Between 1988 and 1997, people the world over would kick off their shoes and turn on the hit television sitcom Roseanne. Praised for its honest portrayal of blue-collar America, the program very quickly rose to the top of the ratings once it premiered, due its relatability cast of characters and storyline. Centering on the lives of the Conner family in Chicago, the show dealt with the trials and tribulations of a working class family who contended with money troubles, children who (gasp!) talked back to their parents, and obesity. Finally there was a show that did not portray family life as a fairy tale.
As the matriarch of the family, Roseanne Conner (played by comedic fireball Roseanne Barr) was one tough cookie who did not let anything get by her. Her bossiness and non-nonsense approach to childrearing endeared her to viewers, and there was not a single situation in her family or in the lives of her friends in which she was not a party to, which made her – in her life and the lives of the viewers – the center of attention.
The show broke all kinds of network television boundaries, discussing how a mother has to balance both family life as well as a working life. The show’s creators, chief amongst them Roseanne herself, wanted to portray the life of a real family, with all of the messiness and squabbles that entailed. It was perhaps because the show so accurately portrayed what it was like to be an average American that it was so beloved by audiences.
Over the course of the decade-long, 222 episode run, an average of sixteen million viewers around the country would tune in and watch their favorite, real life dysfunctional family go at it. And in addition to the realness of the show, there were also a whole bunch of firsts. there was pregnancy out of wedlock; an elopement; affairs. Additionally, Roseanne’s boss, Leon, was one of the first recurring LGBT characters on screen, and was definitely one of the first positive, everyday portrayals of an LGBT character.
It was perhaps due to this realness (or all of the gossipy drama) that the show Roseanne won Emmy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, People’s Choice Awards, and a whole bunch of others, cementing her as a critic darling all the while earning the trust and admiration everyday heroes from all walks of life.
ABC recently announced that it would be continuing Roseanne with the same cast members as before – but set two decades into the future, in contemporary times. So, in order to prepare for the new season, we wanted to make a bit of a refresher about everyone, and help those who will be watching for the first time get up to speed with who the characters are, and what the actors are doing now. For instance…
Laurie Metcalf as Jackie Harris
Incredibly loving if a bit neurotic and unstable (having gone through several jobs as well as men over the series run), Jackie Harris was Roseanne’s younger sister. However, despite the fact that Roseanne always treated her as if she was a little girl, Jackie was also known to give as good as she gets! She is also a wonderful aunt to her nieces and nephews, and is always there to listen to their problems.
Laurie Metcalf – now
Laurie Metcalf began her acting career on the stages of the Chicago Theatre before moving to television. Post-Roseanne, she has taken on roles in shows such as The Big Bang Theory, The Norm Show, 3rd Rock from the Sun, and Desperate Housewives. She has won a plethora of accolades from the academy, including one Emmy (for Roseanne) and one Tony. Metcalf met her husband Matt Roth while working on Roseanne, and the couple had a daughter together. However, the two divorces back in 2014.
Michael Fishman as D.J. Conner
D.J. Conner was Roseanne and Dan Conner’s youngest son for most of the series’ run (a little brother, Jerry, is born toward the end of the show, but is seemingly written out of the new season). A weird kid to say the least, D.J. is constantly bullied by his siblings, especially once Dan and Roseanne admit he was a “surprise” while the rest of his siblings were planned. While his two older sisters gradually discover their own voice, D.J. mainly stayed a somewhat odd, annoying, though also adorable younger brother.
Michael Fishman – now
Michael Fishman is a Los Angeles native born and bred, and it was almost as if he came into this world to work in the film industry. A writer, producer, and of course, an actor, Michael has been in a huge variety of television shows, including Hey Arnold!, Walker, Texas Ranger, and Seinfeld. He even reprised his role as D.J. in Barr’s reality show Roseanne’s Nuts, about life on her nut farm in Hawaii. Fishman has two children with his wife Jennifer Fishman.
Cole and Morgan Roberts as Jerry Conner
Born in 1995, Jerry Garcia Conner was a very late newcomer into the series, and definitely threw a wrench of sorts into the lives of the members of the Conner family. Named in honor of the late Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia, Roseanne and Dan welcomed Jerry when they were in their 40s and as their other children were moving out. However, Jerry was planned, and was conceived with the help of fertility treatments, something not at all common back in the 1990s.
