Roseanne wrapped up in May 1997. But as with many of its previous 221 episodes, its finale was controversial. Turns out the entire ninth season was a figment of Roseanne’s imagination. This meant that the Conners hadn’t won the lottery, and far more devastatingly, Dan had actually died from his heart attack at the end of the eighth season.
There have been several attempts since to extend Roseanne’s shelf life. During the final season, Barr unsuccessfully tried to launch a spin-off. In 2009 she revealed where the Conners would be if Roseanne was still airing. Events included Darlene coming out, Roseanne and Jackie owning a medical marijuana dispensary and Dan coming back to life, having faked his death.