her parents are Barbara Crane (née Cowan) and Harold Abeles. Her two older adopted half-siblings, Melissa Gilbert and Jonathan Gilbert, were stars of Little House on the Prairie. Melissa and Jonathan were adopted by Barbara and her first husband Paul Gilbert (born Paul MacMahon); Paul died in 1975. Abeles changed her surname to Gilbert to become an actress in 1984.
On “Roseanne” with Johnny.
Gilbert decided at age six that she wanted to be an actress after her older sister, Melissa Gilbert, got a plaque on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Following appearances in television movies and a commercial for Kool Aid, at the age of thirteen she landed the role of Darlene Conner, the sarcastic middle child, in Roseanne. Sara was a cast member during the show’s nine-year run from 1988 to 1997, for which she also wrote a fourth-season episode called “Don’t Make Me Over”. Her contribution was considered so important to Roseanne that the show’s producers juggled story lines and taping schedules to allow her to study at Yale University while remaining part of the cast, shooting remote segments of Darlene at a sound stage in New York. At Yale, she majored in art with an emphasis on photography; she graduated with honors in 1997. On April 28, 2017 it was announced that a revival of Roseanne was in the works and that Goodman along with most of the original cast and some of the producers would return for the limited series that was being shopped around with ABC and Netflix the frontrunners to land the show. On May 16, 2017 it was confirmed that 8 episodes would air mid-season in 2018 on ABC. On May 29, 2018, in the wake of racist remarks made by Barr on Twitter regarding Valerie Jarrett (an advisor of former president Barack Obama), ABC canceled the revival after a single season. The next month, ABC ordered a ten-episode Roseanne spin-off titled The Conners, which stars the same cast as Darlene and opposite with Jackie (Laurie Metcalf), also without Barr.
Call me – Leslie looking cute.
Gilbert has made guest appearances on shows such as The Simpsons, 24, Will & Grace, and Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. Starting in 2004, she had a recurring role as medical student Jane Figler on the long-running hospital drama ER.
She returned to prime time television in the fall of 2005 in the sitcom Twins on The WB network. The sitcom was canceled after one season, when the WB and UPN networks merged to become The CW and had to drop a number of shows. She also had a recurring role on the short-lived CBS sitcom The Class as Fern Velch.
Since 2007 she has appeared in many episodes of The Big Bang Theory on CBS as Leslie Winkle, a scientist friend (with benefits) to the character played by Johnny Galecki, who also portrayed her longtime boyfriend and husband David Healy on Roseanne. Starting with the second episode of the second season of The Big Bang Theory, Gilbert was elevated to the show’s main cast, portraying once again a potential love interest of Galecki’s character. At the end of January, it was announced that the writers didn’t know how to write for her character full time and her status was, once again, reduced from regular to recurring. She did make a guest shot for Sheldon’s birthday party on the 200th TBBT episode.
Currently she is a co-host and executive producer of “The Talk” which premiered October 18, 2010. Gilbert appears alongside Julie Chen, Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood and Aisha Tyler. On March 11, 2014, Mayim Bailik (Amy) visited “The Talk” and was interviewed by Sara Gilbert (Leslie Winkle). They both appeared on “The Lunar Excitation”; Amy’s first appearance and Leslie’s last.
Leslie and Amy on “The Talk”.
At the 200th episode party.
After appearing in a sketch on “The Talk” with John Goodman revisiting their characters on “Rosanne”, Sara helped revive the show and was telecast beginning in 2018 with fabulous ratings making it the number one show for ABC Television. Ratings stayed high, but the show was cancelled on 29 May 2018 after Rosanne continued to post derogatory tweets.
Sara & Johnny on the short-lived Roseanne revival.
Gilbert has appeared in two films alongside Drew Barrymore, in Poison Ivy (film)|Poison Ivy in 1992 and Riding In Cars With Boys in 2001. She has had several other minor roles following Roseanne, including short film $30 (aka 30 Bucks) as part of the Boys Life 3 feature, and High Fidelity. She directed her own short film Persona Non Grata in 1998. As of 2015, she has appeared on over 700 episodes of The Talk.
Sara and Johnny while on the “Roseanne” TV series together.
In her teens, Gilbert became a vegetarian. Today, she supports numerous organizations such as PETA, Meals on Wheels, Freedom of Speech, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, and AIDS Project Los Angeles. She stated on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson in November 2008 that she has now adopted a vegan lifestyle.