Cole and Morgan Roberts – now
As is normally the case in Hollywood, Jerry Conner was played by a set of twins, named Cole and Morgan Roberts. The two shared screen time on the set of Roseanne, with one twin switching out the other when it had been determined his brother had been working for too long. This enabled the show to be filmed quickly and efficiently and got around child labor laws. Post-Roseanne, the Roberts twins have stayed out of the entertainment business.
Natalie West as Crystal Anderson – Conner
Soft-spoken and meek Crystal had a very unhappy childhood. She was kicked out of her home by her mother when she was just a teenager, and her first (philandering) husband lost his life in a tragic accident just a year into their marriage. However, she finds a second family in her friendship with Roseanne and Jackie, and actually ends up marrying Dan’s father, Ed – which complicated her status in the Conner household, though her friendships with Jackie and Roseanne remain strong. She and Ed couple have two children together.
Natalie West – now
Born in Grand Forks, North Dakota, Natalie West got her start in show business by performing on the grand stages of Chicago in plays such as The Butcher of Baraboo and Life and Limb. It was for her performances in these productions that she won two Jefferson awards amongst many others. While she became famous on the small screen for her role in Roseanne, she was unable to get any other big roles for nearly two decades. Thankfully, her luck struck when she landed the role of Margaret in Nate and Margaret.
Glenn Quinn as Mark Healy
Mark Healy is the rebellious, biker teenager who takes the high achieving Becky and sweeps her off her feet – for better or worse, richer or poorer. Neither Roseanne nor Dan approve of the relationship between the two teenagers, and there is particularly a whole lot of strife between Mark and Dan, who still sees Becky as his little girl. However, Mark matures and shapes up, so much so that Dan even offers him a job in his motorcycle garage.
Glenn Quinn – deceased
Originally from Ireland, Quinn moved to the U.S. as a young adult. His first jobs were actually as a model for Ray-Ban and Pepsi. A top contender to play both Brandon and Steve in the original Beverly Hills, 90210, Quinn eventually landed a role in the teen drama film Shout, sharing Gwyneth Paltrow’s first cinematic kiss. Post-Roseanne, he starred as Doyle in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer spinoff, Angel. Quinn tragically lost his life at the age of 32 back in 2002, due to substance abuse.
Tom Arnold as Arnie Thomas
Arnie is a good friend of Dan’s, and is generally tolerated by Roseanne and Jackie. He is an ill-mannered, hot tempered person yet has a very cheerful and friendly demeanor. He was interesting in the history of television, as he was one of the first ever womanizers to be portrayed on network television, cheating on his wife Nancy multiple times. Not the most believable character, Arnie eventually leaves Nancy after claiming to have been abducted by aliens.
Tom Arnold – now
Tom Arnold is actually Roseanne Barr’s former husband, which is why the chemistry they had on the show was so good! He had his first role as a star in True Lies where he worked alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger. Arnold then went on to take roles in movies such as Happy Endings, Madea’s Witness Protection, 3000, and several others. Since his divorce from Barr, Arnold has been married three more times and divorced twice more.
Roseanne Barr as Roseanne Conner
Loud, unapologetic, and abrasive, Roseanne epitomized a moment in history when the U.S. contended with its emboldened status as a superpower, as it watched Communism lose its grip and crumble in the East. But while contemporaries like Full House and The Cosby Show shined focused on the upper middle class, Roseanne’s brutally honest yet compassionate portrayal of the working class gave a voice to an oft-times ignored section of the population. She was and remains a true depiction of the realities faced by hard-working people just hoping for a break.
Roseanne Barr – now
Roseanne Barr was a standup comedian before female comedians were widely accepte. She has won several awards for Roseanne, including a Golden Globe and an Emmy. A mother of five in total, Roseanne had her child at 17, whom she gave up for adoption and later reconciled with. Her present partner is composer Johnny Argent. In 2012, she ran for the head of the Green Party, lost, ran as the head of the the Peace and Freedom Party, and finished sixth in the national presidential elections.
Estelle Parsons as Beverly Harris
Beverly Harris is Roseanne and Jackie’s tight-wound, seemingly repressed mother. After getting pregnant with Roseanne, Beverly got married in a shotgun wedding. However, her husband Al was not at all prepared to become a family man, and was both physically and emotionally abused to his two daughters. Al ended up cheating on Beverly, causing her to kick him out of the house and reach for the bottle. After his passing, she becomes somewhat closer to her daughters, and even becomes their business partner at their loose meat sandwich shop.
