The Conners season 4: everything we know about the comedy

Emma Kenney as Healey on The Conners
Emma Kenney as Healey on The Conners (Image credit: ABC/Eric McCandless)

The Conners are one of the classic American TV families, whether it was in their first iteration on Roseanne or the newer, sans Roseanne Barr, eponymously named ABC series. Viewers enjoyed spending time with The Conners, as the sitcom is in the middle of its fourth season.

After the reboot of the classic ‘80s/90s sitcom Roseanne that began in 2017 was nixed because of offensive tweets from Roseanne Barr, ABC didn’t want to say goodbye to the Conners. So, with Roseanne writers and executive producers Bruce Helford, Bruce Rasmussen and Dave Caplan, they pivoted to The Conners, and it has worked out pretty well so far.

Read on below for everything you need to know about The Conners season four.

When is the next The Conners episode?

It's finale night over on ABC, and The Conners is back with the final episode of the season. Titled "A Judge and a Priest Walk into a Living Room," the finale airs on Wednesday, May 18, at 9 pm. Here is a synopsis for the episode:

"The Conners gear up for a mega wedding. Jackie and Neville, Darlene and Ben and Harris and Aldo are planning for a shared big day, but along the way, they discover that some of the couples may not be on the same page about their happily ever afters."

When is The Conners season 4 finale? 

The Conners season 4 finale is scheduled to air on May 18.  

What is the plot of The Conners?

The Conners takes the familiar family and follows their lives after the death of Roseanne. In classic sitcom form, most episodes are contained to their half-hour, though of course there are some overarching story arcs.

SPOILER ALERT, as we go over some of the big story arcs in season three, which included the family dealing with the pandemic; Dan’s drywall business and Ben and Darlene’s magazine going under; Becky having a relapse with her addiction; and Ben rejecting Darlene’s marriage proposal. 

It wasn’t all grim, though (it is a comedy after all). Dan and Louise are engaged; Geena retires from active duty military and reunites with DJ and Mary; and Jackie got a big investment in her lunch box business from her boyfriend, Neville.

Who is in The Conners cast?

The Conners brought back many of the original cast members from Roseanne, including John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Michael Fishman, Sara Gilbert and Lecy Goranson. Of course more members of the family have been added. Here is the primary cast:  

  • John Goodman - Dan Conner
  • Laurie Metcalf - Jackie Harris 
  • Sara Gilbert - Darlene Conner 
  • Lecy Goranson - Becky Conner-Healy 
  • Michael Fishman - D.J. Conner 
  • Emma Kenney - Harris Conner-Healy 
  • Ames McNamara - Mark Conner-Healy 
  • Jayden Rey - Mary Conner 
  • Maya Lynne Robinson - Geena Williams-Conner 
  • Katey Sagal - Louise 
  • Jay R. Ferguson - Ben 

The full cast list is available on IMDb (opens in new tab)

Is there a The Conners season four trailer?

With the first episode being live, there isn’t any new footage to show, but that didn’t stop ABC from releasing a promo featuring some great clips from previous episodes. Watch below.  

Has The Conners been renewed for another season?

Fans of The Conners will be delighted to know that the series has been renewed for season 5 as reported in Variety (opens in new tab).  

How to watch The Conners

Watch The Conners live on your local ABC station through any traditional cable/satellite pay-TV provider, TV antenna or a live TV streaming service including Fubo TV, Hulu with Live TV and YouTube TV. In addition to being able to watch the show live, if you subscribe to either a traditional pay-TV provider or a live TV streaming service offering ABC you can also watch the latest episode of The Conners the next-day on ABC.com.  

However, cord-cutters can also catch new episodes of The Conners as soon as the next day after airing, so long as they subscribe to Hulu. The streaming service will make each of the latest episodes available the day after they air on TV, as well as having all previous episodes from the series available to stream.  

Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Peaky Blinders, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Saturday Night Live, Only Murders in the Building and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun. Follow on Letterboxd (opens in new tab).