Sara dated Roseanne boyfriend eventual husband and brief “Big Bang Theory” boyfriend Johnny Galecki for a short time before coming out to him in the late 90’s to early 2010’s. They remain close friends. She has been in a relationship with Allison Adler since 2002, and she came out as a lesbian in 2010. They have a son, Levi Hank, born in October 2004 and a daughter, Sawyer, born on August 2, 2007. Adler is the birth mother of Levi and Gilbert is the birth mother of Sawyer.
|1992||Poison Ivy||Sylvie Cooper||Nominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actress|
|1997||Walkin’ on Sunshine: The Movie||NeuralNurse 256|
|1999||Light It Up||Lynn Sabatini|
|2000||The Big Tease||Gretle Dickens|
|High Fidelity||Annaugh Moss|
|“Boys Life 3”||Emily/Michelle||Short film
|2001||Riding in Cars with Boys||Tina Barr|
|2004||Laws of Attraction||Gary Gadget’s Assistant||cameo|
|1988||ABC Weekend Special||Stephie||Episode: “Runaway Ralph”|
|Roseanne||Darlene Conner-Healy||224 episodes
Young Artist Award for Outstanding Young Comedienne in a Television SeriesYoung Artist Award for Outstanding Young Comedienne in a Television SeriesYoung Artist Award for Outstanding Young Comedienne in a Television SeriesTV Land Award for Innovator AwardNominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Comedy SeriesNominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Comedy SeriesNominated — TV Land Award for Character Most Desperately in Need of a TimeoutNominated — Young Artist Award for Outstanding Young Comedienne in a Television Series
|1990||Sudie and Simpson||Sudie Harrigan||TV Movie
Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress in a Cable Special
|1992||The Simpsons||Laura Powers||Voice only
Episode: “New Kid on the Block”
|1994||Saturday Night Live||Herself – Host||Episode: “Sara Gilbert/Counting Crows”|
|1996||ABC Afterschool Special||Jessie||Episode: “Me and My Hormones”|
|1997||Broken Record||TV Movie|
|2000–2001||Welcome to New York||Amy Manning||13 episodes|
|2002||24||Paula Schaeffer||5 episodes|
|2003||Will & Grace||Cheryl||Episode: “Fanilow”|
|2004||Strong Medicine||Charlayne||Episode: “Cinderella in Scrubs”|
|2004–2007||ER||Dr. Jane Figler||15 episodes|
|2005||In the Game||Unsold TV-Pilot|
|The Clinic||Mrs. Jennings||Episode: 3.1|
|2005–2006||Twins||Mitchee Arnold||18 episodes|
|2006||Girls on the Bus||Helen||Episode: “Pilot”|
|2006–2007||The Class||Fern Velch||6 episodes|
|2007||Private Practice||Kelly||Episode: “In Which Sam Gets Taken For a Ride”|
|2007–2010||The Big Bang Theory||Leslie Winkle||recurring season 1, season 2 regular and then back to recurring on season 3|
|2008||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Caitlyn Ryan||Episode: “Trials”|
|2010||HawthoRNe||Malia Price||Episode: “No Excuses”
Episode: “The Match”
Episode: “A Mother Knows”
|Grey’s Anatomy||Kim||Episode: “Suicide is Painless”|
|2018–present||The Conners||Darlene Conner-Healy||Main role|
- Sara Gilberton IMDb
- – Wikapedia Site
|v · e · d The Big Bang Theory Characters, Cast & Crew|
|Characters||Main||Leonard Hofstadter ‧ Sheldon Cooper ‧ Penny ‧ Howard Wolowitz ‧ Rajesh Koothrappali ‧ Amy Farrah Fowler ‧ Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz ‧ Stuart Bloom ‧ Emily Sweeney ‧ Leslie Winkle The Social Group|
|Recurring/Minor||Debbie Wolowitz ‧ Barry Kripke ‧ Priya Koothrappali ‧ Dr. V. M. Koothrappali ‧ Mrs. Koothrappali ‧ Stephanie Barnett ‧ Lucy ‧ Mary Cooper ‧ Zack Johnson ‧ Beverly Hofstadter ‧ Mike Rostenkowski ‧ Alex Jensen ‧ Professor Proton ‧ Missy Cooper ‧ Ramona Nowitzki ‧ Dan ‧ Josh Wolowitz ‧ Dennis Kim ‧ Althea Davis ‧ Jeanie ‧ Cinnamon ‧ Mrs. Rostenkowski ‧ Wyatt ‧ Claire ‧ Kurt ‧ Eric Gablehauser ‧ Dave Gibbs ‧ Dimitri ‧ Alfred Hofstadter ‧ Meemaw ‧ Jimmy Speckerman ‧ Susan ‧ Randall ‧ Bert Kibbler ‧ President Siebert ‧ Janine Davis ‧ Colonel Richard Williams ‧ Halley Wolowitz ‧ Neil Michael Wolowitz ‧ Denise ‧ George Cooper Jr. ‧ Larry Fowler ‧ Anu ‧ George Cooper Sr. ‧ Marissa|
|Cast||Regulars||Johnny Galecki ‧ Jim Parsons ‧ Kaley Cuoco ‧ Simon Helberg ‧ Kunal Nayyar ‧ Mayim Bialik ‧ Melissa Rauch ‧ Kevin Sussman ‧ Laura Spencer ‧ Sara Gilbert ‧|
|Recurring/Minor||Christine Baranski ‧ Aarti Mann ‧ John Ross Bowie ‧ Casey Sander ‧ Stephen Merchant ‧ Sara Rue ‧ Kara Luiz ‧ Brian Thomas Smith ‧ Margo Harshman ‧ Alessandra Torresani ‧ Matt Bennett ‧ Keith Carradine ‧ Laurie Metcalf ‧ Judd Hirsch ‧ Carol Ann Susi ‧ Meagen Fay ‧ Brian George ‧ Alice Amter ‧ Courtney Henggeler ‧ June Squibb ‧ Katey Sagal ‧ Jack McBrayer ‧ Dean Norris ‧ Brian Posehn ‧ Mark Harelik ‧ Joshua Malina ‧ Brian Patrick Wade ‧ Kate Micucci ‧ Regina King ‧ Jerry O’Connell|