Estelle Parsons – now
At the age of 90 Estelle Parsons is still going strong. A legend in Hollywood, having her very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Parsons also won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Blanche Barrow in the classic film Bonnie and Clyde. But before she was a famous movie star she was a famous theatre performer, even directing shows on Broadway! Estelle is married to Peter Zimroth, with whom she has one child. Parsons also has a grandson named Eben Britton who used to play football for the Chicago Bears.
James Pickens Jr. as Chuck Mitchell
Chuck Mitchell was one of father Dan Conner’s friends from his poker games. He alsos work with Dan every once in a while at his garage. The two are very close to each other, though many of their conversations primarily revolve around drinks, girls, their wives and married life. Chuck ended up married Anne-Marie, a good friend of Roseanne’s from childhood. The couple has a child together named Chuck Jr., who is around Darlene’s age.
James Pickens Jr. – now
James Pickens Jr. is no longer a junior. At over 60 years old, he is living the high life in Los Angeles, California. He is perhaps more well known as the lead patriarch of the hospital in Grey’s Anatomy, playing the part of Dr. Richard Webber. He reprised the character in the Grey’s Anatomy spinoff, Private Practice. He also played the role of Deputy Director Alvin Kersh in the X-Files. When he isn’t acting, Pickens Jr. likes to spend time with his wife Gina Taylor and their two kids.
Martin Mull as Leon Carp
Leon Carp starts off as the Manager of Rodbell’s Luncheonette where Roseanne worked. He causes Roseanne a lot of grief primarily due to the fact that he is very by the book when it comes to rules and schedules. However, over time, the two develop a friendship and even come to respect each other, with Carp coming to play poker with Dan. After coming out on the show, Leon became one of the first LGBT characters on network TV, and certainly one of the first be positively portrayed.
Martin Mull – now
Martin Mull is a very talented artist, working as a painter, singer, actor, and even comedian. A native of the Windy City, he actually has a masters in painting and the fine arts. He also has a huge acting repertoire, appearing in shows such as Serial, Arrested Development, American Dad!, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and a plethora of other shows. Mull is married to Wendy Haas and has a daughter named Maggie.
John Goodman as Dan Conner
Don Conner is the patriarch of the Conner family, and is by all accounts the stereotypical American father. A hard worker and huge sports fan, he is married to Roseanne and is the father of her children. His favorite things to do are to sit around, eat junk food, and fix up his motorcycles. Conner and Roseanne’s marriage is what helped draw such big audiences, as there was drama and strife as well as happiness – just like in a real family. The character added an element of realism to the show, and critics have said that Dan was a key lynchpin in keeping the family relatable.
John Goodman – now
John Goodman is a very famous actor, and has worked on dozens of famous movies, especially with the Coen brothers. He has featured prominently in films such as The Big Lebowski, O Brother Where Art Thou, Flight, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and Alpha House amongst others. Vanity Fair named John Goodman as “among our very finest actors,” something his many awards (including an Emmy and Golden Globe for Roseanne) can attest to. He is married to Annabeth Hartzog with whom he has one child.
Johnny Galecki as David Healy
Darlene’s on again off again boyfriend, David Healy is Mark Healy’s younger brother, and believe us when we say that he is his brother’s polar opposite. Davis is a polite, smart, shy, and sweet boy whom Roseanne absolutely adores (though Dan at times sees him as snobbish and judgemental). Still, the family likes him so much that they even say they like him better than their own daughter. The two go to art school together, and end up getting married.
Johnny Galecki – now
A Belgian-American actor, John Galecki got one of his starts in show business on Roseanne. He is currently most well known for his role as Dr. Leonard Hofstadter on the hit TV show The Big Bang Theory. His foray into film includes teen horror movie I Know What You Did Last Summer, and coming of age flick Bookies. He recently experienced some tragedy when his 360 acre ranch in Santa Margarita, California was burned in the Hill Fire.
Sara Gilbert as Darlene Conner
Darlene Conner is Roseanne’s second child, and with her sharp tongue and tough exterior hiding a sensitive side, she is actually the most like her mother than all of Roseanne’s other children. A talented writer, Darlene gets accepted to a very high level art school located in Chicago and even receives a scholarship to go there. Darlene cheats on her longtime boyfriend David while in Chicago, yet the two end up getting back together and then marrying.
