The series begins with exciting and dramatic events. Connors is forced to confront numerous struggles in the family in an unprecedented way. The family, consisting of Dan, Jackie, Darlin, Pike and DJ, are following new attempts to accept the challenge of financial and familial pressures and aging. Family breakdowns and relationships seem more attractive with a combination of challenges facing the family.
The writers have managed a reasonably deft feat in juggling comedy with drama, building a larger issue into the character's departure [Roseanne], and creating new storylines for the supporting players.