One of the most enjoyable things about sitcom The Conners (the revival of late ’80s comedy Roseanne) is that it’s like going home for a holiday, in a really literal sense. Little has changed about the Conner family’s house in the 30-plus years since it was first on air in Roseanne in 1987, from the ratty sofas in the living room, to the colourful crochet blanket on the back of one of them. Like a smelly old family pet, you see it through the lens of love and memory rather than weighing it up for a home reno.
There’s a simple reason for that choice from a storyline side: (relative) poverty. “The Conners don’t have the money to go out and buy a new sofa. Whatever was working for them 20 years ago is still working for them now,” says the revival’s set decorator Anne Ahrens.