Sara Gilbert – now
Believe it or not, Sara Gilbert was very nearly not cast on Roseanne, as network executives did not think that she was cute enough to be on television. However, she ended up being one of the more prominent actresses of the show, and was even nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards for her portrayal of the feisty Darlene. She also dated her co-star Johnny Galecki for a time before discovering she was LGBT. She came out to the world shortly before launching her talkshow The Talk.
Michael O’Keefe as Fred Oakland
Fred starts working at Dan’s garage, eventually meeting Roseanne’s sister, Jackie. After hitting it off, the two spend a night of passion together, after which Jackie discovers she is pregnant and like her mother before her, has a shotgun wedding. They have a go at it, but though Fred truly seems to love Jackie and their son Andy, the two separate and end up divorcing a year later, after coming o terms with their incompatibility.
Michael O’Keefe – now
Michael O’Keefe was one of the bigger actors of the 1980s, being best known for his role as Danny Koonan in the hit movie Caddyshack. He also starred in The Great Santini as Ben Meechum, a role for which he got an Academy Award nomination as well as a Golden Globe for New Star of the Year. He ended up marrying country music star Bonnie Raitt in 1991, but the two split up a mere eight years later. O’Keefe is currently married to actress and producer Emily Donahoe.
Bonnie Bramlett as Bonnie Watkins
Bonnie Watkins was quite a minor character on the television show Roseanne, playing the part of Roseanne’s friend and coworker. Played by Bonnie Bramlett, Bonnie Watkins had a husband on the show, a man introduced to us as Hank. However, it turns out that Hank was not only Bonnie’s husband on the show, but in real life, as well! Interestingly, despite being a minor character, Bonnie Watkins made a few appearances on Roseanne’s reality show, Roseanne’s Nuts.
Bonnie Bramlett – now
Bonnie Bramlett may not be a very famous actress, but she is certainly a very good singer. She is primarily known for performing pop-rock style music, playing with her husband Delaney in a musical duo called Delaney & Bonnie. Bonnie continued her career as a musician, but she also got into songwriting, helping Eric Clapton write the song Let It Rain. Interestingly, Bonnie met her current husband Delaney while he was playing with his band at a bowling alley.
Adilah Barnes as Anne-Marie Mitchell
Playing the part of Chuck Mitchell’s wife, Annie-Marie Mitchell is one of Roseanne’s longest and most treasured friends, having met when they were still in school. Anne-Marie is first seen as one of Roseanne’s co-workers at the Wellman’s plastic factory. A refreshingly calm influence on Roseanne, Anne-Marie is one of the few people in her life Roseanne actually listens to. Together with Jackie the three can be seen going on adventures while husbands Dan and Chuckie stay behind and play poker.
Adilah Barnes – now
Adilah Barnes has certainly come a long way since her role on Roseanne. She has taken a liking to playing powerful feminist roles, especially in shows like Iron Jawed Angels docudrama alongside the likes of Hilary Swank, or drama film Erin Brockovich starring Julia Roberts. Barnes is also the author of a top selling book titled On My Own Terms: One Actor’s Journey. Adilah has won a plethora of awards as well, including the Lifetime Achievement Award in Entertainment from X-Cel Entertainment.
Fred Willard as Scott
An attorney and a member of the LGBT community, Scott was left at the altar on his wedding day by Roseanne’s former boss, Leon, a situation that at the time was considered incredibly progressive. After being stood up, Scott then moves in with Roseanne and her family, all the while trying to win back Leon. He eventually succeeds in doing so, and after which the couple later announces they plan on adopting a Romanian child together.
Fred Willard – now
Fred Willard is a writer, comedian, philanthropist, and of course actor. He has been in all of the Anchorman sequels, For Your Consideration, WALL-E, Best in Show, and a whole bunch more. Willard ultimately won a Daytime Emmy for his work on soap opera The bold and the Beautiful, and now has recurring roles on the hit television show Modern Family. Willard is married to a woman named Mary and has a daughter named Hope.
Matt Roth as Fisher
Fisher is introduced as Jackie’s new boyfriend, but after winning over her family, it is discovered he beat her when Darlene accidentally sees the bruises on her back. Stunned by these revelations, Roseanne is no less shocked to hear her sister defend him. Roseanne moves in to comfort Jackie, while managing – in her usual stubborn way – to get her to understand she is not the instigator, but the victim. When Dan hears from Roseanne what happened, he leaves to find Fisher and give him a dose of his own medicine.