|As Selves||Wil Wheaton ‧ Mike Massimino ‧ Stephen Hawking ‧ Kip Thorne ‧ Katee Sackhoff ‧ Steve Wozniak ‧ Buzz Aldrin ‧ Summer Glau ‧ James Earl Jones ‧ Carrie Fisher ‧ Brent Spiner ‧ Howie Mandel ‧ Bill Nye ‧ George Smoot ‧ George Takei ‧ LeVar Burton ‧ Neil deGrasse Tyson ‧ Brian Greene ‧ Charlie Sheen ‧ Stan Lee ‧ Adam West ‧ Mark Hamill ‧ Kevin Smith ‧ William Shatner ‧ Joe Manganiello ‧ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ‧ Sarah Michelle Gellar|
|Crew||Writers||Chuck Lorre * (Creator) ‧ Bill Prady * (Creator) ‧ Steven Molaro * ‧ Steve Holland * ‧ Maria Ferrari * ‧ Jim Reynolds * ‧ Eric Kaplan * ‧ Anthony Del Broccolo ‧ Lee Aronsohn * ‧ Dave Goetsch * ‧ Tara Hernandez ‧ Richard Rosenstock *|
|Directors||Mark Cendrowski ‧ Peter Chakos * (mainly as Editor) ‧ Anthony Rich ‧ James Burrows|
|* also as Producer||The Big Bang Theory : Full cast & crew on IMDb|
‘The Conners’: Fans are Divided Over Darlene’s Love Triangle
Season 2 of The Conners returned on Sept. 24. While the show’s reboot season dealt with the fallout of Roseanne’s death, the family is moving forward while still shrouded in grief. Darlene, in specific, has a lot on her plate as she tries to navigate her way through a complicated and confusing love life. Will she move onward with her new flame, Ben, or will she return to her familiar but inherently flawed, high school sweetheart, David Healy? Fans are divided on what she should do.
Team David fans point to the couple’s history as a reason they should be together
David and Darlene’s relationship spans more than 20 years. They share two children together, and the painfully-passive David seemed like the perfect fit for the rough-and-tumble, Darlene. During the original run of Roseanne, David’s character was easily sympathized with, while Darlene was largely villainized.
In The Conners, it’s revealed that David abandoned his family, including his two children, to go work with the poor. Darlene, originally heartbroken, works to win back her love, but eventually chooses to move on when it becomes clear her efforts are harming her relationship with her two kids. In the Season 1 finale, David returns intending to reunite with his family.
David fans insist that the history between Darlene and David is enough to push them back together. Everyone loves a happy ending, and it seems like repairing the damage would be the ultimate happy ending. David fans, however, seemingly forget that David abandoned his own family to chase down a personal passion. Is that really forgivable? Fans of Darlene’s new love don’t think so.
Team Ben fans believe that Ben is a far better match for Darlene
Darlene meets her new love interest, Ben, when she takes a job at a local paper. Ben, in many ways, is the exact opposite of David. He is driven, decisive and masculine. He doesn’t put up with Darlene attempting to steamroll him and appears to challenge her in a beneficial way.
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Those opposed to the union see Ben’s behavior as somewhat controlling, but fans believe Ben’s role is to challenge Darlene to become a more open person; that is something David never seemed to do. Reddit fans note that the introduction of Ben makes it nearly impossible for Darlene to head back to David. Such an opposing force has highlighted the flaws in the relationship between Darlene and David, making it impossible for her to go back to him.
A therapist might help Darlene make a decision
Whether you are team David or team Ben, you must admit that it is about time for Darlene to make a decision. In Season 2, episode 4, Darlene will be forced to confront her love triangle and make a decision. From the episode trailer, it looks like a therapist will be there to help her find the right path, not only for herself but for her family, too.
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There is, however, one inherent problem with the storyline; no matter who Darlene chooses, fall out will ensue. If she goes for the familiarity of David, her character will appear stale and boring. If she decides to move forward with her new love, fans of the tired trope will be mostly disappointed. Either way, it appears Darlene’s love life will be heavily featured in the sophomore season of the series. Johnny Galecki, who plays David Healey, is rumored to be signed on for at least a few more episodes. Even if she makes the big move with Ben, David will likely remain in the background to some extent.