Despite its success on ABC, "The Conners" was never really supposed to happen. The TV show came out in 2018 as a spin-off to the long-running American sitcom "Roseanne," which was revived in 2018. However, the revival was short-lived, as star Roseanne Barr was fired just months after the premiere following a series of racist tweets. ABC canceled "Roseanne" almost immediately, and "The Conners" was conceived as the show's replacement — a spin-off of the original series with Roseanne written out, but still starring regulars John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson, and Michael Fishman in their original roles.
"The Conners" follows the same format and premise as "Roseanne," centering around a salt-of-the-earth working-class family struggling to make ends meet. The show quickly earned great reviews and became a staple of ABC's comedy catalog. The series is deeply human with great characters and whip-smart writing, but it's also gut-bustingly hilarious. So in case you've watched every episode and are aching for more knee-slapping comedy, we've got you covered. Here are some of the funniest shows that were inspired by, paved the way for, or are just as hilarious as "The Conners."
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For the past couple of decades, comedian Jim Gaffigan has effortlessly helmed the “good, clean fun” subgenre of stand-up comedy. While his contemporaries routinely took clear political stances on the stage, Gaffigan settled for telling the world about how lazy he was. While others excitedly toed the line of controversy, Gaffigan ambled on about his affinity for hot pockets. Gaffigan has always been happy to remain comfortably inside the family-friendly lanes, allowing his peers to take on the uglier stuff.
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