Matt Roth – now
Despite portraying her on-screen abuser, Roth and Metcalf ended up dating and marrying, having one biological child and adopting another. Following his short stint on Roseanne, Roth has enjoyed a successful career on television, and has since been on many famous shows, such as Modern Family, Desperate Housewives, Crossing Jordan, Ghost Whisperer, Nip/Tuck, Grey’s Anatomy, and Two and a Half Men. After divorcing Metcalf in 2014, Roth married fellow actress Stephanie Childers in 2015.
Ned Beatty as Ed Conner
Ned Beatty plays Dan’s father Ed Conner on Roseanne. He is employed as a travelling salesman who sells his wares all across the United States. The family all loves him, especially since he always comes to town with presents from all over the United States. However, the Dan and Ed do sometimes get at each other’s throats, especially after Ed makes subtle jibes at Dan. In the end, Ed marries Crystal, a friend of Roseanne’s, and the couple have two children together.
Ned Beatty – now
Ned Beatty is a very prolific actor and has over 160 movies under his belt. At one point, he was termed to be the “busiest actor in Hollywood” by magazine Daily Variety. He has been in movies such as Superman, Shooter, Superman II, Toy Story 3, Rango, and many more. Beatty has been married four times and has a total of eight children. He is still with his most recent wife, Sandra Johnson, whom he married back in 1999.
George Clooney as Booker Brooks
Booker is Roseanne, Crystal, Jackie, and Anne-Marie’s original manager back at the Wellman Plastic factory. Working on the assembly line, the women arranged the molds and the frames to be filled in with plastic. Young, attractive, and a bit of flirt, Brooks ends up leaving the factory when the company runs out of business and is forced to close its doors, but he nevertheless manages to romance and date Jackie before he leaves for good.
George Clooney – now
These days, George Clooney is a world famous actor, screenwriter, producer, businessman, and activist. If there is a profession, Clooney has probably (or could probably) excel in it. He won two Academy Awards, a Golden Globe, and enough other trophies to rival most high schools. Clooney is also happily married to international barrister Amal Clooney, with whom he has two children. Despite his glamorous life at present, though, he will probably always remember his stint on Roseanne fondly, as it was the first time he was given a recurring role.
Nana Mary (Shelley Winters)
Free-spirited Nana Mary would tell tales of her hard-partying ways and wandering youth. She had short-lived relationships with a number of men and has said that she isn’t certain who daughter Beverly’s real father is. This causes tension between mother and daughter but they do their best to show compassion for one another. Nana Mary says she wanted to be the opposite of her strict and by-the-book mother. She always felt the urge to rebel and explore all that life has to offer on her own terms.
Shelley Winters – deceased
Iconic actress Shelley Winters was a highly accomplished performer who had appeared in more than 170 projects from the big screen to the stage. She won two Academy Awards: one as the sympathetic Mrs. Petronella Van Daan in the film adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank, and one as the troubled mother Rose-Ann D’Arcey in the drama A Patch of Blue. She is highly regarded for bringing compassion and sympathy to otherwise unlikable characters. Roseanne was one of her last roles before she passed away in 2006 from heart failure.
Nancy Bartlett (Sandra Bernhard)
The self-involved and chatty Nancy is always up for some gossip. She is engaged to Arnie and even though she cheats on him and doubts her feelings for him, decides to go through with the marriage anyway. When Arnie is “abducted by aliens” she is left alone to rebuild her life. She comes out as a member of the LGBT community and searches for new love and a new lease on life. This journey leads to Nancy opening up the Lanford Lunchbox diner with Roseanne and Dan.
Sandra Bernhard – now
Bernard’s rise to fame began as a prominent stand-up comedian in the New York City comedy scene. She alerated the attention of agents and began book acting roles on the screen. She has appeared in the hit sitcoms 2 Broke Girls, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and Will and Grace. The opinionated and biting comedian has also written a number of bestselling books including the autobiographical Confessions of a Pretty Lady which she later turned into a top selling stage production. She most recently appeared in the Comedy Central comedy series Broad City.
Molly Tilden (Danielle Harris)
The beautiful Molly Tilden moves in to the house next door to the Conner family. Straight from rural Iowa, Molly is transfixed with her new surroundings and is also a bit naive. She tries to fit in with the boys of the neighborhood by flirting and going on dates. Darlene remarks that the only way for Molly to feel included in the town is to receive advances from boys. She even makes an ill-advised pass at David which Darlene does not exactly take with stride.
