What to expect from the new episodes
The Conners were the working class family for the '80s and '90s. Families like the Conners today have all new problems, plus all the same old ones like making ends meet and keeping food on the table.
One new episode deals with aging and the medical issues that come with it.
"We start talking about her knee problem, and she's taking painkillers," Helford said. "That's actually in the first episode."
Becky (Goranson) is a widow (in real life, Glenn Quinn, who played Mark, passed away in 2002). To make money, she offers to be a surrogate. The woman hiring her is none other than Sarah "Second Becky" Chalke.
"The surrogacy leads to some revelations for Becky about her life," Helford said. "That one came out naturally. Tom [Werner] wanted to do a show about surrogacy because he had read this really interesting article. Then I was like, 'That should be Sarah Chalke!' That was the most natural way of bringing her into it. Lecy had seniority as Becky."