The Conners is a classic sitcom with a wholesome twist: Representation

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You remember about that Roseanne reboot on ABC that they ended up doing without Roseanne because she said some pretty nasty stuff? The show is called The Conners and seems to be pretty nice.

Decider writes: The new cast—although it feels weird still calling them “new” after all this time—also get moments to shine. That’s particularly the case with Darlene’s son Mark (Ames McNamara), a gender-nonconforming gay kid the likes of which I don’t think we’ve ever seen in a series regular role on a network multi-camera sitcom.

Season 2 finds Mark entering adolescence and actually, you know, being gay. Mark gets to do what 12-year-olds have been doing in sitcoms for decades: he gets the innocent middle school relationships that straight people take for granted and gay people have never been able to see on TV. 

Particularly great is Goodman’s onscreen rapport with McNamara. In a beautiful development, Dan Conner has become the kind of supportive grandpa that every gay person wishes he had growing up.

But also, The Conners knows what it’s doing with Mark is groundbreaking, and they use the fact that we never see characters like him on stage in front of an audience and three cameras to say something new and relevant. 

Comments 4

  1. Gay kids today have it too easy, this show should be more respectful of older gays who had it tough! And the writers of the show really suck. What was wrong with “The not-Roseanne show” title? ,)

    Ames McNamara is not fazed playing a gender-fluid and gay role, he seems to be a great kid, playing it natural. I saw John Goodman on he Colbert show last week, he shed 100-200 pounds out of 400 at his heaviest,kudos to him too.

  2. Other than Goodman lost a pretty good amount of weight, this wasn’t written well for him (or he just can’t handle any part of the gay scene, not sure which). It’s obvious they were trying way too much for the comedy angle and while it was mildly funny, this scene/Goodman’s delivery showed the writers either can’t write for a gay middle-school boy or Goodman just can’t handle gay matters in public and needs to rely on [dry, very dry] “comedy” to mask his [I almost want to say, incompetence] discomfort with young gay matters [and it appears that his ‘discomfort’ could be tied to possibly being perceived as “soft” on pedophillia].

    Too bad, because I’ve seen Goodman in several other things which he was excellent.

  3. What a cutie!!!

    Although, if it were more realistic, the character would not be interested in same aged boys, but interested in older boys and especially young men in their 20s.

    1. “the character would not be interested in same aged boys, but interested in older boys and especially young men in their 20s.”

      What a load of bullshit. You seriously need to change your tampon.

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