Danielle Harris – now
Harris was known as the “scream queen” for much of the ‘80s for her various roles as the beautiful damsel in distress in the Halloween series. Her name became synonymous with B-list horror movies and she went on the star in the Hatchet horror series as well as See No Evil 2 and Night of the Living Dead: Darkest Dawn. She will next star in the campy horror films Camp Cold Brook and Come, Said the Night. She married jewelry designer David Gross in 2013 and the couple has one child together.
Audrey Conner (Debbie Reynolds)
Legendary actress Debbie Reynolds replaced Ann Wedgeworth as Dan’s mother Audrey in the ninth season of the show. She has struggled with mental illness all of her life and as a result has not been able to be a consistent presence in Dan’s life. She’s sweet albeit unstable and sometimes lashes out at Dan for the belief that he doesn’t understand her. Roseanne watches the distraught relationship and comforts Dan when his mother’s mental health issues become too much to bare.
Debbie Reynolds – deceased
Debbie Reynolds did it all: acting, singing, and dancing. The Academy Award winning actress (she won a special humanitarian award) has appeared as Grace’s overbearing and quirky mother Bobbie in Will and Grace, the delightful Kathy in Singin’ in the Rain, and as the joyful central character in The Unsinkable Molly Brown. She tragically passed away in 2016 just one day after her daughter, the amazing and hilarious Carrie Fisher (pictured right), passed away from cardiac arrest.
Dr. Whitman (Ellen DeGeneres)
Ellen DeGeneres played the incompetent and chatty therapist Dr. Whitman. Jackie decides to take Fred to a therapist to help their relationship. She is concerned about his (apparent) anger management and hopes to jumpstart their relationship with the help of a professional. As it turns out, Dr. Whitman is not that professional. She cracks jokes about recording the session for her friends, ends a marriage before even seeing Jackie and Fred, and doesn’t exactly help the couple mend their problems.
Ellen DeGeneres – now
Most of the world knows her by one name only: Ellen. She is the incredibly successful comedian and producer who has been making viewers laugh and dance everyday on her morning talk show since 2003. The Emmy-winning host is also a TV producer whose newest series Splitting Up Together premieres later this month. In 2016 she reprised her hilarious role as Dory in the Pixar sequel to Finding Nemo, Finding Dory. She has been married to actress Portia de Rossi since 2008.
Alicia Goranson as Becky Conner
Roseanne and Dan Conner’s eldest daughter, Becky is known as not only being extremely smart and an overachiever. She begins dating Mark, a rebellious biker who seems to steer her in the wrong path. Roseanne and Dan are initially very much against the relationship, and do everything in their power to keep him away from their daughter. Their interfering, however, ends up backfiring, with Becky not only sticking with Mark, but eventually eloping with him, all while still a teenager. It’s always the good girls.
Alicia Goranson – now
Alicia Goranson is almost nothing like the character she played on the show. Going primarily by the nickname Lecy, Goranson ended up leaving Roseanne upon gaining acceptance to Vassar College, which eventually led to the role of Becky being recast. Goranson continued acting in smaller roles, taking on parts in shows such as Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Boys Don’t Cry, Fringe, and Damages. She was also in several shorter films, including The Wood House. Goranson won an Innovator Award for the part she played in Roseanne.
Sarah Chalke as Becky Conner Healy
Due to Lecy Goranson’s ambivalence toward continuing with the show, in seasons 6 and 8 the role of Becky was recast with Sarah Chalke. Chalke’s riff on Becky is of a more mature young woman, who becomes somewhat disillusioned with Mark, as their rocky relationship brings up thoughts of leaving him and going to college. During Chalke’s time on the show, Becky works at an obnoxious bar called Bunz and becomes closer with Darlene’s boyfriend and Mark’s younger brother, David, with their friendship almost turning romantic, until they step back.
Sarah Chalke – now
As stated, Sarah Chalke was the second actress to play Becky after Lecy Goranson decided to quit the show and go to college. You may also recognize Chalke from her work in other television shows, including How I Met Your Mother, Rick and Morty, Cougar Town, and of course, Scrubs. She has even been in big budget productions such as Mother’s Day and Cake. These days, Chalke has two children and lives with her partner lawyer Jamie Afifi.