Greetings, readers. I was pleasantly surprised this past Friday evening as I began to watch Fuller House on Netflix steaming. Last June 3rd, I wrote a blog entry called Is Fuller House going to work, where I talked about my excitement for the new show. Once it was aired, I was only going to watch one episode, and I must admit I had my doubts about whether it would be good or not. Granted, the first two episodes did mirror the original series, Full House, quite a bit, but the acting made up for it.
Fuller House revolves around D.J. Tanner, played by Candace Cameron Bure, who was widowed and with three sons, Jackson, Max, and Tommy Jr. As the series opens, D.J. had been living with Dad after her husband, a firefighter, was killed in action. As each character entered the kitchen in the opening scene, the action stopped for the applause. Then D.J. walked in and the episode picked up in tempo. As it turns out, D.J. is a veterinarian now and was running late for work. As everyone sits down to breakfast in the familiar kitchen, Uncle Jesse states, “Damn, we all still look good.” Did the opening scene seem drawn out? Quite frankly, I would say yes. But I enjoyed it.
My favorite scene of the entire series so far was when Stephanie, played by Jodie Sweetin, asked where her little sister was. Danny explains that Michele is in New York City, running her fashion empire, at which point all the cast members break character, look at the camera, and give the Olsen twins a pointed look. I must admit that I was disappointed that the character of Michele was not in the series, but it still worked. The character that stayed the same the most was Kimmy Gibbler, played by Andrea Barber. As she walked in abruptly through the Tanners back door, it was as though it was still 25 years ago.
I very rarely binge watch, but with Netflix streaming bringing out all the episodes at once, I said what the heck, let’s do it. I started at 6:30 in the evening and was done by quarter ’til 1:00 in the morning.
My high points of the series: Danny Tanner is remarried to new wife Terry; although the character was only on for the pilot episode. Second, Stephanie cannot have children; it was a bittersweet ironic twist that somehow made the series feel real. Lastly, they were still in their old house; to me I think they had to do that, for any other dwelling wouldn’t have looked right.
Now for the down points: The first two episodes had a lot of copy cat writing from the original Full House show. If I had written the pilot, I think I would have changed the plot line and not have D.J. be a widow. Second, to me the show was a little too sexy; from revealing strapless dresses to very sexy club dancing, this would not have been allowed on the networks back in the 80s. Thirdly, too many forced hugs. In the original series when the girls were younger, the cute hugs followed by the aww of the crowd was sweet. In Fuller House, it just looked forced. I gave that a hand-wave because I was used to this in the original series. Lastly, I was disappointed that neither of the Olsen twins agreed to come on, even for a cameo; I really missed them and the character they played.
I’m very pleased to say that more episodes were ordered, according to John Stamos, only days after the original 13 aired. I was hoping that it wasn’t going to be a once-and-done project.
My favorite new characters were D.J.’s middle son, Max, played by Elias Harger. He is a marvelous young actor with loads of personality and a beaming smile. Also, major thumbs up to Kimmy Gibbler’s daughter, Romona, played by Soni Bringas. Her charm, wit, and fantastic dance moves bring energy to the show; she can dance and she knows it. Good job, kid.
What’s my final overall score? Fuller House is a soft, fluffy sequel to an 80s show that was also soft and fluffy. It isn’t meant to be serious drama. It is a cute, well-done re-make by Miller/Boyett Productions, and John Stamos as executive producer. My final score is a very solid 8 out of 10.
Until tomorrow, when the top ten list of my favorite Super Bowls appears, have a great day, take care, and happy reading.