‘Roseanne’ Premiered 28 Years Ago — See the Cast Then & Now (PHOTOS)

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‘Roseanne’ Premiered 28 Years Ago — See the Cast Then & Now (PHOTOS)

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‘Roseanne’ Premiered 28 Years Ago — See the Cast Then & Now (PHOTOS)

So many TV sitcoms want to capture the “real” American family experience, but so few do with the success of Roseanne.

Chronicling a working class Illinois family — led by domestic goddess and blue collar heroine Roseanne Conner — the ABC series became the most-watched program in the country by its second season.

And today, October 18, 2016, marks the 28-year anniversary of Roseanne’s series premiere. Click through the slideshow above to see the Season 1 cast now — and to read what they’ve been up to since moving out of Lanford.

‘Roseanne’ Premiered 28 Years Ago — See the Cast Then & Now (PHOTOS)
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Roseanne Barr aka Roseanne Conner

Roseanne Barr aka Roseanne Conner Credit: ABC; Mike Windle/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival

This 63-year-old recently appeared in shows like The Millers and Cristela and judged the last seasons of Last Comic Standing, and she placed sixth in the 2012 presidential election.

She and Johnny, her partner of 13 years, live on a 46-acre macadamia nut farm in Hawaii.

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Roseanne Barr aka Roseanne Conner

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This 63-year-old recently appeared in shows like The Millers and Cristela and judged the last seasons of Last Comic Standing, and she placed sixth in the 2012 presidential election.

She and Johnny, her partner of 13 years, live on a 46-acre macadamia nut farm in Hawaii.

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John Goodman aka Dan Conner

John Goodman aka Dan Conner Credit: ABC; Steve Lovekin/Getty Images

This 67-year-old certainly stays busy, with big roles in upcoming films Patriots Day, Kong: Skull Island, Transformers: The Last Knight, and Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. He’d also lost 100 pounds as of August 2010.

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John Goodman aka Dan Conner

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This 67-year-old certainly stays busy, with big roles in upcoming films Patriots Day, Kong: Skull Island, Transformers: The Last Knight, and Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. He’d also lost 100 pounds as of August 2010.

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Laurie Metcalf aka Jackie Harris

Laurie Metcalf aka Jackie Harris Credit: ABC; Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

Laurie was thrice-nominated this year at the Emmys — for her lead role on Getting On, her guest role in Horace and Pete, and her guest role on The Big Bang Theory.

Now 61, she has three children with Roseanne co-star Matt Roth and one with Scandal star Jeff Perry.

Laurie Metcalf aka Jackie Harris

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Laurie was thrice-nominated this year at the Emmys — for her lead role on Getting On, her guest role in Horace and Pete, and her guest role on The Big Bang Theory.

Now 61, she has three children with Roseanne co-star Matt Roth and one with Scandal star Jeff Perry.

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Estelle Parsons aka Beverly Harris

Estelle Parsons aka Beverly Harris Credit: ABC; Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions

This five-time Tony nominee has lit up the Great White Way in Good People and Nice Work If You Can Get It.

You might have also caught the 88-year-old’s memorable guest-starring role on Grace and Frankie.

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Estelle Parsons aka Beverly Harris

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This five-time Tony nominee has lit up the Great White Way in Good People and Nice Work If You Can Get It.

You might have also caught the 88-year-old’s memorable guest-starring role on Grace and Frankie.

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Sara Gilbert aka Darlene Conner

Sara Gilbert aka Darlene Conner Credit: ABC; Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images

This 41-year-old is also a frequent Big Bang Theory guest star — having previously dated Big Bang star and fellow Roseanne alum Johnny Galecki — though her main TV role these days is her co-hosting gig on The Talk.

She has two children with ex Allison Adler and one with songwriter Linda Perry, her wife since 2014.

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Sara Gilbert aka Darlene Conner

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This 41-year-old is also a frequent Big Bang Theory guest star — having previously dated Big Bang star and fellow Roseanne alum Johnny Galecki — though her main TV role these days is her co-hosting gig on The Talk.

She has two children with ex Allison Adler and one with songwriter Linda Perry, her wife since 2014.

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Michael Fishman aka D.J. Conner

Michael Fishman aka D.J. Conner Credit: ABC; Cindy Ord/Getty Images

Following Roseanne, Michael reconnected with his TV mom as co-host of her 1998 talk show, The Roseanne Show. He also popped up in an episode of her 2011 Lifetime reality show, Roseanne’s Nuts.

The 34-year-old and wife Jennifer have two children.

Michael Fishman aka D.J. Conner

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Following Roseanne, Michael reconnected with his TV mom as co-host of her 1998 talk show, The Roseanne Show. He also popped up in an episode of her 2011 Lifetime reality show, Roseanne’s Nuts.

The 34-year-old and wife Jennifer have two children.

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Lecy Goranson aka Becky Conner

Lecy Goranson aka Becky Conner Credit: ABC; Cindy Ord/Getty Images

After leaving her full-time job on Roseanne to attend Vassar College, Lecy traded off the role with future Scrubs star Sarah Chalke for the rest of the run.

In the ensuing years, this 42-year-old has acted sporadically — in shows like Sex and the City, Law & Order: SVU, and Inside Amy Schumer.

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Lecy Goranson aka Becky Conner

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After leaving her full-time job on Roseanne to attend Vassar College, Lecy traded off the role with future Scrubs star Sarah Chalke for the rest of the run.

In the ensuing years, this 42-year-old has acted sporadically — in shows like Sex and the City, Law & Order: SVU, and Inside Amy Schumer.

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So many TV sitcoms want to capture the “real” American family experience, but so few do with the success of Roseanne.

Chronicling a working class Illinois family — led by domestic goddess and blue collar heroine Roseanne Conner — the ABC series became the most-watched program in the country by its second season.

And today, October 18, 2016, marks the 28-year anniversary of Roseanne’s series premiere. Click through the slideshow above to see the Season 1 cast now — and to read what they’ve been up to since moving out of Lanford.