‘Full House’ comes full circle in new show
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“Full House” comes full circle.
The family oriented sitcom from the mid ’80s and ’90s, “Full House,” has recently been granted a reboot featuring the original cast members in, punningly entitled, “Fuller House.”
The show is set in the old Victorian Tanner house where the original series took place.
“Fuller House” proudly begins with a grand reunion of the original characters, who are all fairly successful in their respective careers.
Uncle Joey (David Coulier) now has a comedy special in Vegas, Uncle Jesse (John Stamos) is now a music producer/composer for his favorite soap opera “General Hospital” and beloved father-figure Danny Tanner (Bob Saget) is now a national morning talk-show co-host along with Jesse’s wife Rebecca Donaldson-Katsopolis (Lori Loughlin) on “Wake-Up USA.”
These characters are important because they paved the way of adulthood and parenthood for the youth on the original series, but on “Fuller House” these characters only have a few recurring cameos. In their place, the younger generation of the Tanner household takes the reigns as leaders of the family.
Almost in a parallel set-up as the original, sister Stephanie Tanner (Jodie Sweetin) and longtime best friend/ former neighbor Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber) move in with D.J. Tanner-Fuller (Candace Cameron-Bure), still reeling from her husband Tommy Fuller’s death, to help raise her family.
The trio of women take the tasks of parenthood and adulthood like Joey, Jesse and Danny did back when they were kids.
D.J. is now a veterinarian with three kids of her own, Jackson (Michael Campion), Max (Elias Harger) and Tommy Jr. (played traditionally by twins Fox and Dashiel Messit). Stephanie is now a renowned DJ who has played at music festivals such as Coachella (and punningly stolen her sister, D.J.’s, identity with the stage name DJ Tanner). Kimmy is now a professional party planner with a family of her own, living her life dream of moving in the Tanner residence, along with her daughter and soon-to-be ex-husband tagging along.
The baby of the Tanner family, Michelle (Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen), is sadly not in this season, but the family does play it off with some humor mentioning her busy life running a fashion empire in New York (shadily similar to the Olsen twins’ other commitments besides “Fuller House”).
“Fuller House” was released to stream on Netflix back in February to some harsh critic reviews and very pleased fans.
Critics often mentioned the “beating of a dead horse,” directed toward the repetitive references to the original series, including exact reenactments of scenes from the original show, played out by the aged cast. I fairly agree bringing an old show back to life is like teaching an old dog a new trick, but the loveable catchphrases can still have power.
The repetitive references, on the other hand, were a fan favorite. Not only did they revive the original show from purgatory with its original flair, but they changed the show for the better.
The show even tackles family topics that the first series did not, such as divorce, infertility and being a single mother.
Seeing the new show for the first time, I was surprised with how cheesy it is, almost tacky. But then thinking back to the original, I remembered the way the show was meant to be: heartfelt, cheesy and ultimately silly, which is how the new series embodies the old.
After its release, Netflix has announced “Fuller House” will be renewed for a second season.