At least that seems to be the prevailing sentiment on a thread at the r/The Conners subreddit. A post from u/CPAAlfred poses the question that with Darlene and Becky moving out, and with both John Goodman and Laurie Metcalf having roles on other TV shows, “Do you think it is feasible that this could be the start of a separate Darlene and Becky spinoff when the Conner’s end?”
“Feasible? Yes?” answers u/CapablePerformance. “Do I want it? No.” The comment goes on to say that Dan is their favorite character and that Goodman has thus far managed to shoot “The Righteous Gemstones” alongside “The Conners” without any problems. Rather than retool the formula, they should just keep going with what makes “The Conners” work and not build past that. Goodman himself has addressed his filming two TV shows at once, telling CinemaBlend, “I don’t have a lot of downtime. See, I was going to start slowing down about now.” He said that shortly after taking on “Righteous Gemstones,” he unexpectedly got his role as Dan back with “The Conners.” But, now at age 70, he may soon want to retire.
Though the thread is succinct, most comments show very little enthusiasm for a spin-off from “The Conners.” Perhaps it’s for the best. After all, for every spin-off that manages to charm us and become a story unto itself -– for example, “Frasier,” the wildly successful “Cheers” spin-off –- there are others that fall flat. Or, as u/luckydarkness wrote, “I think, we should just let it end naturally. Just because things can exist, that doesn’t mean they necessarily have to or should exist.”