The internet nearly exploded with the announcement that there would be a Full House spin off called Fuller House starring some of our favourites from the original cast. The Netflix original series was released on February 26, 2016 for everyones viewing pleasure on Netflix with the full first season of 13 episodes readily available. Needless to say I think there was a lot of binge watching February 26/27. Continuing with the revamping of our childhood team, these many remakes can be very hit or miss and potentially hazardous to our fond memories.
With a new show also comes a new song. Thankfully they kept the original song and had it sung by the adorable Carly Rae Jepsen, which I absolute love. Something that has died somewhere along the way is good theme song for TV shows. They are catchy and make you want to sing along all the time and they create fond memories, good theme songs are a must and I wish they were mandatory for all shows.
Fuller House stars Candace Cameron Bure as D.J. Tanner, now D.J. Fuller (get it? Fuller House, her last name is Fuller, its a remake of the original Full House only now it’s fuller. God thats good), who is recently widowed. She is now a single mom with three boys and has no clue how she is going to do it. The set takes the original decor from Full House and gives it some minor tweaks for a modern flare while keeping many of the memories. The first episode of the season gets the whole gang together including Danny Tanner (Bob Saget), Joey Gladstone (Dave Coulier), Uncle Jesse/Jesse Katsopolis (John Stamos), Rebecca Donaldson-Katsopolis (Lori Laughlin) who become reoccurring guest stars rather than main characters. While the house had been on the market to sell, Danny decides that D.J. should move into the house instead. Stephanie Tanner (Jodie Sweetin) takes a break from her hectic and gypsy-esque life of a DJ to move in with D.J. and help take care of the boys. Of course this set up would not be complete without Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber), who is recently divorced, inviting herself to move herself and her daughter Romona into the house to help out as well. The premise is set so there is nothing left to do but to reuse every joke and shtick from the original show. Now you may have noticed an obvious absence of Michelle (Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen) who chose not to join the cast, which the cast of Fuller House pointedly note on the odd occasion for added comedy.
The first episode had a lot riding on it and it became obvious they intended to start with a bang, which incidentally was almost too much. The old jokes were really laying on thick which was on the brink of annoying and overdone. Once we recover from the rollercoaster ride we coast smoothly into the following episodes and our new cast and storyline.
D.J.’s story is all about raising her three boys, two of which create most of the story, the third being a baby still just goes along with things. The other side story to D.J. is Team Steve vs Team Matt. Good old Steve (Scott Weinger) comes back from the past, still pining over D.J. but when new hunky veterinarian takes over after his dad leaves, Steve has some serious competition.
Stephanie’s story is about struggling to decide what to do with her life after being a successful D.J. and wanting to settle down with a family of her own. She helps to take care of the boys while bringing her party life into the mix to liven things up. Stephanie definitely creates some shock value by appearing almost topless in the first episode with a very revealing dress, but the comedy throughout the series borderlines on adult where the older crowd enjoys the show for it’s nostalgia as well as adult humour, and the children enjoy the younger humour and cheesier side of the show.
Kimmy and her daughter Romona move into the Fuller House, Romona adding to the younger generation’s story with the two Fuller Boys, while Kimmy takes her place in the now older generation. Kimmy owns her own business, Gibbler Style Party Planning, and fights with her feelings towards her soon to be ex-husband Fernando Hernandez-Guerrero-Fernandez-Guerrero (Juan Pablo Di Pace).
No remake or spin off is ever as good as an original, but Fuller House has some really steep competition with Full House which was a beloved family show for 8 years. Of course it isn’t fair to pit the shows against each other. Fuller House is a great spin off to the original incorporating some of our favourite characters as the main characters, and popping in a few familiar faces now and then to add some nostalgic sparks. A main factor carried on from the Full House days is the cheese factor. There are many scenes that are pretty cheesy, but there is a charm to them in their wholesomeness. As with Whatever happened to predictability? so is Whatever happened to good old wholesome family fun? Television has us so desensitized to reality that killing, zombies and explosions are commonplace and anything ordinary or mundane is hard to wrap our heads around.
If you haven’t already done so, you really should give Fuller House a chance. You can’t stop after only seeing the first episode, you have to watch a couple to really get the feel for the show. Fuller House has found a fan in me and I am so pleased to hear that is has been renewed for a second season.
Oh… and for the record, I am Team Matt!